I’ve been wondering about open-ended approaches for structured journaling and self-survey, as well as how one prompts doing a journal/survey entry.
A draft approach
If I were to go about it, I imagine I’d try the following…
- Create a form using Google Forms
- Automatic timestamps
- Various answer types: checkbox, radio, dropdown, and free text
- Answers recorded in a spreadsheet (CSV export)
- Prompt logging using an online SMS service
- Schedule SMS text to prompt myself to record
- Include a link to the shortened URL link for the form
- I’m more attentive to phone notifications than email
- I can fill the form in on my phone
Is this flawed? Might it be improved? Have people done this before, or something similar?
What are the downsides? It’s not randomly timed, and it’s not going to prompt me in response to some event. It’s also a bit cumbersome to log unprompted (but I can visit an old SMS link to fill the form in if I want to log at an unusual time).
For SMS scheduling, are there recommendations? (I found https://ohdontforget.com/ – it seems there’s a lot of services out there!) Are there alternatives to SMS scheduling? (Maybe “schedule custom phone notifications”? if I can imagine coding it, it must exist… )
What other options & approaches are out there?
I think this might be related to @zergs’ Tracking OCD symptoms post (I can imagine implementing those worksheets as Google Forms) and @Francesblo’s Study of my spasticity (from myelitis) planning. As a method, it seems pretty generic.