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.
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.
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 #%@×
Medium has distraction free writing. You don't need any technical knowledge and whatever you write looks beautiful on any device.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Colin McDonnell made this productThe 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.