Why You Should Download A Free Digital Journal

A great way to practice the art of digital planning (and see if it’s right for you) is by downloading a free digital journal

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If you haven’t already read my earlier post on How To Use A Digital Planner, I highly suggest checking that out as well!

The biggest issue I see with people trying to buy their first digital planner is…well…they don’t know how to use it.

And by ‘it’, I mean…

  • hyperlinks within the planner
  • scrolling through the pages
  • duplicating pages
  • writing, highlighting, and erasing

…and more!

The art of digital planning is a super fun one – but there are some things to learn before you can dive right in...

A great way to practice using a digital product like a planner would be getting your hands on a free digital journal.

And it just so happens that I have a Free Digital Journal here on Slay At Home Planners for you!

free digital journal

Along with the free PDF download, you’ll also get access to free video tutorials on GoodNotes 5 and Notability (a free Apple app) so you can learn how to…

  • navigate (scroll through)
  • duplicate pages
  • use hyperliked tabs
  • write, highlight, erase

Download your free digital journal HERE…

At the time of this writing, I currently only have video tutorials for Apple products, but I’m looking to incorporate an Android tutorial in the near future as well.

I imagine the features will be very similar, though, and still very helpful for you.

You’ll also receive first access to exclusive digital planner discount codes, how-tos and tips, and more in your inbox!

If you’re ready to dive into your first digital planner, be sure to check out our line of 12-Month Digital Planners and 18-Month Digital Planners.

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What you’ll love about our Digital Planners:

  • BUDGET-FRIENDLY – Compare our premium-designed planners to paper-printed planners that are double the cost! No pens, markers, stickers, or other supplies needed that need to be replaced frequently – just your trusty tablet and a stylus (or your finger!)
  • LINKS OUT TO APPLE CALENDAR AND GOOGLE CALENDAR – *NEW FEATURE* starting in 2024, our Digital Planners enable you to create events directly out to your Apple or Google Calendar.
  • PROFESSIONALLY MADE – Our Digital Planners are professionally made with images with crisp edges, hyperlinked tabs and buttons for easy navigation, lag-free, and a file size of under 25 MB to save you space on your device.
  • BEAT MOM BURNOUT Slay Homemaking, Budget Better, and Organize your Life – FINALLY.
  • COMPATIBLE ACROSS MULTIPLE APPS – While we recommend using GoodNotes 5 for your digital planners, we’re happy to mention that you can also use free apps LIKE Notability or Xodo (Android) and more for even more savings!
  • TEMPLATES DESIGNED FOR BUSY MOMS – You’ll appreciate the thought we’ve put into these planners to help you manage your schedule, family obligations, work tasks, daily time management, Bible Study, establishing and maintaining a realistic cleaning routine, journaling, budgeting, holiday planning, and meal planning.
  • 50+ DIGITAL STICKERS INCLUDED – With each digital planner purchase, you receive a special digital sticker bundle, containing over 50+ custom stickers that are color-coordinated to match your planner.
  • FREE MONTHLY STICKER BUNDLES – Each month our loyal customers receive a bundle of digital stickers and widgets to use in their planner, sent directly to your e-mail.
  • BETA-TESTING PROGRAM – Each year, we select a small pool of loyal customers to help us beta-test new products (including digital planners!).
  • AFFILIATE PROGRAM – After you purchase, you have the chance to join our affiliate program, where you can help your audience save 20% on their purchase while earning 30% commission, even on the Lifetime Access Program. See Terms & Conditions of our Affiliate Program here. I perform monthly check-ins with our Team, provide helpful tools and resources, and supply a custom code upon request to help you market and promote your planner to your audience.

FAQs about our Digital Planners

A digital planner is a digital version of a paper planner, delivered to you as a PDF document.

You can view our current lineup of digital planners here.

Our digital planners include templates to help you with…

  • Family
  • Budgeting
  • Meal Planning
  • Cleaning
  • Journaling
  • Bible Study
  • Holiday Planning
  • and more!

All planners contain hyperlinked buttons and tabs throughout for easy navigation and are all lag-free.

Our digital planners are in-depth digital PDF files that mimic a paper planner which you can use within a PDF annotation app like GoodNotes 5.

You’ll need three things:

  • Tablet
  • PDF Annotation App*
  • Stylus (optional, but preferred for long-term use)

*Your tablet needs to have an operating system compatible with the app of your choosing. Some apps to consider using with your digital planner include GoodNotes 5, Notability, XODO, ZoomNotes, NoteShelf, and more.

We always recommend downloading the app of your choosing before purchasing a digital planner (from us or anyone else) to ensure your device is capable and compatible.

Some older tablets may not be able to update to an operating system necessary to meet app operating requirements.

You don’t have to be a super-techy person to start digital planning but you will need to know the basics of operating your tablet.

Some of our ‘non-techy’ members say that there can be a ‘learning curve’ to get started if you are a total techphobe, but once you’ve got the hang of it, it’s super addictive and your future self will totally thank you!

We serve many customers that use Apple and Android.

At this time, our digital planners are not compatible with Windows devices.

As with any digital product, we encourage you to research the app you wish to use with your device and test its compatibility with your device as our digital planners will be compatible with any PDF annotation app that allows PDF imports.

Syncing across multiple devices is possible, provided you have achieved all of the following conditions:

1. All of your devices have Goodnotes installed,

2. You are logged in using your iCloud account on all devices, and;

3. You are connected to the internet whenever you make changes.

Other PDF annotation apps may also have this capability.

Lagging refers to the time delays you can experience with digital planners and products when navigating to other pages.

For instance, when you click on a button to jump to another page and your planner takes several minutes to load the new page, this is called lagging.

For professionally made digital planners, this is not an issue, as is the case with our planners.

However, if you DO experience lagging, you may need to delete some files on your iPad/tablet as this can be an indication that you are using too much memory or space on your device, which will cause all apps, programs, and files to load slowly. This would not be an indication of lagging from our files and can be easily remedied by deleting unused files or excess pictures and folders on your device.

This is a great question, and it’s really easy to figure this out.

For iPads, the two PDF Annotation Apps we recommend are GoodNotes 5 (for long-term use) and Notability (a free app that is great for beginners on a budget).

GoodNotes 5 requires a software version of 14.5 or higher, while Notability requires a software version of 14 and higher.

You can check your software version within the Settings app on your iPad. Navigate to ‘General’ and then ‘About’. Perform any updates as necessary to hit that software version requirement.

Older iPads (5-6 years old) may not be able to update to a newer software version, and therefore, would not be compatible with use for digital planning.

The Organized Mom Planner is a digital planner geared more toward moms and has a horizontal layout. This means it fills up your tablet screen when you hold your device horizontally, showing two pages at once. The dated version contains a done-for-you cleaning schedule mapped out throughout the year.

The Organized Life Planner is a digital planner geared more towards women (but has a lot of the same templates from the Mom Planner) and has a vertical layout. This means it fills up your tablet screen when you hold your device vertically, showing one page at a time.

If you have any issues with your order, we’re here to help! We’ll try to help you use and make the most out of your new digital planner.

Simply send an e-mail to orders @ slayathomeplanners.com and include the name or e-mail address you used to purchase your planner, along with any issue you may be experiencing so we can help.

Customer service hours and answers to help e-mails occur within regular business hours 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST Monday-Friday, and occasionally on weekend days.

These hours may be impacted by holidays or national disasters. We strive to answer any questions or concerns within 48 hours.

Beginning in 2024, our digital planners will be able to link to your Google or Apple Calendars! Special instructions for full Apple Calendar capabilities included in your purchase.

If you’d like to use the Apple Cal links in your digital planner, please install the SlayAtHomePlanners shortcut on your Apple device.

First, go to Settings on your device > Shortcuts > Enable Private Sharing (you can disable it after installation). Then install the shortcut here.

shortcut settings slayathomeplanners

Due to the nature of the product (digital downloads), we do not offer refunds. Please ensure you are purchasing the correct product and your device is compatible before purchasing.

You will also see this reminder at checkout.

The planners are in English. If you are referring to the planner entries, Goodnotes’ handwriting recognition and search functions work for a variety of languages.

To check for the languages supported by Goodnotes, kindly click HERE.

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