I am a die hard, to the core, planner loving girl. For as long as I can remember I’ve had one. Whether it was keeping track of my homework, my class schedule, appointments with clients or just life in general I cannot survive without a planner in my life. I even created one of my own, once upon a time.
My Day Designer is my life. If it isn’t written in there it doesn’t happen. However, when the new year started I had a new found spark to kick things in gear a bit around here. You’ll see more of that in a few weeks, promise. And with that I wanted to take my blog/business stuff out of my Day Designer and give it a place of its own.
Every time I’ve gone to Michael’s in the last few months I find my self gazing at The Happy Planner and its accessories. Knowing deep down (at the time) I didn’t have a use for it. So, with my new found spark and a Michael’s gift card in my pocket I knew exactly the tools I needed to get things going.
Practically everything you see in my haul was on sale. The planner itself was on deep clearance (check your Michael’s!) since it is actually an 18 month planner and was already way passed it’s start date. Not a problem for me, though. I had a plan for my planner.
Aside from The Happy Planner I purchased the lined and grid note pages, stickers, list note pad, pocket folders and sticky notes (all The Happy Planner brand, Create 365). Additionally I bought thin washi.
The thing I love the most about this planner is how customizable it really is. You see, the pages can be VERY easily removed and placed back in again without any tearing. The rings and holes punched are designed to move around with you and that is how I was able to make this the perfect blog/business planner I could ever have imagined.
My Kate Spade sticky notes and paper clips compliment this planner perfectly and my planning needs. Pencil is used for list making and temporary planning of blog posts and my favorite Paper Mate flair is for more permanent things and doesn’t bleed through the pages one bit. And that washi I bought couldn’t be more perfect.
Each month starts with a dashboard page to keep important events, dates and goals all in one spot. Since I don’t use this planner for my personal things I cover the birthdays section with stickers and keep notes there and all of the other sections are used to keep track of blog/business related things.
The snap in note pads I bought are one of my favorite accessories. I use these snapped into the month tab to jot down different blog post ideas and goals I have for the shop that upcoming month as I think of them. It makes planning my month much easier since my brain dump is all in one spot.
The monthly spread is a typical monthly view where I plan out each blog post and any other vital information, like if I’m going out of town.
The weekly spread is laid out much like the Erin Condren planners. Each day is separated by morning, afternoon and evening. From what I saw on sneak peeks, the newer Happy Planners coming in the spring do not have the boxes labeled so they can be used freely.
I used my thin washi, which is the perfect size and coordinating colors to cover up those time of day labels. I separate my days as:
Blog Post (first written in pencil as scheduled then changed to the Paper Mate flair once the post is actually written)
Social Media Schedule of Posts
To Do List for the Blog and Business
Remember how I said some of the months were basically useless since they had passed? Well I took them out of my planner and used the extra space for the lined and graph note pages in my planner. Lined pages are for blog post notes and graphed pages are for business notes. I took one of the removed monthly dividers and used my stickers to create a new tab.
I cut apart another monthly divider and washied it to the back to create some inspiration for me. The cute little paper clip sticker hides the month label for the entrance to my blog and shop business pages.
To streamline my Day Designer with my Happy Planner I simply note ‘YDP Work’ on my to-do list and schedule in my Day Designer and reference my much more detailed list in my Happy Planner.
After a few weeks use, I love my Happy Planner so far. Honestly the versatility of moving pages around is my favorite part. I have some plans to create pages and covers for The Happy Planner to make life even easier.
So, overall, if you’re an Erin Condren fan, you will love The Happy Planner at a cheaper price point and at a more customizable planner. They have some great things coming for 2016 too!
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