In my previous post, I mentioned journaling for fifteen minutes every day. Readers commented on that aspect particularly, saying they appreciated it. Being the magnanimous soul that I am, I would like to give credit where it is due, and a lot of the credit goes to a site called OhLife.
In the days of yore, i.e. a few months ago, I penned nightly entries into an old-fashioned 2010 diary using an equally o-f pen.
This worked, but with two exceptions:
- I had to write in my journal only after the baby slept, else she’d scream and demand my pen and diary to scribble in. I have donated most of my old notebooks to her as it is, but a collection of doodles is not something I’m looking to build in my diary.
- At the fag end of the day, I simply didn’t have the energy required to write my thoughts and daily activities, that too minutes before dozing off to sleep.
So when I stumbled across funnyman Narendra Shenoy’s blogpost touting this new site, I was intrigued. I clicked through, read their modus operandi and instantly signed up.
I’ve been using it for a month now and cannot recommend it enough. It works like this:
- You sign up for it, set your timezone correctly.
- You will start to receive a daily email asking ‘How did your day go?’
- Reply to the email with your entry for the day.
- Tada! Its done! And it’s all totally private, meant for your eyes only!
It addresses two major issues I’ve often thought of before while writing with old-fashioned quill and parchment:
- What if I want to see what I did last year/month/week around this time?
- What if I simply forget to note down things for one day?
- How will I write my journal without baby stealing my pen and paper?
Every day when I get the reminder I also get a ‘Last week you wrote…’ followed by my entry that day. It’s been great fun to see what I was up to that day one week or month ago.
The other major realization that hits me is: I’ve completed almost 10,000 words of journaling since I signed up, which I think is huge! If I applied at least this much effort to my next novel I could churn it out in six months or so.
I’d urge everyone who has maintained a journal before to try it at least once. I have been using it religiously since I signed up, and have grown quite fond of it.
Do you journal? What’s your favourite tool for journaling?