Digital Calendar 2020 [Free download]
The PLANNER 2021 is now online -> Digital Planner 2021
Hello my friend!
This year was so busy and so many things happened, that it was very quiet on the blog. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t like to hide my yearly digital planner from you! :)
Since I have received so much motivating feedback and requests about a new calendar for 2020, I decided to invest the time and to release a planner again.
What's new at Digital Planner 2020?
Due to your feedback, there have been some changes in this year’s version. Away from a “notebook” bullet journal to a calendar. In the last versions I wrote the font myself in GoodNotes and copied it to the right places. One of the advantages was the possibility to remove everything and arrange it yourself, but the downside of erasing a date or other important information from time to time during normal use. This was one of the frequently requested improvements.
So I thought about at which point it is essential for me to move or remove content. Personally, I usually only change the weekly overviews of my calendar, because some days are more busy and others more relaxed. So I wanted to keep this feature. In the monthly overviews I only use the links but prefer not to move or remove anything. So this calendar is half customizable, you can change the versions with lined weekly overviews in GoodNotes by moving the grey blocks and days of the week.
By the way: If you prefer the old planner with my handwriting, you can simply download the calendar from last year and move the data. Even the stickers from the last versions and overviews like “Travel”, “Habit Tracker”, etc. I didn’t insert them again this time, but the old files from 2018 and 2019 are still online, so you can simply download it (if you haven’t already) and then copy the stickers or overviews into the new calendar.
Here you can download the different versions, enjoy them! (By clicking on the download links, you leave this website and you are redirected to dropbox.)
Choose between a monthly overview with lines or table design and a weekly overview with lines or boxes:
Unfortunately my dropbox files were banned because of too many downloads, the new planner for 2021 is therefore available on Etsy!
Goodnotes download links
|Month Lines||Week Lines (editable)||Digital Planner 2020 Download (GoodNotes File)(v3/30.12)|
|Month Table||Week Lines (editable)||Digital Planner 2020 Download (GoodNotes File)(v3/30.12)|
|Month Lines||Week Boxes||Digital Planner 2020 Download (v3/30.12)|
|Month Table||Week Boxes||Digital Planner 2020 Download (v3/30.12)|
PDF download links
|Month Lines||Week Lines||Digital Planner 2020 Download (PDF)(v3/30.12)|
|Month Table||Week Lines||Digital Planner 2020 Download (PDF)(v3/30.12)|
|Month Lines||Week Boxes||Digital Planner 2020 Download (PDF) (v3/30.12)|
|Month Table||Week Boxes||Digital Planner 2020 Download (PDF) (v3/30.12)|
Changelog: (v2/10.12) Changed wrong weekday, (v3/30.12) changed wrong last tab that should be blanc
At the end of this article you will find a FAQ about the digital calendar! You can get the download links for the planner with editable links for other apps (beta) there as well.
I invest a lot of time and love into my calendars and bullet journal templates every year, if you want to buy me a cup of coffee, you can do it here:
Many thanks to everybody who gave me a coffee last year, that made me amazingly happy! :)
Leave feedback and ideas for improvement here as a comment under the article.
I hope you have a lot of fun with the calendar and a great year 2020! :)
Lot's of love,
Which device do I need to use the planner?
In general, this works with every app and with every tablet and a digital pen and even with your computer, smartphone or . Below I have both a version for GoodNotes for iPad and a PDF file for each device and app that can read a PDF file. The only advantage of GoodNotes by using this template is that the versions with the lined weekly overviews can be changed.
Can I use the planner with a different app than GoodNotes?
You can use all PDF downloads with any other notebook app. If the app supports hyperlinks, these will also work. Only the dragging in the two lined versions is not possible, I therefore have two experimental beta download links for editable PDFs. I tried this with several apps (Notability, NotesPlus, Zoomnotes, Documents,... ) and it is seldom fully imported. But they work fine in the preview app on the Mac. If they don’t work in your favorite notebook app, just download the normal PDF version from the downloads above.
How do I use Hyperlinks in GoodNotes
To use the hyperlinks in GoodNotes, you have to activate the “Read” tool, i.e. the symbol with the crossed out pencil. This is the only way to jump between the pages with links.
How do I move and rearrange the days of the week?
Have you downloaded one of the versions with a lined weekly overview as a .goodnotes file? Now you can select the days of the week and the grey bar in the weekly overview with the lasso tool and move or even delete them.
With other apps this might work with the experimental download as well, as explained above under “Can I use the planner with another app than GoodNotes?”.
Can I use the calendar as a classic bullet journal?
If you want to use the calendar as a traditional bullet journal and for instance only use the monthly overviews, you can simply delete the weekly overviews and copy and paste blank or lined pages, which are located after each month and at the end of the calendar. The links on the page will not change, so you can still jump from month to month. Let your creativity blossom! :)
If you want to change the months completely, you can use a template from the last years and erase and replace the old dates. :)
Unfortunately not yet, but you can ” switch” the planner to landscape format with a little trick. To do so, simply rotate the iPad to landscape format, open the calendar in a new window and then open the planner in both GoodNotes windows opened side by side. The only problem are the month tabs, which are both on the right side.
Oh no, the download isn’t working!
If the link does not work for a short time, Please be patient, then I have to upgrade my dropbox subscription for higher traffic. Best you try it again the next day. If it still doesn’t work, feel free to comment under this article! :)
Why is it a good idea to use a planner or bullet journal digitally?
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.
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.
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 insert your own photos.
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.
Why do I use GoodNotes and not another app with the digital calendar?
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 and I don’t find the handling and the search function as intuitive as with GoodNotes. With GoodNotes5 a lot of great features have been added, only two are still missing: Copying to the exact same place, which would make the work on the planners a lot easier and a possibility to decide which files are stored in the iCloud and which are not. For this reason I use GoodNotes5 with iCloud in the Uni, for the work for data protection reasons Notability without cloud.