My Happy Planner is Happier in 2017!
The 2017 Happy Planner is fresh and new. Love the smell! All of it sparkles. I turn the pages gently, slowly. I’m not in a hurry at this time of year. Haha; how many days will it take before that’s over?
If you have The Happy Planner -Mambi Planner – Me and My Big Ideas – Create 365 – all names of The Happy Planner – you’ll love these changes, plus a free printable!
7 Changes I Made :
I walked away from The Happy Planner and came running back. Thankfully, it welcomed me with open pages…that lay flat. If you are deciding between two planners, I provide my comparison page for you below.
1.Change laminated cover ~
Here are three Happy Planner choices (Follow Your Heart, Hello Life, Be Happy), plus my Hard Cover (sold out). They’re so pretty if you like pretty. They’re fun if you like a fun vibe. I knew I wanted a hard cover after watching At Home With Nikki replace her laminated pages with a hard cover. Who knew!
2.Less pressure to fully decorate ~
I do love a well-decorated planner. But approaching my calendar without my markers, without a monthly color scheme in my head, or without energy made me feel guilty. Guilty for not opening my calendar to an elaborate design. I kept thinking, “I should go all out and decorate this. I’m not using this to its fullest potential.” We’re all busy and tired. Alot. Shedding this pressure to decorate my 2017 Happy Planner to the nth degree every week seemed to help me mentally. Now I approach it with whatever mood I’m in at that moment. And again, it welcomes me with open pages that lay flat.
What pens are your fave for planners? I’m giving myself permission to write with whatever is more convenient to me. I’m shedding that pressure to make myself use cute markers every time I jot something down. I’m using pens, pencils, crayons and beyond!
4.Use sticky notes
5.Use pocket folders
Pocket Folders now hold receipts, inspirational cards, stickers, etc. And they can be used as Decor that adds a stiffness to sections.
I’m ready to update my Pocket Folders from last year that were never used. These are the next ones I’ll purchase.
6.Use Notes Pages even more
I’m putting a few of the Notes pages at the back of each month. Notes are a good place to put sick day details, future goals, reminders, recipe ideas that you see on pinterest or hear of—I might write, “Look up panera broccoli cheese soup recipe again” at the end of January. They sell a pack of 40 sheets, and in it you get 20 pgs of Graph Paper and 20 pgs of Notes Paper. These are worth every penny to me.
This Free Printable (much brighter when printed) is great for marking off habits each day to help you achieve your overall vision for each month. When I don’t meet my goals for each month, it’s okay. My Happy Planner is just a happy plan of what I’m working toward. No pressure to be perfect every day! If you want a smaller version for a planner that you are happy with, let me know!
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Features That Brought Me Back to The Happy Planner
Me & My Big Idea – Create 365 – Happy Planner at Michael’s
|Month view is on two pages||Month view is two pages.|
|Long, vertical rectangles for each day (Vertical View)-week on two pages||Short horizontal view; week on two pages|
|Each day broken into am, mid-day, and evening||One horizontal rectangle for whole day-about half of vertical view|
|Space for large handwriting||If I’m going to jot something down really quick, the metal rings get in my way|
|Pull out and put back In pages, and you don’t have to open the rings.||Pull out and put back in pages, but you have to open all the rings and then pull.|
|Outer cover is really thick; nice deep pocket folder inserts with varying designs and quotes.||Hard but squishy cover with small pockets in the front cover in totally cute coral pink|