Elec­tronic nudges to help you keep your jour­nal up to date

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Jour­nal­ing is pur­ported to have all kinds of ben­e­fits — but who has the time? Grid Di­ary is an app de­signed to make record­ing your days and emo­tions much faster and eas­ier, by of­fer­ing writ­ing prompts for those who fear the tyranny of the blank page. (Or screen.)

Th­ese lit­tle prompts — e.g. “Please use a suit­able word to de­scribe to­day” — can help you zero in on the things you most want to record. You can cus­tom­ize th­ese prompts as well.

It lets you record your mood — via the ap­pro­pri­ate smi­ley face — and the weather, for which you can see sta­tis­tics over time.

Users can also book­mark days if they want an easy way to look back at them later. Al­though this app isn’t suited to pour­ing your heart out, it is a nice way to keep a record of your days and the small mo­ments that you want to re­mem­ber. A paid ver­sion costs $5 to ditch ads and of­fers ex­tra fea­tures, in­clud­ing the op­tion to lock your di­ary with a pass­code.

Free, for iOS.

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