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 … Read more “Five Tips for Keeping a Gratitude Journal”

10 Journal Ideas to Revitalize Your Summer Journaling

How to make sure a summer to remember ends up in your journal

With the sun shining, the waves crashing, and the grass growing, it can be hard to keep a growing journal. It’s the reality of the beautiful summer season — inspiration may be at an all-time high, but finding the time to record in your journal can be difficult.

On the other hand, inspiration could be at an … Read more “10 Journal Ideas to Revitalize Your Summer Journaling”

Why Multiple Journals Are Better

A few weeks ago, I talked about how creating multiple journals was an essential tip to developing a journal habit.

The premise was pretty simple: If you have multiple journals, it’s easier to to know what is and what is not a journal entry. In my experience, with one journal, it’s easier to forego completing a journal entry in the sake of maintaining a uniform journal than it is … Read more “Why Multiple Journals Are Better”

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.

Creativity.

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, … Read more “Journaling Can Jumpstart Your Creativity”

Journaling and Self Care

April 30th.

For Canadian accountants, it’s the worst day of the year. Every chicken comes home to roost. Every project is due. Every phone call is a must-answer. And, in all likelihood, the weather is beautiful outside.

For the most part, the eight weeks leading up to April 30th are no vacation either. Twelve to fifteen hour days are normal. You often walk into the office before the sun has … Read more “Journaling and Self Care”

Five Ways to Use Day One as a Travel Journal

Blooming cherry blossoms in the spring can only mean one thing: travel season is just around the corner.

I would chalk up the travel bug as a cyclical symptom of too much snow, too little heat, and too heavy a workload. And as it stands, I’m not the only one who thinks this way: many Americans do their traveling during the summer and all Canadian high school trips I’ve heard … Read more “Five Ways to Use Day One as a Travel Journal”

Some Tips for Developing a Journal Habit

I was talking to a friend recently who expressed a desire to start a journal. He mentioned how he always finds a way to start a journal, but has never developed the ability to keep a journal.

This is, undoubtedly, a common phenomenon. While starting a journaling habit is easy, maintaining the habit through the grind is difficult.

Getting through that grind is rewarding and healthy. And, it turns out, … Read more “Some Tips for Developing a Journal Habit”

Five Ways to Automate Your Day One Journal with TextExpander

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If you’re anything like me, you have a compulsive need to maintain consistency and uniformity in your everyday life. Be it perfect punctuation and Markdown formatting when jotting down quick notes or having consistent filenames in Finder, I am constantly striving for some sort of organizational utopia within my Mac.

This couldn’t be more true for my personal journal. If I start a journaling practice — say, reviewing movies or … Read more “Five Ways to Automate Your Day One Journal with TextExpander”

10 Questions to Capture the Year in Your Journal

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New Year’s Questions

There’s always a certain degree of anticipation—an excitement in the air—for the turn of the calendar at the end of the year. It’s impossible to look at January 1st and not think about the chance for a fresh start.

By the same token, December 31st offers a tremendous opportunity to reflect. Undertaking a level of introspection—reflecting on the prior … Read more “10 Questions to Capture the Year in Your Journal”

Day Evaluations

Journaling. I never had a journal in my life. I never wrote down anything from my ‘childhood’ days nor did I really keep anything. Perhaps I was too engrossed in the present moment to care about writing things down about my life and experiences, perhaps I was just lazy and didn’t want to spend time on that. I don’t really regret not having written anything as there is no reason … Read more “Day Evaluations”

Day One Tips & Tutorials Now on YouTube

Since Fall 2015, you may have noticed that we’ve been on a bit of a hiatus from adding content to the Day One Blog. Around that time, we were deeply head’s down as a team, focused on delivering Day One 2.0. We’re now ready to dust off the cobwebs and get crackin’ on some new blog content.

We’ve added a new video to our YouTube channel and created a … Read more “Day One Tips & Tutorials Now on YouTube”

macOS’s Share Extension and Day One Mac

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One of the great new features in Mac OS X Yosemite is support for share extensions. With share extensions, any app supporting the OS X system share menu can be used to share content with apps that created a share extension. In Day One Mac 1.10, you can use OS X’s share menu to post content to Day One from Finder, Photos, Safari, and more.

Enabling the Day One Share

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Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries

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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.

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There are many apps that can help you create a photographic collage for Day One entries. Layout from Instagram is a recent, superb example.

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Instagram Layout

Follow these steps to … Read more “Use Share Extensions to Enhance Your Day One Photo Entries”

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 later, and revisit happy, positive experiences, and how we made it through troubled waters. We … Read more “Using Day One to Record and Enrich Your Life”

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 metadata—time, date, and place—is awesome.)

In addition to capturing memories as they happen, … Read more “Family and Personal History with Day One”

Day One Uses: Dream 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 the versatility of Day One. This series tries to help you find new things to journal about and enhance your life-recording experience with Day One.

Today we continue with an unexpected use for Day One: Dream Journaling. Read more “Day One Uses: Dream Journal”

Swarm (Foursquare) Check-In using Day One

If you want a simple check-in method, Day One’s Publish feature for iOS is a great way to do this.

  1. Create a new entry. Add text and photo, if desired.
  2. Tap the Publish icon.
  3. Tap Foursquare, then choose your nearby “Place.”
  4. Tap Publish.

A native Foursquare / Swarm check-in is created with your entry text and photo. With Day One and Publish, you’ll be able to preserve this event in … Read more “Swarm (Foursquare) Check-In using Day One”

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 don’t flow. Some personal journalers might deem that a bad thing, or assume their journaling … Read more “Day One Tip: Overcoming Lapses in Journaling”

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.

Why would you want tables in your journal, you ask? Well, what if you want … Read more “Tip: Using Markdown Tables in Day One”

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 about and enhance your life recording experience with Day One.

Today we start with Book … Read more “Day One Uses: A Book 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 show you then!

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Day One has a powerful keyword search … Read more “Tutorial: Remembering the Past with Day One”

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 Read more “Tutorial: Tracking your daily movement with Day One”

Importance of Keeping a Journal

Those of you who have kept a regular journal already know how great the benefits of writing about your own life can be, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

I really enjoyed this post by Robin Chung titled The Importance of keeping a journal

There’s no golden rule and you must do what ticks your boxes, however, I like to include at least the following: what happened? How did

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