Artful Agenda: The Beginners Guide to Digital Planning

Digital Planning

Artful Agenda: The Beginners Guide to Digital Planning

Digital Planning

There are endless possibilities for increasing your productivity and staying inspired when you go digital with Artful Agenda. Understanding all the features available can help you make the most of it!

What Is Digital Planning?

Digital planning is an alternative to traditional planning that uses a digital version of a planner or agenda rather than a paper version. If you’ve ever used a calendar app on your phone to stay organized, Google Calendar to schedule a virtual happy hour, or Outlook Calendar for work video conference calls, you’ve already used a digital planner.

Why Should You Make the Switch to Digital Planning?

Digital planning makes your life easier!

For many people, digital planning is more efficient than paper planning. You have everything you need in the palm of your hand. Using an app that you can access from anywhere you have an internet connection provides the perfect combination of convenience and organization.

Digital planners like Artful Agenda give you the flexibility that you cannot find with paper planners. You can change events, appointments, and tasks without worrying about needing an eraser or some whiteout. When you use Artful Agenda, you can also change your planner’s aesthetic as often as you would like!

With digital planners, you also have the ability to share your calendar with others. You can make it simpler to do things like keep your significant other updated on family events, let your coworkers know when you’re unavailable, or manage employee schedules.

Sync Your Calendars 

If you are already using a digital planner or calendar for work or your personal life, you will not have to worry about starting over or migrating all of your content over to Artful Agenda. Our digital planner syncs with Google, Apple, and Outlook. All you have to do is sign into the Artful Agenda app to access your current calendar. 

You can even use multiple Google, Apple, and Outlook accounts by sharing additional calendars with the account you sync to Artful Agenda. You can also create multiple calendars within one account so you can easily organize your calendar.

Learn more about how to do these things here!

Create Your Aesthetic

Whether you prefer neutrals or want a colorful planner, Artful Agenda allows you to make your digital planning aesthetic whatever you would like it to be!

With Artful Agenda, you have the option to choose from more than 30 free cover options. Plus, we have some available for purchase. Unlike a paper planner, you can confidently pick a cover without worrying about having to stick with it if you decide you would like another one instead. Plus, our covers never sell out!

If you like to coordinate the colors in your planner with the cover, you can use color hex codes to match the events in your Artful Agenda to your chosen cover. There are colors preprogrammed into the app that you can use or create your own color combinations. If you want to color-code your Artful Agenda based on different categories, you can also do that.

Artful Agenda also comes with hundreds of free digital planning stickers, and new sticker packs are released often. Stickers are a great way to express your creativity, mark milestones, and highlight important activities. There are sticker packs available for a variety of events, appointments, seasons, and celebrations.

Utilize the Productivity Features 

Be more productive and organized with digital planning. With Artful Agenda, you can:

Organize your goals

The app has designated sections for Monthly and Weekly Goals as well as customizable daily task areas. Plus, our List tab is a great place to keep track of all of your goals and assign them to daily to-do lists.

Plan your meals ahead of time

Artful Agenda has a Meal Plan section on both the Week view and Day view of the app. When you input your meal information into one of the views, it will automatically populate into the other view, saving you time!

Get push notification reminders

The ability to set notifications is a huge benefit of using a digital planner like Artful Agenda. Setting push notifications will help make sure you do not miss meetings and appointments and can help keep you on schedule on busy days.

Set repeating tasks

In Artful Agenda, you can set tasks to reoccur daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. This capability comes in handy for things like paying your bills or replacing your toothbrush.

Rollover incomplete tasks

Make sure you do not forget to take care of anything on your to-do list by setting unfinished tasks to automatically roll over to the next day until they are checked off.

Download the Artful Agenda App 

With Artful Agenda, your digital planner will have all the features of popular paper planners in mind, so you never feel like you are missing any functionality when you make the switch. Artful Agenda gives you virtually all of the capabilities of a paper planner, plus so much more.

Whether you are looking to start your digital planning journey or switch from one digital planner to a better one, Artful Agenda is the perfect option. It has a web app, a tablet app, and a mobile app. You can download the tablet and mobile apps in the Google Play Store or the Apple App store and access the web app via

Download Artful Agenda now so you can always have your calendars, notes, and lists with you at all times!

  • Deborah J Brucato
    Posted at 17:15h, 24 September Reply

    I am still a newbie, but I am enjoying the planner. I have added past events to the planner. Dating back to 2019. It is good to find an app to hold almost everything. I am trying to find a way to place my contacts into the planner.

  • Skylar Swisher
    Posted at 21:14h, 27 October Reply

    I’m not sure what is going on but it won’t let me change my write permission and I can’t add anything to the calendar

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 14:34h, 28 October Reply

      Hi Skylar! I’m sorry you are having issues – you are welcome to submit a support ticket. To do this, click Tech Support in the menu section of Artful Agenda, and they should be able to help you out!

  • April Weber
    Posted at 13:47h, 03 November Reply

    Is there a way to cross- out or shadow the previous days in the month once they pass?

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 19:19h, 04 November Reply

      Hi April! Thanks for your comment! You are able to cross out each task as you accomplish it. We are also constantly working on new features and love to see what would be beneficial for our users.

  • Courtney N
    Posted at 15:59h, 11 November Reply

    Can I add multiple lists?? I can only seem to have 1 at the moment

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 16:04h, 15 November Reply

      Hi Courtney! Yes, you can add multiple lists. If you head over to the lists tab, select the middle icon that looks like a piece of paper. If you hover over that, it will say “new.” To look at all of your lists, go to the title of your list and click the downward arrow to reveal all of your lists.

  • Carolina Funk
    Posted at 15:25h, 13 November Reply

    Do you have space designated for notes?

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 16:03h, 15 November Reply

      Hi Carolina! If you go under the day view, you can rename all of these boxes and create one you can use for notes. For example, the large rectangular box under water intake would be a great place to insert some notes for yourself. Here is a post explaining more about renaming the title of your lists.

  • Debbie Starinsky
    Posted at 00:16h, 20 November Reply

    Where do I find new sticker packs

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 16:42h, 22 November Reply

      Hi Debbie! Make sure you are scrolling through our available sticker packs! We have 17 that represent hundreds of stickers! Join us in Artfully Obsessed to keep up to date about new sticker packs being released!

  • Ashley
    Posted at 12:42h, 24 November Reply

    Why do some of my events duplicate

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 17:21h, 06 December Reply

      Hi Ashley! We do have the option for your tasks to be “Repeat” tasks, so this might be what’s happening here within your event details. If you are still having trouble, feel free to submit a support ticket. To do this, click Tech Support in the menu section of Artful Agenda.

  • Leila A Dalton
    Posted at 16:54h, 12 December Reply

    Does this require a third-party app like Good Notes or Evernote? I’m looking for something I can just log into and use.

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 14:27h, 17 December Reply

      Hi Leila! Artful Agenda does not require a third-party app like Good Notes or Evernote. You just log into your Artful account, and you’re good to go! You can also sync Google, iCal, and Outlook calendars within the app. If you’re an iPad user, you can try out our write-to-text capabilities as well! Hope this helps!

  • Leila Dalton
    Posted at 16:58h, 12 December Reply

    Will I be able to access this on my computer, tablet, and phone using the same subscription or would that require a subscription for each device?t

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 14:29h, 17 December Reply

      Hi Leila! One subscription will grant you access to your Artful Agenda on your computer, tablet, and phone!

  • Jennifer Hand
    Posted at 14:44h, 27 December Reply

    Is there a way to reorder or move items on a list? Example: move an item under a new heading

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 16:38h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Jennifer! Thanks for sending over your questions. Currently, we do not have a drag and drop option for rearranging multiple lists in the drop-down or for reordering items on a list. However, we are constantly working on new features and updates based on users’ feedbacks and comments like yours, so we greatly appreciate it. This video provides some cool tips and tricks you can try within the lists section!

  • Kaitlyn Moore
    Posted at 16:43h, 30 December Reply

    If I add something in Artful Agenda, will it put it on my apple calendar or does it only work in reverse?

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 15:09h, 06 January Reply

      Hi Kaitlyn! Thanks for sending your question over. If you sync your Apple Calendar with your Artful Agenda, then whichever calendar you add a task/event/etc. to, the task will automatically be added to the other one as well.

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 21:23h, 01 January Reply

    Hello I am interesting in purchasing this to make my life easier with my business. So i need something that is savvy and easy to operate, My computer skills are okay but not great. I also would like to know the response time for assistance in setting up or issues. Please advise

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 16:45h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Charlotte! The goal of Artful Agenda is to help keep you organized easily and on the go, as the app can be accessed through a tablet, desktop computer, and mobile devices. We offer a great tech support service. If you log into your account, under the main section of Artful Agenda, you are able to submit a support ticket in case any issues arise.

  • Linda
    Posted at 15:39h, 02 January Reply

    Is there a way to “Journal” your day, so that you can look back on?? This why I love my paper planner because I’m able to go back and look for information I’ve written down or just simply look back on that days activites.

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 16:51h, 03 January Reply

      Hi Linda! Under your day view, you have the option to rename the titles of your task sections (just click the pencil icon next to your task title). For example, if you wanted to rename the larger rectangle at the bottom “Journal Entry of the Day,” you absolutely can. This could become your journal entry section that you can access through the app on your phone, desktop computer, or tablet!

  • Olivia
    Posted at 01:25h, 11 January Reply

    Is there a way to change the “meal” on the weekly view to the little box at the bottom of the daily view instead? I am a student and have changed that bottom box to assignments due that day and would like to see those on the weekly view!

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 15:21h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Olivia! This is actually one of our newer features that we are so excited about. To do this, go to your Daily View and hover over the box title you are wanting to change. A pencil icon should pop up. Select this, and then you should be able to change the title to whatever you would like. Here’s more info on this feature update.

  • Yessie E
    Posted at 02:41h, 11 January Reply

    I would like a digital calendar that can be shared and edited among multiple family members. It would also be nice to choose what can be shared so that each member can have their own personal planner as well. Is that possible with this app?

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 15:31h, 13 January Reply

      Hi Yessie! Thanks for sending over your question. When you purchase a subscription, you can access your subscription across three devices: your mobile device, tablet, and desktop. Each subscription is one planner. Artful Agenda syncs to Google, Outlook, and iCal accounts, so you can sync your family members’ calendars to yours. Here is a little more info on that. If you want to learn how to sync those accounts, check out our FAQ section here.

  • Yessie E
    Posted at 23:56h, 13 January Reply

    Ok sorry I meant a digital planner (not calendar, I have Google calendar with my family). It would be really awesome to be able to share a planner with to-do lists and schedules that all account members can access and edit on their own devices. Will this sync to multiple members?

  • Elly Blanco-Rowe
    Posted at 15:48h, 02 February Reply

    Hello. On the task list, the repeated tasks option isn’t showing up. Am I missing something?

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 14:57h, 04 February Reply

      Hi Elly! When you hover over your task, you should see three different icons: a clock, a trash can, and two arrows for the recurring tasks. When you click the arrows, you should get an option to choose if you want your task recurring daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, etc. If you are having any additional trouble with this feature, feel free to contact our support team. To submit a support ticket, click Tech Support in the menu section of Artful Agenda.

  • Cheryl Lund
    Posted at 15:05h, 04 February Reply

    Is there a way to remove the list tab from the month, week and day tabs to make the view larger

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 19:54h, 10 February Reply

      Hi Cheryl! Currently, you cannot completely remove the list tab, however, you can rename these sections to whatever you would like them to be and even resize them! A lot of people use this as an area to journal, separate work and personal tasks, and more.

  • Terri Carmichael
    Posted at 13:15h, 09 February Reply

    Is there a way to change the hours to display? for example -I don’t need to see midnight to 5am

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 19:49h, 10 February Reply

      Hi Terri! Thanks for sending over your question. Currently, this functionality cannot be changed, however, we are constantly tailoring Artful Agenda to ensure it’s as customizable as possible for our users.

  • Megan B
    Posted at 22:16h, 16 January Reply

    Can we get a widget for iPhone? I like to see without going into the app

    • Katy Allen
      Posted at 15:19h, 17 January Reply

      Hi Megan! We have great news on that front. Our iOS widget is currently in Beta Testing and is set for full release in the coming weeks! If you are interested in joining our beta testing group to test the widget out, you can do so by joining our robust Facebook user community at . You will find instructions on how to join beta along with hundreds of tips and tricks from our users!

  • Dana Oweis
    Posted at 16:45h, 28 January Reply

    Is there a way to sync my google calendar tasks with my artful agenda? All my calendars are synced, but I cannot see my recurring tasks from google calendar on my Artful Agenda.

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 04:01h, 29 January Reply

      Hi Dana! Currently, Artful Agenda only syncs with Google calendar events.

  • Tammy King
    Posted at 17:24h, 10 February Reply

    Is it possible to copy a list?

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 03:01h, 11 February Reply

      Hi Tammy! You can by selecting all the text, and copying and pasting it into a new list.

  • T McMillan
    Posted at 11:23h, 16 March Reply

    Is there a way to print monthly so I can create a visual for my daughter (adult with autism)?

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 15:41h, 17 March Reply

      Hi there! We do not have a native print function but most of our subscribers that need to print will use the snipping tool on their computer to get a screen capture and print from that.

  • Tabitha Langston
    Posted at 18:07h, 23 March Reply

    Any tips on how to use the apple pencil in the app? Examples: how to capitalize, delete, backspace, etc.

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 01:57h, 24 March Reply

      Hi Tabitha! Here are the basic instructions.
      ✏️scribble to delete
      ✏️cross through to select
      ✏️vertical line to join or separate
      I find it easier sometimes to use the vertical line to separate out part of the word that needs to be edited and then use the vertical line again to join it back again. I think to capitalize you would just need to redraw the letter in a way that the iOS would recognize it as a capital letter.

  • Alejandra Cespedes
    Posted at 21:52h, 25 April Reply

    Hello! Is it possible to create a new calendar directly in the app? I need it for organizing specific tasks but I don’t want to create a new goggle calendar.

  • Suzy
    Posted at 22:36h, 06 August Reply

    Is there a way to add an image/file to an event added to the calendar? If there is, I cannot seem to figure it out. Thanks!

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 01:27h, 11 August Reply

      Hi Suzy! In the future we are going to be adding the ability to upload your own stickers so that may include small photos, I don’t know for sure but they are image files too there may be a size limit though. You can upload your photos to the cloud and create links to them and paste them in your AA, either in an event description or somewhere on the day view.

  • Sarah Beegle
    Posted at 01:27h, 18 September Reply

    Does Artful planner sync tasks from my google calendar? I can’t seem to find them.

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 15:15h, 18 September Reply

      Hi Sarah! Currently, Artful Agenda only syncs with Calendar events. We do have it on our roadmap to explore the possibility of syncing with tasks in the future.

  • Caroline
    Posted at 16:00h, 01 December Reply

    When will we be able to use it with the apple pen only? I wanna doodle everywhere.

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 16:44h, 04 December Reply

      Hi Caroline! We have had Apple Pen compatibility for awhile now. You can use it both for handwriting to text if your iPad is compatible with iOS Scribble, and we have a Drawing Feature that lets you write with your own handwriting. The drawings will only sync across the other two page landscape spreads so you won’t be able to see them on your mobile app though. You can find the Drawing Feature under the menu in the lower left corner on your iPad app.

  • Katie K.
    Posted at 16:36h, 31 December Reply

    I’m debating whether or not this will work for me. Is there a way for me to add tabs on the left under lists? I’m not crazy about needing a drop down to access my lists, it would be much more convenient for me to have commonly used lists to be accessible with one click. Is this an option on the Artful App?

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 19:18h, 01 January Reply

      Hi Katie! Adding additional tabs isn’t currently a feature but you can pin commonly used lists to the top of the drop down and you can use the search feature from any view to easily pull up a list with a keyword or user created symbol or code. You can give Artful Agenda a try for two weeks for free if you register through our website and it has been at least six months since you tried it previously.

  • NVR
    Posted at 04:28h, 22 February Reply

    Is it possible to create hyperlinks in lists?

    • Rosemary Morrison
      Posted at 05:13h, 22 February Reply

      Hi there NVR! Currently you can only add URLs but you can’t make hyperlinks out of text. You can submit the suggestion through Tech Support under the category Artful Suggestions.

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