How to Create a Digital Planner

How to Create a Digital Planner

How to Create a Digital Planner

Are you interested in learning how to create a digital planner? I know I was the second I came across them! I had just gotten a new iPad with the Apple Pencil and I wanted to see what all I could do with my new toy (besides just work on my blog). That’s when I discovered digital planners!

I loved this idea! It took away all the things I didn’t care for with a physical planner and gave me all the things I love with a digital one! Check out my post here that goes more into detail on that but for now, let’s talk about creating your very own digital planner!

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Programs to use to create a digital planner

There are a bunch of different programs you can use to create a digital planner. It is all based on preference. All you really need is a program that can create a PDF. Now if you want your planner to have tabs that link to certain parts in your planner, then you would need a program that can save hyperlinks in the PDF.

I have a Mac so I have become best friends with Keynote, which is Apple’s version of PowerPoint. Keynote allows you to use hyperlinks in your PDF. Hyperlinks in your PDF is how you are able to link from the front of your planner to a certain section or month in your planner.

If you are using an iPad to use your digital planner then it is very easy to just use the Keynote app to create your digital planner. You just create it, save it, then upload it into the note-taking app of your choice to actually use the planner!

If you aren’t using an Apple product then no worries, there are still other ways you can create and use your PDF for your digital planner.

Some of the main programs that allow you to add hyperlinks in a PDF are:

– Microsoft Word

– PowerPoint

– Keynote

– Google Docs

Like I said there are many more but most people either use Google, Microsoft, or Apple. All of those allow you to create PDFs with a hyperlink. At least all of those programs just allowed me to when I tested them out to make sure.

So if you are using one of those and it doesn’t you may need to update it because I know that I couldn’t before on PowerPoint but now I can.

For more help on how to create hyperlinks in one of those programs check out my posts for each one here: Hyperlinks in Google Docs, Hyperlinks in Word Doc, Hyperlinks in PowerPoint, or Hyperlinks in Keynote.

Pages to Include

Now that you have picked a program to use you need to decide how your planner is going to look and what pages you are going to include.

This is all personal preference too and the best way to decide is to do a little research.

When creating mine, I Googled digital planners and I looked through all the different ones and decided which styles I liked or didn’t like.

I decided how some of them made sense to navigate through and some didn’t. Again, just go through and get some different ideas. As long as you aren’t going to try and resell your planner it is okay to have yours similar to someone else.

You do not, however, want to copy someone else’s and then try and sell your planner. That’s a big no-no so don’t do that.

Important Pages

Here are some examples of pages you can include in your digital planner.

  • Index Page
  • Habit Tracker
  • Monthly Calendars
  • Daily Schedule
  • Weekly Spreads
  • Cleaning/Chores
  • Lists
  • Tasks
  • Stickers Page
  • Meal Planning
  • Budgeting
  • Medicine Chart
  • Important Dates
  • Address
  • Blank pages
  • Dotted Grid Pages (like a bullet journal)
  • Etc!

This is where creating your planner gets fun! You get to customize each page to what is best for you!

Add charts, graphs, and fun layouts!

Programs to Use Your Planner

After you have finished up your digital planner and saved it as a PDF you can now upload it into your favorite note-taking app.

I use GoodNotes and it is amazing, I really do love it. It is only available on Apple devices and it does cost about $8 bucks. But really $8 is pretty cheap and it’s worth it in my opinion.

You can also use Notability or OneNote. Any app that will allow you to upload a PDF and edit it. Once again, it is all about preference. You just need to be able to edit it for you to be able to actually use your digital planner like a normal planner.

Once you have picked the app and uploaded your digital planner PDF, you are now free to fill it all in and get your life completely organized at your fingertips!

Need some more help?

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This post is just a quick guide to explain how digital planners are created but if you are looking for a more detailed explanation and someone to help guide you through every step of the process, then check out my Digital Planner Creation Mini-Course.

In my mini-course, I will help guide you through creating your own digital planner. Here is a quick video explaining what is included in this course.

Join my Mini-Course today to get started!

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Here is more information on the iPad and Accessories that I got.

iPad Pro

This is the exact iPad that I bought. I did go with the lower storage because I need to get a hard drive anyway so this way I can just get one of those and save money on buying the extra storage.

We looked into purchasing the iPad through our phone carrier to add data to it but that costs more also. Plus we found out that our T.V. provider has hotspots I can use when I am away from home. Just some things to think about!

I wanted the bigger screen so that was my main priority. I wasn’t as worried about storage because I have a bigger icloud storage plan and then again I plan to get an external hard drive to save all pictures and important documents on it.

Now I don’t pretend to be all tech-savvy, I know just enough to get by. I know that I am a busy mom and this all makes my life easier and more portable. I do want to say that it comes with a completely new charger.

Supposedly it is to be able to connect to your computer better or other techy stuff I don’t understand but my point is no more USB on one end and no more of the other normal end that all Apple products have.

The cord has the same end on each end. So either way, it connects to your converter to plug into the wall and then into the iPad to charge. Just a heads up.

Keyboard

Then since I got the bigger screen I had to get this keyboard that fits it. They are both 12.9 inches so that gives plenty of room for using your screen and typing on a good-sized keyboard, not a tiny one.

The iPad connects magnetically to the keyboard and there are three dots on the back of the iPad that connects it to the keyboard.

Then you can have it in different positions to adjust it to your liking while typing. Then when you aren’t using the keyboard you can fold it over to close and you will hear the iPad lock. Also, you can flip it around and under the iPad to quickly use the iPad only.

Apple Pencil

Then, of course, I got the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation that is compatible with the iPad Pro. It is very sleek and easy to use.

There are no buttons, it looks and feels just like a regular pencil. It doesn’t erase like one although I think it should. I keep wanting to flip it around and erase with the pencil eraser like you normally would.

But just a heads up it doesn’t work like that. Another fun feature of the Apple pencil is that it connects to the side of your iPad magnetically to charge.

This is great to keep track of the pencil and know that it is always charged up. No plugging it in or cords involved! Once you connect it to the iPad it will tell you what charge the pencil is at as well.

Accessories

Because I will be on the go I did get myself a case and as I said I also have the keyboard too. I have seen some creators have these cool pencil gripper sleeves.

I don’t know if I will do that or not because with the new pencil it senses when you double-tap to erase when using the Notes App. Also, I don’t know how the gripper affects it charging magnetically or staying safely on the side of the iPad. I worry that it might come off and I would lose it.

That’s all folks!


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Digital Planner Creation Mini Course

Digital Planner Creation Mini Course

Digital Planner Creation Mini-Course

As soon as I discovered digital planners and all the other amazing digital products available I was hooked! I dove right in learned all I could and it definitely helped that I had already been blogging for about 2 years so I knew many programs that would help. So I decided to create a digital planner creation mini-course to walk you through the basic steps of creating a digital planner. I took what I have learned from blogging and what I have learned about digital planning and created this mini-course for you!

Instead of watching 50 different YouTube videos trying to learn everything to create a digital planner you could learn it all in one convenient spot! I wanted to make a mini-course that would help you with the fundamental basic steps you need to get your digital planner up and running quickly!

I plan to add more details and cover digital planner creation more in-depth with a bigger course later on but if you are just looking for the basics then this mini-course is perfect for you!

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What is a digital planner?

First, let’s make sure we are all on the same page. A digital planner, journal, notebook, agenda, calendar, etc. is a PDF that you upload into an app or program that will allow you to edit the PDF.

This allows the PDF to be treated just like a physical planner but it is in digital form.

Why use a digital planner?

You may be wondering why not just use a regular planner or bullet journal? Well, here is a post all about why digital products are so awesome.

But let’s go over the main points real quick!

  • Convenient
  • Easy to edit
  • Portable
  • Endless Choices
  • Less Expensive
  • Better for the Environment

Convenient

To me digital is much more convenient. I don’t like to have papers laying all over the place or trying to keep track of where I put that one sticky note with the important phone number on it.

Long ago, I had started really utilizing my Notes App on my iPhone. I have it all broke down into different categories and then I can easily delete what note I no longer need.

So after being in the habit of having everything already on my phone, it was a no brainer when I found the option to still be able to use a planner, notebook, or bullet journal digitally too!

Easy to Edit

I have horrible handwriting and I’m a perfectionist, not a good combo. I will rewrite a whole note just by messing up once. Or I just find myself rewriting the list over and over because I don’t like all the scratched out marks on my list when tasks are completed.

Writing things out, erasing, changing colors, or even typing can all be adjusted and changed easily!

No more wasting paper and time rewriting everything!

I also love the option to move something you have already written. If I end up writing something just a little off center, I can easily fix that too with the lasso tool!

Portable

Yes, I know a physical planner is also portable. However, you will very seldom (probably never) leave the house without your phone. But you could easily run out of the door and forget your planner.

Then the planners I like to use, so I can see what my sloppy big handwriting says, are huge. They don’t fit in my purse so then I am carrying around a notebook-sized planner on top of everything else we moms have to carry.

This way even if I use my iPad to do most of my planner work it still updates to the app on my phone and I can use it right from my phone when I’m not home. Or my iPad does fit in my purse if I decide to bring it.

Side note: The other bad part about carrying a planner everywhere with you in your purse is it gets all banged up because well it’s made of paper. Even if I bring my iPad with me it is in a nice case and will last a lot longer than paper.

Endless Choices

There are literally endless choices you can do with your digital planner.

First, you can customize your own planner so it can link to any website you want or have the tabs link to any page you want.

Then you can add pictures with a few clicks, add stickers, charts, habit trackers, easily copy and paste things you have already written, etc.! Plus will all the amazing programs available you can create all sorts of fun things to add to your planner than you would have to hand draw, print, or pay for to add to your physical journal that will again just get torn up.

Less Expensive

Besides the expensive phone or tablet you are using (which I’m pretty sure you didn’t buy just to use as a digital planner anyways) it is less expensive than a physical planner.

Every year you have to buy a new physical planner. You can’t go through and erase a whole years with of work and start over. Plus, the dates would be all wrong.

With creating your own (or even purchasing one) you can use it as many times as you want! As long as it isn’t dated.

There are plenty of beautiful blank planners out there that you can purchase one time and reuse every year! Or again you could create your own and have it completely customized for you!

Also, you don’t have to buy expensive pens, pencils, markers, stickers, or tape. If you chose to purchase any of those digitally then it is a one time purchase and you can reuse those over and over. Or once more, you could create your own!

But if you were to buy stickers for your physical planner you can only use those once.

Better for the Environment

Overall I think you can see that there is definitely less paper wasted with this digital method!

How to use a digital planner

Now that you know how awesome they are let me show you real quick some of the fun things you can do with a digital planner!

This is a quick video walk through to just give you a glimpse at some of the fun editing options you can do with your digital planner. For a full walk through of the GoodNotes app that I am using in this video you can go here!

In that video I am using one of the planners I got from GoodNotes Goods Co. I like to get as much bang for my buck as I can and they have a deal where you pay a one time fee per year and get unlimited downloads with new products added every month!

If you want to give it a try for yourself first then here is a notebook you can have for free to test out! (Don’t worry they told me I could give it to you for free ☺️)

So besides purchasing a digital planner your other option of course is to create your own!

Create Your Own Digital Planner

My mini course will help walk you through exactly how to do just that. I love to create my own planners because then I get to make each page exactly how I want it to be. Everyone is different and everyone has different styles and ways that work best for them.

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The way someone else creates their digital planner may not be the way that works best for you.

Maybe you like to have a landscape layout, or maybe you like more charts and graphs and less calendar pages, or maybe you prefer to have bright fun colors and all the planners you find are boring.

That is the beauty of creating your own! It is literally created just for you (by you)!

Whats in the course?

Enjoy another video with a walkthrough of what is included in the mini-course!

What’s included in the mini-course

  • Walkthrough of the basics of creating a digital planner
  • The different styles and types of digital planners
  • How to design your digital planner
  • How to add hyperlinks to your digital planner
  • Which apps are best to use for your digital planner

Sign Me Up!

Right now there is an early bird special that won’t last long but it is set as a price you can’t pass up, $5! Yep that’s all just $5 and you will learn how to create your own digital planners! Sign up now before the launch date of September 30th, 2019 to get that early bird special price!

Vanessa

 

 

Digital Alternatives to the Bullet Journal

Digital Alternatives to the Bullet Journal

Digital Alternatives to the Bullet Journal

I love journals, planners, pens, pencils, stickers, anything office supply related. And I know I am not alone! There is a whole community out there of people who are obsessed with office supplies too! I don’t even know why I want all these things but I do! One year for Valentine’s Day my husband got me office supplies and I was so excited! That’s why I can’t wait to share with you that I found two digital alternatives to the bullet journal!

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What’s a Bullet Journal?

First, just in case you don’t know, here is an example of the bullet journal. These things have taken over. Every blogger I see is talking about this bullet journal and how awesome it is. I finally decided to get one for myself after seeing all the fun everyone was having with them!

Check out these two examples I found on Pinterest. (They are linked back to the pin if you want to save them.)

So, I ended up getting this journal, this washi tape bundle, and these pens. But this bundle right here comes with that and much more so looking back I should have just got it instead.

My sister told me about these gel pens that erase so I got those too and they are much more my style because I like to erase (I’m a perfectionist some times).

What’s the big deal?

The big craze with the bullet journal is that each page is customizable. Every page just has dots to use as a guide to be able to create all kinds of beautiful pages. One page could be your grocery list, another your calendar, and the next your cleaning schedule. There is no limit to what you can do with each page and I do really enjoy that flexibility.

Instead of searching through so many planners just to finally pick one and end up hating the layout, this option I could make each page my own layout that worked best for me.

I just had one main issue, I would always forget it. I don’t think to always have my journal with me. So even though I like to write things out and use the fun pretty colors and all that, I would never bring it with me. It was just one more thing I had to remember to lug around.

(However, if you do love to carry that thing around and you are looking for more ideas on how to use your bullet journal, Suzi has an amazing post that you can check out!)

I have tried everything

So I tried to use apps and a Google Calendar instead to make it more digital and less inconvenient but it didn’t work. I thought if I could master digital planning then I could keep a better schedule but it didn’t work. I like the fun bright colors and although I did find one app that worked well enough to keep me on schedule, it didn’t have the flexibility of each page being something different.

I needed something that was a digital version of the bullet journal. The only thing I could find was the Notes app on my iPhone. I use it quite often to keep all of my important information all in one spot. I started that about a year or so ago and that has been great!

There is even an option where you can write things out with my finger but then you couldn’t read any of it. So I was still missing the fun artistic appeal the bullet journal has.

The Notes App just got better

That is until I got my new iPad! I have been wanting to get a new iPad to be able to make my business more mobile so I got the new iPad Pro with the Apple Pencil and keyboard.

After I got my iPad I researched ways to use the pencil and I came up with some fun things. One of them was actually using the Notes app I have already been using!

What I found was that I could do more with the Notes app than just typing in my notes. I could use it more like a bullet journal!

Here is why I love the Notes App on my iPad (or iPhone) and how it can be used as a bullet journal!

Notes App Features

  1. Notes App Image for Bye Bye Bullet Journal
    1. It’s FREE
    2. You can add tabs and organize thoughts
    3. There are options to Bold or Underline Text
    4. You can have clickable links in it
    5. It automatically saves new changes on any device
    6. You can scan documents
    7. Take Photo or Video
    8. Add Sketch
    9. Photo Library
    10. Mark Checklists that actually checkmark off for you

    I like the option to add documents or photos to the note. I have actually taken pictures of notes and stored it in a note in the app instead of retyping it all in there just so I could throw the paper note away!
    As you can see I really do use this app a lot. All along the side are major categories in life and then there are folders under them to organize further down.

    Then lastly within each of those is the second column of notes you see. This helps me break things down and everything is easy to find! Now with the new iPad Pro, I can use my Apple Pencil and write on the screen just like you see (sorry I have horrible handwriting).

    I can change the color, the style of pen or pencil, and even the thickness of the stroke I am using. With a bullet journal, you can’t break down into categories and sections as easily as you can with this notes app. You would have to bookmark every new section in a bullet journal.

    But wait it gets better!

    bye bye bullet journal You can add lines and grids to your note! Just like the bullet journal you now have guides to help you design your page. Also, you only need one pencil and you can change it to any color!

    Before if I would remember my bullet journal I would want to bring all the pens so I had all the colors I wanted to use for each page! This way you only need one pencil and one device.

    Now you don’t have to take your iPad with you everywhere you go (but let’s face it there is a better chance you bring that than your journal). Because if you need to refer to that note you created such as this one below with my to-do list…

Then you can still do that from your iPhone and no one’s going to forget their phone! You can make all these changes from your iPhone too it just isn’t as easy using your finger but you can still access the same note.

So if you are at the grocery store you can still cross off your list as you get each item.

And the Add Sketch feature is pretty cool because it gives you a ruler to use as a guide that you can move around!bye bye bullet journal 3bye bye bullet journal 4


All This For Free

A lot of people are Apple users so if that is you then you have all this for free! If you have been on the fence about switching to Apple then here is a little insight into some of the features! I’m sure there is something similar on the Andriod phones too though.

It is just nice to know some of the ways you can utilize what you already have access too. If you have an iPhone then odds are you have an iPad and might have been in the market to upgrade to the new iPad Pro. So far it is amazing!

Digital Bullet Journal

Alternative number two to a bullet journal is a digital bullet journal! I had no clue these were a thing and I was so excited when I came across them! A digital bullet journal can be used just like a bullet journal but on your phone or tablet! As long as you have a note-taking app that will allow you to edit a PDF. So it doesn’t have to be an Apple Product at all!

The digital bullet journal is a PDF version of a bullet journal and can be used exactly the same but conveniently located on your personal device! Test it out for yourself with this free digital bullet journal download!

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Send Me One!

If you are looking for a good note-taking app (and you are an Apple user) then I highly suggest getting the GoodNotes App. It has so many awesome features but all of the editing features are my favorite. As you can see I have horrible handwriting so I like that I can quickly make edits on my digital bullet journal or in my notes app. That is something I couldn’t do on my regular bullet journal.

Vanessa


Here is more information on the iPad and Accessories that I bought.

iPad Pro

This is the exact iPad that I bought. I did go with the lower storage because I need to get a hard drive anyway so this way I can just get one of those and save money on buying the extra storage.

We looked into purchasing the iPad through our phone carrier to add data to it but that costs more also. Plus we found out that our T.V. provider has hotspots I can use when I am away from home. Just some things to think about!

I wanted the bigger screen so that was my main priority. I wasn’t as worried about storage because I have a bigger icloud storage plan and then again I plan to get an external hard drive to save all pictures and important documents on it.

Now I don’t pretend to be all tech-savvy, I know just enough to get by. I know that I am a busy mom and this all makes my life easier and more portable. I do want to say that it comes with a completely new charger.

Supposedly it is to be able to connect to your computer better or other techy stuff I don’t understand but my point is no more USB on one end and no more of the other normal end that all Apple products have.

The cord has the same end on each end. So either way, it connects to your converter to plug into the wall and then into the iPad to charge. Just a heads up.

Keyboard

Then since I got the bigger screen I had to get this keyboard that fits it. They are both 12.9 inches so that gives plenty of room for using your screen and typing on a good-sized keyboard, not a tiny one.

The iPad connects magnetically to the keyboard and there are three dots on the back of the iPad that connects it to the keyboard.

Then you can have it in different positions to adjust it to your liking while typing. Then when you aren’t using the keyboard you can fold it over to close and you will hear the iPad lock. Also, you can flip it around and under the iPad to quickly use the iPad only.

Apple Pencil

Then, of course, I got the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation that is compatible with the iPad Pro. It is very sleek and easy to use.

There are no buttons, it looks and feels just like a regular pencil. It doesn’t erase like one although I think it should. I keep wanting to flip it around and erase with the pencil eraser like you normally would.

But just a heads up it doesn’t work like that. Another fun feature of the Apple pencil is that it connects to the side of your iPad magnetically to charge.

This is great to keep track of the pencil and know that it is always charged up. No plugging it in or cords involved! Once you connect it to the iPad it will tell you what charge the pencil is at as well.

Accessories

Because I will be on the go I did get myself a case and as I said I also have the keyboard too. I have seen some creators have these cool pencil gripper sleeves.

I don’t know if I will do that or not because with the new pencil it senses when you double-tap to erase when using the Notes App. Also, I don’t know how the gripper affects it charging magnetically or staying safely on the side of the iPad. I worry that it might come off and I would lose it.

That’s all folks!


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