Keep a Daily Journal and Track Goals with Evernote

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Here are some ideas for journaling more effectively in Evernote. Many productivity experts tout the benefits of keeping an academic, professional, or personal journal. This little habit can keep you focused on your goals while allowing you to work through frustrations or problems. It can also show you how much progress you have made.  

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Tracking your goals may involve just checking in with your journal daily or weekly, or you may want a more full-fledged strategy, as described below.

10 Step Approach to Setting and Tracking Goals

Evernote runs a blog with productivity resources you might be interested in. For more information on each one, please visit the article, which expands on each of the following steps.

1. Write clearly
2. Share goals (by creating a shared note others can view or edit)
3. Digital inspiration (using Evernote's Web Clipper to easily save your internet searches)
4. Daily goals (by using Evernote across all devices, you can visit goals throughout your busy day, when it is convenient for you)
5. Monthly review
6. Capture tasks (by using checklists with check boxes and reminder alarms)
7. When lightning strikes, capture it (again, by using Evernote across all your devices, instead of relying on your memory)
8. Increase focus (by tagging certain prioritized to-do items or notes with "Focus" or something similar, which allows you to find them even as they reside in different notebooks)
9. The done list (by tagging your finished items with a "Done" tag rather than using the checkbox list system, if you think you might want to search for completed items later)
10. Take time to reflect

Whatever your goal strategies are, the important thing is to customize your Evernote use to something that makes sense for you.

Use Third-party Journaling Apps with Evernote

Evernote journaling app

In addition, sometimes a few extra bells and whistles can go a long way. The following third-party tools can be used alongside Evernote:

  • Wonderful Day: This is a fun iPhone app for keeping a diary or journal because it features extras such as photo frames, themes, specialty fonts and more, as well as tags and other useful features.
  • Journal for Evernote (iOS): Gosubits for Evernote offers this low-cost app which helps you stay organized by only creating one note for you per day. That way, you can look back at all you capture in a simple journalistic format, day by day. You simply launch the app and write your notes. The app will send them to an Evernote notebook designated as "My Journal", for example. Simple! 
  • SnapWriter: If you want bells and whistles in a journaling app, this could be the one for you. In addition to authoring and syncing log notes to your Evernote account, users can also attach photos, sync edit cursor position, import existing Evernote notes into SnapWriter, set a passcode lock, use automatic text via TextExpander, select a theme, use shortcut gestures, and more.

Use a KustomNote Diary Template

Evernote users already know about creating your own template notes, which you can then use for new notes. This just comes down to retaining an empty shell document, rather than filling it in with your changes for the note at hand. Obviously, this can include a bit of effort formatting your template note.

You may therefore also be interested in third-party, ready-made solutions for getting more done. For example, the popular KustomNote site offers diary note templates and more for Evernote.