Hi Everyone! Today’s blog post will go hand in hand with my update from last week about my new planning routine/setup. You’ll have noticed in that blog post that I said I am no longer digital planning, and today I wanted to dive into my reasoning for that.
Why I’m No Longer Digital Planning
I want to preface this by saying that I completely understand the immense benefits that can come from a digital planner, and I am in no way putting down those who use them/want to give them a shot! It was such a fun experiment for me to test out a digital planner, but at the end of the day I realized it wasn’t for me, for a few reasons:
#1 Time to Setup
You would think that a digital planner would be the opposite of a bullet journal in the sense that it wouldn’t take as long to set up, but for me that wasn’t the case. I was spending SO MUCH time making and designing my digital planner, and setting up each month, designing digital stickers, that I never actually utilized it.
The one way around this is that I could have purchased a digital planner, but I liked the idea of making my own, and I don’t know if that is something I am wanting to spend money on right now.
#2 Crashing & Losing Everything
Thankfully this is not something that ever happened to me, but it definitely was something in the back of my mind. I heard many horror stories of people’s PDF annotator app crashing, and them loosing everything. Of course having back-ups helps, but likely you aren’t backing up daily, so you could still loose vital information.
While I very well could loose my bullet journal, there are chances I could find it again if that happened. With a digital planner crashing & disappearing there is a good chance it is gone forever, and I didn’t want to put my faith in a system where I have heard so many awful stories of that exact thing happening.
This seemed to be the most common with Goodnotes 5, and if you love digital planning (good for you!) then I strongly urge you to back up your planner frequently!
#3 At the end of the day, it didn’t click
For me, at the end of every day, my digital planner just didn’t mesh with me. I absolutely love cracking open my bullet journal, or Day Designer, and writing on actual paper with an actual pen. That is my favourite way to plan.
I think being constantly inundated with technology, for me personally, it is nice to be able to sit down and plan without being in front of a screen.
What This Means for Zigzags & Zebras
If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that every month I’ve published my bullet journal setup, and my digital planner setup.
Now, I’m going to be focusing mainly on paper planning – in my bullet journal and my Day Designer. You’ll know in my planner update, I am not shunning digital planning completely. I still love the idea of an online to-do list/project management system, which is why I’m using Todoist to manage my Business/Etsy Shop.
I’ll be writing blog posts are digital tools still, I just won’t be talking about digital planning on an iPad. I also likely won’t be creating digital planning stickers for the Zoo anymore. If you LOVE the digital planning stickers released each month please let me know, because I don’t want to leave you hanging!
While I am no longer using my digital planner, that doesn’t mean it isn’t right for you. Every single person is unique, and no planning system is an exact match for every person. If you initially followed me for digital planning I hope you will still stick around, as I think you’ll benefit for lots of the other content I publish!
If you have any feedback, or would like to continue the conversation, reach out in the comments!