What's the best tool for writing a daily journal?

Hi, I want to start daily journal. What's the best way to do this?
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    Day One

    A simple journal for iPhone, iPad and OSX.

    Kate52Head of Social @ GitHub · Written
    Day One is awesome about sending great prompts that will help you write, even on days when you've got "journaler's block". Plus, with all of it's options for sharing and privacy as well as syncing between devices, it's an obvious choice.
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    As they describe themselves: Day One is a journaling app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure. It is an easy to use journaling app that syncs across multiple devices. Recent updates includes ways automate parts of it, although not as fully automated as MementoApp (https://momentoapp.com/) but that only works on your iPhone. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to privately document your life this is the way to go.
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    Rosemary O'NeillCo-Founder/CEO, Narrative Company · Written
    Day One is the only journaling app that's stuck with me over time. Simple and effective.
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    Medium 2.0

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

    Benjamin PowellFounder Adsoup.com & Startup Infomaniac · Written
    Its super easy to write with and publish, that is of you want a public journal of course. Otherwise a pen and paper is as cathartic as #%@×
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    I use Medium almost everyday. If you want to improve on your writing skills, get feedback about your thoughts and ideas, Medium is the place to be.
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    Medium has distraction free writing. You don't need any technical knowledge and whatever you write looks beautiful on any device.
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    • 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 is...so-so. 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

    • 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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    60 Seconds Everyday

    The fastest way of daily journaling

    Ryan Hoover80Founder, Product Hunt · Written
    This isn't like the other journals. Every day this service calls your phone, records 60 seconds of your "audible journal", and stores it online. Sitting down to write a journal takes more time and effort.
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    Mark B.Product Manager, CJ Affiliate · Written
    Simple. Develops the habit and encourages success.
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    Evernote

    Note taking gets even simpler

    I use Evernote! I use It every day for work and personal projects. A couple years ago I decided to create a "Journal" notebook. I've been filling it up ever since. It's great to search through and easily jump into. Try it.
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    • Emily Kellerttech lover & travel freak & tractive PM

      Absolutely love Evernote. Use it for work and personal use and that is easy with the ability to make notebooks. Tags are super helpful as is annotating a document or editing a picture with Skitch. Makes my life easier and more organized!

    • David NeiraChape Fitness - Online Personal Training

      Evernote is a platform that allows you to organize, store, share and then search your information. Evernote impacts a business's productivity by streamlining the collection and distribution of critical information by enhancing its retrieval. Evernote's gives your business enhanced control of the information you own or information already collected by your employees. It's your business. It's your information.

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    750 Words

    It's about writing, and getting into your brain

    Daniel DoyonReading and real estate tech · Written
    This website is based on the concept of Morning Pages popularized in the book The Artist's Way. It was the key turning point for my journaling career. Since 2013, I've logged over 600 entries. Many people have had similar success.
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  6. DimitriosAn engineer that actually likes to talk. · Written
    Cross-platform, minimal, lightweight and with awesome features. Really well done.
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    AyushArtist. Writer. Compulsive app tester. · Written
    The best journal is the one that you have with you. That's why I absolutely recommend this. I used to use Day One journal, but at the time it was lacking cross-platform support. Journey has apps for basically anything you can think of (and the desktop program is really well maintained as well). Developer responsiveness is important to me and the folks who make this program are fantastic. They truly listen to their users.
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    Dropbox Paper

    Collaboration tool built for teams

    Aamir RazCommunication and PR Professional · Written
    It provides a clean interface for writing, which helps me write more.
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    • Instant ExpertInstant Experto, Vlogger

      Its a great tool for starters, For teams I do not recommend. there are lots of apps that do the same, even google docs is more intelligible when collaborating and working with. But we already have OneNote, Evernote, Word Online, with lots of features way ahead Paper.

    • zedgoatChemist, Developer, Stoic.

      Use Paper to manage technical stuff and my team, and love it. Just the right number of features, document crosslinking and image embedding fits my needs exactly, and works for quick notes or longer documents.

  8. SmokieSmokie Does Stuff · Written
    Choose an icon to represent your mood, save and done. Or write what you did, or choose some common activities. Includes reminders and trends. However you want to journal, Daylio can help you get into the habit.
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    MarioCycling, photography, tech support · Written
    I'm using Daylio for 644 days, very fast entries, it's a mood tracker + journal, if you feel like writing. Used Day One back in the day, but I'm not really a diary person and once I stopped using iPhones, I needed something that will work on Android. The developer is very responsive, which I appreciate a lot.
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    Caret

    Beautiful and clever Markdown editor for Mac and PC

    Saadat QadriSr. Product Analyst @FreshBooks · Written
    I use Caret for my daily journal - it's a really lightweight markdown editor, but it something that I love: every time I create a new note, the default name of the markdown file is the current date.
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    Grammarly for Chrome

    Clear, effective, mistake-free writing everywhere you type.

    Luca Tamburrino🚀Founder of BeSourcer | Digital Marketer · Written
    Maybe you are already a member of this amazing tool. It's so popular but very useful when you want a feedback about ur piece :)
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  11. Zaheer BalochMaker of https://www.wits.io · Written
    I have recently made Remember Your Days. It sends you an SMS 5 minutes before you sleep with a link to write about your day and setup your next day. You can always view other days. Costs $5 per month. Working on adding more options to add photos etc.
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  12. Harold CummingtonProduct Manager at Slark · Written
    Simple, secure, free, customizable, and you know it's not going to shut down in a year.
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    JournalJerk

    Journal or else. Email-based journaling for slackers.

    Colin McDonnell made this product
    The perfect journaling tool for people who have trouble sticking with it. I built JournalJerk because I'd never managed to stay motivated and journaling for more than a week 😛 With JournalJerk you get a daily reminder email that you simply reply to with your entry. You also set a weekly goal, which you are...er...financially incentivized to meet. Ok, yeah, you get fined if you fail.
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    Youper

    Your AI assistant for emotional health

    Diego DottaYouper Co-founder · Written
    Diego Dotta made this product
    Hi, Youper founder here. Give a try to Youper, it's a totally different way of doing journaling. Hope you can enjoy. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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    Diego DottaYouper Co-founder · Written
    Diego Dotta made this product
    Hi, Youper founder here. Give a try to Youper, it's a totally different way of doing journaling. Hope you can enjoy. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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    • Felipe de AraujoFull Stack Developer

      Sometimes, when I feel like I need to understand better my emotions, I use the conversation tool inside the app. In few minutes, it helps me to feel that I have a better understand of the situation and I am in control of my feelings.

    • I've been using Youper for little therapy chats throughout the day. It's been a quick and efficient little helper. The chats are natural and encouraging, and great design and performance make it easier for me to keep coming back. Great work. Keep it up.

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    ilys

    Free your creative mind to experience pure writing flow

    Paul SturrockSlingshot Venture Development · Written
    I have a workflow rather than one tool. I start the day by free writing 750 words of "morning pages" (google Julia Cameron if you want to know more) on ilys. It sounds strange but the inability to see your writing as you type, and not being allowed to backspace means that you are more likely to write honestly and with energy. I really recommend trying it before dismissing such an eccentric approach. You can then edit what you've written on the site itself--which is private. I then copy and past my entries into DayOne which is by far the best journaling app I have found.
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  16. Graham GnallProduct @Dia&Co. Working on Veeps · Written
    Love OneNote for its multi-device syncing and *free*. The key to journaling every day is making it achievable and frictionless. I've struggled over the last few years to journal and finally hit my groove by: - Writing for just 5 minutes. By time my timer goes off I'm usually "flow"ing and sometimes run over for the fun of it. - Write about anything. I describe where I am, what I'm feeling about the day, what I did last night, what I ate...anything. - Being comfortable writing wherever I am (phone on subway, mac at office, writing on paper while traveling and photographing) - Using a shortcut (OneNote, Android) to quick launch a new note in your journal notebook. - Use the date and time as the title and sort. Grouping years or months as sections of the notebook. The best part of doing this is reading through every entry every 3 months. Eventually you'll be able to look back 1 year ago, 5 years ago...
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    Grid Diary

    The simplest way to get started with keeping a diary

    The habit of writing daily it is difficult. This app is so simple that turns journaling into an easily achievable goal.
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    ZenJournal

    Fastest stress-free journal with chatting interface.

    Shaomeng ZhangEdu + Tech + Philosophy = side projects. · Written
    Shaomeng Zhang made this product
    If you are only looking for the simplest, the fastest, the least-stressful way... Also, excited to launch today.
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    • JohnWannabe desinger | I ❤ feedback.

      I used this for my daily fast notes, it's everything it needs, but nothing more.

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    Day One Version 3

    Capture life as you live it.

    Sahil ParikhFounder, Brightpod.com · Written
    A very clean and well made app that just works!
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  20. Вадим КулибабаVadim, I like to reinvent the wheel · Written
    Вадим Кулибаба made this product
    Hi, Typegram founder here. Give a try to Typegram. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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