A natural evolution
When I devised the Zen-Journal system, I intentionally designed it to take advantage of the strengths and time-saving capabilities of a digital device. Personally, I’m a Mac so I use an iPhone X, an iPad Pro, and a MacBook Pro. These devices are by far superior to my brain and analog notebooks when tracking my flights, schedules, appointments, and contacts.
But starting about six months ago, I began an experiment whereby I only used my iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create and sustain my Zen-Journal in an all-digital format. That may seem like a betrayal of the entire analog planner premise that Zen-Journal grew out of. I get that. However, it seemed inevitable given the increasingly digital aspects of our society.
It began when I purchased and downloaded the GoodNotes app from the Apple App Store. I looked at a few apps before deciding on this one. It allows me to create individual and unlimited notebooks (if that’s your thing), seamlessly view my Zen-Journal on my iPhone via iCloud, and allows bookmarks, pageviews (as in the example above) for easy scrolling and locating pages visually, as well as multiple page layouts and paper types.
It was a natural evolution of the system I created and still use. So what are the results of this experiment? [Read more…]