Happy Planner 2017 – 7 Changes I Made

My Happy Planner is Happier in 2017!

The 2017 Happy Planner is fresh and new.  Love the smell!  All of it sparkles.  I turn the pages gently, slowly.  I’m not in a hurry at this time of year.  Haha; how many days will it take before that’s over?

If you have The Happy Planner -Mambi Planner – Me and My Big Ideas – Create 365 – all names of The Happy Planner – you’ll love these changes, plus a free printable!

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7 Changes I Made :

I walked away from The Happy Planner and came running back.  Thankfully, it welcomed me with open pages…that lay flat.  If you are deciding between two planners, I provide my comparison page for you below.

1.Change laminated cover ~

Here are three Happy Planner choices (Follow Your Heart, Hello Life, Be Happy), plus my Hard Cover .  They’re so pretty if you like pretty.  They’re fun if you like a fun vibe.   I knew I wanted a hard cover after watching At Home With Nikki replace her laminated pages with a hard cover.  Who knew!

2.Less pressure to fully decorate ~

I do love a well-decorated planner.  But approaching my calendar without my markers, without a monthly color scheme in my head, or without energy made me feel guilty.  Guilty for not opening my calendar to an elaborate design.  I kept thinking, “I should go all out and decorate this. I’m not using this to its fullest potential.”  We’re all busy and tired.  Alot. Shedding this pressure to decorate my 2017 Happy Planner to the nth degree every week seemed to help me mentally.  Now I approach it with whatever mood I’m in at that moment.  And again, it welcomes me with open pages that lay flat.

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Aren’t these stickers adorable?  I like these too.  And how fun are these?  They are themed for you!!  I like these and these washi stickers as well.  I’m loving weather stickers at the moment!

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3.Paper Mate Flair Markers or Ink Joy Pens ~

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What pens are your fave for planners?  I’m giving myself permission to write with whatever is more convenient to me.  I’m shedding that pressure to make myself use cute markers every time I jot something down.   I’m using pens, pencils, crayons and beyond!

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4.Use sticky notes

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For tentative events, I want to use sticky notes.  And guess what?!  The sticky notes do not have to match the overall theme of the month/week.  I love the gold flags in these Paper Clips.

5.Use pocket folders

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Pocket Folders now hold receipts, inspirational cards, stickers, etc.  And they can be used as Decor that adds a stiffness to sections.

I’m ready to update my Pocket Folders from last year that were never used.  These are the next ones I’ll purchase.   

6.Use Notes Pages even more

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I’m putting a few of the Notes pages at the back of each month.  Notes are a good place to put sick day details, future goals, reminders, recipe ideas that you see on pinterest or hear of—I might write, “Look up panera broccoli cheese soup recipe again” at the end of January.  They sell a pack of 40 sheets, and in it you get 20 pgs of Graph Paper and 20 pgs of Notes Paper.  These are worth every penny to me.

7.Forgive Myself

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This Free Printable (much brighter when printed) is great for marking off habits each day to help you achieve your overall vision for each month.  When I don’t meet my goals for each month, it’s okay.  My Happy Planner is just a happy plan of what I’m working toward.  No pressure to be perfect every day!  If you want a smaller version for a planner that you are happy with, let me know!

You can always find me on my LauriePOP Ideas That POP YouTube Channel.  We can also Pin and be friends on Instagram.

Thanks for POPping over!

Features That Brought Me Back to The Happy Planner

Me & My Big Idea – Create 365 – Happy Planner at Michael’s

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Month view is on two pages Month view is two pages.
Long, vertical rectangles for each day (Vertical View)-week on two pages Short horizontal view; week on two pages
Each day broken into am, mid-day, and evening One horizontal rectangle for whole day-about half of vertical view
Space for large handwriting If I’m going to jot something down really quick, the metal rings get in my way
Pull out and put back In pages, and you don’t have to open the rings. Pull out and put back in pages, but you have to open all the rings and then pull.
Outer cover is really thick; nice deep pocket folder inserts with varying designs and quotes. Hard but squishy cover with small pockets in the front cover in totally cute coral pink

I’m linking up with Shelbee on the Edge and A Pocketful of Polka Dots today .

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