Recently I’ve been feeling like an unorganized hot mess. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on my blog, ignoring the housework, and trying to focus more on my family. Unfortunately, there were a few things that were starting to fall through the cracks. I knew it was time to find a solution. Then one day while I was
reading some other blogs working, someone mentioned something called a Happy Planner. It looked cute, so I googled it and immediately fell in LOVE. It’s really the only planner you’ll ever need.
Before I started using this planner, I had a giant binder for my blogging stuff, I kept my personal appointments in my phone, and I had a running to-do list on a pad of paper in the kitchen. Talk about scattering everything. And yes, I could have kept everything on the phone, but I’m one of those people that loves writing everything down on paper. It sticks in my head better, and I feel more organized with a pen (or ten – because pretty colors!).
Enter the Happy Planner and I’ve got my entire life organized in one place! Here are just a few things I love about it:
This is stating the obvious! They have at least twelve different cover designs, and the inside of each is designed to match the covers. Everything is amazing – from the color schemes, the variety of fonts, right down to the inspirational quotes on the weekly layouts and monthly dividers. I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to look at it and not swoon.
At the beginning of the month you have a monthly dashboard. You can list important dates, birthdays, and some even have a section to write down your monthly goals (yay goals!). I also love the “Currently” section, where you can record what you’re reading, watching, planning, loving, etc.
Vertical Weekly Layout
This is what sold me on the Happy Planner. Instead of having one tiny box to fit everything for one day, the vertical layout gives you three sections daily. You could use this for morning, afternoon, evening. I use this for blog, home, and personal. I write my things to do for the blog in the top row, and house/family chores go in the second row. The third row I use to keep track of my workouts, how many bottles of water I’ve had, and meal planning. See, everything in one place!
Part Planner, Part Scrapbook
If you google Happy Planner, you’ll be overwhelmed with what other people do with their planners. It’s adorable! There are so many accessories (stickers, page pockets, etc.) that you can use to make this not only your planner, but your scrapbook as well. What a great way to keep your memories! You can check out their blog for some really awesome ideas!
Before finding this I had never heard of a disc-bound anything, but it’s so neat. You can take pages out by pulling down on the top inside corner, and you can add pages in, as well. Bonus: nothing falls out! It’s not like a three-ring binder where the rings wear out and won’t line up anymore. It’s not like other planners where you can’t add in your own pages. Total life-saver when it comes to having everything in one place! So in the back of my planner I’ve added in a section to use as my blogging binder, and I’m currently working on a few pages to keep track of some things at home (bills, laundry, etc.). You can also purchase additional expansion packs for recipes, fitness, and home.
Ever since I started using my Happy Planner, I have felt so much more organized and productive. It’s really nice not to have random lists and binders scattered all over the house. With everything all in one place, it’s much easier to see what I need to do next. The Happy Planners that you can buy right now (from their website or a Michaels craft store) are 18 month calendars that start in July. I couldn’t wait that long to start using it, so I also got the 6 month expansion pack. I am so in love with this planner, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Do you use a Happy Planner or any other planner? Are you also a planner addict? Tell me below in the comments!