Moving from physical journaling to journaling in Logos...

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Jonathan Bradley | Forum Activity | Posted: Tue, Apr 28 2020 10:15 AM

Sometimes in the next couple of weeks, I am going to be switching from my daily journaling in a physical journal to doing it in Logos, a part of my daily devotion time. I am looking for ideas in doing this for layouts and functionality. Any ideas/help would be greatly appreciated.


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Ron Ferguson | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 10:51 AM

I too would be interested in formats, workflows, or whatever to do electronic journalling.  

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Rob Bruce | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Apr 28 2020 12:43 PM

Here is my layout. I am using a paper devotional guide at the moment. If I use an electronic one it is included in the layout. The guide for beads is used as a centering time with anglican prayer beads. I have blocked out some of my lists for obvious reasons.

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Rick Carmickle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 29 2020 11:13 AM

Do you think it is better to do that? Like a birthday card to my mother, a real card with a note written in pen is far better than an email to her--even if it is an electronic card with exploding fireworks.

I think at the end of life, having a shelf of hand-written personal reflections is more meaningful than computer notes. But I do know that many others prefer the computer notes too. Just keep journaling. 

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David Thomas | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 29 2020 11:23 AM

Rick Carmickle:
Do you think it is better to do that?

"better" is a judgment between recall or keepsake. I see value in both.

Making Disciples!  Logos Ecosystem = Logos8 on Microsoft Surface Pro 4 (Win10), Android app on tablet, FSB on iPhone, [deprecated] Windows App, Proclaim,, FaithlifeTV via Connect subscription.

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Apr 29 2020 12:19 PM

I have a journal notebook where I place all my journaling notes in Logos. I will regularly tie that note to an anchor in the Biblical text or a book I'm reading so that I can find those thoughts/insights or be reminded of what God is doing in my life when I reread those passages. I have found this is also helpful when I'm looking to revisit thoughts or re-read my journal. I often recall what I was reading but not what I said, so it is more helpful to look for the note icon in the Bible or tied to a chapter in a book. This is where Logos excels. 

That said, I have moved my prayer journals to a different application. This is for a couple reasons you might want to consider

  1. Privacy. I want my family to be able to use my Logos library without having full access to my journal (or have me be unnecessarily vague in my journaling. At this time Logos doesn't have the ability to make documents private or allow separate documents for different users in a household who are sharing resources. 
  2. Limited to text only. I prefer to be able to journal including pictures or sometimes handwriting. The iPad with Apple Pencil allows me to bridge that gap between physical handwriting/sketching journaling and the benefits of digital. If Logos would allow free-form note types that would allow drawing, handwriting, photos, etc that would alleviate this, but this isn't the case at this time. 

For these reasons the majority of my notes are not in Logos. That said, anchoring journals and prayers to a Biblical text or selection in a book is valuable. I would love to more fully integrate these in the future. 

Jacob Hantla
Pastor/Elder, Grace Bible Church

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