Digital Planning For Beginners

Digital Planning For Beginners

by OLIVIA RAYMOND on Oct 05, 2023

Are you ready to step into the enchanting world of digital planning on your trusty iPad? You're in for a treat! In this post, we'll unveil the secrets of digital planning, making it accessible and delightful for beginners. Let's embark on this magical journey together.


What Is a Digital Planner?

First things first, let's demystify what a digital planner is. Imagine a PDF document that's transformed into a virtual planner, accessible on your iPad, tablet, phone, or laptop via a PDF annotation app.

These digital planners often mimic the look of traditional paper planners, complete with tab dividers and clickable hyperlinks for easy navigation. The iPad, especially when paired with an Apple Pencil, is a popular choice for digital planning.

Imagine a planner that's more than just paper and ink – a planner that lives on your iPad, tablet, or even your phone. It's what we call a digital planner. These digital wonders are like traditional planners but with a dash of tech-savvy wizardry. They're crafted in PDF format, ready to be your companion through the magic of a PDF annotation app.


Why Choose Digital Planning?

Now, why should you embrace digital planning?
  1. Portability: Your digital planner is accessible anytime, anywhere, on any compatible device. No more lugging around paper planners and pens.

  2. Error-Free Editing: Say goodbye to whiteout and messy corrections. Digital planners offer an "undo" button for clean, mistake-free edits.
  3. Customisation: Personalise your digital planner with various colors, highlights, digital stickers, templates, and more. It's entirely customisable to suit your style.
  4. Eco-Friendly: Going digital means less paper usage, contributing to a greener environment. Plus, digital planners are cost-effective in the long run.

What You Need to Start:

To get started with digital planning, you'll need:

  1. A tablet, iPad, or computer:  While the iPad and Apple Pencil combo is popular, many devices can work for digital planning.
  2. PDF annotation app: Choose an app compatible with your device for editing your digital planner. Some popular options include GoodNotes 5, CollaNote, Notability (for Apple users), and Xodo (for Android and Windows users).
  3. A digital planner: There's a wide variety of digital planners available, catering to different needs and preferences. You can start with a free planner to get a feel for it.

Types of Digital Planners:

  • Portrait: Offers a natural writing feel but may require more zooming in for detailed writing.
  • Landscape: Provides a two-page look but may require zooming for comfortable writing.
  • Undated: Reusable year after year, but you need to date it yourself.
  • Dated: Convenient but requires repurchasing each year.
  • Realistic: Mimics the appearance of a physical planner.
  • Minimal:Simplistic design with or without tabs.
  • Light Mode: Features a white background.
  • Dark Mode: Designed with a black background for a different aesthetic.

Getting Started with Freebies:

Switching from paper to digital planning might seem daunting, but there's good news – there are plenty of free digital planners and resources available. You can try these with your existing device and one of the free apps mentioned earlier.

Check out my freebie vault for a variety of digital stickers, and templates to kickstart your journey.


Ready to Dive In?

If you're ready to invest in a full planner, shop planners and stickers at Progipad, where you'll find a selection of planners and templates. Each of my products are hand drawn with the upmost attention and care. 
Don't forget to follow me on Facebook and Instagram for regular digital planning tips, inspiration, and more.

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