At the beginning of the year I told myself that I would not forget any more appointments, commitments, events, bithdays, etc because I was going to get back to planning in a pen and paper planner. I had been using an electronic one but for some reason I was still forgetting stuff. Even when I would set reminders, I would forget stuff. I truly believe that it was the fact that my reminders were basically lost in the sounds of the other notifications that I had set on my phone. So in January of this year I moved into a pen and paper planner and I became a lot more productive.
Over the Summer, I discovered a whole new world of planning. It’s decorative planning and I wrote about my slight obsession in my favorite things post(<-click to read it). Since I purchased my first planner a few months ago from the Me and My Big Ideas, Happy Planner line, I have finally found the right combination of planners that have me feeling my most productive. I have planner peace. Planner peace is a term that is used in the planner community when you are finally happy with your planner set up. The Happy Planner line and many other planners are very customizable so finding the right fit for you can take some time.
I began using three planners. One classic size and two mini planners. While it worked, it just didn’t feel right. I wanted everything to be together but I didn’t want to carry around a full novel. So I decided to frankenplan three planners from the Happy Planner line to create one Blissful planner. Here is what I came up with. I use a faith planner, fitness planner and a teacher planner to create my planner peace.
The first section of my planner is my faith planner. This is the Faith Warrior planner from Happy Planner. Faith is the root of my life tree. It’s the part of my life that I nurture daily. So naturally it’s the first thing I look at in my planner. I use this planner as a journal more than a planner. I use the weekly spreads to take notes from my devotional readings during the week. The second page spread has habit trackers, gratitude entries, blessings, and other sections to track and make notes. I use the monthly spread as a memory keeping space. I write down important details from certain days I want to remember. It’s good to refer to when my anxiety starts telling me I’m not having a good month.
My fitness planner is the second section in my planner. It’s also used as a journal. It’s called Healthy Hero. I do use it to plan out my workouts and to write in those events and cheat days that are upcoming so that I will be inspired to work out a little hard or drink more water when those events are approaching. But for me, the main benefit of this planner is the ability to journal and track my feelings as well as food and workouts. Writing a short journal note every morning and writing in my focus for the day has kept me keep fitness on my mind. And when you are focused on something it tends to get done.
The last section is more in line with what most people think of when they think of a planner. I use the Happy Planner Teacher planner. I chose this layout initially because it had five sections down the side and seven across the top. It’s set up on a five-day week like a school week. I’m not a teacher but I loved this layout. I initially used it to track the to do’s that were based on my Fab 5, faith, fitness, family, finances, and fun. But since I have a faith and fitness planner, I use different categories (family, finances, fun, blog, and miscellaneous) This planner is where I schedule my appointments, chores, to do lists and etc.
For now, I’m happy with my planner set up. But the beauty of this system is that it’s easy to change and switch it up as my needs change.
My friends were over this past Sunday and I showed them my planner. They judged me! LOL I didn’t care because by the end of the day, they both had their own mini planners and were playing in stickers with me! I’ve created two new Planner Babes!