November 9, 2021 Cari Saiki-Dela Cruz

Introduction to Digital Planning

Published: November 9, 2021

iPads and other digital tablets have changed so much of the way we do things. From how we entertain ourselves to how we study and learn. It has also given us a plethora new planner options. With so many choices, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. So this post breaks down the basics for new comers to digital planning.

There’s also a free November + December 2021 digital planner for you to try at the end of this post!

WHAT IS DIGITAL PLANNING?

Digital tablet meets paper planning.

Digital planners are digital files (normally formatted as a PDF) that look and function like their traditional counterparts when used with note taking apps on an iPad or Android tablet. You can write in, annotate, and decorate them.

Like paper planners, they don’t sync with Google Calendar. But unlike paper planners, there’s an undo button. Check out this blog post for 8 reasons you should try digital planning.

Most digital planners also include hyperlinks for easy navigation.

Image: An example of how hyperlinks work in a digital planner. Tap on the link to navigate to the page.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GET STARTED?
  • Digital Tablet
    iPad or Android
  • Apple Pencil or stylus
  • Digital PDF (Planner)
  • Note taking app
    See Below
  • Optional: Digital Stickers
WHERE DO YOU FIND DIGITAL PLANNERS?

You can find a variety of digital planners in our Etsy shop here. Or do a quick search on Etsy and you’ll find a large selection to choose from. There are so many choices that you’re bound find something that suites you!

You could also turn a digital notebook into a digital bullet journal.

COMMON OPTIONS

Dated or Undated
Portrait or Landscape
Dark Mode or Light Mode
Minimal Design or Illustrated

No one option is better than the other. They are created so that you can find the best planner to fit your life.

NOTE TAKING APPS

A quick list of popular note taking apps that are great for digital planning.
Prices in US Dollars

iOS
  • GoodNotes ($7.99)
  • ZoomNotes ($7.99)
  • Notability (Freemium)
  • Xodo (Free)
  • *Apple Books (Free)
Android
  • Noteshelf ($7.99)
  • Xodo (Free)
  • PDF Reader Pro (Freemium)

*Apple Books is included with iOS but offers limited features. It only allows you to write in a digital planner. Digital stickers, images, and sticky notes cannot be used.

If you want to know about other planning apps (like calendars, timers, and more) stay tuned. I’ll have a post about that soon.

BONUS: IS DIGITAL PLANNING MORE ECO-FRIENDLY THAN PAPER PLANNING?

I’ve seen a lot about paperless being more eco-friendly, but the jury is still out on this one. Like so many things, it’s complicated.

Yes, you are saving paper (and by extension the resources that go in to making paper), but digital tablets also consume energy and create e-waste. And although digital tablets replace more than paper (they are entertainment consoles, communication devices, sketchbooks, e-readers, and more), paper is a more renewable resource than most of the materials used to create tablets.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of considerations with no concrete answers. Until we know more, just be mindful of what you consume but do what works best for you.

If you’re interested in learning more check out this article.

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FREE DIGITAL PLANNER

If you want to give digital planning a try, you can download our free Nov-Dec 2021 Classic Weekly planner at the links below.

Monday Start
Sunday Start

You can find the full 2022 version of this planner in our Etsy shop here.

If you need help downloading and installing planners, check out our tutorials page.

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