I've been thinking about how to make journaling easier. Sometimes, when you write in a notebook or on the computer, it's hard to find the right words. So, I had an idea: use a transcription app to talk instead of writing.
One app is called AudioPen.ai, and there are others like Otter.ai, DayOne, and a few more I cannot recall. You can even use voice memo apps that come with your phone. Talking out loud for journaling has two benefits. First, speaking is faster than writing or typing. Second, talking helps you practice being a better speaker and content creator. Speaking is a natural and spontaneous process. When we talk, our thoughts flow seamlessly without the need to pause and think about spelling, punctuation, or sentence structure. This fluidity allows us to capture our thoughts more quickly and efficiently than when we write or type.
For aspiring Podcasters, YouTubers, or public speakers, audio journaling can serve as a rehearsal space. It offers a platform to experiment with storytelling techniques, refine speech patterns, and develop a unique voice. Moreover, these audio journals can be repurposed into content pieces, such as podcasts or video narrations.
When using these apps for audio journaling, your thoughts will be recorded and saved as text files. With some easy automation, they can be handed off automatically to programs like Notion, Evernote, Google Keep, or Apple Notes, where you can review them later on by setting reminders at 90-day intervals or other timeframes.
Step-by-Step Guide to Starting Your Audio Journal:
- Step 1: Choose your preferred audio journaling app. Some popular options include AudioPen.ai, Otter.ai, and the Day One App.
- Step 2: Find a quiet space to speak freely and without interruptions.
- Step 3: Start by expressing your thoughts, feelings, and experiences out loud. Remember, there's no right or wrong way.
- Step 4: Once done, let the app transcribe your audio recording into text.
- Step 5: Save the transcribed text in a program like Notion or any other note-taking app.
- Step 6: Set reminders to review your entries regularly, such as every 90 to 180 days.
- Step 7: Over time, observe the benefits of audio journaling, from improved speaking skills to a more authentic reflection of self.
If you haven't tried journaling yet but want to start now, consider audio journals! Use voice memo apps such as AudioPen, Otter, DayOne App, etc., or even better, record video diaries (ok, we'll talk about this later), preserving memories for family members.
Let me know if it works for you.