The Most Important App On My Home Screen

Shawn Blanc

Hello there! My name is Shawn Blanc, and I run The Sweet Setup.

We’re here to help you make the most of your time and attention. We do this by testing and finding the very best apps for your Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

We also know a lot about the ideal workflows and best practices for how to use those apps. That’s why we’re visited by hundreds of thousands of readers every month.

When in comes to the journaling app, Day One, I have been using it since it first appeared on the App Store back in early 2011.

Day One is the best journaling app there is. And it has become one of the most-important apps on my Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

In my Day One you would find the moments, photos, and memories of my life. Including the births of my three boys, quitting my job of 10 years to venture out on my own, snowboarding in Colorado, figuring out life during stressful times when money was tight, my oldest son’s first words, my wife’s and my 10-year anniversary trip, and more.

Not to mention that I also use Day One to track and manage the business challenges I face, as well as the practical ups and downs of my life as a work-from-home, self-employed dad.

Day One is delightful to use. And it’s quite versatile, with a usefulness that applies to people of all professions, ages, and interests.

Needless to say, this app plays a critical role in how I stay focused, productive, and creative every day...

Our, in-depth video course covers every function and feature found within Day One. Moreover, you’ll discover additional workflows and ideas for how to use Day One for increasing productivity, creativity, and organization.

— Shawn

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Day One in Depth

The Advantages of a Digital Journal

Now, I'm all for paper as much as the next guy. But after more than two decades of consistent journaling, I can say with confidence that there are significant benefits to using a digital journal.

It's hard to compete with something that can sync between all your devices, geotags entry locations, incorporates images, and can instantly search and filter many years worth of entries...

Perfect Searching and Indexing

One of Day One’s greatest assets as a journal is the ability to search through its archives.

Your entries can be tagged and starred for easy access to important dates and important information. Entries are also automatically geotagged with the location, creating a mapped archive of your travels (even if just around town). Also, entries can include photos, which adds a visual aspect to a journal.

Indexing and archiving physical journals for future reference is the great bane of paper journaling. Sure, you can keep a journal with neat writing and organize those journals in a pleasant organization scheme, but going back to those journals and finding a specific piece of information has always been difficult.

Day One eliminates the stress in indexing and archiving. Day One is searchable. Every entry can be searched with a fine-toothed comb, providing direct access to any and every entry within seconds. Entries can be tagged to provide context in your search. And, most importantly, your Day One archive is digital; no house fire or torrential flood can tear your archives from your hands.

Day One’s ability to quickly search all your entries is what makes digital journaling so much more useful to your future self. The challenges you are working through today need not be repeated. By having easily accessible journal archives, you can look up past entries in moments and learn from the challenges you’ve already overcome.

Create Limitless Entries

With a journal, quality is often found in the quantity.

The things we write down now that may seem inconsequential can become clues of revelation when we look back at them in a year or a decade from now.

Day One can simultaneously serve as a photo-log, a professional journal, a productivity journal, a personal diary, a commonplace book, and a log of daily activities, among other things.

Sarah Kauss, the founder of S’well Bottle, journals every day. In an interview with Fast Company, Kauss said one of the rewards of journaling daily is being able to look back and see the challenges she was facing a year ago and realize that now it’s no problem at all. This ability to look back with perspective can summon an incredible amount of momentum and confidence when moving forward.

Because of its excellent searching, indexing, and tagging, you should feel no hesitation or restraint when adding entries of all sorts to Day One. You will be able to easily view and sort those entries based on different tags, separate journals, locations, or other search criteria.

Our Lives Are Digital

So much of our lives involve the digital now. Correspondence is done through email and text message. We communicate with our friends over Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We read interesting and inspiring articles online. We’re constantly snapping photos with our phones, and we’re “checking in” at our favorite restaurants, parks, and other locations.

Because Day One is a digital tool, it interacts natively with the same mediums we are already involved in. All the digital aspects of our lives (photos, website links, locations, status updates, emails, and more) can be put into Day One.

Backed Up and Restorable

If you lose your phone, you won’t lose your Day One entries. In fact, if you were to simultaneously lose your iPhone, iPad, and Mac, your Day One entries would still be safe because they are backed up to the cloud.

Getting them back is as easy as re-installing Day One on your new device and then syncing it with Day One’s own search engine. (In the chapter on Sync, we’ll tell you how to make sure you have Day One sync set up.)


Day One has apps for all your (Apple) devices, not least of which is the smartphone you keep at arm’s reach all day. You can create a new Day One entry any time you have a free moment.

And, as stated above, because of Day One’s incredible indexing and search abilities, you need only to add even the slightest updates (sometimes, just a photograph). Not to mention, because Day One also adds location, weather, and activity data, your “simple” updates are also tagged with the geolocation, the current weather, and if you were being active or not at the time.

Day One in Depth

Day One is the Best Journaling App

There really is only one option for digital journaling these days. Day One is not only the best journaling app, it’s one of the best apps on the iOS App Store, period.

The award-winning suite of apps first shipped in March 2011 as a Mac and iPhone dynamic duo. A few months later the iPad version was added.

Over the years, Day One has been consistently improved and maintained. Because of its thoughtful design and rich set of easy-to-use features, Day One is one of those few apps that can be used however you like. Although “journaling” may be at its core, the app is so much more than “Dear Diary” each day.

Simple and Powerful

Day One is quite simple. Yet under the hood, there is so much to this app, you won't believe it...

These are just some of Day One’s features. And, when combined with Day One’s exquisite design and its specialized apps for the Mac, iPad, and iPhone, you really do have something special.

Cameron Moll

Like so many other people, Day One rests at the pinnacle of our iPhone and iPad Home screens. It’s one of the first apps I put on my devices.

Cameron Moll

Day One exploits all the technological advantages you would expect in a digital journal:

It's these exploits that make the app easy and fun to use, and something that requires very little input for a great amount of return.

For many years I have been using Day One. Many of my entries are nothing more than a photo and perhaps a quick descriptive sentence. That, combined with the automatic location and weather logging, means I’m creating worthwhile journal entries with very little effort on my part.

For a classy journaling app that works on all your devices, you can't do better than Day One.

In our course, Day One in Depth, we’ll show you how to make the most of all these feature, and more…

Josh Ginter

I dare any app to try besting the impact Day One has had on my life. Needless to say, it’s a long shot.

Josh Ginter

Day One in Depth

Take Full Advantage of Day One

Day One in Depth is the most detailed and extensive guide to Day One available today.

You get 8 video screencasts that will take you line by line for every feature, setting, preference, and option found in Day One.

We also have additional articles full of ideas, tips, workflows, and tutorials for how best to use Day One to suit your own needs — from a morning writing time to a photographic travel log, Day One can do it all and we show you how.

Day One is an order of magnitude better than every other journaling app out there.


Day One in Depth Course works on all your devices

Day One in Depth

The complete training. Every screencast tutorial, plus workflow examples. Includes transcripts and downloadable videos.

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Q: Is there a money-back guarantee?

A: Yes! You get 30 days to check out the course, which is more than enough time to go through all the material. If, for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied just let us know and we’ll be glad to give you a full refund right away, no questions asked.

Q: What do I get when I buy Day One in Depth?

A: You will get immediate access to all the content as soon as you sign up. The website is easy to use and navigate, and works great on desktop, iPad, and iPhone. You also will be able to download all the videos in HD format for offline viewing, and we include professionally edited, full-text transcripts of each video as well.

Q: I mostly use Day One on my iPad (or iPhone), is the course still relevant for me?

A:Yes! Absolutely. Day One on iPad and iPhone are first-class citizens here. All three versions of the Day One app (Mac, iPad, iPhone) are nearly identical to one another in terms of their features and scope. While most of our Screencast videos show the Mac app or iPad app in use, you’ll still discover all the same features that exist across all versions of the app.

Q: Who made this class?

A: All of us here at The Sweet Setup. Our goal is to help you make the most of your time and attention. We do this by researching the very best apps for your Mac, iPad, and iPhone. But we also know a LOT about workflows, staying focused, and best practices. That’s why we’re visited by 500,000 readers every month.

With Day One in Depth, we’ll teach you how to get the most out of the best journaling app out there, and we'll also give you some best practices for how to use it to stay more organized, focused, productive, and creative.

30-Day, Money-Back Guarantee

Please take a month to check out the class. If, for any reason, you’re not completely satisfied just let us know and we’ll be glad to give you a full refund. No questions asked. It’s zero risk on your part.

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