I once heard it said that “a life worth living is a life worth writing about.” Maybe that’s true, and if it is, it seems that most people are not living a life worth living because they’re not writing about their lives.
Remember the personal diary? Even with computers and smartphones and tablets it seems that the daily journal has been usurped by Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. If your life is worth writing about, worth documenting, here are a few tools to get you started on your Mac.
The Lost Art Of A Daily Journal
My mom and I were cleaning out my grandmother’s apartment recently. We came across a stack of her personal journals that detailed almost daily events for the past 40 years or so.
No one in the family knew she’d kept a daily journal, though we all saw her writing down notes from time to time.
That’s when it struck me that if a life is worth living, it must be worth keeping a few notes. How can Mac users keep a daily journal, a personal diary, of everyday events?
Let me count the ways. Blogger is free. WordPress is free. TextEdit is a free and easy to use word processor that’s already on your Mac.
The only real issue with using TextEdit is organizing daily entries. Blogger and WordPress are often open to public scrutiny. So, if you’re interested in capturing some of what happened today, but have a budget to consider, consider the Day One app for your Mac.
The Mac App Store has at least a dozen such journals, diaries, or notes apps. But Day One is more of a personal journal in the digital age.
One click to the Menubar brings down the quick entry screen. Type in your thoughts for the moment and click Save. Day One keeps track of entries in order and by day and month and year.
There’s a built-in search function but Calendar View makes it simple to dig back through previous entries in your journal.
Photos can be dropped into a journal entry from iPhoto or email. Entries can also be password protected to prevent prying eyes from becoming enlightened snoops.
Day One also features a built-in reminders system which utilizes OS X Mountain Lion’s Notification Center. What makes this app special is that it’s not complicated, but it’s available.
There’s an iPad and iPhone version so what you write on one device, shows up in the other devices fully synchronized with iCloud or Dropbox.
Is Day One worth the nominal price tag? Yes. But, there are some needs.
For whatever reason, there are no tags (keywords per entry for make searches easier). I’m not sure why there’s a password when there’s no encrypting of the files. Strangely, entries can display only one photo at a time. Don’t let a few shortcomings hold you back from archiving those parts of your life worth living.