After watching this video, you will know all about dated links & how they function within your Brookebot Digital Planner.
Hi, I’m Brooke of brookebot.com. This is the first of 3 videos in a series outlining the key features and functions of Brookebot Digital Planners. In the second video, we’ll take a look at the differences between the weekly and daily page layout options. In the third video, we’ll go over digi papers, staying organized with storage sections & quickly navigating to your most frequented pages with bookmarks.
In this video, we’ll cover dated links and how the links work within your planner depending on the type of planner you have. There are 3 types of Brookebot Digital Planners — the Weekly + Daily, the Weekly, and the Daily. To demonstrate how the links work, we’ll be using my favorite planner which is the Weekly BujoBoba + Daily BujoBanana with a Monday – Sunday day sequence. Based on the way you customize your planner, it may look a bit different than this one. By the way, if you’d like to examine links up close & at a slower pace, you can do that on brookebot.com. Each of the different pages we cover in this video has an interactive demo that allows you to highlight all the links with bright colors. The planner needs to be opened in a compatible note-taking app that allows us to write on the pages & tap the navigation links. Goodnotes is my recommended app and the one we’ll be using today. There are a few others listed on brookebot.com if you want to check those out.
Part One: Navigation Bar
A very important component of Brookebot Planners is the navigation bar which sort of binds together the top level pages — kind of like the main menu of any website. The navigation bar is a set of links located on the bottom of every single page of every Brookebot Digital Planner. We examine the navigation bar in this video and in one other. Be sure to watch the other video to learn all about supplementary pages including storage sections, bookmark dividers and all kinds of digi paper. In this first video, we are going to look at links to the yearly calendar & the links to 12 full-page monthly calendars.
If you have a July – June planner (which is typically used for the academic year if you are a teacher or student), the first monthly link in the nav bar will lead to the full-page July calendar & the last monthly link in the nav bar will lead to June. The planner that we are using for this demonstration covers January through December of the year 2021, so the first monthly calendar link is January and the last is December. This little link in the nav bar made of 9 dots leads directly to the yearly calendar. Let’s tap it.
Part Two: Yearly Calendar (W+D, W & D)
This page is an overview of the entire year that your planner covers & it is chock-full of links. You can customize the day sequence of your yearly and monthly calendars — choose either Monday – Sunday OR Sunday – Saturday. At the top of each individual calendar is a label that links to its respective full-page monthly calendar. We will go over the monthly calendar in just a minute, but first let’s continue with the yearly page. We can get back to the yearly calendar 1 of 3 ways — by tapping the link in the navigation bar (like we did before), by tapping the month label or by tapping the year label.
On the yearly page each individual calendar has 6 weeks worth of dated links. If you have a Weekly + Daily Planner, each date will be split into 2 links. The left side of the date links to the weekly page & the right side links to the daily page. Let’s go ahead and tap each side now to see these links in action. We’ll start with the left. Here’s the weekly page for that date. Now let’s go back to the yearly calendar. Now let’s tap the right side. Here’s the daily page for that date. Now let’s go back the to the yearly calendar once again.
If you have the Weekly Planner, then each of these dated links will lead to the respective weekly page (because there won’t be any daily pages in your planner). So, whatever portion of the date you tap on you’ll be taken to the weekly page. Likewise, if you have the Daily Planner, all of these dated links will lead to daily pages (because there won’t be any weekly pages in your planner). Now let’s take a look at one of the monthly calendars.
Part Three: Monthly Calendar (W+D, W & D)
From the yearly calendar page, we can get to any monthly calendar 2 different ways. We can tap on one of these month labels OR we can use the link in the navigation bar. Let’s tap on the label. Here we have a monthly calendar. You’ll notice in the top left corner that there is a tiny calendar with 10 weeks worth of dated links. If you have the Weekly + Daily Planner OR the Weekly Planner, then these links lead to weekly pages. If you have the Daily Planner, then these links lead to daily pages. Then, beneath the tiny calendar we have a sidebar that can be used for making notes, keeping habit trackers or for whatever you wish.
Now let’s have a look at the more prominent dates on this page. Here again, just as in the yearly calendar, the links will function differently based on which planner you have. If you have the Weekly + Daily Planner, these links are split in half. The left side of the date links to the weekly page and the right side links to the daily page. If you have the Weekly Planner, the full link will lead you to the weekly page. If you have the Daily Planner, then the full link will lead you to the daily page. Now let’s take a look at the links on one of the weekly pages.
Part Four: Weekly Page (W+D & W)
Starting from the top left corner of this weekly page, you’ll notice a tiny calendar with 9 weeks worth of dated links. Each of these dates links to the respective weekly page. Each tiny calendar has a label that links to the respective full-page monthly calendar. You can choose the day sequence of your weekly pages — either Monday – Sunday OR Sunday – Saturday. Optionally, customize a hybrid planner with a different weekly day sequence than your yearly & monthly calendars.
Now let’s take a look at the more prominent dates on this page. There are 6 different weekly layouts to choose from, but for the purposes of this demonstration we are using the BujoBoba. No matter what layout you choose, each weekly page has 7 dated headings lining the top — with the exception of appropriately placed headings in the BujoNeemo layout. Regardless of where they are located on the page, if you have a Weekly + Daily planner, then each of these dated headings links to the respective daily page. Did you notice where I tapped on the daily page to get back to the weekly? Let’s take a look at a daily page again.
Part Five: Daily Page (W+D & D)
Here we have a daily page. There are 4 different daily layouts to choose from, but for the purpose of this demonstration, we are using my favorite — the BujoBanana. Regardless of which layout you choose, the top area of the daily pages are all going to function the same. If you have a Weekly + Daily planner, the day of the week & the numbered date both link to the weekly page, both of the month labels link to the full-page monthly calendar, the year leads to the yearly calendar, and then these tiny dates lead to other daily pages.
Let’s just focus here for a minute on the first & last of the tiny links in this line-up. The first date allows you to quickly jump to the same day one week prior to the day in the current view & the last links to exactly one week after. For instance, if you are on a Wednesday page, then the first date in the tiny dated line-up will be the previous Wednesday & the last date will be the following Wednesday. You could tap through every Wednesday in the entire planner if you wanted. This really comes in handy for repetitive weekly tasks. So let’s say you have a short list of tasks that need to be completed every week to meet your Wednesday deadline. You could easily tap back to the previous Wednesday & copy/paste the task list to the current Wednesday, or you could just as easily tap through and paste the task list on every Wednesday of the entire year. We’ve now covered the basic function of dated links within Brookebot Digital Planners.
You can visit brookebot.com to see color highlighted links within each page type that we covered in this video. There is also a digital planner sample catalog available to download (for free) from brookebot.com. The catalog allows you to zoom in & out, write on, and inspect page samples on your device & in your preferred note-taking app. Remember too that this was 1 in a series of 3 videos covering 2021 Brookebot Digital Planners. Be sure to watch the second video where we examine weekly and daily page layout options & then the third video covering storage sections, bookmark dividers and all kinds of digi paper included with your planner.
Thanks for watching! I’ll see you in the next video.