Free Digital Planner (2023)

Today I want to share with you a free digital planner for 2023.

As you may already know, I’m always all about exploring new planning tools.

And while I played a little bit with digital planning free tools last year, I think there’s still a lot to discover.

In fact, the previous year showed me the multiple benefits of working with different time management products.

For example, I can’t live without my bullet journal when I’m struggling with a racing mind.

In other words, bullet journaling is great for decluttering my thoughts.

Also, keeping a simple notebook allows me to be creative by decorating bullet journal pages with doodles, fonts, headings, etc.

On the other hand, 2023 planner printables work amazingly as a quick planning tool (as well as 2022 planner printables).

Basically, it’s a great way to schedule your month, week, or day without having to create all of these bujo layouts or spreads.

Along with these, using free digital planners has a lot of benefits as well.

Firstly, it’s definitely more portable.

Secondly, you can get one undated planner and use it over and over again.

Thirdly, you’re able to customize your digital planner templates.

Although I consider myself a “pen and paper” kind of planner nerd, I’m really looking forward to starting a digital planner.

2023 free digital planner

With this in mind, I created a free digital planner for 2023.

This free digital planner download includes the following pages:

  • yearly overview
  • monthly layout
  • weekly layout
  • daily schedule
  • habit tracker
  • weekly fitness layout
  • budget pages
  • goals pages
  • notes
  • to-do list
  • custom sections

So without further ado, let’s dive right in.

What Is A Digital Planner

In case you’re not familiar with a digital planner, it’s a pdf with hyperlinked tabs.

Similar to a regular planner, hyperlinked tabs allow you to navigate throughout the planner with ease.

How To Start Digital Planning

Unlike getting started with a bullet journal, you can begin your digital planning free adventure within a few minutes.

First and foremost check out if you have digital planner tools.

Tools You Need For A Free Digital Planner

Because your planner comes in a digital form, you need three tools in order to use it.

A Tablet / An iPad

Definitely, I’m not an expert when it comes to electronic devices.

Personally, I use an iPad Pro 12,9’’ from 2018 and it works great.

However, if I had to buy it again, I’d probably get a smaller one. 

Digital Pencil

Along with a tablet or an iPad, you want to get a Stylus.

Although I think you can use the iPad planner free template without it, there’s no need to complicate your life.

Again, check out other digital planner nerds’ opinions before you get one for yourself.

For example, I use an Apple pencil and I love it.

By the way, if you want to upgrade your digital pencil experience, get a silicone cover. 

Note Taking App

When it comes to note-taking apps, feel free to choose between the following apps:

Apple

  • Noteshelf
  • Notability

Android

  • Noteshlef
  • Xodo

For example, I decided to purchase a GoodNotes app.

Not only you can find plenty of tutorials online, but also there’re a lot of cool digital planning tips and tricks.

With this in mind, I designed this 2023 free digital planner for GoodNotes.

However, it’s a pdf file so you should be able to use it on other note-taking apps.

A Digital Planner

Now, when you get all the digital planning tools you need, it’s time to choose a digital planner.

Definitely, you can find a lot of different 2023 digital planners.

For instance:

  • portrait vs landscape 
  • dated vs undated
  • Sunday start vs Monday start
  • one page vs two pages

Along with these, digital planners come with a bunch of different designs.

For instance, minimalist black and white or playful pastel tones.

Last but not least, a digital planner may or may not include some of the planner collections ( for instance, meal planners, habit trackers, fitness trackers, etc).

With this in mind, always read exactly what a digital planner includes.

Definitely, I highly recommend watching the flip-through videos.

In case you’re wondering what a digital planner should include, there’s a simple answer.

The ideal digital planner should fit your lifestyle.

However, remember that you can keep more than one planner on your iPad.

For this reason, feel free to get a separate digital planner for your college life, Etsy shop, or fitness journey.

Free Digital Planner 2023

In case you want to try digital planning is for you, I share with you a free GoodNotes digital planner with hyperlinked tabs.

This free GoodNotes planner includes the following one-page templates:

Free Digital Planner Yearly Overview

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Monthly Planner Templates For GoodNotes

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GoodNotes Weekly Planner Template

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GoodNotes Daily Planner Template

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Habit Tracker Template

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GoodNotes Weekly Health Planner Template

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Free Digital Planner Budget Pages

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Free Digital Planner Goals Pages

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GoodNotes Planner Templates For Notes, To-Do List, and Custom Sections

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Also, you’ll get a 2022 version of the free digital planner.

Download Your Free Digital Planner Here

GET YOUR 2023 FREE DIGITAL PLANNER!

Firstly, you need to sign up for my email list.

Then you’ll receive a link to Dropbox, where you can download your free digital planner.

By the way, there’s no need to set up a Dropbox account.

You can easily download your pdf file without signing up (the download button is in the upper left corner).

Also, this planner is a Pdf digital download with hyperlinks.

Basically, it was designed to be used in note-making apps like Goodnotes or Noteshelf.

For this reason, you need a tablet that you can write on with a stylus such as the Apple pencil.

Obviously, the apps, a tablet, and a stylus are not included.

Moreover, all GoodNotes tutorials please find below.

How Does Digital Planning Work

Firstly, you have to download your digital planner to the note-taking app.

As I mentioned before, I’ve only been using GoodNotes.

For this reason, I share with you basic tutorials for this app.

However, I assume other note-taking apps work similarly.

How To Use The GoodNotes App

Undoubtedly, using a digital planner allows you to organize it according to your taste.

In other words, you’re able to copy, add, move and delete pages as many times as you want.

For instance, feel free to delete unnecessary weekly pages so you don’t feel behind.

Below please find basic GoodNotes tutorials that will help you to start digital planning with ease.

How To Download A Free Digital Planner To GoodNotes

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1. Download your free digital planner pdf file from Dropbox. The planner will be opened in the Files App of your iPad.

2. In the Files App, click on the file that you want to open.

3. Once it opens, click the Share Icon in the top right corner. Select GoodNotes.

4. Pick a location and click the import button.

How To Click The Tabs

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For the tabs to work, you need to be in the Read-Only mode.

The pencil icon, located at the top bar, is transparent.

This mode allows you to flip through the pages in full-screen mode.

However, it doesn’t let you write, etc.

How To Write

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In order to write on your free digital planner templates, you need to deselect the Read-Only mode by clicking a pencil icon.

The pencil icon is crossed out.

This mode allows you to write, etc.

How To Duplicate Page

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1. Tap the four-square icon in the top left corner to enter the thumbnail view.

2. Open a drop-down menu.

3. Click Close.

4. Pick a location and click the import button.

How To Copy Pages

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1. Tap the four-square icon in the top left corner to enter the thumbnail view.

2. Click Select.

3. Select pages you want to copy.

4. Click Copy.

5. Click Done.

6. Open a drop-down menu by clicking the icon next to the page where you want to place copied pages.

7. Choose if you want to add these pages before or after.

8. Select Paste Pages.

9. Click Close.

How To Rearrange Pages

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1. Go to the page you want to move. Tap the four-square icon in the top left corner to enter the thumbnail view.

2. Tap and hold the page you want to rearrange. Move it to where you want.

3. Select Close.

How To Delete Pages

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1. Tap the four-square icon in the top left corner to enter the thumbnail view.

2. Open a drop-down menu.

3. Select Move to Trash.

4. Click Close.

Free Digital Planner Goodnotes Tips and Tricks

How To Turn The Handwords Into A Font?

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On the other hand, this GoodNotes feature speeds the writing process.

Instead of slowly typing letters one by one from the keyboard, you’re able to turn your handwriting into a font.

1. Write text by hand. Use a lasso tool to mark the part you want to turn into a font.

2. Tap on it and select Convert.

3. Select the icon with an arrow in the upper right corner.

4. Click Copy.

5. Tap anywhere and select Paste.

6. Fit and move the text to the place of your choice.

How To Change Color Of Text?

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Another cool feature that allows you to play with text is changing its color.

Also, the best part is that this feature works both with typed and handwriting text.

1. Use a lasso tool to loop your text.

2. Tap on it and select Color.

3. Choose your color.

How To Add Shadow To Handwriting?

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The next GoodNotes trick is to add shadow to your handwriting text.

Definitely, it makes your text pop out.

1. Select the writing tool and choose a color for the shadow.

2. Write text and loop it with a lasso tool.

3. Click Copy.

4. Click Paste.

5. Again loop the text.

6. Choose a color for the main text.

7. Then move the text over the previously created “shadow”.

How To Create Custom Highlighter Color Palette

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Last but not least, you can create your own custom highlighter color palette.

1. Click on the highlighter icon and then on the circle with the currently selected color.

2. Click Custom.

3. Select a new color from the palette.

4. Click Add to Presets

How To Erase Highlighter Only?

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1. Click on the eraser icon. Select “Erase Highlighter Only”.

Split View

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This GoodNotes feature allows you to open two documents side-by-side.

Or even more – you can write in two different templates within the same GoodNotes planner at the same time.

It’s so useful for planning your daily schedule while still having your weekly planner open.

Adding Links

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Now you can also add links to your digital planner. 

1. Select your text.

2. Then choose “Link”.

3. Add your link.

How To Make Straight Lines?

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1. Select the shapes tool.

Free Digital Planner Stickers

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Definitely, my favorite way to decorate a digital planner is by adding stickers.

Basically, there is a lot of option to choose from.

For example, including Christmas stickers you decorate your digital GoodNotes planner for the holiday season.

Moreover, you can add a reminder sticker to highlight important things to do.

Last but not least, a motivational quote sticker works great as a part of your daily schedule.

Free Digital Planner – Final Thoughts

Undoubtedly, a digital planner is such a fun option to try out.

Furthermore, it’s so easy to include it in your daily routine.

For example, you wake up and make a coffee.

Then, after watching your favorite vlogs on iPad, you check out today’s schedule.

Then you put your tablet in a school bag.

As a result, during the classes, you’re able to plan out the next project in a digital planner.

Also, after school, you go to work.

Again, you have still access to the work to-do list, important contacts, etc.

Then you go to the gym. 

Basically, with a fitness digital planner, you know exactly what to do.

As you see, digital planning is a great solution if your daily schedule is pretty hectic.

Furthermore carrying all of the planners, notebooks, and writing supplies in your bag is hurtful.

Also, the idea of getting rid of paper clutter could be really tempting.

Additionally, let’s not forget about the fear of messing up with pricey bullet journal paper pages.

In this case, undo button is your best friend.

Speaking of being pricey, think about all of the Mikron pen sets, and Tombow brush pens you’d need to buy.

Undoubtedly, a digital planner is definitely an affordable option.

So feel free to download my free digital planner for 2023 and give digital planning a try.

Happy planning!

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