Project Life is a memory keeping system developed by Becky Higgins. You can learn more about it here.
What is the Day One App?
Record life as you live it. From once-in-a-lifetime events to everyday moments, Day One’s elegant interface makes journaling your life a simple pleasure. – from the Day One website
In simplest terms, Day One is a journaling app for your Mac and IOS devices. It costs $4.99.
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.
(Oh, I should mention here that this is not a sponsored post, nor am I affiliated with Day One in any way. I just really love the app, and it makes my Project Life journaling way easier than it would otherwise be.)
What’s so Great About the Day One App, Anyway?
This is one of my favourite features. Day One allows me to add a photo to my day’s journaling, which, for me, serves two purposes:
- It gives me an excuse to go through all the photos I’ve taken that day and select the best one. I may even choose to edit it and share it on Instagram or Facebook at the same time – bonus! (I do this through a separate app; Day One does not have a photo editing feature.)
- It keeps my journaling together with a photo from that day, which makes it super convenient when the time comes to assemble my Project Life spread for the week.
Day One can also pull the location information from the photo, the time of day, and even tell you what the weather was like when you took the photo. All without you having to do a thing. That’s all incredibly useful information to have at your fingertips when you’re assembling a Project Life spread!
You can set up notifications so the app sends you a gentle reminder once a day. This is especially helpful if you’re just starting out with daily journaling. It can be easy to forget to jot down what’s on your mind in the jumble of things you have to do before bed, so a brief reminder flashing on your phone might be just what you need. You can even specify what time of day you want your reminder, and if once a day isn’t enough, you can tell it to prod you multiple times.
If you’re stuck for journaling ideas, the Mac version of Day One even offers helpful prompts. These are pretty basic and generic, but they could jog some ideas you wouldn’t have thought of otherwise. Here are a few examples of the types of prompts you can expect:
- As a child, did you have babysitters? How often? (Maybe you don’t want to journal about your childhood, but perhaps it will prompt you to journal about your children’s favourite babysitter, whether it’s the teenager across the street, or Nana. Take a quick picture the next time the babysitter comes over, and you’ve got a memory you’ll be thrilled you captured in your Project Life album.)
- Do you have any favourite pets? (This would be a great time to take a picture of Fluffy or Spot, and make sure they show up in your Project Life album too.)
- Who were your favourite friends in high school? (If they’re still around, how about taking a photo with them next week and including it in your album? And if not, take a selfie with your BFF anyway. You’ll love looking back at it years later!)
Sync, Back Up, and Password Protect
I really love that the app syncs with all my devices. I might have my iPhone on me when I want to capture something my husband said. Or I may be typing my entry in bed, on my iPad, just before flipping over to surfing Pinterest for a few minutes before falling asleep.
And, of course, no journaling app would be complete without backup options. Day One lets you back up your journal to Dropbox or iCloud. I use Dropbox, because I keep just about everything on there, so this works really well for me.
If you’re writing sensitive information of any kind and are worried about prying eyes, you can also password-protect your entries. Safe is the new sexy – or something like that.
I love scrolling through the timeline and seeing all my entires stacked on top of one another. It’s so satisfying to know that all the details I captured are right there, at my fingertips, anytime. And I love the impromptu trip down memory lane that comes with quickly glancing at photos from months or even years ago as I scroll through.
But I don’t have an iPhone #sadface
Yeah, okay, you got me – that’s the main limitation of the Day One app. If you don’t have an Apple device, you’re out of luck – at least when it comes to this particular app. But you’ve got other options, of course. I haven’t tried any of the apps below so I can’t vouch for them, but this list should give you a good place to start your research.
For Android Users:
For Windows Phone Users:
Do you use an app for your daily journaling, or do you have another system that works for you? Let me know in the comments. I’d love to hear about your process!