Journal Apps for "Writing Down" All Your Thoughts
Best Journal Apps
There's something to be said for the tangibility of physical journals, but don't discount apps so fast. Unlike their offline counterparts, the best journal apps allow you to easily search past entries and/or look at an overview of your entries. And you have access to them whenever inspiration strikes, as long as your phone is on you (which, LBH, is 99.9 percent of the time). Convinced? Whether you'd like to start a new daily writing habit or just want a travel journal for trips, here are the best options.
1 Second Everyday: Video Diary
"Imagine a movie that includes every day of the rest of your life," is 1 Second Everyday's compelling tagline. Commit to taking one-second-long videos on your phone every day, and the app will string them together to create a video of the moments in your life both momentous and mundane. The longer you use the app, the richer your video, but you'll never have to bother with editing or recording for more than a second at a time.
If you'd like to tune into what daily occurrences impact your mood, check out Daylio. You can use the app to input what activities you're doing throughout the day along with how you're feeling. Then, the app will provide stats about your mood streaks over time and patterns regarding your activities and moods.
Gratitude Happiness Journal
Keeping a gratitude journal might change how you feel on the daily; In one 2017 study, people who wrote daily letters of gratitude to others reported better mental health than those who didn't. See for yourself with this gratitude journal app, which lets you write and send thank you notes to people in your life. It also includes features like inspirational quotes, reminders to practice gratefulness throughout the day, and of course, the ability to jot down what you're grateful for.
Day One Journal
Arguably the most comprehensive journal app available, Day One Journal lets you create entries with words and photos, then easily look back at tagged posts, favorited posts, or posts from one year ago. You can sync it with multiple devices so you'll be able to capture all your ideas in the most opportune way, whether that's sitting down at your computer for a long entry or using your Apple Watch when you're on a walk.
Bullet Journal Companion
If you're a bullet journal diehard who'd never give up dotted grids, you still might be interested in the official bullet journal app which is designed to complement your bullet journal. You can use it to catalog and search all the content of your old notebooks and log tasks, events, and notes to reference when you don't have your journal on hand. And if you're new to bullet journaling, you might appreciate the guide to getting started included on the app.
If you're the scratch-off map type, you might want to download this iPhone travel diary app before your next getaway. Alert it that you're taking a trip and it will keep track of your miles, steps, countries visited, and any photos you take while away. Once you get home, you can order a book from the trip that you can hold on to should you ever decide to delete the app.
Foodility is a food journal app that's more geared toward recording an overview of what you've eaten rather than the nitty-gritty of your macronutrient intake. Whether a dietician is having you keep a food journal or just want somewhere to save photos of all your favorite meals at restaurants, the app offers a pared-down option.
Price: Free for iPhone
Unicorn Diary with Lock
If you were a cool kid in the '90s, then you owned a Password Journal that was decorated to perfection. Today's youth will never know the satisfaction of hearing the journal say "access denied," but the app Unicorn Diary with Lock is like a 2019 equivalent. The free journal app lets you draw and jot down your thoughts with a password that provides an extra layer of protection against anyone with access to your phone.
Price: Free for Android
Baby books are lovely, but not every new parent has the energy (or artistic inclinations) to bust out the scrapbooking paper. With Qeepsake, documenting your baby's early years is as easy as shooting off a text. The app will text you questions about your little one, and your responses are automatically saved to a journal which you can later edit. Once you're satisfied with everything you've compiled, you can order a book.
DayGram One Line a Day Diary
If you're someone who wants to journal regularly but usually quits when life get busy, consider trying out a one line a day journal. With DayGram, which is designed to look like a real page, you can jot down a quick thought at the end of every day, and reflect on what you'd written in the previous years.