Digital planners have exploded in the last few years. All thanks with the use of tablets and a stylus, planning your appointments, projects, house chores, studying and note taking has risen into popularity. And there is also a big push to go paperless in order to help the environment, however, going completely paperless isn’t for everyone…
There is a sea of articles online showing scientific studies show that writing with a pen and paper is a far better way to retain information and I absolutely agree with this! I still love writing the “old school” way. It’s obvious there is a different connection you have with ink and paper than you do with a glass screen. Let’s not forget writing in a notebook gives us a break from staring endlessly into a backlit screen that can cause your eyes to dry and become tired quicker than it does when actually writing….types the woman on her laptop….
Digital Planners has become one of my new favorite way of getting my goals and projects into action.
There was a time where I did try the ‘traditional’ bullet journaling. I would spend hours upon hours with my felt tip pens, brush pens, watercolour pencils, biro pens, paint pens, washi tape, rulers, stickers…an endless pile of setting up my monthly, weekly, daily, tasks, habits tracker…mood tracker, even a tracker for the books I was reading! Not only that, but I would also get a bullet journal decorating Pinterest envy whenever I looked for “inspiration” to set up my monthly covers and the monthly theme.
My interest in bullet journalling became an on-again and off-again relationship for the next two years. I eventually gave up! And all of a sudden, I discovered digital planners by accident during one of my rabbit hole scrolling through Etsy. I brought my first one and I was so happy with it. Then of course I couldn’t stop at just one…hello, new addiction!
Now you’re probably wondering, what is digital planning? At the end of the post I have provided a video doing a quick walkthrough on one of my planners I launched recently, I take you through how to duplicate pages and how to use digital stickers.
What the heck is digital stickers you’re now wondering?!
These are probably my most favorite this about digital planning, is using digital stickers to decorate your planner. They are basically clipart with a transparent background call PNG files and allows you to add your own personality to your monthly, weekly, and daily spreads.
I plan on creating more of these types of video content in the not too far future for my YouTube Channel to hopefully convert others into becoming a digital planner lover.
A digital planner is made to mimic the functionality of a paper planner. It’s usually a PDF with hyperlinks that are used in a note-taking app. Most popular ones you will hear about are:
With these apps, it gives you the ability to write with your pencil/stylus like you would with a paper planner. Going digital though comes with huge benefits!
An obvious one is of course: you’re saving paper!
There are already so many gorgeous digital planners out there to suit your needs.
You can dress up your planner with digital stickers to suit your personality.
You end up with something you can use, pretty much forever, or however long iPads and tablets will be around.
They’re affordable and instantly downloadable.
Let’s not forget: less clutter! It’s minimalist style: tablet + stylus = that’s it!
The other beauty is, if you have the same app across all your devices and you forget one of them, that’s okay you can view your, digital planner, on any device!