Making the switch from paper to digital? Here’s how to use a digital planner…
How To Use A Digital Planner
When you’re making the switch from paper planners to digital, you might feel a little overwhelmed.
Not because they’re any harder to learn how to use, but because there’s a little learning involved.
To help you learn how to use a digital planner, we’ve put together a few key tasks to make the experience a wonderful one…
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Equip Yourself With The Right Tools
First, you’ll need to purchase your digital planner.
There are also some free daily digital planners you can find online, but we would recommend using one laid out for a least the entire year to ensure your effort isn’t wasted establishing a new routine you might not stick with.
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Once you have your chosen digital planner, you’ll need a stylus (like an Apple pen) and a tablet.
You can probably get away with using just your finger for your digital planner to start with, but long term you may find yourself wanting to write instead of draw everything.
You can use the Apple iPad device or Android tablet device you already own!
And lastly, you’ll need an app to be able to use your digital planner on your tablet.
Read more on selecting an app for your device below…
Download An App For Your Tablet
To begin using your new digital planner, first, you’ll need to download an app for your tablet device.
There are three big ones we would recommend choosing from:
- GoodNotes 5
GoodNotes 5 is the app we recommend using for Apple devices, although it is a one-time paid app.
Apple users looking for a free alternative to GoodNotes 5 will still have a pleasant experience using the Notability app.
For android users, Xodo is a free app with plenty of customizing options!
Transfer Important Dates
Planners will tell you that a big reason most of them even use a planner is to keep track of important dates.
Examples of Important Dates:
Here are some examples of important dates you probably keep in your planner right now:
school breaks, closures, etc.
If you are a parent, you can start with transferring your family’s birthdays and school calendar.
Establish A Good Morning Routine
Implement your new digital planner into your morning routine.
Our digital planners feature gorgeous daily, weekly, and monthly pages that you can jot down important information and dates into.
By making your digital planner part of your morning routine, you can make the most of each day.
Here’s a sample of a morning routine you can use:
6:00 a.m. Wake up, make bed.
6:05 a.m. Jump in shower.
6:30 a.m. Hair, makeup, skin routine, etc.
7:00 a.m. Coffee and breakfast.
7:20 a.m. Open digital planner – plan out the day!
7:30 a.m. Get kids on bus/school drop-off.
7:45 a.m. Organize work materials and computer (or drive to work!)
8:00 a.m. Begin working.
Adjust your schedule as you need to (this is just a quick sample), and work in your morning workout routine and other important tasks.
Getting used to using your digital planner every day will help you make the most of your day!
If it helps, you can also choose to play around in your planner at night, during nap times, during your lunch break, or other times it makes more sense.
Using a digital planner that has coloring pages (like our mood tracker and period tracking pages!) can also help increase usage throughout the day.
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- Meal Planning
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