Sunday, 27 August 2017

Leaving the Bullet Journal Behind

This has been a sad time for me. It feels like the end of an era! I have had a Bullet Journal for going on two years now, it is something I have grown with and created to be something I have needed for me, to help with organising, planning and generally taking notes. However it is time for me to move on.

Why The Change?

I know this all seems very extreme, but when you have gotten used to something for so long, it takes some time to get used to such a change! But it has been done, and I have moved on from having a Bullet Journal and gone for something that I have wanted for some time, a Happy Planner.

In a very simple way, I couldn't keep up with my Bullet Journal, I had so much love for it, it was my pride and joy (honestly...). With my change in job last month and a lot of my time being spent there, I am not able to devote as much time to my Bullet Journal as I would really like to. I am completely ok with that, I completely loved the creative side of my Bullet Journal, but I can also do that with the Happy Planner. While it has been an expense, it is not one I regret, and it means I can still plan like a crazy person but it is not necessarily quite as time consuming.

This is not to say I am not open to creating a Journal again. I do have a notebook set up until the end of the year but I am in two minds about using it! I still have until September to decide what I am going to do, but at the moment I feel like it is not the right thing to do!

What Is A Happy Planner?

A Happy Planner is very similar to an Erin Condren planner, however as EC are simply out of my budget and personalised greatly I just cannot justify getting one. So I had been looking into getting a Happy Planner and was literally over the moon when I saw Suzy Stick It had a little sale on the Happy Planners she had in stock, and thats when I thought it was the perfect time to place an order!

The layout is by month, obvs, with a goals page which was so unexpected and I love! It is then set out weekly, with four or five spreads per month depending on how many weeks the month is spread over! There is then 3 boxes per day, so 3 rows per week, meaning I can split my days up into three sections.

I generally ordered around a good time, as a lot of the Planner Stickers I had been eyeing up were part of shops taking part in a Christmas in July sale, and we all love a bargain. While I did buy a fair bit to get me started and get me through several months, I did get it cheaper than I normally would, so that's a win right?

You can see my Sticker Haul for my Happy Planner here, I did purchase many more stickers but stupidly stuck them all in before taking photos, what a terrible blogger I am! However I do plan on showing how I am using my Happy Planner and this would be a great way for me to show you the other kits I got!

Why I Chose A Happy Planner?

I honestly think that this is the best thing I've ever chosen! A month or so ago, my head was a mess, I literally could not get my thoughts together. I was so frustrated and my Bullet Journal wasn't laid out in a way that was working for me anymore. So with the new layout of the Happy Planner, it has made the world of difference.

For now, using the layout, I have gone with a to do list at the top, a decorative box and then a meal plan all along the bottom. I have recently seen some other spreads that could potentially mix up what I have done already but I can do it in the future. 

Long story short, I got the Happy Planner because it could organise different aspects of my life, such as general life, studying, blogging and most importantly my meal plan! 

How I Plan On Using My Happy Planner:

To state the obvious, to plan of course! As I have mentioned already, I have split the day up into 3 and it means that if I wanted to, I can plan weeks in advance! At the moment my focus is very much on losing weight and it means I can plan out the week of meals to make sure I am eating on plan!

Would you prefer to see weekly or monthly updates for my Happy Planner? Is there anything to do with planning you would love for me to share?

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