Moving From a Physical to a digital planner

One of the many hobbies I have picked up over the years is bullet journaling. An important note about my hobbies is that I go hard into them, I try to get all the things I need to really enjoy and immerse myself when I am spending my time engrossed in a new activity. That being said I recently made the decision to move from physical journaling to journaling digitally. 

I began my research by looking at whether digital planning was ‘for me’. I love my bullet journal and sitting down to take the time to create different spreads. I mostly wanted to make the move to give myself a more portable option for my creative outlet as well as being able to keep all my notes, lists, spreads and memories in one easily accessible place. 

Recommendation: Research is Key! Look on YouTube and Pinterest for some great accounts 

So how did I end up getting started with digital bullet journalling/planning? The first step was research! I wanted to find the best tools for the job that were also within a reasonable budget. I first tried using my husband’s Surface tablet/PC thing with the stylus, because free, but it wasn’t as responsive as I was hoping. This led me down the rabbit hole of YouTube. Where I looked at what products the digital planner community were using, the results were that most planners used iPads and apple Pencils. 

As we all know Apple products do not come cheap, so my second step was to look into how I could go about this in the most affordable way possible. This led me to look into both second hand and new options. Making sure you research which iPads work with the Apple Pencil. I found the best list here https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT211029 

Recommendation: Look at both New and Second Hand options to find what best fits your budget

I ended up going with the first generation Apple Pencil and the Ipad (8th Generation) they are the most affordable options for me at the moment (I live in Australia for context)

8th Generation iPad

In Australia can be found at Apple, JB HiFi, Harvey Norman and Officeworks. I purchased mine from Officeworks. Sometimes you can find ones that are a bit cheaper as they have been returned but are brand new.

1st Generation Apple Pencil

Make sure that which ever iPad and pencil you choose are compatible with each other.

After finding the products I wanted to use for this digital planning journey, I began research into content creators and just how spreads and journals worked when it comes to the digital platform. The creators I have found most useful are: 

They are the most informative on all things that relate to not only digital planning but using technology in a productive and easy way in your day to day life.

What I am currently using

at the moment I am using a digital planner which I purchased from K Digital Studios Website. As I am still learning and evolving my style I wanted to try a preexisting planner with all the bells and whistles to see what aspects I use on a daily basis.

My future goal is to create my own hyperlinked planner that has contains exactly the pages that I need.

Conclusions

Overall I have found the move to digital planning relatively easy. There are definite pros and cons to digital vs physical but for this season of life I think that digital planning fits my needs slightly more.

PROSCONS
*All materials on the same place
*access to lots of different planner templates, less of a commitment to try them out
* ability to create a custom planner that suits exactly what you need
*able to take all my planning and motes with me wherever I go
*easy to transfer dates, appointments etc to calendar
*can be more expensive than physical planning
* need to keep devices charged to use them.

If you are thinking of starting a digital planner I recommend doing as much research as you can. I found it really helpful to look into what devices are most commonly used and the most accessible. It is also great to see how other people use and set out there planners to see if it is something that’s the right fit for you.

BuJo Sticker Haul

with getting more into the whole ‘Bullet Journal’ thing comes a need to use different mediums within it. I began small by picking up different Tombow brush pens – this can definitely not be considered small anymore considering how much it has grown – in 2020 I decided I wanted to try using some stickers within my journal just to add some different textures and a bit of excitement.

2019 ‘Bullet’ Journal Flip Through

‘Bullet’ Journaling is something that I only began doing in the latter part of 2019. I was struggling to find a way to track the things I wanted to track -pretty much all reading related – as well as a place to have my thoughts complied.

The Journal I used in 2019 was one that I purchased in Japan a couple of years ago.

I couldn’t think of the best way to do this because if I explained all the spreads then this would be a hell of a long post so I’m going to just touch on a few key pages…

I found these little ‘Book Read’ pages really helpful for each month. Just a quick spot to put down when I completed a book and the rating I gave them.

The challenge was I always forgot to check back here when I posted my review and my rating probably changed.

I LOVED doing my TBR this way!

Its so fun, I absolutely love being able to go over the lines with a different colour once I’ve completed the book.

I continued this in 2019 and have kicked off 2020 doing the same thing.

This was the spread I created for the Triwizard Tournament Readathon. I might of gone a little over the top but I’m really happy with how it all turned out.

Overall, I learnt a lot about journalling during 2019 and I cannot wait to continue to try some new things in 2020!

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