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February 11th 2014 9:52 am

How do you handle tracking your daily routines and journaling?

Something that I have been trying to get into more is logging daily activities, work related duties, photos and just general journaling. This has become far easier thanks to smartphones and there is no shortage of tools to make this possible. I have a few different ones that I use to accomplish specific tasks, but I'm always open to hear how other people go about handling their daily journaling.
  • Daily Journal - I can't speak highly enough of DayOne and everything it puts at your fingertips. I wont be able to do the app justice, but over at the Sweet Setup they go in detail about why they feel it's the best journaling app (thesweetsetup.com­/apps­/the­-very­-best­-journaling­-lo...). Some of the cool features include Markdown support, reminders, tags, Foursquare support, weather support, use of the M7 processor and so much more. This was one of the driving reasons for me moving to iOS to be honest.
  • Photos - This one is something I'm still figuring out. I originally went with Picturelife, and particularly loved the memories feature, but some issues with the speed of the service left me wanting more. Memories is honestly something I'm shocked Instagram hasn't implemented yet because it seems like the perfect feature to add to the service. If you have any suggestions here I'm all for them!
  • Dining/Food - I use Foursquare a lot, but one of the things I find lacking is how well its history panel works so I combined it with IFTTT. When I check into places I have it log my check-ins to Dropbox and Evernote so if I ever want to search for a place I can do it more easily. Again, DayOne can do this, but I reserve that for only check-ins I want to better document with context.

  • Activity - I was using my Pulse or Fitbit for a while but I never remembered to put them on so I tried out Moves and have been really enjoying it. While DayOne does record my steps and movement, I think Moves puts it all together in a better manner. For one it doesn't just record the number of steps, but if I walk to a place I can define what I walked to. It's really neat and so simple. I do use Strava for my actual workouts, but that is on a totally different plane than Moves.

What are some of the tools and apps you use to keep track of what you do through out the day? Also, do you put value on certain activities over others, for example is a daily journal more important than logging where you go get food?

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I use DayOne to journal but that's really just for my wife & I to write to our kid (he's two). We actually started doing this when we found out we were having a kid. Originally started in google docs but immediately moved to DayOne when it was released. We use dropbox so either of us can access it on any device. It's been so fun to go back and read entries over the last few years. This app is probably the app I could not do without. I also love the export feature. You can export to pdf/etc to make your own book.
As far as photos, I just posted about this in the everpix alternatives discussion but I'm looking into this service/site: streamnation.com. I'm not sure if it has a memories feature per so but the service looks great.
I don't really use a fitbit but i sometimes will use mapmyrun when i walk the dog, go for a hike or out running. I'll manually enter my exercise into myfitnesspal.
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DayOne is one of those programs/app you download because it looks great and you don't use it much. Then one day you decide to give a proper go and realize just how much they nailed it. Being able to access it from my phone has made it much more useful to me and will make it much more fun to document things I do on the go.
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I use Fitbit but that is about it. I try and journal food but I never stick with it.
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