I love the idea of the Five Minute Journal, but I know that I won’t use yet another notebook or iPhone app to fill it out. I took a look at the tools I use on a daily basis and came up with a solution: A TextExpander snippet that I can put into the journaling app I already use, Day One.
All I have to do is type
;5am in the morning and
;5pm in the evening to fill out the journal. It automatically adds the date and time then pre-populates the template. Presto. It works on TextExpander’s iOS app, too.
I formatted the snippets with Markdown so they can be easily used in a wide variety of apps. If you want to change the formatting, feel free to make it suit your specific needs.
Here is what the morning and evening snippets look like and the final result in Day One: