Bullet journal on the iPad with GoodNotes [Tech]
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Do you want the new, better version of my bullet journal for 2018? Please click on this link to get to my new article: Bullet journal 2018.
Today’s article is about my bullet journal on my tablet! I also got some free templates (good notes and pdf files, so you can use it on every device and in every app) for you, as an early chrismas present. :)
What’s a bullet journal and what is the difference to a normal calendar?
Normally you only need two things to create a bullet journal: A notebook and a pencil! You start with some pages for an index and begin to write. Different tasks get different symbols and get checked off or filled. It is a mix between a diary, a to-do list, a calendar and collections, like favorite films, books or places you want to visit.
The difference to a normal calendar is having collections and that there are no boxes for every day, so each day gets as much space as it needs.
To see how it works in detail, just look google it or visit these sites:
Basically you could think that such a digital template is not that great. The idea of a bullet journal is to get away from all the typed to-do lists on your device and to get back to the roots with a good old notebook and pen. But for me this solution is just perfect. I can search for anything in my calendar, copy text, switch pages, insert new pages in the middle and I have my digital notebook with me all the time, because it syncs with my mobile phone. I also did a template for the next year because I don’t like doing these monthly overviews over the year because often I have no time to create them when I need them. :)
What is the structure of my bullet journal?
My personal bullet journal starts with my collections, then there are my half year overviews, my monthly overview and then my daily log and my food log. Normally I put the daily logs in the end, so I can find them very fast, but in the templates I put them behind every month to make it more clear. This is the way I used it last year and it worked great. :)
Which app do I use for my digital notebook / calendar?
I use GoodNotes for some years now, for my private and lecture notes. As my course is mainly control engineering, the biggest part of my university notes are formulas and taking handwritten notes is essential if you don’t want to use latex. GoodNotes has a great handwriting recognition, so it automatically converts your text but still shows your handwriting, making it searchable.
I prefer a handwritten calendar because it gives me the feeling of an analog notebook.
Overall I love GoodNotes and it is the best notebook-app, even though there could be some improvements, like clickable links. It has a desktop app for MacOs, too, that helps you edit your documents even faster. Unfortunately it doesn’t always sync properly and fasst. I also used NotesPlus for some time and liked it, free alternatives are One Note or Nebo. To see the following slideshow, with some features of GoodNotes and some pages of the bullet journal template, please visit the german version of this article (delete the /en part of the website-link or click on the flag symbol in the left upper corner) .
Which tablet do you use?
I started years ago with the first iPad Mini and did my transcripts for university with it. I used the zoom-function of Goodnotes with my adonit jot pro and sometimes with a bamboo stylus.
Nevertheless I used a pen and paper to learn and to solve calculuses because I memorize a lot while writing and often lost the overview over the whole page because of the small display and the big zoom-window. After four years my iPad got slower and slower and I decided to buy a new one, the iPad pro 9.7’’. The apple pencil is incredibly accurate and has no noticeable latency and with the bigger screen it is easy to write on A5 without any zoom. This raised my work to the next level! The apple pencil is also pressure-sensitive and is also great for doing hand lettering on procreate (I made the headers in this app with the brushes “paper” and “charcoal” from halfapx.com) or pixelmator.
If you consider to turn your analog notes into digital ones I would recommend you to try it with a cheap stylus for some euro at first, just to make sure, that you like taking digital notes.
Which templates can I download?
I made two different notebook templates in two styles. One minimalistic version with bold letters and one hand lettered headings. Both versions are available for mobile usage and for iPad (in GoodNotes, with some opened Tabs).
Just click on the preview to download it as a GoodNote or PDF file (also for other devices and apps).
You can find the new, improved bullet journal template for 2018 here:
Two Column Lined / Two columns lined: Tablet
I hope you enjoy the templates, just get creative! For inspiration, just google „bullet journal“ or search for it on pinterest, there are so many great ideas and layouts out there for it!
If you use your calendar it would be great to see your screenshots on #tiobulletjournal!
All templates are free to download but if you like my work, I would be happy about a small donation. Buy me a coffee via PayPal:
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