You should try keeping a secure diary or journal online, because it’s going to help you not only as a networker or marketer, but also as a person. Here’s why…
When you are reminded to write, you are given the opportunity to improve your writing skills through practice. This allows you to discover how much easier it is to write down words, especially when you can now do this using your computer, laptop, tablet, or even your smartphone.
Not only are you reminded, you are also given writing prompts or suggested topics on what to write about. This builds in you the discipline to publish something on a regular basis.
Plus, there’s no pressure to produce extremely high quality writing, because personal journaling is, by default, private. Your entries are automatically locked (unless you specifically set which ones to share with individuals).
Journaling is therapeutic.
Have you ever experienced getting furious with anyone? Have you ever ranted and shouted or screamed your head off, and then after some time has passed, found youself saying: “Okay… I’m okay now…”
You simply needed to get things off your chest. And you can do the same thing with the written word.
That’s why I like Penzu.
Penzu is an online journaling system whose PRO version allows you to easily update your online diary via the web, via email (so convenient!), or via an iOS or Android app.
In other words: Journal whenever and wherever you are (as long as you have an internet connection).
And if you don’t have an internet connection, then write using your computer and save the file. Later on, when you’re online, you can copy/paste what you’ve written and save it in Penzu.
One other advantage of journaling with Penzu is you can easily search your entries for a particular word or phrase.
So if you keep a Work Diary and you need to remember what you wrote many months ago about a certain project, just use the Search tool of Penzu.
I tried doing the same thing in the past by searching through old emails, but it became quite unwieldy especially when we later had to go through thousands of emails which contained the phrase we were searching for.
And yes, we can potentially find ourselves in a similar situation down the road with an online journal, that’s why it helps to use Tags in Penzu.
With Penzu PRO, you can easily adds tags in the subject line of your emails to Penzu by simply enclosing those phrases in square brackets.
For example, if you want to easily keep track of To-Do items for Project123, put this in the subject line:
20140306 Estimate Bank Charges [ToDoProject123]
And then later on, when you’ve completed the task, you can easily go back to your past journal entry and edit the Title to:
20140306 Estimate Bank Charges [DoneProject123]
What’s going to happen is that if you want to quickly find all uncompleted tasks for Project123, simply search for the ToDoProject123 tag. It’s so EASY!
With Penzu PRO, you can also have multiple journals. You can have one for Work and another for Home. You can also have separate journals for each Project you’re working on. Imagine the flexibility you’ll enjoy with this online system.
And yes, you can export your journal entries into PDF if you want to back-up your data to your external hard drive or to the cloud (e.g., Dropbox, Amazon S3)
So go ahead and try Penzu PRO today and enjoy a 20% discount.
I look forward to working with Marketers who blog. Happy writing!
Your Fellow SWA Customer