Minimalistic Journaling with Journalistic

Shavin Peiries Feb 25, 2021 3 min read

If you are an avid journaler or someone who wants to get started writing down his or her thoughts, you would agree with me that there are many options available.

However, it's not only about the number of apps out there, the best one for you depends on your own preferences.

I have been using my current app for more than a year now and I'd like to tell you why. And how some of its features go beyond journaling.

But before that — for comparison's sake — I used to try Julia Cameron's Morning Pages method and the Jim Collins' spreadsheet method introduced on the Tim Ferris show.

The Morning Pages didn't work out because it wasn't easy to recall the things I had written down and books took up a lot of space. Not to mention the extra threat of my mum going through it because that's what brown parents seem to like to do.

Jim Collins' method was better. I used it for a year in 2019. It was good for pattern recognition like figuring out what your best days were and how to replicate them. The problem was that spreadsheet cells don't accommodate for much space for writing your heart out and including nuances about your day. This mattered to me. So, I went hunting for another solution.

And that's when I found Journalistic on Product Hunt.

I love it for its simplicity and focus on writing. 420 days since first using it, I haven't missed out on a single day of journaling every night before bed.

The reason that I keep using it goes beyond journaling, though. The more data I feed into it, there are some non-obvious excitement attributes that prop up. Easily missed if you don't log your entries.

One of the features called highlights allows you to identify what you love in micro detail. This was perfect for me because it combined what was really good about the Collins tracking method.

It's easy to get caught up with emotions during a given day. You might even feel distraught when each day looks like the next. Especially during a lockdown.

The highlighting feature allows you to put a heart on a bullet that made you feel positive about something. It logs it all on one page. So, you can scroll through all your highlights and reflect on the small things that made you happy.

When you do reflect on them, patterns start revealing themselves to you about what you enjoy.

Another reason why it's a great feature is if you aren't highlighting anything. At which point I had to ask myself what happened today that made me happy, no matter how small. As an act of not taking anything for granted, I'd type it down. I knew that I'd be grateful for it later on when I was looking back.

If I did fail to come up with something to write though, it would mean that I had to re-evaluate what's going on with life right now. And figure out how to make things better.

Journalistic also allows you to figure out which people influence you the most.

They say that you are the average of the 5 people you spend your time with. I'd argue to say that you are the average of the person you think about the most. Even though I may spend a lot of time around a co-worker doesn't mean that I'd be thinking about them.

Journalistic logs every-time you include someone's name in a bullet point with the auto-mentioning feature. A new feature but a powerful one.

After I recently started dating, I noticed how my partner was making her way up my number of times mentioned on Journalistic. Before, it was my business partner and close friend who held the 1st position. In a way, Journalistic reveals the people that engulf your conscience. If you have a big social circle, it's good information to have when you know which people can affect how you think and feel.

These are only two of the features that I find most useful. Other features include tagging, dreams, gems and ideas. There's also dark mode so you know it looks amazing.

Although there are many features, they don't take away from the magic that is the writing. They complement it to enhance your journaling experience. And in some ways help you understand the nature of your own thoughts and the people that influence them.

Check out Journalistic.

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