I have been keeping a journal for a long time. I find it very therapeutic to write my thoughts down and reflect on them. I started with pen and paper, writing entries in notebooks. The last few years I started to use Day One on my iPhone. I wanted to have a way of having my journal with me so I could record my thoughts whenever and wherever I was. I tried a few other applications on my phone, I really wanted something that I could use on my computer and iPhone. Day One currently works on Apple products but the intuitive user interface and stability of the application is well worth it. I have used it on my iPhone and also used it on an iPad and found it to be a clean interface. I am able to just write what I am thinking and move on to what I am doing. I record simple thoughts throughout the day. I have tried other apps several times but keep coming back to Day One because I find this system to be so well put together and it lets me focus on my thoughts.
I use a Windows laptop which was a limitation with Day One until very recently. I have tried using the third party apps but didn’t really like working with a Windows app. I wanted something that was web based and can be used anywhere but have a full keyboard. Most of my entries are created using an iPhone but at times I like to write more detail and prefer to type on a full computer. If you are a Mac user, Day One has a Mac app which I have used on my kid’s Mac Book Air. This works wonderful, but I use Windows most of the time (for now).
This month Day One released an update that includes a channel on IFTT which makes it possible to use other platforms to record your entries. I was very excited about this release and quickly looked into how I could use this to better record my thoughts.
If you’re not familiar with IFTTT (If This Then That), it’s a free web-based service that allows users to create chains of simple conditional statements, called “recipes”, which are triggered based on changes to other web services. IFTTT is a great way to automatically add content from many web services including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. You can even set up an SMS trigger to create a journal entry via text message!
Read more at http://dayoneapp.com/2016/03/day-one-ifttt/
I am an avid Evernote user, but keep my journal separate from my notes. With the addition of IFTTT I create a “recipe” that will take a note that I tag with #DayOne and save it to my journal in Day One. This is huge for me, I can very easily type on any computer with a web browser using Evernote and tag it with #DayOne and it is saved to DayOne. I love this feature and was excited to have it available. (I know, I am a geek).
I also have an Apple Watch and have the Day One app installed on it as well. When I first heard that Day One released an Apple Watch app I was not thrilled but after using it I have to say it is amazing. A large amount of my entries come through my Apple Watch now. I simple dictate into the watch and the entry is saved. I also have shortcuts that I used on the Apple Watch. I have a shortcut that I used to record when I take my medicine so I don’t forget if I have taken it already. I will use it to “check in” at a place, so I can very easily without saying anything check in to the location using GPS and an entry is recorded and I can go back later to fill in details.
As you can see in the above image I have reminders set to prompt me for creating journal entries. I like to have this prompt to think of what I am grateful for each day and the reminder is set to add the tag “grateful” to the entry.
I have a separate journal for different types of entries. I have one for just personal thoughts, one for work and now have one for ideas on blogging about. They are easily separated and can be “tagged” with more information if I wish.
Picture logging is another feature I use often, I don’t always want to share the pics, sometimes I just want to record them for myself or my family to later see. I will take a few pictures and add them to a journal entry, add some text if I wish or come back and add the text later.
If you have questions about how I use it or suggestions on other uses I would love to hear them. Reach out to me at @LJRAIN or here in the comments.