3 Things to Consider When Choosing an App for Journaling

3 Things to Consider When Choosing an App for Journaling

It is easy to look back over the years and wonder how the days fly by. What have we done with our time? By keeping a journal, you can note down anything, from big milestones to daily happenings. Whether you’re starting a new job, getting married to your dream husband, discovering your path as a mother, or embarking on a personal journey, it doesn’t take long to document all that’s important to you and your loved ones.

Anyone can begin journalling with just a pen and paper. However, if you would like to do more than just write, journalling apps may be the thing for you. With apps, you can utilise features such as searching for keywords throughout all your entries, adding photos from a digital gallery, saving a location to each entry, and more. And what’s best, you can do it all from your smartphone or tablet, from the comfort of your home. Of course, picking a journalling app is an important part of the process, and can really make a difference in your journalling experience.

Every app has its own pros and cons. If you are looking at choosing an app, here are a few points you may want to consider.

  1. Price.

    There are both free and paid apps, as well as apps that offer base services free but include add-ons at a premium. The best thing to consider here would be how far you are willing to go into journalling, for yourself. If you are dedicated to it and believe you will make use of premium features in a journal app, a paid one or subscription might offer you more value. On the other hand, if you are more of a casual journalist, a free app may suffice.

  2. User interface.

    Is the app easy to use? Is it relatively quick to add a new entry? Does the app make navigation and accessing of old entries easy? If you’ve answered yes to all these questions, you might just have found a good app for yourself to use. A convenient app encourages people to journal regularly, while an app that only makes the process more troublesome may eventually dissuade users from journalling altogether.

  3. Syncing and platform versatility.

    Do you think you will be journalling on multiple devices? If so, you may want to look for an app that allows you to sync entries across all your devices. Even if you decide to keep all your journal entries on one device, it helps if your app has an option to export your data should you ever wish to move to another app, platform or view your entries outside of the app.

Journalling can be one of the most rewarding ways to reflect on our lives. The struggle of cultivating this habit can be actually giving yourself a few moments to write regularly. However, doing it through an inspiring medium only serves to empower the experience further. Have you found a favourite app for your personal journalling? It’s never too late to begin.

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