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Five Ways to Automate Your Day One Journal with TextExpander

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If you’re anything like me, you have a compulsive need to maintain consistency and uniformity in your everyday life. Be it perfect punctuation and Markdown formatting when jotting down quick notes or having consistent filenames in Finder, I am constantly striving for some sort of organizational utopia within my Mac.

This couldn’t be more true for my personal journal. If I start a… » Read More: Five Ways to Automate Your Day One Journal with TextExpander

10 Questions to Capture the Year in Your Journal

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New Year’s Questions

There’s always a certain degree of anticipation—an excitement in the air—for the turn of the calendar at the end of the year. It’s impossible to look at January 1st and not think… » Read More: 10 Questions to Capture the Year in Your Journal

Tip: To Do Lists

Watch this video to learn how to create “to do” checklists in your Day One journal entries.

For more video tips like this one, visit Day One’s Tips and Tutorials YouTube Playlist

Tip: Using the Calendar View

Learn how the Day One Calendar View can help you relive past memories and improve your journaling habit:

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Tip: iOS Photo Entries

Adding photos to entries in Day One is a great way to keep your memories alive and vivid. Check out our latest tutorial video about adding photos to your iOS journal entries… » Read More: Tip: iOS Photo Entries

Reminders & Templates

Learn how Day One’s reminders and templates can help you make a habit of journaling… » Read More: Reminders & Templates

Day Evaluations

Journaling. I never had a journal in my life. I never wrote down anything from my ‘childhood’ days nor did I really keep anything. Perhaps I was too engrossed in the present moment to care about writing things down about my life and experiences, perhaps I was just lazy and didn’t want to spend time on that. I don’t really regret not having written anything as there is no reason… » Read More: Day Evaluations

Day One Tips & Tutorials Now on YouTube

Since Fall 2015, you may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from adding content to the Day One Blog. Around that time, we were deeply head’s down as a team, focused on delivering Day One 2.0. We’re now ready to dust off the cobwebs and get crackin’ on some new blog content.

We’ve added a new video to our YouTube channel and created a… » Read More: Day One Tips & Tutorials Now on YouTube

macOS’s Share Extension and Day One Mac

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One of the great new features in Mac OS X Yosemite is support for share extensions. With share extensions, any app supporting the OS X system share menu can be used to share content with apps that created a share extension. In Day One Mac 1.10, you can use OS X’s share menu to post content to Day One from Finder, Photos, Safari, and… » Read More: macOS's Share Extension and Day One Mac

Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries

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Apple brought a lot of great improvements with iOS 8. This tip focuses on one feature of iOS 8—the share extension—and how it can help you enhance your photographic entries in Day One using collages, filters, and typography. » Read More: Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries

Using Day One to Record and Enrich Your Life

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 7 of Starting From Day One by Bakari Chavanu.

Another useful way to use your journal is to regularly revisit past journal entries. If we are diligent journal keepers–constantly writing and reflecting on the challenges we face in life–we get to reread our journal entries months and years later, and revisit happy, positive experiences, and how we made it through… » Read More: Using Day One to Record and Enrich Your Life

Family and Personal History with Day One

The majority of the time I use Day One, it follows a scenario kind of like this: I’m out with my family and something memorable happens. I pull out my iPhone and snap a photo. Then, at the end of the day, I create a few entries with selected photos. (Day One’s use of photo metadata—time, date, and place—is awesome.)

In addition to capturing memories as they happen… » Read More: Family and Personal History with Day One

Day One Uses: Dream Journal

Over the years we’ve seen people transform Day One into the most varied, incredible tools. From recording work progress to documenting the first months of a baby’s life, we are constantly amazed by the versatility of Day One. This series tries to help you find new things to journal about and enhance your life-recording experience with Day One.

Today we continue with an unexpected use for Day One: Dream

Swarm (Foursquare) Check-In using Day One

If you want a simple check-in method, Day One’s Publish feature for iOS is a great way to do this.

Day One Tip: Overcoming Lapses in Journaling

Day One has helped journaling become a natural habit for me, and that habit has paid off. The tremendous time, effort, and dedication has helped create something of immense value to me.

It isn’t without its occasional hiccups though. There are still times when I just can’t journal—no matter what I try to write—things just don’t flow. Some personal journalers might deem that a bad thing, or assume their journaling days… » Read More: Day One Tip: Overcoming Lapses in Journaling

Tip: Using Markdown Tables in Day One

While the bread and butter of Day One will always be helping you commit your thoughts to words, it doesn’t mean we haven’t packed some extra features for those who want to go beyond that. Day One has a built-in MultiMarkdown syntax parser, so there is the possibility of adding tables to your journal entries.

Why would you want tables in your journal, you ask? Well, what… » Read More: Tip: Using Markdown Tables in Day One

Day One Uses: A Book Journal

Over the years we’ve seen people transform Day One into the most varied, incredible tools. From recording work progress to documenting the first months of a baby’s life, we are constantly amazed by how varied the use of Day One Journal has become. This weekly series tries to help you find new things to journal about and enhance your life recording experience with Day One.

Today we start with… » Read More: Day One Uses: A Book Journal

Tutorial: Remembering the Past with Day One

One of the big advantages of having a digital journal like Day One is that, at any point, you can search through your entries effortlessly. All your thoughts, ideas, and memories are always one simple search away. It is easy to remember your past with Day One’s powerful search tools.

Not sure how? Let us show you then!

Searching in Day One Mac

Day One has a powerful keyword search that allows you… » Read More: Tutorial: Remembering the Past with Day One

Tutorial: Tracking your daily movement with Day One

If you own Apple devices with the M7 co-processor (iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad Mini), Day One is a great way to track your daily movement. Besides containing your memories and ideas, Day One can now track all your activity throughout the day, with very little effort on your part and a minor effect on battery life.

Not sure how to do it? Let us show you how it

Journaling Series

The Day One Journaling Series, a special collection of articles by user Tulio Jarocki about journaling is now back online and hosted here on our site. Make sure to give it a read:

  1. Why to Journal and Why Day One
  2. What to Journal
  3. The Keystone Habit of Journaling
  4. Journal Organization: Tags & Markdown

Importance of Keeping a Journal

Those of you who have kept a regular journal already know how great the benefits of writing about your own life can be, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

I really enjoyed this post by Robin Chung titled The Importance of keeping a journal

There’s no golden rule and you must do what ticks your boxes, however, I like to include at least the following: what happened? How did it make me feel? What does this… » Read More: Importance of Keeping a Journal

Journaling Format

This blog entry was a big inspiration in the creation of Day One.

Alex Payne’s Journaling vs. Blogging vs. Twittering

I’ve begun to keep a private journal/diary/logbook. The format I’ve adopted is simple: one entry per day consisting of two paragraphs. The first paragraph has a sentence for everything noteworthy I’ve done that day. The second paragraph consists of what I’ve been thinking about. Activities and thoughts… » Read More: Journaling Format