What do Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin all have in common? They all kept journals. Somehow journaling became a “girly” thing to do in recent years, but in reality it’s perfectly manly. While sites like Facebook will chronicle things in your life automatically for you, there is no replacement for a private repository of your thoughts. I realized recently that there was a lot that I wish I could remember about specific events but couldn’t. Not long after that (and with a short bit of research) I wound up downloading Day One for my iPhone (although it is available for iPad and Mac OS as well) to chronicle my life and I’ve found it to be a pretty awesome app indeed.
Day One makes journaling in the digital age a breeze; open the app, enter a 4-digit security passcode if you chose to set one, hit the plus button, attach an optional photo and type away. So far so good, but Day One goes beyond just the basics and adds in some cool features that a paper rival could never come close to matching. For one, you’ve got to try attaching a picture to a journal entry–it’s not that it wouldn’t be worth it to NOT attach a photo, but it makes the entire experience–from browsing through past entries to getting as much detail as possible included–so much better. Plus, a picture is worth a thousand words. To me, I’d rather have a picture and say a little about it than have tons of text but no pic; you could be different though.
Here’s my favorite thing about using pics in Day One: if you add a photo, even at a later time (like 3 days after you took it, or 2 weeks) the app will ask you if you want to use the time/weather info from the time the photo was taken. That’s right! Day One grab can grab the time off the photo you took to capture the exact moment and grab the weather info for that specific time/place as well.
Journal entries get stored neatly in your timeline which is well designed and fun to browse through. Any entry with a photo shows a thumbnail and the time and date are displayed with typographic skill over to the right. There’s a handy search bar across the top of you have a lot of entries to sort through and are looking for something specific. The main menu makes it easy to access/sort your collection of entries and contains the following options: Timeline, Photos, Tags, Calendar, Starred and Years along with a number next to each letting you know how many entries you have in each category. The app interface is geared toward speed and easy of use; open it up and you’ll be greeted by a large camera icon and a plus symbol for adding something new. I also love the sounds when you tap through the app–they add to the apps personality.
Oh ya, if you’re bad at remembering you need to write in your journal, Day One will give you a reminder every Sunday to get it done–and that may be the hardest part of journaling in the first place; just doing it. If you want to have total recall of your life’s important moments and you’re an Apple user, Day One is an excellent choice for a digital journal. Thanks Day One–great job.