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MyJournal.Notebook Add-In for OneNote: Journaling Made Easy

atrenton profile image Art Trenton ・2 min read

Why should I keep a journal?

I have a two word answer to that question: "information overload." Keeping an electronic journal helps you fulfill Bill Gates' promise of "Information At Your Fingertips".

Yeah, I know, you may say this is ancient history but developing good habits never goes out of style.

As an IT professional, I replaced my paper journal with Microsoft OneNote. To me, the main benefit I found was it's searchable. This helped me quickly locate important technical information.

Taking the time to document your day-to-day activities pays big dividends in helping to keep you better organized.

How does the MyJournal.Notebook add-in for OneNote work?

OneNote uses a hierarchical structure to organize its notebooks:

1) Notebook
2) Section Group
3) Section
4) Page

The add-in automates the creation of this structure with one button click.

1) Notebook

  • Name: My Journal
  • Type: Directory
  • Location: Documents » OneNote Notebooks » My Journal

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2) Section Group

  • Name: Year (4-digit YYYY format)
  • Type: Directory
  • Location: Documents » OneNote Notebooks » My Journal » YYYY

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3) Section

  • Name: Month (MMMM format; OneNote revision store .one file)
  • Type: File
  • Location: Documents » OneNote Notebooks » My Journal » YYYY » MMMM.one

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4) Page

  • User configurable settings for the notebook page:
    • Color: Sixteen background color selections from the OneNote page color palette
    • Title: Nine different date format styles to provide either a business or personal look and feel
    • Rule Lines: Four rule line styles
    • Template: Four page template styles
      • Default (business)
      • Bullet (business)
      • OrdinalDay (personal — see example below)
      • HappyDay (personal)

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Where can I find the MyJournal.Notebook add-in?

Check out my GitHub Repo:

GitHub logo atrenton / MyJournal.Notebook

My Journal Add-In for Microsoft OneNote

Postscript: What if I have an Office 365 subscription or Office 2019, but don't have OneNote 2016?

Check out this Microsoft FAQ for more information: Frequently Asked Questions about OneNote and Office 2019

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