Calendar / Bullet journal 2019 [Free digital notebook template]

The new 2022 digital calendar is now online on Etsy, learn more here.

Hello there! :)

A digital, hand written notebook, which is completely searchable by hand writing recognition, with stickers and drawings in all colors and shapes and synchronized on all devices? Sounds too good to be true, but it exists! :)

I have been using the combination of a tablet, digital pen and writing app for 5 years, currently with iPad Pro 9.7′, Apple Pencil and the GoodNotes app, probably the best combination for me so far. I take notes in the university like this, because my lectures contain many formulas and only little text. At work, I use the App NotesPlus, because the information contains sensitive data and I am therefore not allowed to store it in the cloud, which I have activated in GoodNotes for private and university purposes for practical reasons. For my everyday life, I have a planner, a so-called Bullet Journal with my tasks, appointments, notes and even less important scribbles. I have a free template for this notebook for you to download below. :) I didn’t manage to create it at the beginning of the year, but I made it for the beginning of this semester, because the demand for it is so high. All you need for a Bullet Journal is an empty notebook and a pen. You can find out more about how this actually works in my article on the 2017 planner.


Then why do I create a template at all when you normally start with an empty notebook?


It takes a lot of time to design a bullet journal. Especially the creation of the monthly overviews can give a lot of pleasure to some, the other finds a ready-made overview more practical and wants to save time. That’s why I’ve prepared a few elements of the planner for you, but you can extend it as you like. If you use GoodNotes, you can even erase, move or change every single line I have drawn and every word I have written. This keeps the planner individual but you have less work and maybe a little inspiration.


Which devices or apps can I use the template with?


In principle, this is possible with every app and every tablet and touch pen. You don’t need expensive equipment, at the beginning I used my old iPad mini and a touch pen. I offer below both, a version for GoodNotes and a PDF file that works with each device that can read a PDF file. With GoodNotes you have the advantage that the template can still be changed, unfortunately, this is only possible to a limited extent as a PDF.


Why am I currently using GoodNotes and no other app?


For me, font recognition is essential for my notebooks. That’s why many apps wouldn’t work for me. Noteshelf 2, for example, looks very promising, but as far as I know, it doesn’t yet have hand writing recognition and the possibility to open notebooks in several tabs. I have previously been using NotesPlus until it crashed on my old tablet every now and then, now I use it for work, but I don’t find the handling and the search function as intuitive as with GoodNotes. At the moment I’m still missing some features of GoodNotes, but I hope that these might be added to the new version.


So what did I put in this template?


First of all, there are several cover pages so that you can pick the one that fits your style. It then contains monthly overviews, both as a list and in the classic calendar format. In addition, there is a habit tracker with which you can manifest habits, a page in which you can enter and rate your viewed films or read books, a travel overview, a timetable, a shopping list (but I usually use the app “Bring”) and a page for notes.

  • You can choose between different planner covers like this one or rosegold or champagner gold.
  • This is the monthly overview of the grid file...
  • the weekly overview of the grid file.
  • If you prefer a lined setup, download the lined planner...
  • ...this is the weekly overview of the lined planner.
  • This years planner also has a year page, where you can click (with the reading tool selected) on every week and get to the weekly overview of this week.
  • Also like in the last years I added some additional pages like a timetable, a travel page, a habit tracker as well as a book page and others.

This year I decided to create an English template only, if you would like a German template, please write me, if the demand is big enough, I might make another one. I also kept it quite minimalistic this year but added stickers on the last pages, which you can simply cut or copy and place anywhere in the notebook. How this works you can see in the following animation:




Why should I use my bullet journal, calendar or notebook digitally?


Save paper

The paperless office, i.e. the digital archiving and creation of all documents, as I am doing now, saves a lot of paper. You don’t have to print out scripts or documents, just sign them digitally. For example, for scanning, I use the app “Scanner Pro”, because it has OCR as font recognition.


Better organisation

Thanks to this digital storage, the documents are better sorted and you almost always have them at hand. Everything is much tidier, as long as you put it down correctly.


Device sync

Do you want to add something to the to-do list in bed to clear your head? Or to search your notes on the way? With a synchronized app on your phone, you can view the documents or add something even if the tablet is not in reach. Of course, this is not suitable for large entries but works great for smaller notes. GoodNotes even has a desktop version that allows you to view and edit documents.



At university, I do not carry a huge pencil case, only two pens. A black Muji gel pen and my Apple Pencil, because on the iPad I can write with any colour, even the colour of my highlighter can be selected. Thanks to shape recognition I do not have to use a ruler and the compass. Forgot to write down a note in the middle of your text? No problem, the text can be easily moved and arranged in any order.


An infinite variety of stickers

Images or stickers from the Internet can be inserted in seconds using drag and drop or the import function, so you don’t have to buy stickers or washi tape and you can also insert your own photos.


Searchable notes

The most important feature for me: Everything is searchable. Whether it’s the name of a formula in my scripts, the idea I had for a blog article, a shop where I bought something, or a little side note, once I write something more or less readable in my notebook, I can just search for it. When exporting as PDF, this searchable text remains.

Now I have talked enough, here you can find the dropbox links for the template, first as GoodNotes document, second as PDF. It would be nice if you could only download the template you use, Depending on whether you use GoodNotes or not.


Download Links


Please only download the one you need as they have a big size of between 30MB for the Goodnotes-Zip and 45MB for the PDF.

The download links are offline now, get the new planner on Etsy:

New BestThyme Digital Planners

Grid Template for Goodnotes (ZIP), fully customizable

Lined Template for Goodnotes (ZIP), fully customizable

Grid Template for all Apps (PDF)

Lined Template for all Apps (PDF)



 Important notes:

  • All downloads can also be used with GoodNotes 5. If you have already purchased GoodNotes 4, you can get the app at a reduced price via the bundle in the App store.
  • Instructions for the import into GoodNotes: On iPad or iPhone after clicking on the download link click on “To website” on the bottom of the page and then on the three dots next to the file name “Digital_Planner_2019…. .zip” in the right top corner. Now the option “Direct Download” appears. After a successful download a message window will appear and you will be asked which app you want to use to open the file. Here you simply select the app GoodNotes and the file will be imported. :) (So you can only add the .zip file, not the already unzipped folder.)
  • For using the hyperlinks in GoodNotes you have to select the “read only” (crossed pen) tool.
  • The PDF files don’t have any hyperlinks yet, because they didn’t work anymore when exporting from GoodNotes 4 and with GoodNotes 5 they have an enormous size. I’m currently working on it, but I have to manually copy all GoodNotes content into the hyperlinked file so it might take some time.
  • If the link does not work for a moment, Please be patient, because then I have to upgrade my Dropbox subscription for higher traffic. Why don’t you try again the next day? :)


I put a lot of time and love into the Bullet-Journal template, if you want to buy me a coffee for it, you can do it here:

PayPal Support Page (by clicking on this link you leave my page and you are redirected to PayPal)

I would be very happy about it, but of course, it is not a must :). Feel free to leave feedback and ideas for improvement here as comments under the article or just write me an email.

Have fun designing your Bullet Journal! :)

Lot's of love,

62 thoughts on “Calendar / Bullet journal 2019 [Free digital notebook template]”

  • Hey, i have one question. If I open the zip on my iPad it opens Dropbox but says I need to open the file on a computer. But I need it on my iPad. Is there a trick? Behind?
    I really like your bullet journal on GoodNotes and would be sad if it doesn’t work.

    • Dear Sophie,
      you have to click on the three points in the top right corner and select direct download of the zip file. There is always a option to download the complete file without a computer but sometimes it is a bit hidden and depends on your device or if you open it in the Dropbox app or on the website. :)

  • This is amazing! So stoked on your design! I was just starting to modify 2018 for next year but discovered your updated link for 2019. Thanks

  • So I have downloaded it but there are some questions I have,
    1. How do I customize the journal, when I downloaded it, it all came in form of one notebook and I would like to choose the cover, etc.
    2. Is there a possible way to make the week from Sunday instead of Monday?
    Thank you for the amazing digital bullet journal.

    • Dear Shaikha,
      if you opened it in GoodNotes you should have the possibility to move or erase most parts of the notebook with the dragging tool. This is because I made all the content inside GoodNotes. Unfortunately it is not possible to change the hyperlinks because you can’t create them in GoodNotes but have to import them as a pdf file. For a different cover you can either delete the ones you don’t like and drag the cover you want to be the first page. Also you can import your own cover in GoodNotes. Just import a picture as a new page and make It the first page. If you don’t like the typo of my covers for example, just select the text and change it.
      For your second question: Unfortunately this is not that easy, what you could do is to move every date in the monthly overview and the weekly pages once to change the weeks but this is a lot of work and maybe it is easier to use a different Planner then :). I hope this helped! :)

  • I love anolog, but I’ve been slowly transferring to digital to cut down on my paper consumption. Thank you for sharing your template and for the inspiration.

    • That’s great! I also love the feeling on writing on analog paper but the function to search the own handwriting and the accessibility as I always carry around a mobile device and don’t have documents or notebooks with me all time. :) I wish you good luck on your journey to going paperless! :)

  • Hi Julia, Thank you very much for your great work :)
    There is your planner in german? Or there's a maybe tutorials, as one such a planner, including. Links of the tabs, can create yourself. Google has so far not further can help me :/
    Kind regards, Antje

    • Dear Antje,
      Unfortunately, I have it this year not on German brought out because the demand is still quite low currently then and the effort for this rather large, I note that me but for next year :).
      If you are using the file in GoodNotes, can you simply erase the English words and write down your own.
      I have the basic framework of the Scheduler (Background and links all manually entered) created with keynote, explains about like this ( After I've manually created the complete caption in GoodNotes. This way you can move everything or erase it but also a significant overhead compared to complete create in keynote. (You can create other apps for the use verlinkbarer apps)
      I hope this will help you a bit!
      Liebe Grüße
      Julia :)

  • Thanks !! Took me a while to figure out thatI would need to press the crossed out pen to follow the links. Once I figured it what brilliant. So thank you again

  • Hi Julia,
    Got experience with non-apple products and handwriting recognition? There s pen what for the Samsung? Find your template class!
    LG Julia

    • Dear Julia,
      in fact, I use an iPad for years (before an iPad mini) and have little experience with other pins, except for the testing in the shop. An app, the handwriting recognition works very well is OneNote, She are there for multiple platforms. Maybe you try to, I don't have a different tip unfortunately currently still. When importing the PDF IOS no documents can be but when I open, they are larger than 50 mb. If you know a good app for that, Let love! :)
      Liebe Grüße

  • Hi Julia,

    Wow, Thank you for this template and respect for all the work! The links are what really I like it, This is just totally well thought-out!
    What's wrong with me personally, in the small calendar is bottom right, a marker in what week I am. I have now even in each week with the marker display, wanted to leave but as a suggestion's :-)
    Many greetings, Jessica

  • Hi Julia,

    I’m new to Bullet Journalling and have not used custom templates in GoodNotes yet. I save the zip to my DropBox, as well as an unarchived folder of the files, but when I try to import them into GoodNotes, it does not allow me to select them. I have not had much luck finding a solution searching this issue. I’m excited to use your templates, I’m just not sure how to import them into my iPad app.
    Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer.
    Much appreciated, Josh

    • Hey Josh,
      Sorry for my late answer!
      To open the file you have to choose the “closed” an not yet unpacked zip-File in your Dropbox. On the top right should be three dots, when you tap on them, choose “export” and then “copy to GoodNotes. If there is no GoodNotes icon to see, swipe to the right, click on “more” and select GoodNotes.
      You can also just open the link directly on the iPad and choose “to the website” on the bottom of the page. Now you should see the three dots on the upper right. If you tap on them you can choose “direct download” and then iOS asks you with which app you want to open it (select Goodnotes).
      I hope this helps! If you have further questions, feel free to ask me.
      Julia :)

  • I downloaded the ZIP file in dropbox. I'm sure some un, how these files or this file on my iPad and how in GoodNotes.
    A reply would extremely pleased.

    • Dear Eleneki,
      if you have it already in your dropbox you can select the three points next to the file name and select export. Now you can select GoodNotes as App to open it. :) If you want to import it from the download link above, I just added a small instruction how to import the file to GoodNotes. :) I hope this helps :)
      Julia :)

    • Hello my friend,

      I have now done a lot of research on the Internet and discovered various offers for a lot of money. That was for me after all (for digital and every year again) Too much! That's why I looked, how to do it yourself. Basically possible, but at the moment I simply lack the time to do so, because it's already a lot of work, just, when you first have to muddle in. Short and concise: I couldn't believe it, that you make it available for free. This calendar will now make my IPad the perfect companion and I will try it directly at home later. I will be happy to give you two coffees :) Please continue to do so…

      P.S.: An English version is of course sufficient, but a German version is also beautiful :)

      GlG Sarah

  • Thank you so much! This is lovely and I appreciate your hard work. I really like the simple design and only added my own year at a glance page. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much for this template! It Is very wonderful and I really appreciate your sharing it.
    It I has saved me so much hassle in trying to create it all myself and helped me move from my paper journal to a digital planner :)

    I was wondering how I can link the pages to each segment? I am not super used to using goodnotes yet

    Thank you again!

    • Hey Charlotte, thanks for your comment, I am glad that you enjoy it and that it helps you to start your digital journey! :)
      Can you maybe explain, what you mean with “link the pages to each segment”? :)

  • Hey Julia, Thanks for this great template! I can hardly wait, to fill in :) Now I have just one question: I wanted to copy a logo on the side of the sticker and replace it on another page. When I select the logo but with the Lasso tool, then I can only “Screenshot” Select, other options such as “copy” do not come unfortunately :(
    Do have idea randomly ne, What that could be?

    Lots of love!

    • P.S. It affects only the calligraphy lettering, everything else works.
      And machining yesterday another question in the sense I got: Is there a way, To add pages with the links? I'd like a page: E.g. more in the January-, When you have inserted. If I want to add a page but, then Goodnotes created me just a normal page without links at the right edge at the point :(

      Favorite greetings!

      • Hello Sarah dear,
        I am pleased, like my template! :)
        First you have to specifically download the version for GoodNotes, Since only the stickers as image files are stored. Otherwise it can be, you need to change the properties of the Lasso, to do this you can simply tap on the Lasso and then “Pictures”enable. It works then?
        You can not manually add unfortunately hyperlinks, You can add a new page of January but by you one the old January pages in the browser (the four small boxes above) Select and click “Copy” Press. Now you can make them in the desired position (with the + Insert characters into the main window again and (If she was already described) just delete the content. This is also the reason, why I inserted the many templates in every month, duplicate so that you it as you like (so copy and paste) can. :) Pure copying a page, the hyperlinks are preserved. Let me love, If everything got worked out, or you have any further questions. :)

        Lots of love
        Julia :)

        • Oh ja, Thank you! All the tips have worked :)
          Have looked not on it, What was the Lasso.
          Thank you for the quick and helpful answer!

  • Hadidi Julia, I have the file with lines in GoodNotes 5 downloaded. I can see the register and also the lines at the Miniatureansicht.
    I open up the page but, the lines are gone and the register with the months. It worked on the first try, then no longer.
    It gets you an idea? Regards Angela

    • Hi Angela,

      Phew, This is a difficult question. Are you using GoodNotes 4 or GoodNotes 5? :) The pages are then completely empty or only the style and the content still remains?
      There is currently still a bug where backgrounds are not properly imported when GN5 (what you find here some information, What more PDF refers to it and should be fixed with the latest update. :)
      Send a screenshot to my E-mail me also if you like, then I can imagine better and think maybe a solution. :)

      Greetings and a nice weekend
      Julia :)

      • Hi Julia, newly downloaded the update and it works. Thank you for the quick response and especially the super great template!
        LG Angela

  • Hi Julia,
    A class layout, many thanks! Unbelievable how much trouble you've given friends. I also like, that you have decided for an English layout. I'm writing for some reason always my thoughts most in English.
    I am GoodNotes user for many years and wanted to start journaling now, but came as a result of the barren filthy default layout not in drive. And dedicated apps do not support the Apple pencil or demand for money. It should be but definitely a handwritten Jornal!
    Therefore, you have saved the day here, Thank you so much! :)

    • Hello Marius,
      many thanks! Great, that you like the planner and you can write down your thoughts even in the right language. :)
      I also find, that a handwritten journal simply combines the best of both worlds and you can still be much more creative than with normal calendar apps :).

  • I’m using your templates for the entire 2019 and I’m sooooo happy about them, this template is really helping me out a lot, you have no idea! At the beginning I choose the dotted version because of the monthly calendar set up, but now? I wish those two were combined I wish I had the monthly spread from dotted one and the weekly one from lines one, I still love it regardless. I love that you added the template pages at the end of each month, it lets me be creative and make spreads that I need.
    Also may I ask where you made the templates? I mean what apps you used to create it, I kinda hope to create one myself entirely one day so I can add more hyperlinks where I need more of them
    Ps. Thank you for making my life easier <3

    • Hey Alex!
      That’s awesome! Thanks for you great feedback, I am glad that you can use it to be creative. With the new planner for 2020 I actually made all combinations of monthly and weekly planners, so I hope it also got the right one for you! :)
      I make my templates with keynote (for the layout and the hyperlinks) and GoodNotes (for the movable parts). There are many videos on Youtube now, so I am sure you can create your own, too! :)

  • Thank you for your sharing :) so, i have one question. if you don’t mind, please tell me names of font that used with your post and gif(sticker). thank you!

  • Hello! First off thank you for making this! I had a question: are the months clickable? I’ve seen so many videos of users able to click and easily go from month to month without having to scroll and flip through page after page to get to the correct date. Any help please?

    • Thank you Dave! Yes this is possible, to use it you have to get the App GoodNotes. Then download the GoodNotes Version and import it into the app. To access the hyperlinks (on the right side and the monthly overviews) you then have to select the „don’t write“ mode in GoodNotes. Now you can simply click on each hyperlink to access the right page. To write you have to select the „writing mode“ again. :)
      Hope this helped, otherwise feel free to ask again! :)

  • Really great job you made friends there. I'm looking for years for such a possibility, never came on the implementation. Some companies offer the concept now also for sale, your calendar is just as large and just very lovingly designed and beautiful. A lot of, Thanks for your work and provide!

  • Hi. Thank you for putting effort to build this amazing digital planner :-)

    Do you have Landscape version? Thanks

    • Dear Jack, unfortunately not, because each version means a lot of work and time and I only own a small iPad (as you can see on the pictures), so it is hard to me to find the right proportions for a landscape version. On my iPad, everything would be way to small. Maybe in the future I will create a landscape version too, but I can’t tell right now :).

  • I don’t have enough words to express how grateful I am. You are such an amazing person and every second you spent doing this, I promise that you will be rewarded. Thank you so much., The world needs more people like you.

  • Hi Julia, you are so awesome! A lot of, Thank you for this great work! Doing the work twice as much fun! :-)
    I have still a question. This may be but perhaps because, I'm by NotesPlus on GoodNotes just, and must navigate me yet with all the functions. Is it also possible, to convert the calendar from a portrait in a landscape? You can rotate the iPad, I know :-) , but you can set it as a landscape and and to work there is no place left and right lost.
    Again all thanks a lot for your super calendar and also support, which you enable all of us! Kudos!

    • Hallo Carmen, many thanks, freut mich sehr, like the Scheduler! Zu deiner Frage: Momentan geht das meines Wissens leider nicht, das wäre aber ein tolles Feature, wenn man quasi zwei Seiten auf einmal anzeigen lassen kann. Aktuell habe ich leider nur Planer im Hochformat, since versions in landscape format is connected again with a lot of time and unfortunately i don't have so much left of them because of my university and part-time job. However, if I ever use a larger iPad, it may well be, that I will also create Landscape Calendar :)

  • Thank you very much for the great calendar. I just bought an iPad and now I want to try it out, whether the digital calendar is enough for me or whether I prefer to write in a real planner.
    Liebe Grüße

  • Hi Julia,

    here you have really presented a lot of useful tips and app recommendations.

    I have been working largely paperless for years, although predominantly on the desktop PC and notebook. I manage the files with Office and the Cloud OneDrive. OneDrive is also used on the smartphone. I haven't tried only handwritten notes, since I will take a closer look at one or the other tip from you and try it out. The pen selection is always available with additional costs (as with the Apple Pencil) or connected to the purchase of a new smartphone.. Currently, only Samsung's Note range would be an alternative.

    Many greetings

    • Hello Sladjan,
      many thanks! That's right with the extra cost of a digital pen, but I use it so often, that it helps my tablet to a whole new purpose! By the way, I can also recommend cheap touch pens for one or two euros to try out, for example, which, mounted on ballpoint pens at the back. Of course, these are not comparable to expensive models, but you can try out the concept of digital co-writing. I did it with my iPad mini and it was enough to try it out :). Many greetings!

  • Hi Julia,
    Madness, what work you did to yourself !
    I would like to create my own templates, but I haven't found anything yet, how to create hyperlinks to jump between pages in goodnotes ? Is there a tutorial or a manual ? Many greetings!

    • Hallo Michael,
      in GoodNotes selbst kann man leider keine Hyperlinks erstellen. Du musst also zunächst eine PDF mit Hyperlinks erstellen (e.g.. mit Keynote, PowerPoint, etc.) und diese anschließend in GoodNotes importieren. Daher kann man leider auch keine Links nachträglich hinzufügen. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube, It's best to enter Digital Planner Keynote. :)
      Many greetings!

  • Trying out journaling this year and came across your site, thanks for the links.

    FYI, you’ve hyperlinked [] instead of [] for your 2020 template above.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.