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What's a super simple diary/journaling app?

Somthing really minimal, almost like the Apple note app?
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  1. 36
    Day One 2.0

    Ground-up rewrite of the best journal for Mac and iPhone

    It is super simple. You can also change change date and enter events from past which I love.
    *disclosure: i used to work for this team but i was a user before and after working there* Day One is far above the competition. Kinda sad to see these other notes like Google Keep and OneNote above Day One here. Don't get me wrong, I use Google Keep for other thoughts, notes, etc., but for journaling, Day One is the best, bar none.
    I love this app! The UI is really beautiful and it pulls in things automatically too like the weather or the pictures from that day. It's simple to use and works across mac/ios seamlessly!
    • Aishwarya Hariharan
      Aishwarya HariharanMarketing at Freshworks

      My favorite feature in Day One 2.0 is the daily prompt. Instead of letting my journal become the 'Rant of the day' entry, Day One attempts to help me create a rich and personal record with their creative prompts.

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    • I bought the iOS app awhile ago, so I was on the grandfathered Plus plan. I wanted to sync with the Mac app, so I went ahead and bought the 50% discounted premium plan. I like it, but I thought the Mac app would have more formatting options than the iPhone. It doesn't. It's basically a larger version of the iOS app.

      It's way too expensive if you're not on the plus plan. It's expensive even with the plus plan. You can't use iCloud for storage either, which I don't understand. Having cloud storage can be expensive for companies, so they increase the prices, but they removed iCloud sync, so now everyone uses their cloud storage.

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  2. 24
    Google Keep

    Save your thoughts, wherever you are

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc Β· Written
    Can't get simpler than this!
    Amruth Pillai
    Amruth PillaiDesigner|Developer|Photographer|Writer Β· Written
    I use it all the time, it's simple, easy to access, and it's by Google <3
    Gregor B. Rosenauer
    Gregor B. RosenauerSenior software developer in semantics Β· Written
    It's simple yet powerful with labels, color coding and media support and comes built in with Android. Only wish it had more viewing options (e.g. list) and allow back dating...
    • Eugene Zubak
      Eugene ZubakProduct Management Consultant

      There is no alternative for Google Keep which is very dissapointing in terms of app having bunch of minor and one major bug which makes it useless. Any note taking app could make "sticky notes" view and I would switch happily from Keep which is forgotten and abandoned by its developers

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  3. Sam Rye
    Sam Rye11Founder Β· Written
    Not sure if Journey is on iOS as well, but I found it really useful when I was keeping a simple journal ahead of my first baby's birth.
  4. 9
    Five Minute Journal App

    The simplest, most effective way to be happier every day

    John Ababseh
    John Ababseh10Epiphany Enthusiast Β· Written
    I like this app, super simple and easy to use!
  5. Dre DurrπŸ’‘
    Dre DurrπŸ’‘Growth is the only thing that matters Β· Written
    Microsoft is still kinda cool
    Kshitij Shah
    Kshitij ShahDirector - Business Development, Mecord Β· Written
    Easy to use and sync. Just jot down and close
  6. 6

    The customisable journal app

    Shashwat Pradhan
    Shashwat PradhanCEO/Founder @emberify Β· Written
    Shashwat Pradhan made this product
    You can customise it as much as you want. If you want something barebones, then Apple Notes
  7. 5

    A beautiful, flexible writing app for notes and prose

    David Adamu
    David Adamu3Maker. Product Designer @Andela Β· Written
    Minimal & effective πŸ‘ŒπŸ½
    • Justin Deardorff
      Justin DeardorffHunter/Gatherer of Ideas

      I searched high and low for a replacement to the Mac OS default Notes app, which is incredibly limited in functionality and insufficient for my needs. I had one twist - I needed to find a note taking app for Mac that did not sync or store notes in the cloud. Bear does just that and it happens to be great. I really enjoy the hashtag categorization system and ability to have multiple tags on a note. It's a twist on Evernote style tags, but with a lighter-weight style of notebook organization and management.

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    • Scot Krueger
      Scot KruegerFounder of

      Overall I love Bear. It is beautifully designed. I love the simple interface and the ability to tag notes is amazing. It makes searching for old notes so much easier. This is better than Apple Notes and I love it so much more than Evernote.

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  8. 7
    Grid Diary

    The simplest way to get started with keeping a diary

    Julie Scheurl
    Julie ScheurlFashion Asst., Harper's Bazaar Germany Β· Written
    I prefer to have a few daily Q&As, which can be customized as well. It helps me keep a straightforward log and steers me away from blundering on and on.
    yibieVice Editor in Chief, ifanr Β· Written
    Simple, and you can ask yourself some useful question daily, improve your life quatity.
    Arieh Movtady
    Arieh MovtadyFounder of Taylo Β· Written
    Simple tool yet powerful
  9. 5

    Organize anything, together

    1. Set up lists by time period or by project. 2. Set up a card for each topic you're journaling about. 3. Update cards in the moment from mobile device. 4. At the end of the week/month/project, export the notes with Chrome Export for Trello or use Zapier
    • Nick Allen
      Nick AllenHead of Marketing at FileInvite | Kiwi

      Brilliant for managing all your project backlogs in a Kanban fashion. Including a list for the DIY tasks around the house.

      As a Marketer I use this daily to manage workflow, sort ideas around future content and prioritize my activities. My team collaborate and report using handy integrations with Google and we use it as a Customer service and Sales script repository to store links to docs and how-to videos.

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    • Johnathan Holland
      Johnathan HollandI truly obsess over helping others..

      If you aren't an organized person Trello allows for easy to see visuals that help keep projects on track. The team at Curexe has specifically used it to organize our bugs, new features, staging and production stages of our development.

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  10. 5
    Things 3.0

    Complete revamp of the original, award-winning task manager

    Stowe Boyd
    Stowe Boydfuturist, researcher, imperfectionist Β· Written
    I use Things 3.0 as a task manager *and* a journal. I haven't written this up yet, but plan to.
    • Chad Whitaker
      Chad WhitakerProduct Designer at AngelList ✌️

      I've been a Things user since 2007. Within the last couple of years Things 2.0 started to feel stale, and I found myself exploring other alternatives. Yet I could never end up replacing it.

      Thankfully, Things 3.0 comes out of nowhere with a completely redesigned experience that is fast, beautiful and it allows you to do everything with speed β€” the perfect recipe for a todo app.

      This app feels like it belongs on iOS 11 even though it was launched weeks before the iOS 11 beta was announced. It's that good!

      You still can't share tasks with others, but the great experience easily out weights that need.

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    • Dan Duett
      Dan DuettProduct Manager, Stitch Labs

      I've used Things since 2010. It's the app I couldn't live without. To use it well, familiarize yourself with David Allen's "Getting Things Done" methodology.

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  11. 4

    The intentional living app

    Chad Ostrowski
    Chad OstrowskiFounder, Entire.Life Β· Written
    Chad Ostrowski made this product
    More geared toward week-by-week journaling, but can work for daily journaling, too. Keeps you focused on the big picture. If it could work better, let me know how!
  12. 4
    Dabble Me

    A private journal that works over email.

    This would be super killer if it was over SMS.
  13. Ramesh Ghimire
    Ramesh GhimireStartup entrepreneur. Β· Written
    It is a cross platform journal app I have been using for several years. It does not disturb you, you can write however you want and has tags, weather etc. extras
  14. 3
    Tumblr 4.0 (iOS)

    You’ll probably never be bored again.

    Sam Rye
    Sam Rye11Founder Β· Written
    Tumblr is also an option if you want to share any of the posts publicly.
  15. 2

    Journaling meets mood & habit tracking... in style!

    Horea Burca
    Horea BurcaCo-Founder, Β· Written
    Horea Burca made this product
    Simple and effective
    • Emme SINGER
      Emme SINGERMaking space

      Ideas that'd be useful (at least to me :-)

      Possibly add (1) Weekly Milestones; (2) Quarterly Milestones; (3) Annual Review . (It seems that "Interests" works as a Daily Milestone)

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  16. Similar to Day One, been around a long time, integrations with apps like Uber, Moves, FourSquare, etc., for some quantified self-styled journaling.
  17. Flawless import from Day One. Interesting / unique journaling prompts.
    A different type of journal app yet simple.
  18. 2
    iA Writer 4

    Embed images, tables and text as blocks of content in text

    Dhvanil Patel
    Dhvanil PatelDesigner at Playment Β· Written
    Really easy to use, very minimal and syncs well between Apple devices.
    • Karthik Subramanian
      Karthik SubramanianContent and Branding guy

      I deep dive into writing rituals using this software. Tough to explain beyond it. But they have gotten their UI perfect for a writing mode.

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  19. 2
    Medium 2.0

    A new look, app, and features to move thinking forward

    I sometimes use Medium drafts to journal. (I don't publish them)
    • Nathan Brown
      Nathan BrownWeb & Mobile Growth Consultant

      I've loved Medium for a long time - in fact I still hear from people (other authors wanting to link/interview me, prospective clients, etc.) every singe month directly from my very first Medium post.

      Medium on mobile Much better than the original app, but the nature of a content network means there's a ton to fit on a small screen's UX.

      My only real issue with the app is the writing interface (which should be Medium's strongest point if the website is any indication). It's reminiscent of the beloved Medium writing interface, but some of the features

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    • Larisa Deac
      Larisa DeacUX/UI Designer

      I've used many blog editors out there, and none has proven to be as easy and user friendly as Medium.

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  20. I used this a couple of years ago and returning to it soon. Was super useful to share private link notes with friends.