ANOTHER USE CASE FOR @dayoneapp – if you're terrible at recording visual progress in projects, drop screenshots in to your journal.
— @jongold (@jongold) October 14, 2015
Journaling your way toward God
Journaling can be a vital part of the journey of spiritual formation. On the pages of a journal, in the privacy of any given moment, I can take careful, thoughtful steps into the truth of my own experience with God and God’s revelation to me through his Word and Spirit. Through the words I’m recording in my journal, I can process my feelings, fears, struggles, experiences and ideas. I place it all there on the paper before both my eyes and God’s. It’s a soul-dump.
I realized Day One could also make for an interesting writing database. It has powerful tagging and searching, and the map and calendar interfaces allow you to visualize your writing habits.
I’ve started to use DayOne to hold my daily checklist of tasks that need to be completed.
How I Use Day One: The Daily Log and Weekly/Monthly Reviews
Sometime around the beginning of this year, I started adding some structure to those daily logs. I still do a quick list of what I do each day, but I now have several sections that I’ll fill in when appropriate. I’ve found this really helpful in prompting me to take a closer look at what I did with my day, in part because it’s forced me to think about how I’m spending my time, in a way that I wasn’t always thinking much about before.
I made it home in good time for my appointment and I owe the success of it to Day One. I’m sure ‘car tracking’ wasn’t high up on their list of customer pain points as they thrashed out ideas from their office in the Utah, but it sure saved the day for me.
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.