So today I was pondering electronic journaling, after being prompted by this post on stevepavlina.com. However, I move between multiple computers all the time and installed software doesn’t seem like a good fit for me. I want something more private than a blog, and preferably with decent search capabilities. That’s when it hit me: Gmail!
Here’s what I did:
- Setup a new contact with the name “journal” and my email address + journal. Gmail allows you to add keywords to your email address. For example, if your email is email@example.com, you can also receive email at firstname.lastname@example.org. In this case, you’ll be receiving your journal entries at email@example.com.
- Setup a new filter that looks for all messages to firstname.lastname@example.org and then applies the (new) label “journal” and archives the message.
That’s it! Now I simply go into Gmail and compose a new message to journal. I can search these journals with Gmail’s fantastic search capabilities or even apply other labels as well. An added benefit to this system is that I can journal from anything that can send email, such as a handheld, simply by composing my message to email@example.com.