Digital Journaling 101: Tips and tricks for keeping a digital journal

There are benefits to flipping through the pages of a paper journal. However, if you’re embracing the digital age and still want to capture and keep track of your routines, accomplishments, and commitments, a digital journal is a terrific and tech-savvy alternative. A digital journal could also be a suitable alternative for those who have perhaps attempted to start a paper journal but the routine didn’t stick. 

There are actually a few different concepts referred to as digital journaling, so first let’s define exactly what that means! 

What is a Digital Journal? 

A digital journal is simply a platform or a method of journaling that’s either online or electronic as opposed to strictly pen-and-paper. There are many online platforms you can sign up to use, and there are also apps and devices that you can purchase for digital journaling (kind of like an e-book, except you add the words!) 

Depending on the app you use, you might also be able to use photos and tag your entries for easier organization. You can even color-code and add other embellishments to your digital journal, just like you would with paper and pen. 

Digital Journal Options

Evernote, GoodNotes, Day One, and OneNote are digital journaling apps that allow users to take notes, create lists, and store files. Some of them have more options than others, so take a trial run and figure out which one works best for you. 

You may just want to journal using Google Docs! It might sound too simple, but a no-frills platform for creating and storing documents might be what helps keep you consistent in your practice.


What else might you need to get started? Not much! A stylus pen can be helpful for those who prefer handwriting or drawing on their digital journal. You might also prefer typing. In that case, a keyboard could be useful and more efficient than using the on-screen keyboard on your device. A case with a stand might also be helpful if you prefer to use your device in a specific position or angle while journaling, but again, these are accessories, not requirements. They just depend on your personal preferences and needs.

Practical Tips

Once you’ve decided what platform and accessories you’d like to use, here are some practical tips on how to get started, and they don’t differ dramatically from the tips for paper-and-pen journaling.

Write regularly

Make journaling a regular habit by setting aside a specific time and place during your day to write. That might be your bedroom, your desk, or a patio or balcony. 

Write for YOU

When it comes to journaling, there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Create a space for your own thoughts and feelings, and remember that proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation are optional! 

Use prompts

If you're not sure what to write about, make a to-do list or try to describe some of your current challenges or struggles. Try some of these writing prompts to get the creative juices flowing. 

Mix it up

Don't be afraid to try different types of journaling, or change platforms if the first one you choose isn’t a good fit. If the words aren’t coming to you, try adding drawings and photos. 


Periodically review your journal entries to reflect on your growth and progress. This can help you identify patterns or areas you want to focus on in the future. One of the benefits of a digital journal is that you can use tags and keywords to easily find content again. These tags don’t have to be elaborate or all-encompassing. Just capture a couple of terms that will help you find the content you want, such as Work, Family, News, or Vacation.

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