Project 365: How to start a daily photo journal (and keep it up)


I love the idea of a diary, but I’m way too lazy, busy, distracted… (pick any excuse) to actually do it. That’s why I keep a daily photo journal. With the Keepsy app, it’s a really fun way to document my life, and the iPhone makes it ridiculously easy since it’s always with me.

What’s the best way to get started? Here are some tips:

Pick a time you’ll be free to take photos. This might be when you are brushing your teeth or maybe when you’re winding down after work. The key is to you choose a time you’re not busy (e.g. driving, in class, or in a meeting).

Set a daily alarm: Sometimes it’s easy to forget that your iPhone makes an excellent alarm clock. Set an alarm – or a few – so that you’ll remember to take the photo. When the alarm goes off, just fire up the Keepsy and add your photo to the 365 Project that appears when you install the app. I have two alarms set – one for 10:20am and the other for 7:15pm. That way If I miss the morning shot, there’s always time for a make-up later.

Share with friends: It’s fun to see what other friends are doing and where they are at the exact same time. So invite some friends to add their photos by sharing the project with them. Be sure to tell them to set their alarms, too! 

Walk the Plank: Push the limits of your creativity by adding a theme. Maybe your daily photo always includes the same object in different location. Maybe it’s a self-portrait in a new pose or facial expression each day. Tebow-ing and Planking come to mind… but we’re sure you can improve on that.

Best of all, at the end of the year, you can print your best shots in a photo book, and voila, you have your journal.

So go set your alarms and get snapping!


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