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Why I am Still A Happy Planner Girl

My Review of The Happy Planner After a Year of Use

This is my review of the Happy Planner after a full year of use. I point out everything that I liked, what I didn't and why I'm still a Happy Planner girl. You'll also find tons of suggestion and my favorite, must-have add-ons to help you get started with your very own Happy Planner.

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Last year I started using the Happy Planner. I’ve always loved planners, and I’m big on writing things down in order to stay organized. It definitely helps keep productivity high! You can read all about why I chose the Happy Planner in my post from last year.

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My Thoughts After a Year of Using the Happy Planner

Well, after using the planner all year, I can now tell you my thoughts on it. I have to say, I absolutely loved it! There were only a couple things that I wasn’t thrilled with, but other than that, I am so happy with my decision to go with the Happy Planner!

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What I Didn’t Like About the Planner

Let’s start with the not so positive. There really wasn’t much to not like about this planner, but there were just a few things that didn’t work well for me.

The Undated Calendar Can Be a Pain

I accidentally purchased one of the Happy Planners that is undated.

That was clearly MY bad.

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It’s a great concept if you’re going to start using the planner mid-year, but it took me by surprise that I had to place all the stickers for the months and number stickers for the days. It wasn’t a huge deal, I did it all in about an hour, but this year when I went shopping for my planner I made sure to get a dated one! So it’s just a heads up, if you don’t want to do the work of labeling months and days, make sure you get a dated planner!

The Large Planner Can Be Inconvenient at Times

As for the size of the planner, last year I decided to go with the big Happy Planner. It worked well, and it sat on a table in my office all year. I don’t regret getting the big one, but this year I decided to switch things up and get the regular size Happy Planner. It should make it easier to move around the house if I need to.

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I mentioned in my “Setting up the Happy Planner” video from last year, that I wasn’t used to using the weekly view of the planner. My planners have always been monthly planners, with the full month view.

The Weekly View Took Some Getting Used To

I struggled all year trying to use the weekly view, and would mostly decorate it instead of actually writing things down. This year, I have a plan for the weekly view. Now that my blog has me busier than ever, I will use it for scheduling things out for my blog. This way, I’ll keep most of the monthly view for family and school things.

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That’s it for the not so positive, and as you can see, they really aren’t negative things at all. Just things to get used to when using a new planner. So let’s move on to why I love it so much!

What I Love About the Planner

Overall, I absolutely loved my planner and am looking forward to using my new one. Here are a few of the things that I loved most.

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It Kept Me Super Organized

The Happy Planner did really help to keep me organized all year, and not miss any important dates or events. I love the monthly view and the fact that the daily squares are big enough to write important things in and decorate at the same time.

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It’s Oh So Pretty

Can we talk about how pretty these planners are?!? The covers just make you smile! The colors and themes are beautiful, and the inspirational quotes are well, inspirational and motivating.

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It’s Very Durable

The planner held up super well, the covers are still in perfect shape, and I never had issues with pages ripping. Granted, since I had the big planner, it didn’t get moved around much, but I was impressed with the quality nonetheless.

My Favorite Add-Ons to the Happy Planner?

Definitely the awesome sticker packs!

Sticker Packs

They are not only adorable, but they are also so useful! I bought several last year, and the one I used the most was the Mom pack. I went through a good portion of it. The next one I used the most was the Productivity pack.

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I still have stickers left in all of the packs, so this year I only bought two additional ones. An extra Mom pack, because I was out of some necessary stickers, like doctor appointments and such and I also got a smaller productivity pack to complement what I have left over from last year’s.

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Getting Started With The Happy Planner

Here's what you'll need to get started with your own Happy Planner

The Happy Planner

There are quite a few Happy Planners out there so, you won’t have trouble picking one that’s just right for you. Here are a few of my suggestions:

  • Last year I got the large Be Happy Every Day planner which came in a kit with extra stickers and other goodies. This year I opted for a medium sized planner.
  • If you’re looking to get started easily with your own kit, there is a good variety to choose from here.
  • There are special editions for teachers and students and there’s even one geared toward helping to plan and schedule a fitness journey.
Washi Tape

I am such a Washi tape fanatic now. There are so many cute patterns and colors available.

  • My favorite spots to pick up Washi tape are here and here. These Washi boxes come with a variety of different colors and patterns and are a great way to get started.
  • For storing my Washi tape, I got this dispenser. If you already have, or plan on having, a large collection of Washi tape, this organizer is the perfect solution.
Stickers & Inserts

There are stickers for any and everything. Here is some of what I got:

Pocket Folders

The only other add-on I purchased was an extra pack of pocket folders since the ones I got last year would be too big for my now smaller planner.

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Washi Tape

I didn’t buy any more washi tape since I still have plenty left.

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A Pack of Pens

I did manage to sneak in a pack of my favorite pens as well. Last year I tried the Paper Mate InkJoy pens but wasn’t satisfied with them. They tend to form a glob of ink at the tip when not in use, causing smudging when you write. And we can’t have that! So I went back to my old favorites Paper Mate Flair. I’ve loved these forever and now they come in some amazing colors!

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My New Happy Planner

As for my new smaller Happy Planner, it still has all the same great features as the big one, everything is just more condensed. I love that it has the monthly goal pages where you can jot down notes, birthdays and important items at the beginning of each month. It also has a beautiful sturdy cover and the signature rings that bind it all together. What I love most about the smaller one this year is that it’s dated! This allows for it to have an awesome two page spread at the front showing you a yearly view of 2018 and 2019. And of course, I won’t have to spend an hour labeling months and days.

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What’s Going to Happen to My Old Planner?

Well, I’m turning it into a binder! It already has the awesome covers and I have the beautiful pocket folders to go with it. I’ve added a pack of paper for notes and will be buying a hole puncher so I can put some of my own pages in it. I will be using it for my blogging material.

So I’m happy to say that after a whole year, I am still a Happy Planner girl and will happily continue to be! I look forward to using this year’s planner to its full potential!

Do you use a planner? Which is your favorite one? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

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  • Holly says:

    I ran into the same problem of running out of my favorite stickers! Try eBay. I bought just the pages I needed additional pages of. For example: I love the steps and scale trackers. I bought 2 additional pages of those stickers (a seller on eBay was selling different single pages from books). Also found great deals on eBay, several sellers sell 2 books for the price of 1 book (of course this seller charges $4 shipping but that isn’t too bad for me).

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