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

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.

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Elisa F.
Elisa F.1 years ago

I keep a journal...have for years. Thanks for sharing.

Helen Wu
Helen Wu2 years ago

Thank you for Sharing :)

Magdalen B.
Magdalen B.2 years ago

"to journal" No, dear, it's a noun not a verb.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams2 years ago


Shirazeh T.
Shirazeh T.2 years ago

peggy, that's very beautiful!
i think this article is great-- for a long time now, i've wanted to create a "watergate" of my life. literally buy a tape recorder which is always on, carrying it w/ me everywhere and recording everything...

for a bunch of reasons, this isn't practical, and i havent done it, and my writing has fallen sadly behind.
this is a great idea!

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

thanks for sharing

Tanasije Rakic
Tanasije Rakic3 years ago

Thanks, I'm really going to use oh life!

J.L. A.
JL A.3 years ago

just was hearing about how daily journal writing can help release creativity that's become blocked, so very timely!

Dakota Payne
Dakota Payne3 years ago

being online so often , we forget to use the ole pen

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

What's the use keeping a journal anyway?