Day One version 3 for macOS

Day One Mac has been redesigned to feel more at home on macOS. With a great improvement in performance and long term maintainability.
Day One Journal version 3 on macOS
Toolbar – Journal pane toggle, Timeline filter, Journal picker, Search, Timeline view tab bar, and New entry button. All now cleaned up and available from the Main app toolbar.

Timeline Cells – Entry list now displays a single photo from the entry with overlay information for included media, photos, and audio.

Entry View – Top bar includes date, with contextual, pop-out and dismiss buttons. Footer bar includes Journal, tags, location, weather and new Text Edit menu and Entry Content menu.

Pane management – Entry pane is no longer collapsable, Journal Drawer is toggle-able and auto collapses at small sizes. 

Menu bar entry – Simpler design, with a pop-out button to open entry in a single-entry window.

Journal info Page – Close an entry to see the selected journal information and stats.

Pop out entry – Double-click a Timeline entry, or click on the new popout button (top-right entry window) to keep as many single entries open outside of the main window.

Contextual menus – cleaned up and simplified.

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Download on the Mac App Store

Welcome to Day One

Downloading the Day One Journal app could very well be one of the most powerful decisions of your life. Keeping a journal is very much an act of love. The act of keeping a journal makes you aware of your surroundings, cognizant of your actions, and open to adapting to all the changes around you.

We’ve made Day One to allow you to capture life without allowing life to pass you by. Whether it’s the most beautiful view from your hotel balcony window or your child’s first steps, getting into your Day One journal is sure to be quick and easy.

From here on in, it’s all about you. If you’re looking to grow as a person, try creating a gratitude journal. If you need a place to vent and release some stress, try focusing on yourself and prioritizing a little self care. If you’re looking to jump start your creativity, give these five tips a shot.

Day One has been designed from the ground up to be your ever-growing companion. It’s like a living version of you.

Years from now, after the power of journaling has touched every aspect of your life, you’ll return to these first few days and pat yourself on the back.



Version 3.4: Drawing, Fonts, and Photo Layout

iOS version 3.4 is now available and adds several new features and a long list of updates. See the comprehensive Release Notes page for all the details.


Drawing has been the top feature request for a long time. We’ve been able to create a simple first version of drawing inside Day One to make it easy and fun to write words and draw using Apple Pencil on iPad, or your finger on iPhone. See here.

Three beautiful new fonts from Hoefler & Co. are now available in the editor. These fonts are specifically built for the screen using a term called ScreenSmart. Sentinel, Ideal Sans, and Whitney. (These will also be added to Mac next week.)


Dynamic Photo Layout. We’ve written an algorithm that auto arranges photos, in order, to create the best visual layout without cropping any parts of the image. The same photo group viewed on a narrow display will lay out differently on a wide display (iPhone vs Mac or iPad).


Apple Watch audio recording. We’ve redesigned the Watch user interface to be 3 pages, the center page is the main control with the same 2 buttons, New Entry, and Record Audio. Swipe left to see the recent activity feed locations and the check in button. Swipe right to see the new audio record controls. Now you can set an audio recording from 15 minutes up to 6 hours!


The recording screen will minimize to a discreet view to reduce brightness and distraction, tap once to bring up the status and stop button. Force press on the recording screen to see an option to Stop and Start New.

Let us know what you think of the new features. We hope these contribute to your goals of creating a comprehensive journal history of your life.

National Novel Writing Month and Day One

by Kathryn Marshall

So November is almost over (I know! Wasn’t yesterday July 10???) which means…National Novel Writing Month is almost over too! (Imagine a scream emoji here because that’s how I’m feeling right now).


1. What is National Novel Writing Month?

2. What does this have to do with Day One, a journaling app?

3. Does anyone want fries after this?
(Question 3 is a lie, everyone always wants fries after this).


First begun in 1999, National Novel Writing Month is an international endeavor that challenges participants to write a 50,000-word novel between November 1 and November 30. The only official prize is the satisfaction of hitting 50,000 or more words before your local clock strikes midnight on December 1. Some participants have turned their NaNo projects into professional works, available for sale wherever fine reading material is sold. Others (*coughlikemecoughcough*) just do it for the Vine (oh wait, Vine isn’t around anymore? Okay, well we just do it for the lulz then).

In recent years, the Powers that Be at NaNoWriMo have loosened up the rules about what constitutes a true NaNoWriMo project: now you can work on a non-fiction manuscript or include a work-in-progress novel (but only words written during November 1 and November 30 count towards that 50k goal). Write-ins–events where members meet up for a designated time to write–can take place online or offline, offering “WriMos” companionship, camaraderie, and lighthearted competition as they race towards that 50k finish line.

The NaNoWriMo forums offer more support and camaraderie in the form of threads about plot, characterization, reference help, music suggestions, and debates about the best type of writing tool (you have no idea how many different ways there are to physically write your novel until you take a gander through the “NaNo Technology” sub-forum and its various threads extolling the merits of everything from typewriters, to Google Docs, to speech-to-text software).

2. What does NaNoWriMo have to do with Day One, a journaling app?

That is such a good question! (Really, it is. I generally avoid sarcasm in my writing because it’s so hard to convey). We all know that while Day One was primarily designed as a journaling app, its uses have grown by leaps and bounds. People use Day One for photography, gratitude, health, family stories, etc. You can have a dedicated journal for anything and Day One will not break a sweat. So why not a writing and revision journal?

Lots of published authors have kept some form of diary or journal specifically to track their work, including John Steinbeck and Virginia Woolf.

Having all of your plot ideas, character sketches, random ideas, deleted bits, etc. in one place can be a life saver for the busy or distracted writer. And after the clock strikes midnight on December 1, your amazing, fantabulous, spectacular writing journal (powered by Day One) can morph into…an editing journal! Writing one’s book is only the first step, after all. Between typing “The End” in your word processor du jour and seeing a bound, for-sale copy of your book in the local store (…or, let’s be real here) lies a whole world of writing, rewriting, cutting, copying, pasting, writing some more, rewriting some more, throwing out whole chapters in a late-night panic attack, etc. (Writing is the best profession ever, right?).

Keeping all those notes and excerpts in one place—whether it’s a paper notebook or a Day One journal—can mean the difference between a half-finished manuscript that languishes on Dropbox and an actual, published work that touches the hearts of millions. You can tag character sketches, location notes, add pictures, etc. Being able to call up your writing notebook on any device running Day One means never worrying about missing a jolt of inspiration or writing session, either.

When I set off on this year’s National Novel Writing Month adventure, I knew things would be a bit tricky. Instead of starting a new manuscript from scratch, I would be adding to an existing story (that actually first took shape several NaNos ago). The story had stalled as Real Life kept intruding and I hoped NaNoWriMo 2018 would be a chance to jump-start my brain back into novel-writing mode. In addition to the existing chapters, I had research notes, random plot ideas, character sketches, etc. that all needed to be corralled appropriately. I sometimes rely on free writingexercises and Julia Cameron’s “morning pages” before I start actually writing, because it’s like warming up before an actual race. You need to stretch your mental muscles as much as your physical ones before you start a strenuous adventure. All that can live in my Day One writing journal for whenever I have a spare moment (or a whole afternoon).

Now that we’re coming up to the end of November, I still find Day One to be an invaluable tool in my writing arsenal. I’ve added about 8600 new words to my manuscript, and mapped out plans for existing chapters. I’ve got a better sense of which revisions need to happen and where. Just the near-daily routine of free writing exercises and morning pages has kept my spirits up on days when even writing a text message seems like a bridge too far. I can’t wait to see where my writing projects take me next and Day One will be right there with me.

3. Does anyone want fries after this?
Since it’s the day after Thanksgiving here in the U.S., we’re getting sweet potato fries. Trust me.

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Version 3

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We are proud to introduce the latest iteration of the Day One journaling application. Version 3 is a major update to the foundation of the app text editor with redesigned shortcut menus for text formatting and adding content like photos and tags. Accompanying this update are two new Premium features, Dark Mode and Audio Recording.

Dark Mode

Dark Mode has been applied throughout the app with a custom theme, utilizing the pure black on the iPhone X True Tone display and it looks amazing.

Dark Mode Auto Toggle setting will update Light/Dark mode based on the sunset time in your current location. There is an option to customize this or have Dark Mode always on.

Audio recording is available in 2 modes:

  • 1-Minute Transcription Mode uses Apple’s Speech dictation service. Transcription is auto-added to the entry after recording ends.
  • 30-Minute Audio-Only Mode.

Audio Tip: Long-press on the audio record button for option to select a 1-time recording mode. Default setting is in Settings > Advanced.

You may also import audio clips via share extension, or paste from clipboard (from Voice Memos, Voicemail, and more). Supported file types are .m4a


New Unified Editor

We’ve been working on a new, custom text editor for over a year as a way to unify and improve the experience of writing and composing a journal entry.

Previously we relied on 2 separate views for an entry; Edit Mode, a native text editor with some Markdown highlighting, and Read Mode, a web-view to render Markdown to HTML. The separate views created a disconnect in certain cases like longer entries, if you wanted to make an edit at the bottom while in Read Mode, toggling to Edit mode wouldn’t line up exactly where you were.

As we started exploring Audio Recording and Dark Mode, we realized a value this unified editor would bring to the overall experience in Day One. Now it’s a single view in both modes; no more HTML view. To continue support for Markdown, Markdown Tables, and HTML embeds, we came up with an interesting solution using code blocks.

Code blocks now have a toggle button to switch between Code View and Web View. Existing Markdown Tables will be automatically detected, wrapped in a code block and toggled to Web View. This preserves the rendered table and allows it to be modified and edited. The state of each code block toggle is saved to the entry and synced to preserve the desired state of each block.


Checklists are another great benefit to the new editor as you can now toggle the checklist items in edit or read mode. What you see is what you get.

Markdown basics like headers, lists, bold, italic, rule lines, are automatically converted to rich text, instantly hiding the markdown syntax. We’ve also added a new content editor menu that makes adding this text formatting easy without knowing the Markdown shortcuts.

See the full release notes here:

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The Way I Journal: Gilles Vautier

My name is Gilles Vautier. I am a professional photographer and I am french. I am (a little) bit famous for my work : Be Myself, people will love you.

When and why did you start journaling?

I started journaling in 2012. My first entry was written after a circus show. I included a nice photo – according to me – and just wrote : this is my first journal entry. I will try to daily put a photo with a text.

What is your journaling routine?

I am not the kind of guy who’s daily writing his journal. I don’t have the time. Or a story to tell. Sometimes, when a beautiful thing happens, I appreciate to write it down. To remember.


When I’m abroad, and it happens a lot, Day one is the tool I need. Several times a day, I like to write entries. Where I was, people I met, places I have discovered… I can add a nice photo with my iPhone. Or, and it’s even better, I can later add a beautiful photo with an export tool from Lightroom directly to Day One.

This way, I will remember. Very convenient when I feel blue or when I miss sun.

Do you focus on long-form writing, or in capturing small memories of life?

If I have something to develop, I’d rather write it on my blog ( On the other hand, most of my travel blogs articles are inspired from my Day One articles.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?

No. Everywhere. With my iPhone.

What was your first entry in Day One?

How many entries do you have in your journal?


What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

I really do appreciate to see the daily notifications about what happened one year ago, two years and so on… Today, it happens to (re) discover souvenirs from five years ago !

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

Mostly my iPhone. And sometimes with my iMac to export beautiful pictures from Lightroom to Day One.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

No. When I want to write.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

No, not really. Day one has a feature I particularly appreciate. With my Apple Watch, I can instantaneously create an entry. This way, it will automatically record the place I am in. Later, I will write and insert pictures.

Et voilà.

Thanks Gilles. You can see more of his photography at


The Day One Podcast

Welcome to “Day One” of our podcast! Today we talk about what we intend the podcast to be, a little history of Day One, roadmap info, recent issues, and a tip to help users get the most out of Day One.

Adam Daly is the Lead Customer Support and Social Media Manager at Day One. Brett Nord is the Creator of Opportunities at Day One (a new role in business development).

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The Way I Journal: Zach Weismann

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Zach Weismann and I’m a Partner at Connective Impact. Additionally, I am the Co-Founder of a healthcare startup called CancerQ.

When and why did you start journaling?
I started journaling in September of 2014 after losing my mom to only a 4 month battle with pancreatic cancer. It was an extremely difficult and challenging time for my family and me, and Day One provided an immediate outlet.

Zach Weismann and mom

What is your journaling routine?
One of the things I’ve found most helpful is using the Day One iPhone app to capture thoughts while on the go. I’ll open the app when a thought or memory pops into my head and jot down the thought, perhaps add a picture if relevant, and remind myself to go back and write out the full post when I am back at a computer and can use the Mac desktop Day One app. I love being able to use it this way because its like a safe place for cherished memories and thoughts that I don’t want to forget. It’s eased a ton of tension / grief for me.

Do you focus on longform writing, or in capturing small memories of life?
A little of both to be honest. The ability to post photos, and add short or longform writing is great. Not to mention the syncing so that I can pick it up at any time and not lose a step.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?
No I don’t but that’s the beauty of Day One. I travel quite a bit and I can take my journal with me everywhere I go! I have the app on my iPad, iPhone, and desktop.

What was your first entry in Day One?
It was actually a pretty emotional post, only 2 weeks after my mom passed away. Looking back on that time now, nearly 3 years ago, you can really see how raw and open that wound was. While it is still tough and emotional, it does help me continue to build confidence to see how far I’ve come and the journal does a great job of showcasing that.

How many entries do you have in your journal?
I have 203 entries thus far and over 26,000 words.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?
Hmm, tough question! I would say the geo tagging, the custom tagging as well as the photo uploads.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?
I definitely tend to capture ideas on my iPhone and iPad, and do more of the long form writing when I am at a computer.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?
Yes. Rule: write often and freely. Don’t judge yourself too hard. Just put fingers to screen!

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?
Absolutely. One of the craziest thing about grief is the journey it takes you on. It is a rollercoaster of emotion, anger, sadness, reflection, appreciation, and more. Therefore it leads to all sorts of thoughts, memories, and realizations that pop up unexpectedly. Having a place to put those emotions and thoughts has helped me so much not only in the grief process, but in the emotional and physical rebuilding after losing a foundational piece to our family. The Day One app has been a serious tool in my grief journey. For that, I sincerely thank you guys.

Zach is an amazing person, we are thankful for his time to share his story and how he uses Day One. Check out his work on

Day One on Android

Download on the Play Store.

We’ve expanded Day One to the Android platform with a solid initial release. It was over a year in development to get all necessary features required to be on par with the iOS app. If you have an Android device, give it a shot.

Our roadmap for updates include: End-to-end encryption support (currently end-to-end journals will not sync to Android), Rich Editor, Tablet / Chromebook support, RTL Languages, UI translations.

Five Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal

I used to think keeping a gratitude journal was easy.

I had this little workflow setup through Launch Center Pro on my iPhone which asked me different questions at the end of each day. My answers were then sent to Day One and saved there forever.Those answers always ended up being repetitive and monotonous. I’d rarely dive into descriptive thoughts or feelings, instead opting to just finish the end-of-day quiz and get to sleep.Of all the journaling habits I’ve developed, gratitude journaling became the most boring and fell by the wayside.

Research suggests I made a mistake.

Gratitude journaling has a wide range of benefits. It improves sleep, improves your sense of wellbeing, and improves your willingness to accept change and disruptive events in your life. For me personally, gratitude journaling has also improved my spirituality.

And, most importantly, gratitude journaling surely improves positivity and an outlook for the future.

Getting back into gratitude journaling required some research. Along the way, these five tips jumped out as fundamental cornerstones to keeping a gratitude journal.

Let’s jump in.

1. Be descriptive, personal, and positive: Gratitude journaling works best when you genuinely dive into that which you are grateful for. Like authors describe all the functions of a scene in a storybook, so too should you when describing your gratefulness.

Focusing on people and your relationship with them also brings about a better sense of satisfaction. Sure, we are all grateful for some things, but it’s usually the people in our lives who have the greatest impact. Focus on people and move from there.

And of course, gratitude journaling isn’t going to improve your positivity if you’re not actually positive in your writing. Science has shown it’s easier to remember negative events than positive events, so this could be the most difficult step of all. As Lisa Shoreland states over at Positively Present:

Help really transform your thoughts by finding the positive side of negative situations. Instead of dwelling on things that are not working out – maybe a failed relationship, or financial hardships, or health problems – try to find a positive in those situations.

2. Don’t go through the motions and don’t overdo it: I let my gratitude journal slip by the wayside the first time around thanks to a repetitive sense of going through the motions.

More research: Sonja Lyubomirsky’s research suggests writing less in your gratitude journal (but still under some sort of structure or schedule) leads to more happiness than writing more often in your gratitude journal. I feel like this has been effective in my journaling as well — I feel happier and more grateful when I explicitly choose to journal about gratitude. Anecdotal at best, but I can attest to it.

3. Employ Tim Ferriss’ gratitude journal methods: Tim Ferriss is well known for his bestselling books and life coach lessons, but his approach to keeping a gratitude journal is one of the best. Ferriss focuses on four categories to ensure gratitude journaling keeps its splendor.

  1. Focus on relationships
  2. Focus on opportunities
  3. Focus on great events
  4. Focus on simple things

I find a particular impact when focusing on opportunities and great or important life events, but each of these categories could have a different impact on you. Relationships, again, are the most impactful aspects of most of our lives, while opportunities keep inspiration flowing into our lives to trigger great events.

Overall, Tim’s categories appear to flow from start to finish to help you recognize a greater process.

4. Use surprises as gratitude journal triggers:
This is an easy one. Whenever something important, surprising, or memorable works its way into your life, you can use the event as a trigger to jump into your gratitude journal. When these events happen, it’s easy to describe whathappened, how it happened, why it happened, and your reaction to the result.

I think this can improve your happiness, sense of self-satisfaction, and sense of self-realization, but it can also help develop successful habits. If there is an underlying pattern to the surprising and memorable events in your life, journaling will help recognize that pattern.

Plus, journaling triggers make journaling too easy.

5. Be grateful in the morning and reflective in the evening: We’ve talked about the Five-Minute Journal once before here on the Day One blog.

The structure of the journal is simple: be grateful in the morning and reflect at the end of the day. The Five-Minute Journal has three simple tasks each morning. First, you recognize three things you are grateful for. Second, you visualize three things that would make the upcoming day great. And third, you complete two different personal affirmations. Then, at the end of the day, you can unwind by reflecting on the great events of the day.

Overall, the structure is simple. But the structure leads to starting each day on a positive note and ending each day with a smile on your face.


I’ve found grateful moments occur around important life events — both good and bad life events — and around family events. I’ve used these types of events to trigger gratitude journal writing, but I’ve still found it difficult to create a habit without any sort of trigger.

Fortunately, actually being grateful doesn’t require writing it down. You can recognize your own gratefulness in a conversation with your spouse or friend, or you can express it through prayer. Journaling is only one avenue for improving gratitude and happiness.

Although, journaling may be the most effective avenue.

The Way I Journal: Daniel J. Olsen

Here’s how Day One helps a soldier track his life

Who are and you and what do you do?

My name is Daniel J. Olson, and I am a US Army Soldier, full-time dad, and college student. I also journal a lot, play guitar, take pictures, do artwork, and do family history work. I am a Latter-day Saint. I have been married for almost seven years now to my amazing wife, Jessica, and we have two goofy kids.


When and why did you start journaling?

Well, I’ve actually been journaling since about 1998. My maternal grandfather journaled all the time while I was growing up, and I later saw a movie called, “The Mountain of the Lord”, in which then-President Wilford Woodruff spoke of the importance of the Latter-day Saints being a “record-keeping people”. I ran with the idea and (except for a few parts here and there) have been doing so continuously since 2004.

What is your journaling routine?

In the morning, if I remember what I dreamt, I’ll write that down first thing. Throughout the day, depending on where I go, I use the Check-In feature. I also have an hourly prompt, where I write a small snippet of what’s going on.

There are also times when I take pictures and will create entries based off those.

Do you focus on longform writing or in capturing small memories of life?

Well, it’s a combination of both. Depending on what I have going on, I’ll either do a small entry, or if I’m abridging my older journaling into Day One, it can become quite long.

I’ve been all over the United States while growing up, as my dad’s career warranted such moving, and to South Korea once, as part of being in the Army.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?

I built my own “man cave”, as it were, some time back and that is my own personal space. It is in there that I like to have calming music (Gregorian Chants usually or something similar) to focus.

What was your first entry in Day One?

I actually have a tag, called “Entry Milestone” for marking off “x” number of entries. The very first one was done in Day One Classic:

“Nov 21, 2014–10:24 a.m.

So, I decided to try Day One for journaling and whatnot, and see how it goes.

Its interface is short and sweet, to-the-point.

I just finished eating some Ramen and am about to go smoke.”

How many entries do you have in your journal?

You have to understand, I’ve checked in at a LOT of places and have copied over a LOT of journaling from when I was younger. Plus, using IFTTT, I have my assorted social media accounts tied in, which go to a Social Media journal.

For All Entries, I have 11,277 entries at the moment, with 3,301 pictures.

For my Regular (Daily Record) journal, I have 7,785 entries, with 1,062 pictures.

For Social Media, I have 2,690 entries, with 2,149 pictures.

My other journals are: Dreams (Nighttime Record), Church Things, My Discourses, Church — Reading & Notes, and Misc. Lifelogs.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

I would have to say that the ability to take my old entries and add them into Day One, thereby providing richer context to my story / history is probably the greatest one. I love how I can add the place and time, and the weather at the time is automatically retrieved. Being able to see everywhere I’ve been on globe is absolutely wonderful, too.

Do you mostly write on the iPhone, iPad, or Mac?

Most of the time, it’s my iPhone. If I’m copying over my older journaling, then my Mac. Sometimes, I do use my iPad if I can’t use my iPhone and my Mac is off or away from me.

Do you follow any organization rules?

The only real rules I follow are when I do a Daily Summary, or if I’m entering the older entries.

With the older entries, I bring up the Word Doc (or text file) and have it on one screen, and in Day One on another screen, I’ll create a new entry on the corresponding date. Next, I select the general location (to ensure the correct timezone is showing), followed by the exact address whenever possible. Then I’ll copy over the original text, make any formatting adjustments as needed, and finally set the time or approximate time if none was given.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

There have been times where I wasn’t sure where I’d been, and other times when I wanted to “set the record straight”, so-to-speak.

Day One Goes Premium


Day One is evolving. We’re transitioning to a more stable subscription business model to ensure this app and these services always stick around.

This week we’re releasing the Day One Premium subscription service. It includes the ability to create more than ten journals and access all future premium features.

If you have already purchased Day One (version 2.0 and later), the features you currently have will always be yours to use without any additional cost. This includes encrypted sync, ten journals, multiple photos per entry, and all ongoing maintenance updates and improvements.

As an additional benefit for our existing customers, we’re offering Day One Premium for 50% off (regular price is $49.99).

Thank you for being a founding part of making Day One what it is today, a trusted platform for personal writing, special moments, and reflections on life.

For more information, check out the Day One Premium FAQ or contact us.

Day One Book: Two Months Later

The new way for Day One users to preserve their memories.

Nearly two months ago, we launched Day One Book as a new way to preserve the moments captured in Day One. Since then, our users have printed thousands of entries with Day One Book, and the response has been amazing.

“While many people are content to view the ups and downs of their lives within the confines of an app, others may prefer to see their lives unfold in a traditional book. That’s the new feature of Day One that longtime journal writers are going to love — printed books.” — AppleWorld

“I’m into the idea of a well-designed journal that incorporates the details of my digital life in a longer-lasting print format. — The Verge

“I suspect Bloom Built [has] a hit on its hands.” — MacStories


While we still have a few features we want to add, like international shipping, we wanted to give you an update on Day One Book and what it can do.

Using Day One Book

When we designed Day One Book, we wanted it to be as simple as possible for you to print the content you wanted to preserve. With up to 400 pages per book, there’s a lot of space to fill. Want to print your daily reflections but not your work journal? You can select specific journals to print. Want to make a book of all your summer vacation photos? It’s easy to filter pages by specific tags. We’ve also added the ability to print your Instagram photos to Day One Book directly from the app.

Print your Instagram photos and view map data

Our in-app editor makes it easy to customize your printed journal. Pick a photo for the cover, choose colors, and customize the title of your book. Want to see all the places you’ve been? You can add a map for each month’s worth of entries. Day One Book also includes all your journaling metadata, including location, the weather, and activity.

Getting started is easy. Simply open the settings menu on iPhone or iPad and select “Book Printing” to preserve your memories. Books start at $19.99 for 50 full-color pages, and are available in paperback or hardcover.

In-app ordering takes less than a minute

What can you print?

There’s no limit to the memories you can capture with Day One Book. Here are a few things we’ve seen people printing:

  • Document a vacation
  • Preserve your ticket stubs
  • Recap your children’s sports seasons
  • Save a year’s worth of memories

What else can you print? If you’re experiencing writer’s block, or just want some additional ideas of what to print, contact us.



The Way I Journal: Kendra Wright

Blogger Kendra Wright doesn’t want life to whizz by

Who are you and what do you do?

Kendra Wright. I’m a writer at, a speaker and creator of The Year of Fear Project. I specialize in helping others break through uncertainty, take consistent action, and embrace the rebel they were born to be.

When and why did you start journaling?

At the end of 2014 after a pretty startling revelation. At a New Years event, I was asked to sum up 2014 in one word. That year I had tackled quite a few incredible memories, like starting my consulting business, buying a one-way ticket to live in a city I had never been to for a month, white water rafting, participating in the “World’s Longest Yoga Chain” world record, riding in a hot air balloon, getting my writing in front of hundreds of thousands of people, and so much more!

However, when asked to wrap the year up in one word in front of a group of people I felt guilty. The word I wanted to use was “underutilized.”

A few years earlier, had I seen my the hit list of accomplishments and experiences I would have in 2014 I would have been totally jazzed. Instead, I felt inflated.

I had a giant revelation.

We think life is vacations, trips, and big moments like buying a house or falling in love, but what I discovered is big moments are a small percentage of everyday life. Ten to fifteen percent if you’re lucky.

What happened in 2014 was between the “big” moments I was head down in work. All the days blended together. In 2013 I had created The Year Of Fear Project where every day for a year I did something new, different or outside my comfort zone. I made every day count in little ways. In 2014 I still did a lot of amazing things, but I didn’t stay as present daily creating new memories and lessons.

When I got to the end of the year, I realized that I only remembered the big moments. All these tiny accomplishments, experiences, lessons and memories were lost.

This lesson hit me hard and I made a pact that not only would I not let my life whizz by and be forgotten but I would also document it daily to keep myself accountable to create new experiences, remember the lessons I learn that I don’t want to forget, and watch myself grow.

This realization also led me to kick off my second “Year Of Fear.” I have now gone on to complete over 850 self-assigned comfort zone challenges (I track them in Day One!), and built an entire brand and online business that helps others do the same.

What is your journaling routine?

  1. I “active journal” throughout the day using the menu bar shortcut on Macbook. As things happen, whether that be accomplishments, experiences, or conversations I want to remember, I quickly jot them down so I can return to before bed to flesh them out. I use the mobile app on the go.
  2. I also paste text conversations, micro-pieces of content I write or create for the day that log my thoughts and lessons I’m learning or sharing with students since most of my content comes straight from what is happening in my real life.
  3. At the end of the day, my evening routine includes journaling. Some days I have a list of ideas or thoughts to start with by active journaling throughout the day. Occasionally, it’s a blank page.
  4. If it is a blank page, I pull out my list of “Daily Reflection Questions.” As I built my journaling practice, I found staring at a blank page to be uninspiring and wanted a way to avoid having writers block (one of the biggest reasons people cite not journaling).

A few of my Daily Reflection Questions are:

  • What was my favorite thing about today?
  • What am I looking forward to in my life right now?
  • What incredible gifts or lessons did life deliver to me today?

You can get the full list of questions here.

If you have a hard time journaling because you struggle with building from a blank page, create your own list of Daily Reflection Questions.

Pro-Tip: I suggest keeping your DRQ in a note on your phone or using Text Expander to quickly insert them into your journal. Pre-format your list with bolds, markup, etc and it will make your journal organized and beautiful.

Do you focus on longform writing, or in capturing small memories of life?

I focus less on how much I write and more on what I’m capturing. The number one reason I love DayOne is the tagging feature. Using tags, in a click of a button I can track what is important to me. I’m very self-devlopment focused so my tags reflect that.

  • #YearOfFear: self-assigned comfort zone challenges for The Year Of Fear Project.
  • #Accomplishments: to track when I hit goals or things I want to be proud of later.
  • #Lessons: these are things I learn throughout the year. These could be those I’ve learned personally, or big ah-ha’s others shared with me that I don’t want to slip away in the chaos of life.
  • #Travel: every time you travel and where.
  • #Quotes: powerful quotes you read or love throughout the year.
  • #Books: when you complete a book. I also like to add a summary of my big takeaways or pull a few of my favorite highlights from my Kindle.

Other items you may consider tracking:

  • #Moments: track incredible memories with your kids or significant other. It would make a great list to surprise them with at the end of the year.
    #Content: if you’re a creative, brainstorm content ideas in your journal on the go that you can later write or create.
  • #Milestones: small steps you complete along the way to a big goal

Pro-tips: When you structure your journal to track objectives that are important to you it makes doing your year in review a breeze. In two clicks you can see your accomplishments, travel, lessons you want to remember, etc.

I also recommend setting a reminder to review your journal once a month. It’s incredibly powerful when you’re taking actions toward goals. I’ve also been able to uncover why life has felt chaotic — we often forget all the things we are doing on a day-to-day basis!

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?

Nope. Life happens everywhere. Although, in my bed at night in my PJ’s tends to be my go-to. I’ve found journaling the day of events is more effective. I’m more emotionally connected with what happened that day.

What was your first entry in Day One?

I documented a comfort zone challenge. It was the day I sent out a survey to my email list about creating my first digital product. The first three years as a blogger I made no money. I was terrified of selling. So this was a big step for me!

That survey was the start of what would later become my flagship course (Facing Fear) that now teaches students across 8 continents how to face fears, take action, and make time for what matters most to them in their life.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

867 entries, 157 photos.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?


Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

Both. I heavily use the shortcut menu to active journal during the day and the app when away from my computer.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

Tags to make goals and priorities easy to track. In two clicks and I can see what is happening in my life (lessons, travel, comfort zone challenges, etc).

Journal daily so that I remember the small moments in life later. At the end of the year it is incredibly fulfilling to see how you actually spent your time and what you accomplished.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

YES! All the time. I often track when I meet people. I’ve been able to recall when and where I meet people by searching their name for my journal. I also use it to search for powerful quotes I later want to recall for writing and recommending to students.

About Kendra Wright:

Kendra Wright is a blogger, speaker and location independent entrepreneur. Since creating the Year Of Fear Project in 2013, she has completed over 850 self-assigned comfort zone challenges. Kendra specializes in teaching others how to break through fear and uncertainty, productivity slumps, and create better work-life balance (without abandoning their inner hustle).

Get 100 of her simple and unconventional comfort zone challenges here.

Day One Encryption

(Repost from Medium)

When Day One launched in 2011, I knew that privacy would be an essential part of a great journaling app. We pour our deepest thoughts and feelings into this app, it should give us the assurance these remain private and secure.

In 2015, we launched Day One Sync as a replacement for iCloud and Dropbox sync, knowing we wanted to eventually offer web services (IFTTT, API, etc.) and applications on other platforms (Web, Android, Windows). Most importantly, it was the only way to create a proper solution to our most requested feature, end-to-end encryption.

We set a high bar for our small team, sync is hard, encryption is hard. It took two years for us to complete this project. During this time, we continued to move forward reading every 1-star review requesting encryption come sooner.

Today, I’m pleased to announce Day One Sync with private-key, end-to-end encryption is now available in version 2.2 of the Mac and iOS apps.

Day One is a trusted source for your personal data, thoughts, ideas, dreams, memories, etc. You own your data.

Day One iOS App Security Settings

“End-to-End” is a journal settings toggle alternative to “Standard” encryption on a per-journal basis. This approach allows us to continue developing additional applications and services for Day One, like our web and Android apps (curently in beta), without requiring the advancements of our encryption design. We will expand support for end-to-end encryption to all applications in the future.

You can learn more about end-to-end encryption, including our 3rd-party audit in our FAQ.

Thank you for your ongoing patience, trust, and support.


Day One iOS App Security Settings

The Way I Journal: Amit Gupta

Traveler and entreprenuer Amit Gupta doesn’t want to miss a moment

Photo Credit: Helena Price

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Amit Gupta. I’m a designer, entrepreneur, and occasional investor. I’ve worked on a lot of different things — started a couple companies, helped start a non-profit, wrote and contributed to a couple books, started a coworking movement called Jelly, and starred in a TV commercial with my dog. Most recently, I ran a company called Photojojo, which I sold a couple years ago.

When and why did you start journaling?

Doogie Howser. I loved that television show, and loved even more how he ended every episode by making pithy & poignant observations about his day on his computer. I started journaling on an Apple IIGS after seeing that show. I gradually went from that to paper, to a Newton MessagePad 2000, to a Mac.

What is your journaling routine?

I journal sporadically. I’ve gone months where I journaled daily, and I’ve gone months without journaling at all. Nowadays, I’m journaling when something momentous happens and I want to remember it.

Do you focus on longform writing, or in capturing small memories of life?

I like to write stream of consciousness for the most part. Similar to the Morning Pages practice of simply sitting down and writing whatever comes to mind. It’s a lot of personal reflection that effectively helps me think through things going on in my life.

Occasionally what comes to mind is a business idea or an essay topic, so I write on that.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?

For the past couple years I’ve been traveling nearly non-stop. Spending only days or weeks in a place makes it difficult to develop habits.

When I was living in Portland for four months last year, it was first thing on the kitchen couch after breakfast each morning. I didn’t let myself leave that couch until I’d written for at least an hour.

Establishing a morning routine that includes journaling has been the most reliable way I’ve found to keep it going.

What was your first entry in Day One?

I’ve actually imported journal entries, the ones I could find, from other platforms, text files, websites I used to journal (like my friend’s and even scraps of paper I found rooting around in my childhood bedroom.

So the first entry I have stored in Day One is from June 1997, and it’s a very emo letter to my future self from when I was 17, about to go off to college. I confessed my high school crushes, described in detail my first kiss at summer camp when I was 15, and talked about how I wasn’t going to go to prom, but that when I was a “famous geek or TV/movie star” I’d tell interviewers I didn’t go to prom as a badge of honor. Apparently I also really hoped that Newton would win out over Windows CE.

The first entry I typed into Day One itself is from 2012. It was the day before my brother’s wedding and I jotted down notes for a wedding toast I wanted to give.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

458 entries, 299 photos.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

I love how simple it is and that my entries are synced everywhere. I like adding photos, but I wish I could add long videos.

Photo Credit: Stephan Ango

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

iPad. I find it to be a perfect full-screen, distraction-free writing environment. But I use it on all three.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

I’ve try to end each entry in my personal journal in recent years with one thing I’m grateful for. That one snippet has been an interesting way to look back at the changes in my life from day to day.

I’ve started to practice creative writing recently, and I’ve started a second journal that’s more of a daily log of that process. There, I’m recording I’m doing each day to improve writing, links to things I’m finding helpful, etc.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

I find it really helpful to go back and understand what I was thinking or feeling in the past about certain things. We tend to rewrite our personal histories in head. How we feel or think today is how we assume we’ve always felt or thought. But real life is so much messier. Looking back and understanding my evolution helps me understand my weaknesses and be a more forgiving and generous person (towards others and towards myself).

Journaling Can Jumpstart Your Creativity

Journaling Can Jumpstart Your Creativity

Practicing creativity can be difficult, but keeping a journal is a great way to make creativity a daily habit.


As a writer and graphic designer, it’s a skill I consider integral to my work. Every day, I’m asked to create something that will inspire others to take action. If I’m not creating something, I’m not accomplishing anything.

If you’re not a writer or designer, don’t worry! Creativity is integral to your work as well. Beyond the world of artists, writers and musicians, creativity is solving problems, identifying patterns, and using information in new and unique ways. The most successful people I know are highly creative thinkers. These people also know that creativity takes practice.

Practicing creativity, however, is difficult. Often we’re expected to be creative and given no time to practice. This is where journaling can come in handy. I have found that when I keep a record of my thoughts, ideas, and experiences, I am more likely to apply my creative skills to my daily tasks.

Here are five ways keeping a journal has helped me improve my creativity:

1. Record your best ideas

“Keep in mind that ideas are generally fleeting and must be captured as they arise. Some will hang around and let you mull them over, but most are like a flash of lightning and need instant attention.” –Bill West, The Imagineering Workout

I know—this one seems obvious. What else are journals for? However, I’ve found huge creative value in keeping a record of things I’m thinking and doing. Often my best ideas come when I’m not able to act on them. There have been countless moments when I have sat down to write something and wasted most of my time trying to remember the idea I had in the shower that morning. Writing down inspiration when it strikes is the fastest way to build a library of your best ideas.

2. Practice thinking freely

“The best way to become a producer is to sit down every day and create. If you do that enough, you’ll consistently open yourself up to creating awe-inspiring work.” –Blake Powell

If creativity is the process of making connections and solving problems, a creative person should be used to thinking freely. Journaling is a great way to let your ideas flow unhindered. Whether that involves a daily dump of the day’s accomplishments, jotting down your dreams in the morning, or an evening creativity exercise, giving yourself time every day to think freely without any fear of judgement will improve your ability to generate ideas freely on a regular basis.

And, as a bonus, you might be able to add to your library of best ideas.

3. Refine your best ideas

“Just (make) something. It might be something crummy or awkward or not ready for prime time. If you make something, you are creative.” –Sonia Simone

Sometimes it’s easier to create ideas than it is to act on them. During my freshman year of college, I began writing recaps of college football games. These recaps were crude at best, but more than anything else, this weekly exercise in critiquing helped me learn how I write. I learned how to research a topic quickly, the importance of letting my thoughts collect, and the art of editing my writing. I found my writing voice by consistently expanding on one of my best ideas.

Like the exercise of letting your ideas flow, a journal can be a great place to practice a specific creative goal. Take one of your best ideas and flesh it out. Start setting goals to help you bring that idea to fruition. Recording your progress on a regular basis is a great way to remind yourself that you are a creative person.

4. Trigger your best ideas

“Creative refers to every single aspect of life, not only what you do, but how you do it, and how you think about the world.” –MK Haley, The Imagineering Workout

The greatest enemy of creativity is the dreaded rut. It’s very easy to get into a routine and forget the benefits of free thinking. Keeping a journal is incredibly useful when I’ve encountered these ruts. By keeping a log of what I do on a regular basis, I have a record of what might have gotten me into that rut. I also have a record of where I was and what I was doing when some of my best ideas arrived. I can analyze my routines and discover what got me into a particular rut or I can recreate a specific creative environment. Journaling helps me make creativity a process instead of a checklist.

5. Refill the tank

“The brain is like a muscle — sometimes it
needs to be relaxed.” –lazyguru

Creative thinking is hard work. Often, when I’m in a creative rut, I’ve found it’s because I need to take a break. You can only create something if you have the resources to make it. Just like a journal is useful for recording your best ideas, a journal is also useful for relaxing. Meditate on your experiences. Pick up a new hobby and document your progress. Take a vacation and keep a travelogue. The best creative thinkers know when to take a break. Keeping track of those breaks in your journal will make them more memorable and effective.

Creativity is waiting

These five tips are just a few ways that keeping a journal can improve your creative abilities. The most important piece of creativity is regular practice, and keeping a journal is a great way to ensure that practice happens. Start journaling, and make creativity a habit instead of a talent.

The Way I Journal: Kelly Hodgkins

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Kelly Hodgkins. I am a journalist covering the outdoors sector and cutting edge technology for Digital Trends. I also work part-time as the Program Coordinator for the Western Foothills Land Trust.

When and why did you start journaling?

I started journaling a year ago when I started the Maine Master Naturalist program. This year-long program trains individuals to become naturalists — teaching them about the bugs, trees, plants, animals and more that are found in Maine. The overall goal of the program is to produce trained naturalists who can share their knowledge with the community by leading nature hikes, writing blogs and so on. The 12-month-long class required me to keep a nature journal — I had to document flowers, identify trees, and track seasonal changes at a natural site, which for me was a local pond. I ended up using Day One for everything — I used it to log more than 50 flowers, identify 30 trees, and record the seasonal changes I saw at the pond. I even used it to do my homework exercises and to create study guides for each quiz in the course.

What is your journaling routine?

I write in my journal at least weekly, sometimes more. I often use my iPhone to record in the field and then finish the writing at home on my Mac.

Do you focus on long-form writing, or in capturing small memories of life?

It’s a mixture — it’s mostly catching the little things and then doing some long-form writing when I have the time. I also do a lot of sketching on my iPad and import those sketches into Day One as well.

Do you have a favorite spot where you like to journal?

Yes, anywhere outside that is quiet. In the forest, in the fields or at the edge of a pond.

What was your first entry in Day One?

My first entry was a photo of a tree growing on a rock. I used this photo to illustrate and describe the ecological layers that created such an unusual place to find a tree.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

Over a hundred.

What is your favorite or most-used feature in Day One?

The ability to import a photo quickly and easily. I also appreciate the location and weather information. These can be handy when trying to figure out why I saw a bunch of deer one week and none the next week.

Do you write mostly on the iPhone, iPad, or the Mac?

I use a combination. I use my iPhone to capture photos for Day One. I use my iPad to draw sketches that I import into DayOne. And finally, I return home to do most of the writing on my Mac.

Do you follow any journal organization rules?

Not really, I write when and how I feel in my main journal to keep it stream of consciousness. I do add tags to help find entries more easily. I also use more than one journal — I have a journal just with flowers, one with just trees and so on.

Have you ever relied on Day One for something unexpected, or used it to recall details about a specific event or date?

All the time! It’s great to be able to look back and compare last year to this year. For example, I first saw the Indigo Bunting bird in April last year according to my journal, but this year, the Indigo Bunting didn’t appear until Mid-May due to the colder weather. I also use it to look up passages that I had written — one time I wanted to recall a detail about an otter’s behavior that I learned in class. I searched and found the answer in an essay I wrote six months ago. Invaluable!

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