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  • JOURNAL, looking for software/ideas for keeping one

    Hi everybody,
    I would like to start keeping a journal for noting my everyday experiences/feelings/etc.
    Does anyone know about a good PC software for keeping a journal ?
    Or if you think I dont need a software to do that please feel free to making your suggestions.
    Thanks
    Luca

  • #2
    LifeJournal

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    • #3
      Microsoft Word?

      In my experience, overly complicated software defeats the whole purpose of a journal. You want the most direct connection possible between your brain and the final result. For me, that means pen and paper. If you want to use software, I would suggest whatever word processing tool you use the most often and are the most comfortable with.

      Katherine

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      • #4
        Try using pen or pencil with paper for a week, then your current word processor for a week, and see which feels better and which is more productive of entries that reflect where you are in your life. Either way, remember to start each entry with the date. This will become important as you accumulate journal entries and look back through them.

        Just as important as being connected with your materials (manual or digital) -- or even more important -- is being connected with yourself and whatever is going on in your life. Journal keeping will help you enhance that connection, whatever method you use -- and simplest is often best.

        There are dozens of books on keeping journals. Some are very good and others are copycats. I'd recommend that you start with one classic and use it for a while before branching out. One of the best, old but still good, is by Kathleen Adams: Journal to the Self.
        Last edited by Day Owl; 05-07-2006, 02:16 PM.

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        • #5
          Journal App for PC

          There is a freeware journalling app at www.csoftlab.com It is called CSoft Diary and is encrypted, and fairly flexible. I tried it for awhile but I am not a journalling type of person.

          Good Luck,
          Gordon

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          • #6
            http://www.davidrm.com/thejournal/

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            • #7
              Windows Notepad is just enough.

              Originally posted by kewms
              Microsoft Word?

              In my experience, overly complicated software defeats the whole purpose of a journal.
              For journaling Microsoft Word is overly complicated software too. Windows Notepad is just enough in my opinion. It even has an automatic timestamp function - did you know?

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              • #8
                my solution: a plain text file, plus formatting and a few macros

                I use emacs (though the editor doesn't matter), plus I structure the ASCII a bit. Allows very rapid capture of events, ideas, and various information from the web, books, etc. More here:

                Pickle jars, text files, and creative idea capture
                My Big-Arse Text File - a Poor Man's Wiki+Blog+PIM

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BigStory
                  There is a freeware journalling app at www.csoftlab.com It is called CSoft Diary and is encrypted, and fairly flexible. I tried it for awhile but I am not a journalling type of person.

                  Good Luck,
                  Gordon
                  Thanks everybody
                  however the above is the perfect solution for me ... plus is freeware !
                  Ciao
                  Luca

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                  • #10
                    I'd still like to add the suggestion to check out www.evernote.com

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                    • #11
                      Life Journal

                      I agree with PDJunieB. Life Journal is fantastic! SO, many useful features. I highly recommend.

                      Bob

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by BigStory
                        There is a freeware journalling app at www.csoftlab.com It is called CSoft Diary and is encrypted, and fairly flexible. I tried it for awhile but I am not a journalling type of person.

                        Good Luck,
                        Gordon
                        This free SW is probably the 2nd best piece of SW that has helped my productivity since My outook / airset combo

                        I download this app to my thumb drive so wherever I go it is there

                        Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

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                        • #13
                          Another for Evernote

                          I will second the reference to http://www.evernote.com. Blows OneNote away.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by westbroek
                            I'd still like to add the suggestion to check out www.evernote.com
                            I have to admit that this is very good too !
                            Ciao
                            Luca

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