The Journal Newsletter – January 2013

The Journal Newsletter

January 2013


I hope everyone’s New Year is off to a happy start!

A Spanish translation of The Journal’s menus and user interface elements is currently in progress. I expect that to be available next month (February).

We have a new tip this month about setting the first day of the week, and a couple new writing prompts.

Thank you for using The Journal!

The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Setting the First Day of the Week

The Journal allows you to set any day of the week (Sunday through Saturday) as the first day of the week. For example, you might want your personal journal category (“Daily Journal”) to have a normal Sunday through Saturday week, but your work journal category (“Work Journal”) to follow the “business week” and run Monday through Sunday.

You can do this at two levels: at the user level, which sets the default for all calendar categories, or at the category level, overriding that default.

To set the default first day of the week:

1. Click on the User menu and choose “User Preferences…”

2. On the “General” tab, set the option “Display Start of Week On”.

To set the first day of the week for a particular category:

1. Right-click on the category tab and choose “Category Properties…”

2. On the “General”: tab, set the option “Display start of week on”.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Dotted I’s” (or “Dotted Eyes”)

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Reflected Lamplight”

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

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As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


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Updated: June 25, 2015 — 8:55 pm