I have really been trying to find a planner system that works for me. Something I will stick with and continue to use. I want an all in one system that I can keep track of everything in my life. Is that too much to ask for? No, because I found it– the perfect planner! So what is the best planner for me? The Happy Planner!
If you’re like me you’ve probably bought several different planners with the hopes that it will be the exact thing you need to get your life together. You filled out a few pages, used it for a couple of weeks, then set it to the side, never to open it again.
Why does this always happen? I feel like it’s because most planners don’t fit our individual lives specifically and the things we want to keep track of in a planner.
The Problem With Most Planners
You know when you buy a planner it already comes pre-filled with specific sections. Things like a calendar, a birthday section, budget, or meal planning. But what if you don’t want to keep track of those specific things? What if you have no intention of keeping a budget in your planner or meal planning? Then those are just wasted sections. There’s nothing worse than buying a brand new planner and not even getting to use half of it.
So why do I love The Happy Planner? Because it’s completely customizable! Yes, that’s why I love it!
The Happy Planner, by Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI), is completely customizable with so many different choices that you can basically put your own planner together the way you want it. You can find The Happy Planner at craft stores like Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Joann Fabrics, or Amazon.
The planner is disc bound and you can insert, take out or rearrange any of the pages.
The Happy Planner is a combination of a bullet journal and a more structured planner. You can be as creative as you want. You should see some of the beautiful and elaborate layouts on Pinterest.
It comes with a variety of different calendar layouts and you can add extension packs for your specific needs. If you want to keep track of your budget, you can. If you want to keep track of your weight loss, you can. Planning your wedding? They have that covered, too. Check out the different options below.
The Happy Planner System
The calendar comes dated or undated. There’s a:
- monthly layout
- weekly horizontal layout
- weekly vertical layout
- daily hourly layout
- dashboard layout
You can also resize any printable you get online to fit into your Happy Planner. Grab a disc bound hole punch like this one and start adding your own pages to your planner. Join the Simple Modern Mom Resource Library and get access to all of our free Happy Planner printables. You can get access to the Resource library here.
Extension packs give you more specific pages for particular topics. Check out some of the extension packs below.
- Home (meal planning, budget, projects)
- Habit Tracking
- Wedding Planning
- Christmas (menu planning, cookie exchange, party, cards & gifts)
There are plenty of different paper packs you can get to customize your planner for your specific needs.
- Blank sheets
- Blank lists
- Folded half sheets
- Meal planner/Grocery lists
- Monthly bills/Expenses
- Habit trackers
- Recipe sheets
There are a ton of different accessories you can use to customize your planner and make it your own. Some options are:
- Dashboards are like dividers along the top instead of along the side
- Dry erase dashboards
- Hundreds of stickers to decorate with
And don’t forget journaling pens. These fine point pens make it easier to write in smaller spaces.
My Happy Planner Setup
What I have found that works for me is to have my personal calendar, my blog editorial calendar, a section for my lists, and a dashboard for my goals.
I keep everything that isn’t blog related on my personal calendar: my work schedule, appointments, events, etc. I keep a separate calendar with all my blog information on it. I wasn’t sure if I should put my lists in with the month or week, but I decided to just keep a separate list section since I keep several different running lists:
- Grocery list
- Menu planning
- Monthly bills to be paid
- Home Improvement Projects
- Fun things to go do
Check out the post I wrote “20 Practical and Useful Lists To Stay Organized”. Let it help spark some ideas about what lists you can use to keep track of things in your own life.
I made a dashboard into my “vision board” with my current goals. That way I can move my dashboard to the current week. And I will always see it when I open up my planner. I have a visual representation of my goals I am trying to achieve. (Check out this post I wrote on making a vision board layout in my Happy Planner).
I’m not super creative yet with my planner. So using stickers is good enough for me right now. Check back in a few months and maybe I might have some of those awesome, colorful layouts you see on Pinterest!
You can follow me on Pinterest and check out my Happy Planner boards to get some great layout ideas! If you are looking for an all in one life planning system that fits your life then I really encourage you to try The Happy Planner.