11 Benefits of Digital Journaling

11 Benefits of Digital Journaling

I’m a technology nerd, so people are surprised to discover I keep a paper journal. I explain why in The Magic of Journaling by Hand. I also journal electronically via a collection of text documents I refer to as the “Interstate Archive.”

I choose which method based on where I am and what tools are at my disposal. For example, it’s easier to journal by computer while I’m at work, since I need to be sitting at my desk anyway. And it’s easier to journal on paper at the café, especially if I don’t have my laptop with me!

Because I’m a bit anal-retentive when it comes to archiving my life, I like to cross-reference. If I churn out a particularly meaty entry on the computer, for example, I’ll make a note of the date in my paper journal. That way if I go back a year later and reread, I’ll know essential information is located elsewhere.

Electronic journaling has a lot going for it. Here are some of the benefits of keeping a digital journal:
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What’s the Best Time of Day for Journaling?

What’s the Best Time of Day for Journaling?

What’s the best time for journaling? Whenever you’ll actually do it.

One of the hardest parts of keeping a journal is just that: keeping it. Making rules about how and when, especially in the beginning, will just create unnecessary road blocks for you and hamper your progress.

As you become more dedicated to the act of journaling, and writing is no longer an act of discipline but one of desire, you may benefit from experimenting with journaling at different times throughout the day. For example, if you usually write before bed, try writing first thing in the morning for a week and see what happens. You may find it helps you be more effective in your daily tasks. Or you may find that journaling is a waste of time until you’ve downed four shots of espresso.

You could also mix it up and substitute one long session for multiple small ones. Perhaps you’d rather bookend your days with two brief entries, one at the beginning and one at the end.
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5 Ways to Make Room for Journaling at Home

5 Ways to Make Room for Journaling at Home

Virgina Woolf, that beautiful genius, proclaimed that for a woman to write, she required a room of one’s own. Man or woman, we should all be so lucky. The reality is that most of us share our living space with another creature – sometimes many of them.

Ideally we all have a Writer’s Room, complete with a locking, sound-proof door and a window overlooking misty fields, sparkly city lights, or the vista of your choice. But never fear – if I can journal in a 300 sq. foot studio I share with another human and a needy feline, you can, too.

I assure you it’s not necessary to have a private room to successfully keep a journal. But it is important to create a space that is yours alone and defend it like a crazed animal.

If square footage is at a premium, you may find the stuff of life encroaching on your space – mail, homework, keys, cats. Especially in the beginning, it’s important to remind those with whom you live that this is your space alone.
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