Hi guys! Today I wanted to discuss with you my reasons for switching to a digital planner and why it’s the best choice for me and possibly you! As some of you know, I made my own set of customizable planner printables back in 2018 (can be found in my Etsy shop HERE) and have been using those myself in my planners. They were a huge help in getting myself organized and holding myself accountable. For a while, I religiously used them and filled them in every day. In the last few months though, I’ve found myself slacking a bit. I just never had my planner with me when I needed to fill it in. I had also stopped filling out the daily stuff and let things get a bit unorganized. The binder just started to feel a bit bulky to me and I prefer to travel light (usually just my phone and my debit card).
I’ve always been curious about digital planners but they seemed out of my league and I didn’t know where to really start. I was happy with how my printable planner pages were made up and wanted to incorporate those if I ever did switch to a digital planner. Well in February, I started doing my own research to learn how to make my own digital planner using my own planner pages. After hours and hours of work (and I mean a lot of hours) and some trial and error, I created my own digital planner which I’ve now grown into multiple styles and formats which can be found HERE.
My digital planners are very similar to my printables as I do use many of the same planner pages. But the best part is, it’s in digital format and the pages are all hyperlinked making flipping to different sections a breeze. It’s also always a click away on my phone so no more leaving home without it. My app of choice currently is Goodnotes which can be purchased in the App Store HERE. Goodnotes is one of the more popular apps for digital planners, along with Notability. All of my digital planners are compatible with both apps. I’ll be posting some Goodnotes how-to’s real soon!
Since switching over to a digital planner, I’ve fallen in love. I had a iPad Pro with a keyboard and Apple Pencil sitting around going unused since I finished my degree in December of 2017 (yes, two years….). So I have finally gotten to put that to good use. I’m now back to using it on a daily basis for my digital planner and it’s been a great pair! With iCloud, my planner can be shared between my iPad and iPhone making it easy to take with me on the go.
There’s so many reasons why I’ve grown to prefer a digital planner over a physical planner. So to not make this post too long, I’ll just list out some of the highlights:
- Easy to take with me and use on my iPhone.
- Easy to get to different sections since it’s all hyperlinked and tabbed.
- It’s beautiful! To me it’s much more appealing than a paper planner.
- No more clutter y’all! No more pages getting stored randomly in the planner.
- No more whiteout or crossing out mistakes! It’s as simple as hitting the undo button or backspacing on the keyboard.
- I can handwrite my notes or I can type them in. Personally I’ve never liked my own handwriting so typing them in using a beautiful handwritten font is my personal fave.
- No more storing stickers and extras. My digital planners have a section made just for storing stickers (more on this later). You’re also not limited to how many pages of stickers you can have and they’re always easily accessible within your planner.
- It’s so easy to copy one page to the next. This is especially great if your days/weeks/months tend to be mostly the same. With just a few clicks, your day/week/month is now filled in saving you a ton of time.
- You can move things around. This is a biggie for me as my brain is a touch scattered at times. I start listing things then want to list them a different way or break them into different sections, etc. It’s easy to copy, paste and drag things around. You can also change the colors of text and writing making color-coding a breeze.
- You can add as many pages as you need. I’ve always been conflicted on what could go in my paper planner because there wasn’t much room for extras. Now that’s not a problem! When I need to add an extra notes page, it’s as simple as hitting duplicate.
- No more printing or printing supplies required!
- It’s super easy to get started. All you have to do is purchase the app of your choice (Goodnotes or Notability) and purchase the digital planner. Then just fill it in!
So there you have it. Twelve reasons why I prefer a digital planner over a paper planner. Simply put, it makes planning easier and more beautiful. It makes me want to fill in my planner daily. Isn’t that what we all need?