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Eating your own dog food

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Lizence: CC-BY 2.0 Marco Verch

We asked Björn, the developer of monkkee: Do you use monkkee yourself and, if so, what for?

I developed monkkee because I wanted to record my thoughts, which I used to write down on paper, in a safe place that is really just for myself. In fact, my first entries consisted of transcripts of paper records, which I then disposed of. And then, there was actually a moment when I had to remind myself to use monkkee more myself. Today, I could not imagine life without monkkee. Here are my personal top 5 of how I use monkkee:

Job-related notes

As a software developer, I use monkkee as a space for thoughts that are not yet mature enough to be shared with colleagues. Some of these thoughts will never leave monkkee, others I will later copy into emails or other tools.

Idea generation

Whether for work, in my private life or in the creative field – to me monkkee is the ideal “blank canvas” for developing ideas. Some ideas mature over a longer period of time. In this case, a journal entry will consist of several parts written at different times.

Stop my mind

I’m sure we’ve all caught ourselves in a moment when our head is spinning with different thoughts. Whenever my thoughts go round in circles, the only thing that helps is to write it down. The effect is magical!


I use monkkee to plan and make decisions. A classic example would be a purchase decision, where I list different products, prices, advantages and disadvantages.

Stress relief

Need a place to vent? No problem in monkkee, because this space is all mine. Here, I don’t have to be afraid of choosing the wrong words or using swear words.

Comments ( 3 )

  • J. H. says:

    I use it for creative writing. I’ve lost so much work in the past in computer crashes or when my memory sticks were suddenly rendered unreadable. Don’t need to worry about that here 🙂 The only thing that could make it perfect would be a word counter feature.

  • Frank says:

    I’ve been using it as a weight-tracker. Quick entry after a visit to my weighing scales every morning and Iv’e got a visible record whenever I open Monkkee to encourage – or alarm – me!

  • Mike says:

    Hah! 🙂 – “Idea generation”, so I’m not the only one… I use Monkee in a very similar way (well, aside from the obvious diary, that is): Sometimes, I want to make a long writing or have a long list of “things to remember”, and I don’t want to loose it somewhere in the depths of the folders on my harddisk. I then create an entry in Monkkee, tag it with a label that helps me to find it – et voila, I can write it right here and access it from everywhere, and it’s off my mind. So simple, so effective.

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