Collecting your thoughts together in a journal is a rather pleasant thing to do. It can help put your daily life into perspective, while also giving you a great piece of personal history to look back on.
Various iOS apps mean you can do that on the move, in bed or simply while watching TV. You can organize your thoughts more effectively than through a physical journal too. We take a look at 10 of the best apps to do just that.
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1. Momento ($1.99) - Recently having enjoyed a refresh, Momento is a great app for writing down your thoughts, while also collecting moments from various social networks. You can write up notes on your day, add multiple videos and photos to illustrate your point, tag places and search results for even more context. You can import your tweets and Facebook posts, ensuring you always have somewhere to look back on.
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2. My Wonderful Days ($2.99) - My Wonderful Days focuses on providing a simple and clear interface for writing. With Universal app support and iCloud syncing, you can easily switch between multiple devices, jotting down your thoughts and feelings. Photos can be added, and the app has a great search function for when you're trying to look up a particular event. You can even organize by how happy you felt on a certain date.
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3. Askt Life Journaling ($2.99) - Askt takes a different approach to journaling. It asks you to answer one thought provoking question each day of the year, tracking and comparing your answer from year to year. The idea is that it'll get you thinking about subjects you wouldn't ordinarily consider, invoking some intriguing answers to look back on.
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4. Everyday (Free) - With a focus on privacy, Everyday is ideal for those users who want to keep their thoughts very private. It still offers a way to add photos, as well as tag your content, but its simple user interface means it remains a clean and straight forward app. Daily reminders encourage you to write regularly, and they'll even go through to your Apple Watch for extra convenience.
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5. Diaro (Free) - Encouraging you to write notes throughout the day, Diaro makes it simple to combine those notes into a full journal entry. You can easily organize content through folders, tags and locations, with further options allowing you to import data from Evernote, as well as export to PDF files.
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6. Gratitude Journal ($4.99) - Plenty of evidence has shown that reminding yourself of the good things in life is an exceptionally healthy habit to maintain. Gratitude Journal encourages that by giving you a place to list multiple things about your day that make you feel good about life. In time, it becomes natural to think like that.
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7. Day One 2 Journal ($4.99) - Day One 2 Journal has the considerable benefit of allowing you to create multiple journals. That means you can have one devoted to your work, one to your personal life, one for your ideas and darkest thoughts…you get the idea. Alongside plenty of filtering options, and the potential for multiple photos per entry, it's a potent combination.
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8. DayEntry ($2.99) - DayEntry is ideal for Evernote users, allowing them to import their thoughts from the app each day. You can easily look back at what you've added to Evernote in the past, making it simple to look up past thoughts ideas, or pretty much anything else you add to Evernote each day. Expansive search functions seal the deal.
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9. Flava (Free) - Flava looks a lot like a calendar app, but it's ideal for scrapbooking your day. You can add text, photos, your voice, video, location data and even your movie library to an entry, giving you a place to look back through everything that happened that day. It'll suit your needs whether you want to write down your thoughts or simply keep track of what movies you watch each day.
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10. Penzu (Free) - A free journal, Penzu is perfect for when you switch between multiple devices. You can sync to the service, meaning you can access your diary from almost anywhere in the world. Passwords and PIN locks mean everything is secure, with the possibility to add tags, search extensively and add photos to your journal entries.