Journaling Tips

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 effect on battery life.

Not sure how to do it? Let us show you how it works:

Add Motion Activity when creating an entry

Whenever you create a new entry, an icon representing your activity will be automatically added. Whether stationary at your desk or catching a flight home, Day One tracks what you were doing when you wrote your entry.

For devices that don’t have the M7 chip, users can manually choose the appropriate icon. Tapping the icon in either read or edit mode will display a menu to change your activity.

Add Step Count to an entry

Day One is designed to help you record your walk of life. Now you can do it literally—with no extra effort—using Day One’s new “Step Count” feature. (Available on iPhone 5s) First make sure you have Day One enabled in Settings > Privacy > Motion Activity. The tapping the step count icon in the edit menu will add the count of steps taken up to the creation of the entry.

At this point, if you wish to have the total count for a day, you must create an entry at the end of the day.


There you have it—easy, daily activity tracking with Day One. Now go out there and enjoy life. Rest assured that Day One will be recording your every step.

About the Author

Tulio Jarocki is a student, design aficionado, and journaling enthusiast. When he is not writing about the rewards of journaling for Day One, he can be seen drinking coffee, running, or just out and about in Boston.

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