Michael Williams wrote:
Michael,I use an excellent software program called, strangely enough, The Journal. If you are interested in trying it out you can find it at http://www.davidrm.com/thejournal/
Thanks for the tip. I took a look at the web site, and it looks like there is a lot interesting material there. The MemoryGrabber add-on looks particularly interesting. I have been using Parsons Technology's Daily Journal 3.0 for years, mainly for the kind of introspective writing most people associate with journalling. I've found it to be a functional, easy to use, and inexpensive journalling tool, but I think I'm going to give The Journal a try. It looks like it has a lot more to offer for not a lot of money.
All that being said, I made a deliberate decision to keep the planner journal paper-based. The reason is that I have yet to find an automated tool that is as flexible and easy to use as paper and pens. I normally use an indent-outline format in the journal, but I occasionally put in tabular data, mind maps, pictures and diagrams. With a paper and pen, I can do this easily without having to fiddle around with different kinds of editors.
With paper, the journal is messier, and I do lose the ability to search on the journal, which is sometimes a major league pain. But for me, the planner journal is not so much a recording tool as a tool for supporting mindfulness, focus, extended thought, and action. So far, I'm willing to give up a few things to get that.