The Easiest Way to Keep a Journal
Love the idea of journaling, but never have the time to write it all down? Here’s a great tip for you.
For years I’ve wanted to keep a personal journal, especially as I have young children. There are lots of great reasons to journal, but I seldom seemed to carve out the time in my busy day… until I discovered OhLife.com.
What makes OhLife so useful is that it’s really, really easy to use. Sign up, and they’ll send you an email every night asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with your thoughts, and you’re done. Easy as pie. Since learning about OhLife back in August, I’ve written 116 entries (that’s nearly 80 percent of the days), compared to probably half that number I wrote in the previous 6 years since my son was born.
We all tend to spend a lot of time in our email inbox these days, so it’s easy to just crank out a couple of sentences with some highlights from the day and press “send.” Your journal is saved in private on the OhLife site, and you can export a copy if you ever decide to take it elsewhere. You can’t format it, make it gorgeous or add photos – but because it’s so simple you will have an actual journal, and not just good intentions.
What amazed me the most was how OhLife’s slightly simpler solution dramatically increased the likelihood of me posting an entry. And, apparently, I’m not alone — one of the Ohlife Founders, Shawn Gupta, says “50 percent of the people who write their first OhLife entry will keep writing, usually every day or every other day.” As anyone who has ever tried to blog before knows, that’s a pretty amazing claim.
Note: I have absolutely no connection to OhLife, other than I’m a fan of their service. You can check out OhLife here.