— Katie Trauth Taylor (@taylortechcon) September 15, 2016
Then I found Day One. Technically, I had looked at Day One before, but didn’t hang around. This time I approached it as an Evernote Food replacement, and was pleasantly surprised. It doesn’t interact with Evernote at all, and it only lets me save one photo per post, but it does let me tag a restaurant via Foursquare. It will also log the current weather conditions, step count, and a host of other things when I create a post. And when I’m done, I can choose to publish the entry and send it off to Tumblr, too. The apps aren’t free, but they aren’t that expensive, either.
Sometime around the beginning of this year, I started adding some structure to those daily logs. I still do a quick list of what I do each day, but I now have several sections that I’ll fill in when appropriate. I’ve found this really helpful in prompting me to take a closer look at what I did with my day, in part because it’s forced me to think about how I’m spending my time, in a way that I wasn’t always thinking much about before.
I don’t log every single meal I eat, but anything that’s out of the ordinary, new or at a restaurant, I typically compose a basic description, photo and tag with #breakfast #lunch or #dinner. This can be especially interesting and useful when revisiting a restaurant and trying to remember the last time you were there and what you liked / disliked. —Paul Mayne