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5 Tips for Planning in Your Happy Planner


I have had my Happy Planner for about 3 weeks now and I just love it.  It's my first planner, besides this knockoff Filoxfax that I got on sale at Target when I was like, 12 years old.  I hardly used it because when you're 12 years old, there's not really much that you need to remember.


Above is a picture of my planning materials!  If I get a chance next week, I might actually show some pictures of my weekly spread!

1.  Write in My Work Schedule

Anyone who has a shift job knows how crazy it can be trying to remember your weekly schedule! I've been working at Doubletree for 2 years in the Fall and I've only been late to work one time.  Do you know why I was late?  I didn't write my shifts down in my planner and I got my dates mixed up.

Lesson learned, friends.  Lesson learned.

2.  Grocery List

In the sidebar I like to plan what groceries I'm going to buy.  I almost always find an item or two in the store that I didn't even think of, but planning out my foods ahead of time helps me keep my budget.

3.  Important Appointments

I like to mark in people's birthdays and doctor's appointments so that I don't forget about anything important.  I also go to therapy on a biweekly basis so if I don't write it down, I pretty much always forget.  That can be an issue because they charge you no-show fees if you don't show up and that can get expensive!  Just another way that my planner really helps me out!

4. Daily To-Do Lists

I used to use a moleskine for tracking my daily tasks but now I just make a list in my planner so that I can keep everything.  Keeping lists is one of the best ways to stay productive, in my opinion.

5. Social Plans & Activities

I'm not always the most social person (I think I'm an INTJ or somethin on the Meyers Briggs personality spectrum) so I try to make sure that I get out and do "fun" things a couple of times a week.  Last weekend was a busy one for sure.  I went to a bar with my coworkers on Friday, I went to Brooke's farm on Saturday, and then I went to the Long's Park Music Series to see The Suffers perform on Sunday.

Sometimes my depression and anxiety makes me want to stay in my bed with Netflix, but it's important to make plans and get out there because I always wind up having a lot of fun.

Do you have a Happy Planner, or maybe a Filofox?  What are some of your tips for staying organized in your planner?

P.S.  If you're looking for something different, check out these planners below.  I love the one that says, "I am very busy".  Haha.  Very straightforward!

Take care,
Marian

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