Why You Should Switch to a Digital Planner
Are you still using a regular planner? Have you ever thought about going digital? Maybe you didn’t even realize there was such a thing as a digital planner? Well, let me tell you a little more about them and why you should make the switch to a digital planner (or bullet journal) today!
First, let me say I am not talking about using your Google Calendar or using some fancy calendar app. I am talking about a digital version of a physical planner. It looks like a paper planner and it acts like one too but better!
See, a digital planner is just a PDF that is made to look like a planner and then you upload it into a note-taking app that allows you to edit the PDF such as GoodNotes or Notability. I am an iPhone user so I use GoodNotes.
GoodNotes is only available for Apple users but Andriod users can use Notability and others. So here is an example of what a digital planner looks like. This is from GoodNotes Goods, Co. It has hyperlinks in the PDF to allow you to jump to certain sections of the planner, like the tabs on the right take you to each month.
It looks just like a real planner, doesn’t it?! So why make the switch to digital? Let’s talk about all the benefits you get from a digital planner that a physical planner just can’t do.
Pros of a Digital Planner vs a Physical Planner
- Can be used right from your phone or iPad
- More convenient to use
- Saves paper
- Only need one pencil
- Don’t have to buy a new one when it is full
- Easily add more pages
- Don’t have to buy stickers, tape, pens pencils markers
- If you do buy digital stickers you only have to buy them once, when physical stickers you only get one use out of them.
- You can use any font you want (not just what you can write)
- More customizable
- More efficient
- Easily make edits
- Add images and graphics
- Add charts and graphs
- Won’t rip or get all banged up
- You can add links to other sites or link within the planner
- Won’t bleed through and ruin the next page
Going digital you are able to make easier edits and adjustments with a few swipes of your magic wand…I mean stylus. I can’t do that on a regular planner. When I mess up (which happens a lot) I am stuck with that forever. Even if you are using a pencil it still isn’t the same.
Flaws of a Physical Planner or Bullet Journal
I joined a few Bullet Journal/Planner Facebook Groups to get inspirations and ideas on how to use my bullet journal. It is amazing how creative people can be! With a blank paper, they turn it into this beautiful functional work of art.
However, I have seen so many of these talented people share their layouts that have a smudge, a rip, or a bleed through on all their hard work.
For me, I struggle with having a steady hand and the patience to create a layout. But with each of these flaws I just see how much easier, it would be to use a digital version.
There are no mistakes that can’t quickly be fixed with a digital version that you can’t fix on a physical version.
What Is The Best Digital Planner
There is no one perfect planner that fits all. One layout may work better for someone than another layout. I think that is the beauty behind the bullet journal. You are able to customize each page to your own liking. It can be a planner, a mood tracker, a notebook, anything you can dream up! So to me, the best would be a digital bullet journal. I love them so much I created a free one just for you to test this whole digital process out for yourself! It works great with an iPad pro and the GoodNotes app or any other note-taking app.
Grab Your Free Copy!
What is GoodNotes
I will say that GoodNotes does cost I believe $7.99 for the app. But I have spent more on wasted planners than that so this way I can now reuse the digital planners and bullet journals I create over and over again in the GoodNotes app so it is well worth it to me.
Plus, the options that are offered in the app are what makes me love it so much. It makes using your planner so easy!
How Do I Import a Digital Planner into GoodNotes
Once you get the app there is a dotted square with a plus sign, click on that and then choose import, from there you just find the PDF you saved and import it! In the GoodNotes app, you can create folders to keep all of your notebooks and planners all organized. There are free templates and notebooks that you can create in the app as well.
Where Can I Purchase a Digital Planner
There are so many wonderful digital planners available on Etsy that you can purchase one and reuse. Or you could always create your own digital planner for free as I did. If you are thinking you may be interested in creating your own digital planner but need some guidance then no problem, I can help you!
I am launching a Digital Planner Course very soon and if you would like to be kept up to date on when it will go live then sign up here to get all the details!
What is All Included in The Digital Planner Creation Mini-Course
- A Walkthrough on How to Create Your Digital Planner
- Which Programs to Use to Create a Digital Planner
- The Different Styles and Types of Digital Planners
- How to Design Your Digital Planner
- The Best Apps to Use with Your Digital Planner
This is a perfect opportunity to start 2020 off with your own customized digital planner made for you by you!
I know you will love digital planner just like I do!
Thanks for reading!
5 Easy Ways to Find Time in Your Day
There never seems to be enough time in the day to get everything you need to get done finished. At least that is how I always feel! The to-do list is never-ending and the clock won’t stop ticking. Although this is true there are still ways you can find time in your day.
By taking a deeper look into how you spend your time you can easily find more time in your day! When I first did this I was shocked at how much extra time I really had!
Here are 5 easy ways to find time in your day!
#1 IF YOU FAIL TO PLAN…..PLAN TO FAIL
(Or as my very dear friend calls it….get your poop in a group…haha!)
I know you have heard it before but it is so very true! If you don’t plan then you are going to fail. I grew up with a wing-it kind of attitude. My mom is a very carefree and easy-going person. She isn’t known for her promptness but rather her relaxed personality. Because of that my older sister and I tend to be more proactive and we like to plan and be on time.
And since we weren’t raised that way we have had to find our own path to become that way. I say that because we are by no means perfect at it.
Sometimes it feels like it is more work but it really does make the week go by so much smoother!
Plan out your meals
For example, I plan out our meals for the whole month. I use the grocery pickup to save time and to stay on budget. Then I prep my daughter’s school lunches and all dinners for the week.
(if you’re looking, I use these containers for her lunches and when I prep for my husband and I, I use these containers. Both inexpensive and super easy to use, clean and store!)
We will have enough food for leftovers for lunch and no one is a big breakfast eater so I only need to worry about dinners.
Normally for breakfast, we all just grab a protein bar or something. But with dinners planned and prepped, I don’t have to spend 30-45 mins trying to figure out what to make for supper each night and finally deciding to just order pizza.
Meal planning is a fairly obvious time-saver that many moms probably already do. And even though it does take up a big portion of my weekend, I have saved a bunch of time and stress over meals all week.
Also when I added up how much we would save by not eating out so much I was shocked!
I didn’t think we were spending that much eating out because there are only three of us…but yep we will save a bunch!
Plan out outfits for the week
Just like planning out meals, it helps so much if you plan out outfits too. My daughter is NOT a morning person so she doesn’t like getting up any earlier than she has to. Also, she is at the age where she doesn’t like the clothes I pick out for her. So it makes mornings run much smoother if we pick out her outfits for the week together Sunday evening.
This way we are prepared for P.E. days when she needs to wear tennis shoes and so on. This also ensures that we don’t miss any fun activities at school like pajama day or crazy sock day.
So you can see how planning in life frees up time.
I use a bullet journal or planner to help keep them myself on track and organized. I got this journal and I do love how you can customize each page instead of struggling to find a planner that works for you and your specific needs.
You can get some fun pens (these are erasable gel pens!) and get some pretty Washi masking tape like this set and design each page to your liking!
Or better yet, grab a copy of my free digital bullet journal!
I want one!
Some people are born motivated and can just go-go all day and you can’t get them to slow down….*cough: my husband!* He literally jumps out of bed around 5 am or earlier and does not stop until he is forced to slow down at night and then when he stops moving for more than 10 seconds he is asleep.
He has been that way since I met him. Most of our friends call him a robot because he requires very little sleep…some times zero. I have seen him go strong and hard for almost 48 hours. Running on maybe a 30-minute cat nap.
I, however, hibernate every night and I wish that I had his motivation. Just like my daughter, I am not a morning person but I wish I was!
I get up sometimes around 5am and will go for a run and that helps me accomplish so much more that day but then it takes days for me to recoup.
Find what motivates you
If you are like me and you need to find something to help push you through the day then find what motivates you! That will make a huge difference!
Are you goal oriented? Do you like a lot of coffee? Do you like to check things off your to-do list? Do you like to workout? Do you have an accountability partner?
Find something that will drive you!
What has helped me tremendously is Spark. It is a vitamin “energy drink” that gives me mental focus. It’s sugar-free so guilt free and it has helped me so much! I started drinking it in 2012 and I have rarely gone a day without it!
I am the least competitive person you will meet. If you say “I’m going to beat you!” to try and get me motivated I will say “Ok.” and keep doing what I was doing. I am not driven by competition or even goals. I actually clam up instead so I have found that with Spark it 100% helps motivate me. It is a joke at our house when I am cleaning, rearranging furniture, or painting something that I must have just drank a spark and to look out!
Find your motivation to help you acheive more in your day!
Get your blood flowing and get some rest!
Exercise always helps me get the blood flow going and helps me not feel so sluggish.
Also, as I said before some people require more sleep than others. There is no replacement for sleep!
I have found that even though it takes away from the time I am awake and could be working, I get more done if I get more sleep.
If I cut myself short on sleep, the next day I am slow, tired, I can’t focus, I just keep yawning, and I don’t get much done. So what is the point in staying awake longer trying to get more done if the next day I’m too tired to get anything done?
If I just get a good nights rest then I can accomplish so much more the next day being well rested. Even though I gave up work time the night before to sleep.
I have noticed too that our new mattress has helped a ton with getting a good nights sleep. We recently made the investment to get a new mattress and wow…I never realized how much we were missing out! Now my husband and I joke about how we just want to go lay in our nice new bed for fun.
Getting the rest our bodies need helps us be much more productive the next day!
Find your purpose or your passion and write that on your mirror so you can read it every morning. Having that daily reminder of your purpose can make a huge difference!
#3 MAP OUT YOUR DAY
Mapping out your daily routine will help you find the time you didn’t know you had. I did this and it shows I have all kinds of time but yet I was like “where is it all going?” and turns out that life happens and yes things come up that you have to do.
However, by mapping out your daily routine you can see where you can make things more efficient. Maybe you like to get up and drink a cup of coffee and watch the news when you wake up but then you are struggling to find time throughout the day.
Well, maybe you have to give up that coffee and news time. Or maybe you watch TV at night after you put the kids to bed that you could cut out.
#4 CUT DISTRACTION
I have met people that completely shut T.V. off in their homes because it is a distraction to their goals. I would have to agree it most certainly is a distraction for me.
I don’t have it on at all during the day so I can focus and work. Then I may reward myself with a little television at night. If I was looking for more time then I would cut it out as well.
If your schedule is overwhelmed with cleaning (because it’s never ending) then I would break it up into daily tasks so then you get a little done each day instead of feeling like you have to clean the whole house every day.
Social Media is another huge distraction. Sometimes I catch myself getting on to purposefully distract myself because I don’t want to do something. So I deleted Facebook off of my phone. I don’t struggle with other social media platforms but I do get sucked into Facebook. So I cut the distraction!
#5 ASK FOR HELP
No one said you have to do this alone. Ask for help! As mom’s we tend to just do it all and not ask for help. That isn’t helping anyone! Give some of the responsibilites to your husband or kids. Or ask your sister, mother, or friend would help watch the kiddos so you can find time to get things done!
Another great option is, if you don’t already, get an accountability partner to help keep you on track.
Delegate tasks out to save you time
Hire someone to come clean the house, mow the yard, power wash the house, whatever tasks you can delegate out do it! If you can delegate out chores that eat up your time to your spouse or kids then do that but if not then hire someone to help you.
This frees up time you are spending on those chores that you could be using for other things!
Even small little adjustments like this vacuum can help. I got this for Christmas and it saves me from having to vacuum all the time. I just let it run while I am doing other things and that’s one less chore on my list!
Massive action solves all problems
My favorite saying that I have written on my fridge is “Massive action solves all problems“. I think about that when I get stuck or feel a little lost.
When I over think and analyze too much I realize that I have wasted 15 minutes stressing over what I should do next. If I would have just moved forward on something I would have accomplished more than stressing over the order of my to-do list.
When the house is a wreck and I need to do invoices for our lawn care and I need to write a blog post but I don’t know where to start… I just start!
The more I can get done in a day whether it was in the right order or not is going to be more important than stressing about the order and wasting any precious time.
So for today, I leave you with those two reminders:
1. If you fail to plan…..plan to fail
2. Massive action solves all problems
Map out your schedule and plan out as much as you can then get into action! I hope this has helped you find more time in your day!