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Creating new entries

Creating entries in Diarly allows you to capture both the significant events of your life and the fleeting thoughts and ideas that occur to you, using either dated timeline entries or undated notes.

  1. Timeline Entries: Dated entries for daily reflections or recording specific events. Ideal for keeping a chronological journal.
  2. Notes: Undated entries for random thoughts or ideas. Perfect for notes that don’t fit a specific date.

📖 Enhance your journaling with a deeper understanding of Timeline & Notes Guide.

Timeline view

When you open the app for the first time each day, the main view greets you with three options:

  • Create today's entry
  • Create entry on day...
  • Create a new note

💡 Access to this view requires the Auto Create prompts option to be disabled.

Diarly Timeline View

New note button

The 'New Note' button is your shortcut to quickly add journal entries:

  • On iPhone: Tap the icon at the bottom right of the timeline view.
  • On Mac & iPad: Click the icon at the top right of the timeline view.

Every time you press this button, you can make a new entry. You can do this as many times a day as you want. If you can't see this option, here's how to turn it on:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Select Other Options.
  3. Disable the Use only one entry per day option.

Calendar view

The calendar view enables you to create entries for any given date, past or future:

  1. Open Diarly's calendar view.
  2. Choose the date you wish to write an entry for.
  3. Diarly will either open an existing entry for that date or create a new one if it doesn't exist.

Navigating between days

Moving between entries for different days is straightforward:

  • On iOS: Swipe left or right to navigate to the previous or next day.
  • On Mac & iPad: Use the left and right arrows located in the top toolbar.

These features ensure that Diarly adapts to your journaling habits, whether you prefer to jot down thoughts as they come, document detailed reflections of your day, or plan and record future events.