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Why you should start digital journaling

Journaling is more than just putting pen to paper.

It's a profound act of self-care and introspection. Through the art of journaling, you provide a canvas for your thoughts and emotions, creating a personal sanctuary for reflection and self-discovery. 

It's a powerful tool to navigate the complexities of life, gain clarity on your goals, and cultivate mindfulness. 

Whether you're looking to document daily experiences, start new habits, or track your moods and mental wellness, our Digital Journal serves as a trusted companion on your path to personal growth.

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Track habits & become healthier

Enhance the quality of your life through the transformative power of daily journaling. 

Paperlike’s Digital Journal contains the following formats and journal templates:

  • Yearly Page

  • Monthly Page

  • Weekly Page

  • Daily Page

  • Habit Tracker & Mood Tracker

  • Monthly Summary Page

Our journal provides the tools you need to capture your thoughts, track your daily mood and habits, and reflect on the past month so that you can learn and grow.

Plus, because Paperlike’s Free Digital Journal is built with a minimalist and flexible design in mind, it’s easier than ever to create your own bullet journal, add digital stickers, and more.

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Journal anywhere, anytime

In the hustle of everyday life, traditional journals might get lost, but a digital journal ensures that your thoughts are captured and organized at your fingertips. 

Unlike paper journals, you can customize your digital journal with a variety of fonts and colors to liven up your journal entries. 

With hyperlinked PDF files, you have the power to customize, search, and revisit moments effortlessly. 

Use your favorite digital journaling app, like Goodnotes, to switch between your iPad, iPhone, and Mac or Windows. The best apps even offer password protection, so you can make sure that you’re the only one reading your private thoughts.

It’s fast, easy, and accessible anywhere, anytime.


Get Paperlike’s Pro Journal

Creating a journaling habit can enhance the quality of your life, but it’s easier to do when you use a digital diary tailored to your needs and style.

That’s why we’ve created multiple digital journal templates and included each in the Pro Journal.

Included, you’ll find:

  • Blank background

  • Lined background

  • Dot background

  • Grid background

Prefer to create your own digital bullet journal? The dot background is perfect for BuJo. Need a work journal? Use the grid background to include grids and charts. Choose a lined or blank background for a more traditional journaling experience.

Each background is available in light or dark mode, so you can choose the one that’s easiest on your eyes.

Start your transformative journey today with any of these journal options.

How to use Paperlike’s Digital Journals

Upload your journal to Goodnotes or Notability

Whether you’ve chosen to get the Free Digital Journal or the Pro Journal, here’s how to get started:

  • Download the digital journal PDF file to your iOS or Android device.

  • Import the new document into your preferred notetaking app. On iOS, you’ll use the Share feature to export your PDF.

  • Start journaling.

Sign up to get your Free Digital Journal

We update the journal twice a year, and we’ll notify you when there's a new version.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about daily journaling

Want to get started with daily journaling? We’ve collected some tips and resources to help you. Even if you’re a veteran journaler, you might find some of these assets useful!

Daily journaling prompts

Create your own five-minute journal, or get really in-depth using these prompts.

  • I am grateful for...
  • What would make today great?
  • Daily affirmations.
  • Highlights of the day.
  • What did I learn today?
  • What was the most challenging thing I faced today?
  • What surprised me today?

Habit tracking ideas

Try any of these new habits.

  • Meditation: Did you do it? How many minutes?
  • Sleep: What time did you go to bed? How long did you sleep? 
  • Exercise: What did you do? For how long?
  • Quit smoking: Write how many cigarettes you had or how many days you’ve been smoke-free!
  • Water: How many cups did you drink?
  • Quit complaining: How many times did you complain? 
  • Be more thankful: How many people did you say thank you to today?

Use books as journaling inspiration

Reading a book with daily meditations before writing your daily journal is a great way to meditate on subjects that you'd otherwise not think about in your day-to-day life.

For example, you could read The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday, which will give you a daily subject to meditate on. There are many more such books with short daily meditations.

Here are a few:

  • The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday.
  • The Word according to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers.
  • 365 Tao: Daily Meditations by Ming-Dao Deng.

You can also find mobile apps in the Apple App Store that can provide you with ideas or prompts. 

Here are a few good ones:

Jan Sapper
Founder and CEO

How I use the journal

I hope you enjoy the daily practice of journaling, and I'm confident that by the end of one year of doing it yourself, you'll see how immensely valuable it is. 

I do a yearly review after finishing the journal, so I can find habits that I need to improve or enjoyable things that I hadn't thought I appreciated that much.

If you haven't started journaling daily, this is your chance to get this great habit going.

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