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The new year means setting new goals and plans. This year, if you’re just starting in the world of digital planning, it can get a bit confusing.
- How do I choose my planner?
- What apps should I use?
- Where can I find planning resources?
Well, you’ve come to the right place, because this is a quick guide to get you started. AND a free planner for you to figure out if digital planning is for you at the end of this post! So let’s get started!
What is digital planning?
Digital planning in this case is using an iPad, tablet or computer to create a planner spread that can help your productivity. The most common way to digital plan is to use an iPad or tablet as a digital writing surface using a pen or stylus. You can read more about how to get started in digital planning in this blog post.
What apps do I use for digital planning?
The one app that most digital planners use is called GoodNotes. It is a note taking app on the iPad and it can sync to your computer. These note taking apps allow you to annotate/write on your planner which is in the format of a PDF file.
Here is a list of all the note-taking apps you can try:
Read my comparison between GoodNotes and Notability here
Looking for an iPad?
Where can I find planning resources?
Here! We have tutorials on our YouTube channel and a selection of blog posts on digital planning. We also have a Freebie Library you can join!
I also have a list of websites that offers freebies for you to try.
If you’re looking for planners, Etsy is the best place to look. Lots of creators post their planners and stickers for sale on Etsy.
Try joining some Facebook groups like this one to ask a community of digital planners questions!
Here is a list of items that will be helpful for digital planning:
- an iPad or tablet. Anything that you can use a stylus to write on
- a PDF annotation app
- a planner that is in PDF format with hyperlinks (but not necessary) See my Etsy favourites!
- a matte screen protector (this helps with writing and prevents that stylus to slip around on the screen when you’re writing) Get this one from Amazon!
- additional stickers that can add to your planner (in PNG, individually cropped format) See my Etsy favourites!
Can I add and remove pages in my planner?
Yes! One thing to remember though, is if your planner is hyperlinked, do not delete a page that it might be linked it. These pages are usually separator pages, monthly pages, title pages, etc…
How do I add new fonts to my iPad
You can watch my tutorial here!