Calendar and Bullet Journal 2019 [Free digital notebook template]

 

NEW FREE DIGITAL PLANNER 2019: NOW WITH HYPERLINKS! GO DIRECTLY TO THE DOWNLOAD-LINK 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...
  • ...plus 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.

 

Customization

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.

 

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)

 

 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,



23 thoughts on “Calendar and 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 (https://lifeismessyandbrilliant.com/how-to-make-a-digital-planner-with-hyperlinks/). 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
      Julia

  • 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 :)

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