When your week looks cute as hell it's hard not to be a tad more excited about it.
Although I'm currently managing google calendars for a living, there's nothing better than a great paper planner to prep for a productive week.
There are two types that give me planner peace;
The Passion Planner
the Happy Planner.
I think there is no right planner to have, it's all dependent on your needs. For me, the top 3 most important things about choosing a planner are:
- size must be compact and lightweight
- weekly layout functionality
- overall cute factor
These two made the cut for me, and I know you will love them too!
1. Passion Planner Compact
($24.99, purchased online only)
Link to buy: Passion Planner | Instagram: @passionplanner
This planner is perfect for: the goal digging multi-tasker who doesn't want anything falling through the cracks. I can't stress enough how much the Passion Planner has helped with time management.
Weekly layout: It's vertical hourly layout has kept me on track while balancing work, social life, gym time, and other varying commitments in between. The wide hour range from 6:00am to 11:00pm is helpful, whether you are a productive early bird or night owl.
It's goal oriented. From the very first page, the Passion Planner system guides you through a road map of goals and then walks you through how to break those goals into steps. These steps help you integrate them into your weekly to do lists. YAS, that is how you get sh*t done.
- Favorite Features: weekly gratitude and goal setting, monthly reflections, open space for random notes and personal and work to do lists are split up
- Pros: functionality, goal-oriented, structured for busy life
- Cons: minimal room for washi and stickers, and lack of flexibility with how to use layout differently
I love my Passion Planner to death, but with a steady Monday-Friday office schedule, I haven't utilized the hourly breakdown lately. I realized it's a good time to try something different and get crafty with it.
2. THE HAPPY PLANNER
($29.99 both in store at Michael's and Hobby Lobby or online the MAMBI website)
...and with 40% off coupon, I picked mine up at Michaels for $17.99.
The Happy Planner is perfect for: the ever-changing creative and the planner sticker and washi tape enthusiast.
Weekly layout: The Happy Planner has a 3-box vertical layout, similar to the fellow $65 Erin Condren Life Planner. The beauty of this type of layout makes it absolutely flexible in function, but you do have to experiment and create a system that works for you. This part got overwhelming to me at first, but once I figured out my routine (events | to do | health and gratitude), it was smooth sailing.
Tons of options. Initially, I thought the Happy Planner was too thick and heavy for me. To make it the right size to carry on my commute daily, I had to take out a 12 of the 16 months included. I purchased the mini discs (here) and only carry 6 months at a time. Now, it's perfect. That's only one example of many options there are to make it your own. There are so many design options, sticker packs and inserts. Creative customization is definitely their niche.
- Favorite features: The disc system is life changing! It's so easy to pull pages out and put them back. Also, the Happy Planner accessories are so cute and tempting.
- Pros: Affordable, easy to find in stores, and customization is endless
- Cons: Not intuitive; you will need to create a system that works best for you!
Honestly, I love them both and easily see myself switching between the two depending on my pace of life, and how many things I need to juggle at that time.
Hope this helps you find your planner peace! Let me know what planners you love!