Journaling Apps: Day One, Grid Journal and My Surprising Favorite


I’ve tried a few different journaling apps over the last several years but I was never able to stick with one consistently. At best I made it a week — maybe slightly more — before I just quit using them. But it wasn’t for a lack of effort (on my part or the part of the app developers).

I tried Day One and I really tried to love the super-attractive Grid Diary. Neither ended up being a good fit for me. They were feature-packed, non-ugly and affordable. They were even capable of nagging me to journal. But at the end of the day none of that was enough to keep me going.

I thought about simply making a list in my Apple notes app and adding super-simple billet points whenever something interesting happened (trying to make it as easy as humanly possible on myself to record what happened to me and how I felt about it and what I learned from it).

But nothing stuck; at least nothing new stuck. I finally had a revelation and I’m still trying to come to terms with the fact that a dedicated journaling app might not be for me. I realized that the photos I take throughout the day are my journal entries (or at least as close as I think I’m ever going to get). Like ...

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