Coda doc by Spencer Chang
Data-Empowered Journal
Consolidate all your thoughts in one place while tracking the data points you care about.
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I recently (in May 2019) decided to make journaling part of my daily routine. There’s countless research showing the benefits of journaling (this one’s a bit click-baity and goes overboard on the self-help vibe but has good info as well). I’ve personally found that journaling is.

In the past 5 years, I’ve tried a variety of apps and tools to start up a journaling habit, but all of them either a) had a lot of other bloat that I didn’t need, b) didn’t have certain features I wanted to be incorporated into journaling, or c) didn’t give me enough flexibility to customize what kinds of data I wanted to track.

I created this Coda doc to help me build my journaling habit the way I wanted and track the data points that I felt were relevant. I’ve been loving this approach so far for these four reasons:

  1. Simple: you can fill out as much or as little as you want.
  2. Contextualize: Coda connects with my calendar and the weather to pull in relevant data to orient my mind to what I did when I go to reflect each day.
  3. Flexible: unlike pre-made apps, I can choose what data points I want to track and the kinds of analyses I want to project to inform my decisions.
  4. Centralized: I can organize all my thoughts in one place, including long-form reflections with the built-in folder and section organization, and keep track of important reflections and life trends.

Have fun journaling 😄


Meet Spencer Chang

Spencer is a Houston native who just graduated from Rice 👐 and joined Coda to democratize access to flexible and powerful software. Outside of engineering (and journaling), he spends his free time on photography 📸, writing ✍️ , and exploring new places ✈️ and foods 🍣.

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