- Tags – one of the biggest time wasters in keeping separate journals for all my kids was that if we did something altogether, then I had to write it out in 4 separate journals. With Day One I just write an entry and tag it with each child’s name. That way the same entry is logged in each child’s journal
- Photos – I can upload photos into my journal entries, there is a maximum of 10 per entry but its such an amazing tool.
- Social Media Links – It was relatively simple to use the IFTTT integrations they have to hook up my Instagram feed. Every time I post on Instagram it is automatically saved as a Day One entry. This integration is also available with Facebook although I have yet to set it up.
- Date and Location stamping – when you upload an image Day One will automatically tag that entry with the time and location the photo was taken. You can of course edit this if you choose.
- PDF exporting – its so simple to create a PDF from the Day One app – you can choose entries from a specific journal, special tags or a set date range. Then export and you have a PDF of your journal. My intention is to PDF each year for each child (and for me) and then get them printed and bound.
- Reminders – you can set a reminder for a certain time each day to journal – mine is set every night for after the kids are in bed.
Features I don’t love
- There is no android or web app. I am a much faster typist on my computer and some long entries I would much rather use a full keyboard and web interface than type on my phone. I have overcome this by typing on my PC and emailing to my phone and copying into Day One but will be so glad when my journals are available online.
- I am worried about how much storage space they will let me have. This was the first app I have ever paid for (it was $7.95 I think) and I already have 385 entries and 638 photos. At some point I assume I will need to pay for a bigger account.
- My pinky finger on my right hand is sore. I use it to support my phone when I lie in bed and type and I’ve been using the app so much that I have a sore finger – boo hoo.
- THAT’S ALL – I LOVE THIS APP.
How I use Day One
- You can have lots of separate journals. I have one for each of the kids and one for me, another for exercise and so on. I probably should just put all the kids entries into one journal as I use tags so heavily but I am working it out as I go along.
- Each day (generally at night) I go through my phone and add any pictures that I take and compose entries it really does only take a few minutes and I have a great record of our days.
- As I go during the day, if something memorable happens I will add a new entry to a journal I have called “To complete” and will just make a quick note without worrying about specifics. At the end of the day I will come back and flesh this entry out, save it to the correct journal – and hit save DONE.
- As mentioned above every Instagram post I make is automatically imported into Day One. I have these added to a journal called INSTAGRAM. Each night I go into this journal, edit the details to include more personal insights and save it in the appropriate journal.
- I adore the “timehop” app and Facebooks “on this day feature”. So each day – normally in the morning before I get out of bed, I go through those two programs and import my “past” into Day One. I haven’t found an automated way to do this so at the moment it involves saving photos from Facebook entries to my phone, copying the text and manually pasting them both into DAY One. It is time consuming but I am so excited that the end product will be a pretty complete reckoning of my life in the digital age (hello fellow Facebook addicts).
So the end result, if you have the $7.95 to spare and have thought that you might like to one day look back upon your life I can highly recommend DAY ONE.