Happy Planner Experiment

My Happy Planner Experiment – Will it really make me Happy?

I recently found myself standing in the checkout line at JOANN so fried with stress that I forgot to even use my employee discount. In fact, I didn’t even remember to use any coupons, that’s how stressed out I’ve been! I’ve noticed all these teachers buying Happy Planners lately so I’m wondering… Will a Happy Planner really make me happy or is it all just a bunch of hype to get me to buy what, at first glance, just looks like a glorified calendar?

What Is A Happy Planner?

If you go to the Happy Planner website they tell you “The Happy Planner® is a customizable disc-bound planner system that combines your LOVE for CREATIVITY with your NEED for ORGANIZATION!”

Sounds pretty good, right? I’m a crafty-type person, so I enjoy creativity. I’m also just as busy as everybody else on the planet so yeah, I need to get organized.

But am I so crafty and so busy that I need an actual ‘system’ to get myself organized? I know I sound kinda cynical, but there’s a reason for that…

All that stuff that falls under the ‘System’ category!

Nobody comes through the line at JOANN with just a Happy Planner. They usually have a cart full of Happy Planner accessories. We have more than a whole aisle devoted to Happy Planner stickers, notebooks, note pads, washi tape, paper clips, filler pages, discs, note cards, tags, tabs, post-its, and who knows what other paraphernalia.

So here’s the thing: Do I really have to buy all those accessories just to get organized? And if I do, how much extra time will it take to organize the stuff that’s supposed to help me get organized? And where will I put all that stuff, anyway? There’s no way I’m giving up some of my fabric stash to make room for washi tape!

Just The Planner, Please. For now, anyway.

I’m going to start with just the planner and see what happens. I’m looking at it this way:

  • My life isn’t nearly as complicated as a teacher’s life. Almost, but not quite. So, at this point, I don’t think I need all those accessories.
  • The Happy Planner itself is expense enough. At $30 it would be nice if it also did a load of laundry once or twice a week.
  • If it does its intended job and gets me organized, and if being organized makes me more happy and productive, then maybe I’ll consider adding in some of those Happy Planner extras.

So, let the experiment begin!

I actually bought this Happy Planner on August 10, one day before my birthday. I made a point to wait until my birthday on August 11 to actually start using it so I could see if it really will be The Best Year Ever, as the title on my Happy Planner states.

And, it just occurred to me that maybe you need help getting organized, too. Maybe you’re wondering if a Happy Planner will change your life? My Happy Planner experiment might make for some interesting reading here on the blog, so instead of just making this one super-long post I think I’ll break it up a bit.

If you’re wondering if a Happy Planner would really change your life, stay tuned! Hit the ‘Subscribe’ button over there on the left and follow along with my experiment!

Donna Anderson

Donna Anderson 'works' at Joann Fabrics at 4600 W. Broad St. in Columbus, OH. Just look for the crazy old lady behind the cutting counter. As a kid, she ran with scissors and ate paste. She's since found safer, more creative ways to use her Fiskars and Mod Podge. Next time you're at the store, stop by the cutting counter and have a chat!

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