In my Christmas Planner Decorating post at the end of last year, I mentioned that I started using a new planner after my previous planner ran out of pages. With that planner, I went for a different format from my previous planners and I was decorating less. However, that planner didn’t last long. It’s not that it ran out of pages but I just suddenly stopped planning after about more than a month of using that planner.
It was in January when I stopped planning. After more than a month towards the end of February, I felt the need to get back into planning but I wanted to change the format. Since my planners are all fully self customized and the planner that didn’t last long was actually a jotter book, I tried to start a new way of planning on it but I didn’t like it.
As I was thinking and researching for planner ideas, I came across the term digital planning. I went to find out more information about it and decided I’m going to try it in my own way. My planner now still involves paper but there’s also the digital aspect of it.
What always frustrates me the most is actually planner decorating which is why I decorated less with the planner that didn’t last long. When I have a new set of stickers, it’s easy to decorate because I have a whirlpool of colours but when the stickers start to run out, it gets difficult to create a colour scheme that matches with the leftover stickers from the different sets. Since my income is little, constantly buying stickers is too hefty for me. I know I can use free planner printables but the downside of it is I can’t use odd shape designs since my cutting is terrible.
I actually do like my planner to be decorated and the way that will lessen my frustration with colour schemes, save me money from buying stickers and use odd shape printables is to decorate digitally.
I design the layout and decorate it using Powerpoint. By decorating digitally, I have so much flexibility. Although I’ve pre made some headers, bullet checklists and weekly kits, I can still change the colours if for a particular week I feel that the colours that I’ve pre made doesn’t match my colour scheme.
My main planning is also done digitally. The only thing that is not digital are my trackers. After I have decorated and planned my tasks, I’ll print it out. I did think about going fully digital but I still prefer a paper planner which is why I print out.
So this is my new planner, using an A5 clear book to file my print outs.
This is one of the weeks in March. As mentioned above, everything is done digitally except the trackers with the actual numbers filled in by pen throughout the week.
I’ve mentioned above that I pre made some headers, bullet checklists and weekly kits along with my new planning system. Other than using them myself on my new planner, I’ve made them as printable freebies which are all already up on my Free Planner Printables site!
I’m loving this new planner so much. It’s been more than a month of planning with this new system and I’m still going strong. Every week, I still get excited about decorating and planning!