For years I had a planner of some sort with me wherever I went. The teachers at one school at which I taught took training in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, so we all purchased Franklin-Covey planners faithfully every year. That was in addition to our teacher planners. We were planaholics.
Later, I moved my lesson planning to my class website and put important information on my smart phone which would beep at me when it was time to meet with a parent, turn in grades, or chaperone a dance.
As a journalism teacher, I was always playing around with Photoshop and loved experimenting with photographs and design. When I retired I missed that aspect of the job a lot.
But I was still a planner at heart. Even though our routine on the farm is pretty much the same from day to day, there are big family events. Who is going to bring what? What time do we eat? Will we be home before dark? I have to think about all those things. And there are the nasty chores like cleaning the goat shed that no one wants to do, so we almost have to schedule them so that someone will take care of it.
So when I stumbled onto some groups on Facebook that were into planners, and not just that, they were doing all kinds of cool and creative things to them, I got really excited.
I joined the groups, and I learned how to make printable, downloadable stickers and we all shared what we had made, and I had an amazing time doing that. And I still quite often pull out my paper planner and jazz it up a bit. It's great therapy when I'm feeling blue or the weather is yucky.
But then one day a post came across my feed about a new way to do creative planning--using my iPad! Wow! And I could decorate this planner with the very same stickers I had been making for the paper planner! Double wow! It didn't take me long to join in.
So this blog is to introduce you to creative digital planning.
There is so much to talk about and show you, so I've got to break it down into bits, and sometimes that's hard for me. I tend to go on and on and on.
So I'll end this post by saying that there is a lot more to come. The picture at the top of the page is an example of pages done in the Seriously Simple Digital Planner™, an app that works inside another app on my iPad. It also works with Android and Windows tablets, but more about that later.