Day One / Uses
This is an ongoing archive of the many use cases we’ve found for ourselves and that have been reported by our users. We hope this will inspire you to think of new ways you can incorporate Day One into your workflow and daily routine.
2014-2-26: Day One Templates Using Launch Center Pro
Day One is a great system for journaling and note-taking. One of things I use it for is to keep track of the different coffees I buy and brew. Since this is something I track regularly, I’ve developed a method to pre-populate a Day One entry with a standard structure for my coffee journal.
From an enthusiastic Day One user who has found a great technique to involve his daughter in journalling:
i am writing a diary with my 5 year old daughter – we take photos and write up days out, trips to family, what’s going on at school etc. We write it from her point of view asking her questions about her day. Hopefully as she gets older she will really enjoy being able to look back.
Dr. Naomi Nascimento, a computational linguist who holds a PhD in Linguistics and an MS in Physics, uses Day One as a research journal:
I used to keep [my research journal] in MS Word, but the file would get unwieldy, and trying to keep multiple copies of it was difficult. Now, I can write in my research journal wherever I am (on my iPhone), then flesh out my notes written on the run on my Mac. I even stopped in the middle of a jog in the park this week, pulled out my phone and added an entry about the research idea I had while running. I use it to keep notes of conversations with colleagues, experimental metadata, and use the camera to attach photos of white boards after a discussion, or import a figure I created or a figure from an article I’m reading.
2013-11-07: My Journaling System by Resilient Joy
Once I began journaling digitally I have never looked back. It adds so much to a journal. You can search across its vast contents in an instant. Plus there’s a very powerful way to index posts with tags. I can not overemphasize how tags revolutionized my capacity for capturing things.
Uses I (@paulmayne) personally have for Day One:
I post the movie name as the first line, my (optional) review and description of who I was with, then I give the movie a rating from 1-10 on its own line. If at a theater, I select the Foursquare Place, and I typically attach a photo. Tag the entry “Movie” and I have a great log of all the films I’ve watched.
Food / Meal Log
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.
Each trip I take I tag all entries with a specific tag such as “Trip: Cancun 2013″ (we actually plan to add support for “Events” which will be special tags that can contain additional meta data such as a date range, location and more, but for now this solution works fine).
- How to Write a Travel Journal by Bill Paetzke, Living Wherever
Since we added the printing / PDF support, I’ve been composing and producing all my regular formatted documents in Day One. I even produce all legal documents for new hires in Day One as I’ve found it to be the best editor for Markdown, my preferred format for writing and storing my documents.
This recent blog post, How to not get weighed down by ideas talks about how we have limited space reserved for everything we do or think up or imagine. The solution is to get the ideas out of your head by writing them down. I use Day One to get any idea out of my head quickly, tagged with “Idea”. I review these often, expand upon the details, but my mind is not clouded with trying to keep up with a new idea. I know it’s stored for me and available when I’m ready to think deeper about it. It allows me to focus.
- Archiving Thoughts with Day One by Federico Viticci
Love the @dayoneapp applications. I’ve been documenting every single glimpse of inspiration and image triggering thought in there..
— Artémis Psathas (@themem) August 2, 2011
If I’m writing a significant email, I often feel like it’s a relevant part of my day, my life and what I’m doing. Therefore I want it stored in my journal to help tell the full story of my life without the need to filter through a massive archive of my Gmail Archive. I also prefer to compose in Day One and using Markdown, so this is a natural place for my writings.
I also like the fact that I can start an email on one device and continue on another or on my desktop at any time, then send when its ready.
Location Log / Foursquare Check-in
Rather than check in with the official Foursquare app, I use Day One to retain my own data in my journal, while still having the benefit of sharing public (or private) location / place checkins. I can even include a photo if I like.
I log every phone call, meeting and major decision that’s made regarding my business (Day One) in Day One. This log has proven very useful to recall dates, times and the results of meetings.
- Using Day One as a Professional Journal
- Try working 3 to 5
At the start of each day, I’ve been writing down three to five goals that I want to accomplish that day. I’m using Day One since it’s with me everywhere…
Looks like @dayoneapp is saving my ass today. Filling out a timecard for 2 weeks ago. I know exactly what I was doing every 15-60 mins!
— Adamus Maximus (@adambair) September 8, 2011
Day One uses reported and blogged about by our users:
Fly Fishing Journal
How I use @dayoneapp and @TextExpander to create a FlyFishing journal – a bit of fishy, geeky loveliness!
The introduction of Printing / PDF has made this use case even more compelling.
So glad I stared using the @dayoneapp when Alwyn was born. Making #projectlife catch up much easier!
- DayOne: A fantastic baby book app even if your baby isn’t a baby anymore
Photo Log / Instagram Replacement
- Everything is right about Day One, Everything
- Review: The New Day One by Federico Viticci
Kids and the whole family
My two older boys have iPod Touch devices and an iMac, and they enjoy logging significant events and happenings in their own Day One. And they love to show Dad. Often I will type for them as they tell me what to write.
New house rule: The kids have to write in @dayoneapp before playing Minecraft.
— Bart Whiteley (@bwhiteley) January 19, 2013
- Tweeting to Myself
Morning / Daily Routine
Evaluation / Life Perspective
Entire Life History
Depression / Anxiety
From an anonymous user: I wanted to share with you how this app has actually makes a major difference in my health:
I have manic-depression/bipolar illness, and keeping a mood diary is very important for my treatment. If I can “check in” a few times a day, I have data for my psychiatrist and myself that can save me from a manic or depressive episode “sneaking up on me.” But carrying a paper notebook around is usually too much trouble and so I end up not recording information that would help my treatment. But I always have my phone with me, so it is effortless to capture this data, especially since I set up the reminder app on my phoe to beep at me and remind me to check in.
“When you wake up … you write for 10 minutes, and you just go. Whatever is on your mind, your dreams, your anxieties for the day,” she said. “(Cameron) believes that what this does is free you up to do your writing.”
Medical / Medicine Tracking
Workouts / Dieting
really enjoying @dayoneapp. it’s perfect for my occasional need to get out some frustration
— Dave Fravel (@dfravel) March 22, 2011
— Ben (@bursaar) March 29, 2012
Really enjoying using @dayoneapp for prayer journaling. I’m finding my easily distracted brain needs a tool like this.
— Jason Roberts (@pastorjroberts) December 1, 2011
Various Blog posts and Tweets on Uses:
- DayOne and Time Travel by Mac Drifter
- How to Become More Consistent in Your Daily Journaling by Michael Hyatt
- Review: Day One, a Journal App for iPhone, iPad, and Mac by iSource
- Journaling in the Digital Age!
- Keeping Track of Your Life With Day One for iPhone by Appstorm
- Day One Review by Chris Gonzales
- To remember by Joshua Ginter
- Day One Revisited by Steven Aquino
- Day One App by Daniel A Woodward
- Day One by Chris De Jabet
Day One Journal has come a very long way. Using it every day now. itun.es/us/ESRiz.i
— Jack Dorsey (@jack) November 7, 2012