We often recognize that organization is a discipline. However, we often fail to realize that making space to give our souls life is also a discipline.
One of the many reasons I love the Happy Planner is because it gives me space for both disciplines.
I need a planner to stay organized, to write down all the things I’d forget without a pen and paper. But, strict schedules make my palms sweat and plain pages make me just plain sad. Can I get an amen from my fellow Meyers Brigg FPs?
The Happy Planner works for anyone (and no, they are not paying me to say this). You can use it for any planning system that suits you.
It is a blank canvas that fosters creativity. In just 30 minutes to an hour a week, my soul taps into life-giving creativity and the disciplines of remembering, journaling, and staying organized. Also, it has beautiful covers and dividers that make the soul leap for joy. Who would want to throw this away at the end of the year?
If you're looking for some suggestions, here is how I practice the disciplines of organization and creativity with a planner.
(For free printable, scroll to the bottom)
The Discipline of Organization
For my monthly planning, I use simple stickers and notes to keep track of appointments, meetings, birthdays, etc. I often use washi tape to mark retreats or multi-day trips. I keep a simple list of things I want to accomplish that particular month on the sidebar.
For the weekly spread, I print out “to do” and decorative note stickers and apply them for the entire month on each weekly page. I download free printables and print them on sticker paper. I keep a weekly to do list, written at the beginning of each week on a sheet of list paper.
The daily boxes in my Happy Planner are blank and customizeable, so I split them into three categories: Schedule, To do, and notes. At the beginning of each week, I write all the things scheduled for that week in the schedule boxes. Before I go to bed each night, I write a "to do" list for the next day in the to do box. The notes section is for miscellaneous reminders because I need to write something down if I want to remember it! If I have no reminders, I may write a quote I read and don’t want to forget.
The Discipline of Creativity
The Happy Planner fosters an easy, quick way to create and bring beauty into my life on a daily basis. I use it as a scrapbook journal for remembering and for personal growth.
Each month includes a “currently list,” where I can record things I am doing that month. It’ a fun little list to practice the discipline of remembering. I am also beginning to make a bullet point list of things I am learning that month on the tab page.
Each week, I fill a small similar list of “lasts” and record significant moments on the sidebar. Sometimes I record funny things my kids do or say and sometimes I record precious moments or teachable moments I want to hold close to my heart.
I created journaling cards for each month that contain three questions a week. My goal is to answer the same 12 questions every year in the same month and see how my answers change over the years. (You can download these cards FREE below).
At end of each week, I cover the past days with stickers and punched paper pertaining to a color scheme of the month. It sounds like I put a lot of work into it, but I do all the paper punching and sticker printing at the beginning of the month, which takes about an hour to an hour and a half. This allows me to make quick scrapbookish creations in 30 minutes per week. I do this both on the weekly page and the monthly page.
This is my second year using the Happy Planner, so I am enjoying looking back at last year’s journals and creations and seeing growth and God’s goodness.
NOW FOR THE FREE PRINTABLE!!
As I mentioned above, I created monthly journaling cards and I am giving them to you for free! Just click the sample below to download.
* Opinions are mine. I wrote this post because I love my Happy Planner. I was not contacted by Happy Planner nor given compensation for this post.
Favorite Places to Find Free Happy Planner Printables
Free Pretty Things For You
My Planner Envy
Red Sheep Prints
Check Out the MAMBI Happy Planner blog for ideas on how to customize your Happy Planner!