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Switching to a Digital Planner- Paperless Planning

This blog post is going to explain why I have switched from paper planning to digital planning. I will also be sharing my favorite digital planning tools and how the first three weeks of planning digitally went.

Why Make the Switch to Digital Planning?

The reasons I switched from paper planning (traditional planning) to digital planning range from financial to functional. As someone who is working on her environmental studies degree, I am always looking to make changes in my life that benefit the environment instead of harm it. Over the past six months I have been working towards going as paperless as I can. What this means is that I am finding alternatives to traditionally paper products. While taking a look at my life and where I use the most paper I found that planning is one of the areas of my life where I was using and disposing (always recycling) large amounts of paper. So I made the decision to try out digital planning instead of traditional paper planning. Read the next section to see how I did it. 
Another reason why I was Loyoking into alternative planning options was because I was tried of spending money every year on a planner. At the time I really enjoyed picking out a planner and was always really pleased with the product, but still hated the price on the price tag. While looking into it I found the initially planning digitally would be less expensive overall. 
After planning in a traditional paper planner for three years I became bored and ready to try something new. Up to this point I had been using washi tape and stickers to decorate my planner. By the end of the third year it became a chore that I no longer enjoyed doing.
I also needed a style of planning where I could combine all the different types of planners that I was using into one place. I was using a personal planner, student/school planner and a small bullet journal. By creating my own digital spreads I would have the ability to meet all my planner needs into one place. 
I was also looking for a 'planner' that I could have with me at all times, but not have to carry around a heavy and bulky spiral planner like I was perviously doing. 

Digital Planner Tools

While in high school I purchased the application GoodNotes from my iPad as a way to write my notes digitally for class. Since I had already purchased it and already knew how to use it, I decided to create my digital planner in GoodNotes. GoodNotes can be used on an iPad and an iPhone. So that checked off my need for always having the planner with me. I don't even need to carry around my iPad because its on my iPhone. Another great tool for digital planning is having a stylus. I recommend the Bargain Depot Stylus 2 Pack from Amazon or the PILOT G2 Pen Stylus. Update from 2022, my favorite stylus that I have had for over 2 years is the Adonit Dash 3.

How is Digitally Planning Going so Far?

I am three weeks into planning digitally and I would have to say I have been converted. I am loving that I can experiment with different fonts, themes, layouts, trackers, and stickers and do not have to spend a dime on stickers of washi tape. I am also loving that I can erase and undo things I don't like. Over these past three weeks I get excited every time I get to update my planner, which says a lot since I was dreading planning in my paper planner towards the end. So far I have not had to purchase anything from my digital planner. I have created all of the spreads and have enjoyed all the time I have spent doing so. Yay for going paperless!
I have also loved sharing my bullet journal creations on Instagram! If you are interested make sure to check out my account.

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