Looking to get the most out of your Day One experience? These posts are designed to be your go-to source for tips and tricks to help you unlock the full potential of your favorite journal app, Day One. Whether you're a long-time user or just getting started, you'll find plenty of useful advice to help you organize your entries, customize your settings, and streamline your journaling process. From time-saving shortcuts to advanced features, these tips will help you maximize your productivity and creativity while using Day One.
Creating a Daily Journal Practice: How to Make Room in Your Life for Consistent Journaling
Keeping a daily journal can be a transformative practice. Setting aside some time every single day for self-reflection, creativity, personal growth, or a freeform brain dump can give you the clarity and stress-relief you need to take on life’s challenges. But just like crowds at the gym after January first, many of us start with […]
How and Why to Add Scanned Text to Your Day One Journal
In this guide, learn the step-by-step process of scanning text into Day One.
How and Why to Add Voice Recordings to Your Day One Journal
Voice recordings allow you to capture moments, ideas, and emotions in real-time, and are especially useful when you don't have the time or ability to stop your day and write or type out your thoughts.
How to Share Your Kindle Highlights to Day One
By integrating your Kindle highlights with Day One, you create a central repository of all your favorite quotes, notes, and thoughts from your readings. Day One allows you to add context to those highlights, bringing a multi-dimensional approach to your reading experience. In this tutorial, we’ll explore a quick and easy way to share your […]
How to Add Spotify Playlists or Tracks to Your Day One Journal
Capture the music that defines your moments, moods, and milestones in your journal.
Developing Habits and Skills to Become a Better Writer
Becoming a better writer, whether at a personal level or for work, takes consistent effort in many areas; it is not enough simply to practice, as writing is a multifaceted skill. The process of writing well can only come about by developing habits and certain skills that you consciously work on. It’s important to look […]
Trying to Establish a New Routine? Try Habit Stacking.
This year has not been kind to the habits, patterns, and routines you had previously established for yourself. Instead of waking up and going to the gym, you now do yoga in the front room. Rather than meet a friend for coffee at a shop around the corner, you brew your own batch in the […]
Turn Your Journal Into a Personal Highlight Reel
When ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10 comes on, you watch. For avid sports fans, these 10 video clips are the best of the best from the past 24 hours. Diving catches, buzzer beaters, and game winning goals. It’s hard to not love highlights. When we added video recording to Day One, this is what we had […]
It’s Time For Templates
The blank page is a powerful thing, especially when that blank page is in your own, private journal. It’s a canvas of opportunity, full of infinite possibilities. But often times a blank page isn’t what you need. Sometimes you want a little structure and direction to guide you. Which is why we’re thrilled to announce that […]
Five Ways to Automate Your Day One Journal with TextExpander
Update: October, 2020: Day One no longer natively supports Text Expander in the iOS app. You can still use the Text Expander Keyboard inside Day One, however there’s a limitation with this when using an external keyboard. At this time we recommend using Day One Templates, and Apple Shortcuts app to insert templated content on-demand […]
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. For more tips, see: Day One’s Tips and Tutorials Playlist
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.
Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries
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. Layout from Instagram There are many apps that can help you create a photographic collage for Day […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]