6th Nov, 2023
Using a digital planner is on the rise, and what better device to use than an iPad. Use a range of planner apps for the iPad to boost iPad productivity, and reduce the need for paper.
Planner apps for the iPad are slowly growing, with more people turning towards the paperless movement, using an iPad to plan, journal and write lists is a great idea.
Here's a quick summary of the iPad productivity apps for planning we have inside this list.
The planner apps listed above are in no particular order, however, all can fill a different kind of need. From creative bullet journaling with stickers and tables to a more structured way of organising your notes, plans and journal entries.
Zinnia is almost a one-of-a-kind application in terms of it being as close to a bullet journal as possible. With Zinnia, you can use all the creative add-ons you would usually stick inside a paper journal. For example, you can use a range of stickers, washi tape and add images.
Zinnia also comes with lots of templates and full journal templates ready for you to get started. You can plan your days with downloadable calendar templates, or create your own. You can also download or create habit trackers too.
Overall, Zinnia is great for anyone who wants to replace the paper bullet journal for a digital planner that syncs with other devices. It allows you to keep that element of creativity too.
Here are a few key features of Zinnia you might like if you're into bullet journaling.
Goodnotes is another free space digital planner app great for iPad users. You can download PDFs to annotate or download them online to create ready-made journals and workbooks. Lots of people create and sell digital planners specifically for Goodnotes.
Goodnotes 6 now uses AI to assist with writing. This works with both typing and handwriting. It can suggest words or spellcheck when you have written something wrong. This helps speed up note-taking and planning without the need to go back and check.
Students love to use Goodnotes to download notes and plan to help organise their time studying. You can of course just use Goodnotes as an empty planner space to journal, draw and create.
Goodnotes has many great features thanks to its recent upgrade to Goodnotes 6 with AI.
Notability is very much like Goodnotes, it's another planning, PDF, drawing and handwriting tool for all note-taking needs. It's especially well used by students, teachers, and professionals to create and share their notes with others.
You can also download templates or create your own planner here with Notability, but to differ from Goodnotes, it is more widely used for note-taking, studying and presenting ideas. You can also present notes with a secret side note to help with what to say.
Notability also has features to record audio, perfect for studying and taking notes, you can also download add-ons to help with specific needs like handwriting recognition and math.
Take a look at the Notability gallery to see how others have used the app.
Notability is a really useful app for taking notes, planning, presenting ideas and more.
Notion is well known for using it on a desktop, but you can also use Notion on an iPad to plan and organise your time. Notion differs from Goodnotes, Zinnia and Notability because it allows for more structure. You can create a more in-depth workspace with Notion.
To use Notion for planning you can create different areas as workspaces, such as holidays, food shopping, studying, journaling and much more. You can definitely find ready-made templates to suit all of these needs as well.
The magic with Notion is that it uses databases, so when you add databases to different pages, the information can all sync together, making Notion a great connected experience.
Notion has tons and tons of features, however here are some great ones for planning.
You can find a huge range of journaling templates for Notion here.
Apple Notes is the note-taking app that comes with your iPad, it's free and a really good alternative for planning without having to download another app, or buy one.
With Apple Notes you can create different folders, add tags, and sort your notes from date, alphabet and more. You can also search for notes using specific keywords.
Apple Notes is a good choice for planning because it's so simple, but you will have to create your own workspace, there aren't any templates to download to help with with. You can however use Apple Notes to jot down ideas, thoughts and daily journal entries.
Although Apple Notes is a simple and easy app to use, it does have many features.
Planner apps for the iPad help users plan visually on a larger screen and keep digital records of their planning, notes and journalling. You can still have the normal feel of writing inside a planner by using the Apple pencil, and a paper feel screen protector.
Many people are moving over to this kind of planning because iPads are also easy to carry around, and apps can sync with desktops and mobile devices too, so you can have your digital planner wherever you are.
Lots of planner apps for iPad are also very unstructured, giving users the freedom to create a workflow that is best suited for them. This is great if you are using an iPad as a diary, or to just create daily notes without the need for intense organisation.
When it comes to planning, you either want a super creative space that gives a bullet journal feel, or a more minimalistic, structured place that still offers flexibility.
If you are wanting a creative fun tool to use to create planners, journal and take notes, Zinnia is a great option. You can find tons of videos and inspiration online for creating aesthetic planners and journals with Zinnia.
Notion is a great tool to use if you want to extend your planning into projects, tasks, to-dos and collaborating with others because it offers a flexible and customisable workspace you can edit and change at any time. Notion also provides a range of Notion templates to get started.
And finally, Apple Notes is already available to all iPad users, and it actually has tons of great features for planning, adding others to notes to organise trips, and scanning documents. You can read more about how to use Apple Notes here.
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