One of the most effective ways towards unlocking self-growth is journaling. It helps us express emotions and experiences, manage interpersonal tensions, and grow self-awareness, but it also helps us maintain a constant log of our lives.

Journaling used to be a pen-and-paper operation, but with the advancement of consumer electronics, it is now possible to begin and maintain your journal digitally.

There are many ways to start journaling, right from keeping a small diary to using a mobile phone with quick notes. Beginning a journal writing process can be quite taxing for a few, especially if one is not sure which way is best for her.

One can start keeping journal entries online that helps you to read them from anywhere, removing the need to hold a notebook and pen, and gives you access to digital features such as marking and scan. On the other hand, some people are still old school and prefer pen-and-paper.

Let us check out the modern tools that can help one start with the journaling process.

A. Tools for digital journaling

1. Evernote

Evernote is not a purposeful journaling tool, but its characteristics make it suitable to store your journaling notes in a safe location.

Evernote will appeal to journalists who wish to use more formats than just text in their entries, with the option to hold different notebooks, tag the entries, including photographs, audio, and web clipping.

Provided online via a web browser and as a standalone smartphone app, the service has a range of smartphone applications spanning nearly all available devices. This encourages you to enter notes and sync between the versions of the smartphone app and the browser.

2. Lugelo

One of the modern apps of a fast-paced world helps you log your entries quickly in any form you like.

This includes creating Vlogs and storing them online, clicking pictures instantly, labeling them with the date and caption, or even recording and saving audio. Lugelo app is a must-have modern tool for journaling enthusiasts, enabling one to log the entries in an app quickly.

The options to choose from a range of media provide certain flexibility. Add to that, you can also share your logs with the Lugelo community, which provides you the necessary emotional cushion.

3. OneWord

OneWord is a popular new platform for journaling that gives you a single word to write about and gives you 60 seconds to do so. The idea aims to show authors how to flow, and the prompts vary from mundane to profound.

If you sign up for Oneword, your comments will be reported on the site's daily blog, which features a stream of users' responses and may be used by Oneword in the past. If you'd rather keep the responses to yourself, you can always play around with the tool without disclosing any personal information.

B. Offline Journal

1. The journal

Anything can serve as a visual diary to begin the journaling process. It can be a notebook for your visual diary, a three-ring binder, a spiral, a blank journal.

You can also choose from the range of blank books for journaling purposes. The costing depends on journals available from $5 to $100, depending on features like specialty coverings, pockets, form, and weight of the paper you select.

2. Pen and Paper

People were secretly scribbling their missives onto paper long before they were pecking out their screeds on typewriters, let alone keyboards.

Many journaling enthusiasts also demonstrated a strong affinity for capturing your most personal thoughts with the solidly analog and hard-to-share medium of pen and paper in an age of instant sharing and fast digitization.
There is no replacement for the anonymity and ease of use from an old-fashioned paper-based journal for many who begin their journaling process.

3. Opting for Colored Pens

You may need to have a range of colored pens to highlight your journal entries' important parts. Such pens will help you focus on some of the entries that require detailed reviewing at a later stage.

For instance, using colored pens for the work journal can drag attention to the dates, targets, etc.

You can choose from a 10-pack to the 42-color range of Staedtler Fineliners. Start your journaling journey using a particular color of a pen to denote a certain emotion/information.

This will help you focus on specific information quickly and make the journal-reading experience a little more productive. Although monochromatic visual journals are fine, adding color can help engage the right part of the brain.


Over time, as you practice, you will find the tools that are exactly right for you. But in the meantime, experiment with online and offline journaling to decide which one works best for you.

Also, start this journey with a friend or a group you trust as it makes journaling more memorable and fun for everyone in the group.

Author's Bio: 

Musa Mawanda, Ph. D is the Founder and CEO of Lugelo, Inc., a mobile and web app for private journals, scrapbooks, biographies, and storybooks.