I did a really lousy job of picking out my daily planner this year.
I wanted something different than the student planners I usually use. I wanted something that allowed for some color and creativity, something to draw me back to my planner after creating my to-do list in the morning. I researched planners and stumbled across pins and videos on The Happy Planner. The pages people shared were so cute! I got suckered in by that cuteness and bought one, without thinking about all the things I really need/want my planner to do.
I need room to keep track of appointments (I will forget without seeing it in my planner) and create to-do lists to remind me of what I want to focus on each month, week and day.
I want room to journal my daily activities, jot down inspirational quotes, write down things I want to research, keep a list of books I want to read, write myself reminder notes about photo challenges, keep track of the activities that I’m trying to turn into habits and keep a record of other odd stuff like the weather and moon phases. I also want room to doodle, even though I’m not very good at it.
Recently, I’ve felt the need to have a place to record the contents of my conversations with my mom. We’ve been having more and more conversations like this:
Mom: “I found another creature in my pond! It’s just like the one I found the other day.”
Me: “Um…(trying to remember hearing about a pond creature), I don’t think you told me about the first creature.”
Mom: “I’m sure I did!”
It’s a toss up on which one of us is confused, although it seems like I would remember a pond creature! (The creatures turned out to be salamanders.)
The Happy Planner simply doesn’t have room for all that. Each day you have three skinny boxes, one for morning, one for afternoon and one for evening. There are no pages for lists, reflections or trackers. Sure, you could probably buy some to add. That’s the other thing about the Happy Planner: To keep the cute going, it could easily become a money pit requiring the frequent purchase of stickers, washi tape and other supplies on the ever-growing list of products they sell for it. It’s probably a great planner for scrapbookers but I don’t want to buy or store that kind of paraphernalia.
Since the Happy Planner doesn’t have the spaces I need it to, I have another notebook to write down herbal and aromatherapy recipes, one to collect inspirational quotes, another for doodling and a pile of notes scribbled on papers of different sizes and shapes. Looking back on my notes is rarely helpful because the notes have a hodgepodge of numbers and writing that generally doesn’t make a lick of sense, even to me. Here are a few examples of the gibberish you can find on my notes.
A bunch of numbers then – Pick Decembe. Decembe? Is that different from December? And why would I pick it? When? Out of what?
Sneaky Squirrel – then a bunch of numbers. No idea.
Orange, Orange, Normal Orange – written in orange.
Friday, March 18th, after 2:00 – Whatever it is, it’s coming up soon!
Not February 19th – I hope I didn’t do whatever it was on the 19th!
Phone tree sunset – Maybe something to do with an iPhone photo?
srenstt – That one’s a real head scratcher. I have no idea what I was trying to spell.
Because of my ironic unhappiness with the Happy Planner and my difficulties with organization, I was intrigued by Cee’s mention of bullet journaling in her Share Your World post earlier this week. I followed her link to Boho Berry! and was so inspired by what I saw/read there that I ordered the journal Boho Berry! uses. Since then, Cee’s partner Chris has written several fantastic posts on bullet journaling. You can check out the latest of those here.
My new journal is supposed to arrive on Monday. I can’t wait to get it! I do feel kind of guilty for ditching the Happy Planner after only two months. It’s probably a great planner for people who enjoy scrapbooking and people who are capable of remembering at least a few things without writing them down. I just can’t take ten more months of those skinny boxes though. I need room to make lists, write and doodle to my heart’s content!