One of my popular posts in Stylish+Geek is called ‘Do It Yourself Planner‘.
It was difficult to find a single planner that allowed me to use it for specific things.
I needed something that can track and record my office tasks, home tasks, and even my creative and blogging business tasks. I would typically find three or four planners that could do this but never a single one.
But buying more than one planner won’t do. And I refuse to conform to the rigid structure of existing planners. A custom system, instead, would work well.
After researching how to make one, I wrote a post on creating your own planner from free resources, i.e. printables, schedules, calendars, etc. and utilizing the ARC disc system to put them together. It took some time to put it together since I had to print, collate the pages, and then put it in the ARC system. But overall the effort was well worth it.
However, before the end of 2016 I found a similar system from the company Me and My Big Ideas. They created a product that echoed my sentiments and the result is called the Happy Planner.
This planner uses a disc system, can customize pages depending on your use, and encourages creativity. As I looked into its versatility I started to get excited! It was EXACTLY what was looking for, and more!
I decided to go for it and use it as my go-to planner for 2017. And having used it for the months of December 2016 and January 2017, I am ever so glad I made that choice because I am loving it!
(1) It is affordable….but with a coupon the savings are even better!
It can be less than $20! Yes…seriously! How cool is that, right?
The retail price of the planner is $29.99. You get the disc-bound system, an 18-month planner pages with monthly and weekly views, and really cool artwork dividers.
BUT, if you purchase it from Michaels Craft Store with their weekly 40%, 50%, and even 60% coupon deals, you can get this planner between $11.99to $17.99. Sweet, isn’t it?
(2) It is absolutely customizable.
The Happy Planner comes with the basic disc-bound system, monthly, and weekly calendar sheets. BUT because this is a disk system you can easily add pages that may suite you.
There’s the Budget planning, Fitness tracking, Recipe creating, Journal writing, and even pages for doodling! These are sold as add-ons.
But if you find nothing suits you, then go ahead and create some! I made a blogging and creative business tracker, brainstorming sheets, and coloring book pages from several free sites, like Coloring Pages for Adults.
The Happy Planner has a paper puncher (comes to around $18) you can purchase so making your own pages is so much easier. I continue to use my ARC system paper puncher (approximately $36) because it works just as well. The ARC system also can take a lot more paper. But both systems are awesome to use!
(3) It can be a Planner + Scrapbook + Gratitude Journal + More!
I have used my Happy Planner pages in may different ways. One of the reasons it is called a Happy Planner is because you make this system work for whatever you want, which makes you very happy!
One of the ways I use it for is scrap-booking. For example my entire week in Hong Kong and week in Taiwan is captured as a Travel Journal. I utilized the week pages to record everything I did, the places I saw, people I met, and food I tried. I included tickets and other memorabilia of my stay.
If I had other mementos I want to keep, such as our family Christmas card, I would also include it in my Happy Planner.
(4) The Sticker Method is addicting!
Stickers in my planner? Isn’t this kind of juvenile?
Not so. The Happy Planner stickers are pretty cool and very helpful. There are different varieties, from to-do lists, # of steps taken in a day, food/dining, travel, call to action, and many more. They are cute and they have a purpose!
I use mine to inspire me. I like it when the pages of my planner is attractive. If I have a work-out sticker on the page I would have a reminder of what I need to do for the week. My chores sticker motivates me to ‘cross out’ a specific housework task.
But I encourage you not to just go with the conventional stickers. There are so many things you can add to your planner using transparent tape and glue. I have cut out several inspiring images I see in a magazine and put it in there. Same thing with notes and cards I receive in the mail. There is no rule. Be creative as you want it to be!
(5) There are Planner Groups, Planner Conferences, and even Planner Blogs for extra resources, encouragement, and ideas.
And they are encouraging, empowering, and absolutely fun!
Here are some of the groups and resources I have found:
Are you a Happy Planner user? What kinds of planners do you use? What are some of your tips to make it productive, creative, and fun?