Guide to keeping an audio journal

Keeping an audio journal is a convenient way to capture and articulate your thoughts. I have kept an audio journal as part of my journaling habit. I have found it to be an effective way to supplement my written journal.

When to keep an audio journal

If you are like me, you like to articulate and free your mind from information overload. Unfortunately, a pen and a paper are not always available for you to write, articulate, or capture what is on your mind. Especially, when you are on-the-go.

For example, I found myself unable to summarize my daily reflections at the end of my day job. The shaky and crowded commute on the train did not give me the chance to sit down and write in my journal. Therefore, I decided to record my thoughts while on the train from work to home.

Different types of audio journals

Ever since, I have opted to keep an audio journal whenever I am unable to sit down and write in my journal. More specifically, I maintain the following different types of audio journals;

  • Audio journal for Reflections on Big Life Events: I record an audio journal entry after big events in my life that I want to later look back on. For example, I recorded my thoughts after Dragons’ Den, shutting down my company, and some experiments that have truly changed who I am today.
  • Audio journal for Easing the Mind: I also record an audio journal entry when writing alone is not enough to put my mind at ease. For example, when some relative passes away or I find myself constantly worrying about nothing.
  • Audio journal for professional reflections: This is the audio journal I kept while commuting from work to home. Given that work is an important part of my life, this allows me to almost coach myself at the end of the day.
  • Audio journal for personal reflections: This audio journal serves as an accountability buddy with whom I talk about how I have performed against my goals. It gives me a realistic self-evaluation so I can course-correct.

I encourage you to experiment with different types of audio journals. For example, if you are a fiction writer, you should try narrating your stories. Or if you are an elderly, keeping an audio journal of life’s reflections would be an invaluable for yourself and as a gift to leave behind. Regardless, keeping an audio journal has many benefits.

Benefits of keeping an audio journal

I have come to realize the benefits of keeping an audio journal. Whenever I record (or re-visit) an audio journal entry, I can;

  • Articulate myself
  • Capture the thought, emotions, and the memory
  • Reflect and re-visit how I thought in the past

For example, when I revisited my audio journal entries from my “audio journal for easing the mind”, I have realized that many of the things I feared have never come to be true. Or even if they did happen, they were not as scary as I had taught.

Tools to use for keeping an audio journal

The tools or applications that work best for recording an audio journal are Evernote, Onenote, or an audio recorder. Evernote and Onenote are “free” while the audio recorder may require a purchase or asking your parents for theirs.

Evernote and Onenote both have audio recording features that can be used on desktop or mobile.

I hope these tips help you in your quest to keeping an audio journal. Are there any tips and tricks that you would like to share with me? I would love to hear about them in the comments below.

10 comments On Guide to keeping an audio journal

  • this is a great site. Does anyone know if there is an app that can transcribe the Audio to txt?

    • Ken, there are many apps that can help transcribe your audio to text. On your computer, you can use voice dictation (mac) or cortana (windows). On your mobile device, you can use google assistant. Drop me an email if you need more help.

  • Just what I need

  • Do these save to the cloud ?i don’t want to use too much space on my phone

  • What is the best type of recorder out there for this? I don’t want to take up space on my phone

  • Jawwad,

    How do you use google assistant to keep an audio journal and convert it to text? Thanks!

  • The voice recording apps are great for recording your thoughts.

  • Most voice recording apps have the option to share the clip. They then have multiple options where to share. It’s your choice, Google drive …etc.

  • Beautiful article . Thank you for sharing . How can I use google assistance to help me convert audio recordings to text

    • Ekta, there are two ways you can take audio notes.

      1. Record the audio with an app – more details about this step are in the above article
      2. Dictate the audio with an app – to do this, open up your favourite note taking app. Then, from the keyboard, select the option to dictate your notes.

      Let me know if you have more questions and welcome to journaling habit!

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