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Innovation Inspiration — #11: Journaling Recommendations

Innovation Inspiration
Innovation Inspiration — #11: Journaling Recommendations
By Lucy Gray • Issue #11 • View online
Developing routines is essential for any education leader. One routine that may help you innovate is to get in the habit of journaling. The potential benefits of journaling are many.
Find out below about a terrific app that you may want to incorporate into your workday as well as a paper journal/planner!

For educators, summer is seen as a time to refresh and explore. For me, I am craving time to learn about new ideas, strategies, and tools in addition to practicing self-care as I recover from this intense pandemic year. I suspect I am not alone!
The High Performance Planner Diary
Last spring, much to my surprise, I stumbled upon a physical Amazon store in our local mall (there are about 35 Amazon 4-Star shops scattered across the United States). It sells only items rated 4 stars on up. While browsing, I discovered this great planner by Brendon Burchard and have used it relatively consistently ever since.
It’s no ordinary notebook…it comes with various assessments geared towards helping your assess your life in addition to monthly calendars. Daily pages provide prompts for thinking through your day, setting goals, documenting appointments, and reflecting on your progress. There are plenty of blank pages for doodling and making lists as well.
While I love using this planner, especially with a new set of brightly colored markers, I had hoped there was a digital version that I could use with my new iPad Pro. Alas, I did not find one, but I did find a great app which comes close to this.
Day One
The Day One app is available for Macs and iOS devices. While it doesn’t really have full planner features, it is terrific for documenting your day and ideas. There is a free version that’s pretty robust, but I recommend paying for the premium version. Upgrading gives you the ability to create unlimited journals with unlimited digital media assets and back it up to the cloud among various features. See the comparison between free and paid versions here.
I use Day One primarily at the end of the day by responding in writing to a daily prompt and I often add links, drawings, and photos to my entries. I can also add audio and video which might be a nice alternative if I am pressed for time. A nice new feature is the ability to text entries to the app. Day One also provides other templates for planning, expressing gratitude, and jotting down ideas.
Good ideas are fleeting! Consider adopting either Day One or the High Performance Planner in your routine so that you can become more reflective and open to innovative possibilities in your personal and professional lives!
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Lucy Gray

Innovation advisor and ed tech evangelist Lucy Gray curates interesting ideas and resources for forward-thinking educators.

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