What is the Logbook Plugin?

To clarify, the Logbook plugin used to be called Journal. But we changed the name when making our latest enhancements.

Logbook gives users the ability to create logs, write a journal entry, or take notes on a daily basis. The logs are related to their mood and how they’re feeling. Users can even use this feature to create a log on their moods multiple times per day.

Common Use Cases of the Logbook Plugin

The beauty of Logbook is that it gives app users an incentive to open your app every day. So adding this plugin can really help drive user engagement. Here are some popular ways we’ve seen this plugin used:

  • Self-help and motivational apps

  • Fitness and gym apps

  • Employee apps

For example, let’s say you run a content app that gives users daily motivation. After consuming your content, the user can check in with themselves to see how they’re feeling. Or maybe you have an internal employee app. You can encourage your staff to do this every day, as a way to see how their mood changes at work based on tasks they are doing, day of the week, etc.

How to Use the Logbook Plugin

Here’s a look at how the plugin works for end-users:

Step #1: Add a New Entry

From the logbook, click the “+” icon in the bottom right corner of the screen to record a new entry.

Step #2: Complete the Entry Details

There are five different default sections for each new journal entry:

  • Date

  • Time

  • Mood Scale

  • Notes

  • Activities

Here’s what this looks like for app users:

These first few entry details are very self-explanatory. The date and time will be filled in automatically. But users have the opportunity to change the date, which would be useful if they forgot to make an entry the previous day.

The mood scale is a 10-point slider bar. As you can see from the example above, the icon is a neutral face when it’s in the middle position. But the face will begin to smile or frown more, depending on which direction the user slides it. Here’s what the icon looks like when the slider moves all the way to the right:

Next, users have the opportunity to make some additional notes about their day. As an admin, you can customize this question as well.

Finally, users can check off certain activities they did that day, which might have an impact on their mood. Here’s a look at the default activities:

As an admin, you can change these activities to better suit the needs of your specific app or use case.

Once the user saves the entry details, the new entry will be saved to the top of their logbook. Users can always go back and make changes to entries as well.

Admin Settings and Features For Logbook Plugin

On the admin side, there are several different settings that you can control and customize. Essentially all of the wording can be adjusted from the WYSIWYG editor.

You can also turn on or turn off the ability for users to change a date or time from the Settings tab:

Maybe you don’t want to give your users the ability to backdate an entry. If that’s the case, you can disable that capability here.

From the settings menu, you could also change where the data is stored. So if you wanted the information to be stored in your own database as opposed to the default database, you have that option.

Activities Settings

From the “Activities” tab, you can manage the list of activities for users to check off each day.

Input a new title and description for each one. You can even add an icon and description for each new activity:

In the screenshot above, you can see that “School” was added as a title, and “Went to school today” was added as a description in the WYSIWYG editor. There is a green icon added as well.

All of this appears within the app under activities.

Slider Settings

By default, there are ten different icons in the slider settings for mood. But admins can change these by going to the “Slider” tab within the editor.

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