E-Journaling: 5 Ways to Boost Your Productivity

We’ve all heard about the amazing benefits of journaling and know that it’s something “we should do.” Yet, most people fail to take advantage of this habit. Let’s admit it, we all tried it, and most of us fell off the wagon before the journal ran out of pages. But it doesn’t have to be this way. What if it could be as easy as checking your email? Well, it actually is.

Let me explain. When I say journaling I don’t actually mean, “Pick up your quill and paper and start practicing calligraphy.” What I mean is get your smart device and make sure you’re familiar with the tools to casually include e-journaling in your 2018 lifestyle.

Here are 5 ways your phone or laptop can help you reap the benefits of journaling with ease and pleasure:

1. Lists

Creating lists can be incredibly useful for ambitious people. If you do it on your phone, it’s going to be well-organized, searchable, and customizable: you can even attach media (photos, diagrams, music, etc.) to your notes. Make sure everything you are planning is accounted for and enjoy marking things done as you are conquering the world.

2. Idea Folder

Don’t let ideas interrupt your productivity. There is a time and a place for everything, even for genius thoughts. Create a folder, and each time you get distracted by your muse, take a second to scribble a note so you can continue working in peace.

3. Memory Storage

Write down names, dates and little facts you might forget. And keep them somewhere on a cloud to save yourself hours of “trying to remember.”

4. Stream of Consciousness

Over-thinking is a common problem, often associated with stress, anxiety, and depression. Stream of consciousness journaling can help empty your busy head, and it’s incredibly simple to do. Create a google doc for moments of overwhelm and type down whatever comes to your mind each time your vision feels clouded. Don’t wait. Don’t edit. Don’t second guess. Just write down anything that pops into your mind, even if it’s just “I don’t know what to write.”

5. Interactive Calendar

Forget about your planner. If it’s on your device—it’s always with you. Also, you can synchronize it with your smart speaker/watch, and it actually reminds you when you have things planned.

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Daria Zakharchenko

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