— Kurt Madsen (@damenleeturks) January 13, 2016
It has now been 505 days since I started using Day One, and the more entries I amass, the more I want to keep documenting things.
I set Day One to remind me to journal every Friday night before bed. My goal is to write 1-2 sentences which I feel capture that week.
How I Use the Day One App for My Project Life Journaling
It features a basic interface, it’s easy to access and use from any Apple device (iPhone, iPad, MacBook, etc.), and it delivers exactly what it promises: a quick way to journal your day-to-day moments. Can you see why it’s so perfect for your Project Life journaling? You need more convincing? No problem. Keep reading….
This personal micro-blogging platform is a perfect way to start tracking the things you’ve done this year, and is great for when you decide to look back and see the amazing things you’ve done!
This app is so well designed and so FUN to use even if you only listed four things you did that day or threw an occasional picture into it with a two-sentence caption, it’d pay you back for the investment for years.
It’s parenting that has inspired me to start keeping a journal of the day’s activities, even if it is just on my phone using the Day One app. It feels odd to journal about the silly games I make up with my kids or about every trip to the park. But I do it because the trite advice new parents hear is, unfortunately, true. Things go by too fast.
While we keep our journaling endeavors personal and separate, it has given us another thing to talk about and do together. I always love when I hear the words, “Daddy, my iPad reminder just said to remember to write in my diary…let’s go.” That means it’s time to sit down and reflect, typically me at the iMac or my iPhone, her on the MacBook or iPad mini. It’s bonding in a different way than I ever thought we’d have. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
A year ago I started a routine of writing down three positive things that happened every day. It didn’t matter how small they were, as long as I hit a minimum of three. A year and over a 1,000 moments later, I ventured to expanding this habit into a daily journal. This is where Day One comes in.
My journaling habits have been transformed by this app, and I find myself both reflecting more often about my current state of mind and heart as well as capturing more of the moments (small and large) that I want to remember.
My wife and I keep a journal of notes about our twin girls in Day One. After a year of journaling, I wanted to print the entries in a physical book for my wife as a Christmas present. It was a process to get exactly what I wanted, and this post will serve as a guide to anyone that wants to do something similar.
From an enthusiastic Day One user who has found a great technique to involve his daughter in journalling:
I am writing a diary with my 5-year-old daughter – we take photos and write up days out, trips to family, what’s going on at school etc. We write it from her point of view asking her questions about her day. Hopefully as she gets older she will really enjoy being able to look back.
So glad I stared using the @dayoneapp when Alwyn was born. Making #projectlife catch up much easier!
My two older boys have iPod Touch devices and an iMac, and they enjoy logging significant events and happenings in their own Day One. And they love to show Dad. Often I will type for them as they tell me what to write.—Paul Mayne