use gmail for journal.pngA bout a week ago, I came across an article over at Webware about using Gmail as a baby book. Rafe Needleman pointed out how setting up a new Gmail account would be a really simple solution for parents who want to keep a record of what is going on in their children’s lives. He said, “although it’s not elegant, it sure is easy.” With that in mind, we thought about how easy it would be to take this idea a little further and to use Gmail as a journal.

The easiest way to go about doing this would probably be to create a new email address for your journal so that its sole purpose is to keep a record of what’s going on in your life. Think about how simple yet really organized this could be. You could create labels for each month of the year so that later on, it’ll be easy to go back and read entries from a certain date. You could even create a simple filtering system (learn how here). Including important pictures from events that happened in your life would be a cinch and then they’d always be there for later reference.

One benefit of using Gmail is that your whole journal is searchable. Want to find the entires where you talked about a wedding you went to months or years ago? Just search for wedding and Gmail will pull up every “message” that had the word wedding in it. Another benefit is that it’s private. You don’t have to worry about anybody snooping into your business because the messages are only there for you to see, unless of course you wanted to share it, and then you could easily forward the entry on to someone.

Again, life Rafe said, it’s not that this is an elegant solution for keeping a journal, but it is very simple to do.