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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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.

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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 HeyKendra.com, 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?

Tagging.

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.

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