The Way I Journal: Asatuurs Keim & Dennis Le Prevost

[Day One] Who are you and what do you do?

Asatuurs Keim: I am a filmmaker from Brighton, England where my studio From the Sky is based. Dennis Le Prevost: I recently retired as an IT manager for a bank and I am now traveling on my motorbike with Asatuurs through 30 European countries making a documentary film about our journey.

When and why did you start journaling?

Asatuurs: I use Day One as it is a great way to capture notes about each day as we make our documentary film Faster Than My Mind. Dennis: I started using Day One in the lead up to my retirement as I had decided that it was important for me to make every day count.

What is your journaling routine?

Asatuurs: I try to keep it up to date while things are fresh in my mind but Day One reminders are handy. Dennis: I often start writing my journal during the day then try to finish them off at the end of the day. I also find the Day One reminder very useful.

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

Asatuurs: I have a visual mind and I like to add a lot of graphics and pictures with my notes”. Dennis: Knowing that my memory isn’t as reliable as it was, I try to keep as much important detail as I can and use a lot of images too.

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

Asatuurs: Yes, all around Europe. Dennis: Every day is different as we are rarely in the same place from one day to the next.

What was your first entry in Day One?

Asatuurs: My first entry is about my trip to Manchester for a film shoot. Dennis: Friday 18th December 2015 I wrote “Installed Day One app today”. I also recorded that I gave a charity shoe box for an appeal at my work.

How many entries do you have in your journal?

Asatuurs: I am quite new to Day One and have used it about 40 days. Dennis: I have 237 journals with 373 photos.

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

Asatuurs: The ability to capture images. Dennis: I also like the ability to capture images and to view my journals across all my devices.

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

Asatuurs: I use my iPhone. Dennis: I mostly use my iPhone and occasionally make entries on my Macs.

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

Asatuurs: I’ve looked back a few times to recall the dates when we were in specific countries. Dennis: Yes, on several occasions to check details on where I was or what I was doing on a particular date.

About the Interviewer

Dallas Petersen is Day One’s product manager by day (and some nights). When he’s not working, he’s hanging out with his wife and five kids and/or playing board games.

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