How to make keeping a journal really easy

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When I was in college, one of my professors encouraged me to keep a journal.  I wish I had followed that advice.  Can you imagine what it would be like to have a record that you can just go back and look at whatever happened on a particular day for the last 25 years?

Some people actually have done that.  For most, however, it’s not easy to stick with it.  You have to remember to do it, then you have to open MS Word (or some other word processing program), date it, save it to your computer… and hope your backup is good when your hard drive dies.

Or, you could do it in the form of a blog – but if your blog can be read by everyone, there might be some things that you don’t want others to see.  Especially if you happen to write about them in your journal entry!

Oh Life

There is an easy way to keep up with it – and I can attest to this from personal experience.  I actually wrote about this service back when I started using it in September 2010, and I have been keeping my online journal ever since then.  For me, I used it to track my weight loss progress and now I track my running and other life events.

What makes it so easy?  For me, it’s because it doesn’t really require me to do something different than my routine.  To make an entry for the day, all you have to do is reply to an email.  I reply to email every day anyway, so it’s just one more.

The website is ohLife (  This is a completely free service.  When you sign up, they will start sending you an email each day (or however often you want to receive them).  Their email to you will just say: “It’s Monday, May 21 – How did your day go?” in the subject line, and the body of the email will be blank.  Whatever you write as a reply to that email is your journal entry for that day.

All of your entries are saved on their server, and it’s all secured so that no one else can get in and read your journal.  Of course, you can log in and read them whenever you want.  If you had a boring day when nothing happened worth writing about, skip that day.  You can write nothing, or a few lines, or thousands of words; it’s your journal so it’s up to you.

I love this service because it is free, and it makes it really easy to keep up with journal entries.  Wouldn’t  you like to be able to read the story of your life, years from now?  Get signed up and start writing!

Do you keep a journal?  If you have some tips on journaling that help you keep up with it, please comment below.


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