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New to Digital Planners? Avoid These Common Mistakes

August 18, 2022 6 min read

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Are you new to the world of digital planners? If so, you're in for a treat! Digital planning is a great way to stay organized and productive. However, if you're new to the game, there are a few things you need to avoid. All beginners make these mistakes, but with a little bit of guidance, you can easily overcome them and get on the path to success. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common mistakes beginners make when it comes to digital planning. By avoiding these mistakes, you'll be well on your way to mastering this art! 

New to Digital Planners? Avoid These Common Mistakes

Mistake #1 Waiting for the Perfect Planner


If you're new to digital planning, it can be tough to find the "perfect" planner. 


When it comes to digital planning, many beginners make the mistake of waiting for the perfect planner... and never getting started. They think that if they just find the right planner, everything will magically fall into place. However, this is not the case. There is no such thing as a perfect planner. 


While digital planner creators, like myself, do our best to provide you with everything you need, you may still find yourself thinking "I wish it just had this" or "If only this digital planner did not have this". You may find a digital planner that checks every single box except ONE - this is where digital stickers come in handy! You can quickly, easily - and with some style - change Sunday into Monday, or To Do into Do Not Forget. 


The key to successful digital planning is to find a planner that works for you. Don't wait for perfection; instead, experiment with different planners until you find one that fits your needs.

Mistake #2 Not Determining Your Priorities


Another common mistake beginners make is not determining their priorities. When it comes to digital planning, it's important to know what's important to you and what you want to achieve. Without priorities, it's easy to become overwhelmed and lose focus.


Do you want your digital planner to help you with yearly, monthly, weekly, and/or daily tasks? Fitness goals? Financial? Gratitude?


One way to determine your priorities is to create a goal list. This list can include anything from personal goals to professional goals. Once you have your goal list in place, you can start creating task lists and action plans that will help you achieve your goals.

Mistake #3 Not Having a Systematic Process


The third common mistake beginners make is not having a systematic process, or, a planning routine. When it comes to digital planning, it's important to have a process that you can follow each and every day. This will help you stay organized and on track. One way to create a process is to use a daily planner template. This template can act as a guide for your daily planning activities.


When it comes to digital planning, having a routine is key. A planning routine can help you stay organized and on track. One way to create a routine is to use a daily planner template. This template can act as a guide for your daily planning activities. 


The best way to create a routine is to find a system that works for you. Some people prefer to plan their days in the morning, while others prefer to plan their days at night. Experiment with different times until you find one that works best for you.


Also, be sure to schedule time for both personal and professional tasks. Personal tasks include things like exercise and relaxation, while professional tasks include things like work and studying. Dividing your time into blocks will help you stay focused and productive.

Mistake #4 Not Using Technology Appropriately


Another common mistake beginners make is not using technology appropriately. 


When it comes to digital planning, there are many different types of technology available to help you stay organized and productive. However, not all of these technologies are suitable for everyone. It's important to find the technologies that work best for you and use them accordingly.


Some people prefer to use a paper planner to keep track of their tasks, while others prefer to use a digital planner. Some people prefer to use a laptop to create their task lists, while others prefer to use a smartphone. The bottom line is that you should use the technology that works best for you.


Just because a technology exists, doesn't mean that you have to use it. It's important to find the technologies that work best for you and use them accordingly.

Mistake #5 Expecting your iPad handwriting to be perfect


You might have the best handwriting in the world, but when you're writing on an iPad, it's not going to look perfect. And that's okay! Don't stress about it too much. Just write as you normally would and try to keep your letters nice and big. 


The bottom line is that your handwriting doesn't have to be perfect in order for you to be productive.

Mistake #6 believing digital planning is expensive


When it comes to digital planning, some people believe that it's too expensive. However, this is not always the case. There are many different types of planners and technologies available, and many of them are affordable. In fact, there are many free planners and technologies available online. 


You probably already have an iPad or other tablet, if not you can find one refurbished. So don't let the cost of digital planning scare you away. There are options for everyone!


One reason many people switch to digital planning is that they are very cost-effective. You can find many digital planners in my shop for under $20. You are buying that ONCE. You duplicate pages as you go! With a digital planner, you don't have to worry about wasting paper – which is great for the environment! Plus, you won't have to spend money on new planner inserts or pens every time you run out.

Mistake #7 hyperlinks don't work


Or do they? When it comes to digital planning, hyperlinks are a lifesaver. They allow you to quickly and easily navigate to different parts of your planner. However, if they're not working properly, they can be a huge headache.


If you're having trouble getting your hyperlinks to work, there are a few things you can do. First, make sure you're in "reading mode" in your digital planning app (like GoodNotes 5). This will allow you to click on the links in your planner. If you're still having trouble, contact your planner's support team for help.

Mistake #8 committing to a layout that isn't working for you


One of the biggest mistakes beginners make when it comes to digital planning is committing to a layout that isn't working for them. When it comes to planners, there are many different layouts to choose from. However, not everyone is suited for every layout. 


Some planners prefer a list-based layout, while others prefer a more traditional calendar-based layout.  Do you prefer portrait mode or landscape mode? Do you prefer a calendar-based, list-based, or digital bullet journal layout?


If you're having trouble with your current layout, it's important to switch to one that works better for you. Don't be afraid to experiment with different layouts until you find one that fits your needs. 

Mistake #9 thinking your planner needs to be an immaculate piece of art


When it comes to digital planning, it's important to have a planner that is organized and functional. Yes, I love all the digital stickers, too. However, this doesn't mean that your planner needs to be an immaculate piece of art. In fact, trying to make your planner look too perfect can actually be counterproductive. It's important to have a system that works for you, and if that means your planner isn't perfect, then so be it. Don't stress about it too much!



So there you have it – some of the most common mistakes beginners make when it comes to digital planning. By avoiding these mistakes, you'll be well on your way to mastering this art! So what are you waiting for? 

Do you have any questions about digital planning? Leave a comment below and I'll be happy to help!  


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