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Don't use Evernote for your Journal, try DayOne and here's why...

I was checking out some productivity sights and found some people saying some good things about DayOne by Bloom Built, LLC. I was intrigue and decided to check it out.

The best way to describe DayOne is using their own words:

Day One is a journal app for the iPhone, iPad and Mac. 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.

I am an avid EverNote user and store all my tips and tricks in Evernote. So it only makes sense to use it as a journal right? Wrong.

The cool thing about using DayOne as a personal journal is that it separate my work life from my personal life. In addition, the Journal stores the weather info with each entry. That would have been awesome to have during last winter MBTA commuter rail debacle. Here's a side-by-side comparison of the two apps, note I am using a premium version of SwiftKey Keyboard:

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I have used the DayOne iOS app for a couple of weeks, and I come to like it. I like the that I can put my thoughts and ideas and include a cover photo which I can describe my thoughts on the picture. I have set up the reminder service to remind me to write down something while I wait for the evening train. I take this opportunity to reflect on what I did at work and if there's anything special about today worth remembering.

I'll still be using Evernote to store my productive thoughts and tips. It's an awesome app that is very handy to have and worth paying for the 'plus' price. (I use the offline feature on my Kindle to read various Internet articles while traveling to/from work.)

Having a separate Journal application is an awesome way to stay organized. Having that bit of separation just makes me focus more on recording accomplishments and challenges that I faced that day. The Photographic entries allows me to put a story behind a picture. Now I know why I took a picture of my lunch or Beer bottle, it was yummy and I should get it again.

I am not going to purchase/download the OS version of DayOne, cost $10, as I don't see that I would get as much value as using it my iPhone 6s Plus. Perhaps as I have more records in my journal, I may reconsider, but for now the iOS version works perfectly fine for me.

Seems like DayOne has a big fan base; 489 users rated the App in the App Store and DayOne has a 4.75 rating.



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In October 2015, I upgraded my iPhone 5s to an iPhone 6s Plus. I am always looking for new exciting ways to use the device. Occasionally, I will share some new practical tip about the iPhone 6s Plus.


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