If you have read this blog long enough you already know that I am a big planner person. And you know that I have struggled to find the perfect planner set up. I have done paper planning, google calendar/digital planning and just writing things down on a monthly calendar.
So, to back up, I love paper planners. That is where my heart will always be. I love being able to put pen to paper and even get creative with how I decorate it and make it my own. However, I found that I struggled to find a planner layout that worked well for me. I am a daily planner kind of gal and the planners I liked, with a daily section that had most of what I wanted were too bulky. To the point where some didn’t even fit in one planner, I would have to buy two for the year!
Here’s what I’ve Tried:
So I tried out the Artful Agenda planner. Which I still love to this day. It allowed me to go the digital planning route in a more straight forward way. I could sync all of my calendars to it, it had great daily pages, a note section and a weekly and monthly layout. Pretty much everything I wanted.
The main thing I wasn’t fond of was that what I had was what I got. I couldn’t change the daily layout or decorate it. Another thing was that I couldn’t write in it. I know, it’s silly but I am just a pen to paper kind of girl, always have been. This planner has everything you could want in a digital planner. As long as you are not someone who is in love with paper planners like me.
So I decided to take a stab at a digital planner. Now, the Artful Agenda planner is a digital planner, to me it is more of a digital planner that what I am currently using. It syncs on all of your devices and to all of your calendars and if I am being honest, it’s so great I will probably still use it. But I have basically decided to start using a digital paper planner. A planner that I can write on, customize and treat like a paper planner but it is on my iPad. And it is life changing. It is basically a hyperlinked PDF that you use in an app like Goodnotes. Hyperlinked meaning the tabs are like buttons you can click to go to a specific month, but with 100s of more links throughout the planner.
Here is the exact planner that I am using. There are so many to choose from but this one has everything I was looking for. And Lucy, the creator of the planner, has done such an amazing job sharing tutorials and videos on how to get started with digital planning and how to use her planners. I plan to do a full review of this planner soon!
Pros of Digital Planning:
There are so many things about digital planning that I enjoy. I love that I no longer have to carry around a giant planner everywhere. I can access my planner on any of my devices, including my computer. And even though there is a pre-made layout I can do all of the customization to it I want. (Within reason, since I don’t want to mess it up). I can decorate it, I can add pages to different sections to make it work better for me. It has all of the fun in paper planning without the bulk.
Cons of a Digital Planner:
The main thing I don’t like about using this type of planner is the fact that I lose one of my favorite things about the Artful Agenda. And that is the ability to sync all of my calendars. But, like I mentioned before I may continue to use the Artful Agenda. It can hold my calendars and my new planner will serve as my daily planner. Other than that, no complaints.
I have had so much fun using this planner, it seems like I never put my iPad down anymore. It encourages me to plan out my day. Has sections for my quiet time and bible study every morning. Doing it all on an iPad is amazing because I can make all of the mistakes I want, duplicate things I like and really make the planner work for me. If you think this sounds like something that could work for you I highly recommend giving digital planning a try!
Let me know if this is something you would do?