Happy Planner Review
I’ve embraced all things technology and consider myself pretty savvy with it, but when it comes to calendars and planners, I’m still VERY analog. I think there’s a few reasons for it. One thing is that studies have proven when you write something down, you’re more likely to remember it. And also, the creative side of me just loves getting a planner to fill out and decorate and make my own. I have also found since Ollie has been in school, I prefer a planner that follows the school calendar (most planners that go July to June instead of January to December). I’ve tried a few different ones over the last couple of years, most recently finishing a pretty inexpensive one from Target. I was ready to just go get another cheap one, then I saw Michaels was having a sale on the Happy Planner. I have wanted a Happy Planner for a number of years now, so it was time go all in. I am in love.
I shared the cover in my What’s Up Weekend post last week, but I’ll share it again here in case you missed it. I fell in love with this Choose Happy with a flamingo. I’m hoping to start a happiness project soon and I think happiness is going to be a pretty big focus for me, so the words “choose happy” stood out to me. And I’ve been kind of obsessed with flamingos this summer, especially after starting with KEEP and having two different flamingo charms to play with! I like that a flamingo represents standing tall and being who you are.
I love that it’s a ring style binder. I have had a couple of planners that didn’t have that type of binding and it was really hard to keep them open! And the rings are cute – hearts punched in the middle of each one. Then inside the book, the dividers for each month are super cute, they have inspirational sayings and my favorite – one of the months has a unicorn.
Each month starts with an overview page – important dates, goals for the month, notes and to-dos. I thought it would be a nice way to tie in my goals and mantras for each month when I post them here! It will also help me with managing KEEP, I can keep track of launch dates and different things like that. It’s a place I can list birthdays and anniversaries or holidays too.
Next you have the full month calendar. It’s nice sized, two pages for the month and the squares are good sized to fill in information.
And then finally we have the day planner pages – again, nice amount of room. It kind of breaks into three chunks, so I look at it as kind of morning, afternoon and evening. I like that it isn’t necessarily broken down by hour or anything like that. It has a nice side margin where you can write notes for the week. As you can see, I also bought a pack of Happy Planner stickers to embellish the book a little bit. As I said, I like being able to be creative and make my planner my own. And I want it to be fun! The stickers were part of the sale, so I added them on when I bought the book.
As I said above, I’m pretty much in love with this planner. It may be my favorite one to date. It is too big for my purse, but that is ok. I mostly leave it on my desk at work and if I need to bring it home, I’ll just carry it by hand.
Are you a planner person? Or have you gone more digital and think I’m crazy to waste money on this? Ha!