Planner Nerd Alert: My Happy Planner & My Uncalendar

I recently noticed a trend both in the crafting community and in my younger colleagues…the paper planner is making a comeback.

For a visual learner like myself, this was very exciting. I was most excited by how I saw my crafty friends transform their planners in to beautiful pieces of art. So I absolutely wanted in on the fun.

What made me do a screeching halt…the COST of some of these planners. I just couldn’t wrap my head around paying that much for paper! Yes, as a scrapbooker I realized that this is the most hypocritical statement I could ever make!

Well lo and behold, Me & My Big Ideas had a very reasonably priced planner called the Happy Planner (about half the cost of some of the high end planners I was eyeing). It wasn’t just functional, it was also super cute and had all these embellishments I could buy. It ALSO came on my favorite type of binding – the disc system.  If you know nothing about disc bound notebooks, be prepared to have your worlds rocked.

I first heard about the disc bound system from teacher friends.  Levenger was probably one of the first companies I had discovered that had this system.  But like the Franklin Coveys of the world, I simply couldn’t justify that price when I was in graduate school (a LONG LONG time ago).  Don’t get me wrong – their stuff is gorgeous!  I just couldn’t justify the expense when I was trying pay off my debt.

Enter one of my hundreds of trips to a Staples store. I’m a girl that loves her office supplies, so I can roam a Staples as if it was my craft stores. I’ll look at the many pens, post its, etc. Well, can you imagine my shock to discover that they had a disc system too?  it’s called Arc and it’s the more reasonably priced version of the Levenger system so of course I had to have it.

Are you noticing a trend?

Up until this summer, I had been using my Passion Planner. I love the planning, goal setting and reflection of the planner but I quickly realized that I did not need the time slots. I keep my appointments on my phone and outlook so there was an entire chunk of the planner that I wasn’t using at all.  What I needed was a place to write to-do lists per day.

The Happy Planner seemed to be more of what I was looking for so i purchased it!

The day that it was scheduled to arrive, I boldly proclaimed my love of planners on facebook only to be immediately schooled by the very same teacher friend that told me about the Disc system. She told me about the revolutionary planner called The Uncalendar – it gave her the space to lay out her week and to jot down multiple lists in one space.  Multiple lists?  What?! I immediately looked it up and realized that this layout was exactly what I needed for work!

So even though I was literally waiting for one planner, I ordered a SECOND!  Let’s all chuckle together….these two planners together equal the cost of one the more high end planners I was considering.  OF COURSE they are, right?

But what has happened is this…I think I have found the perfect work planner (which is where I needed it most) while also now having a fun calendar for my goals. Logically, I have to decorate both with my arsenal of supplies!  So here’s a few sneak peeks. I need to take some better pictures later, but these pics will give you a general idea of how I’ve made them both work for me (for now). I tend to post more on my instagram if you want to see other potential layouts.

Maybe my perfect planner combines both, but maybe I’ll whittle down to one eventually. For now, I’m enjoying the creative process of jazzing up the very serious task of scheduling out my week.

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My Happy Planner – I’ve eliminated the Morning, Afternoon and Evening sections and instead converted them into my goal sections. Each area has tasks or journalling. Despite all the cuteness, I wasn’t very good about accomplishing my tasks or documenting my progress this week. Next week will be better!

The blank Uncalendar was a little too bold and intimidating for me at first glance.

The blank Uncalendar was a little too bold and intimidating for me at first glance. The primary colors serve an organizing purpose that I choose not to use so I needed to diffuse the intensity of the overall look.

The Uncalendar's weekly layout jazzed up a bit. There are no dates and there are lines for task jotting! Since I only use this for work, the weekend boxes along the bottom tend to become areas of creative liberty.

The Uncalendar’s weekly layout jazzed up a bit. There are no dates and there are lines for task jotting! Since I only use this for work, the weekend boxes along the bottom tend to become areas of creative experimental fun.

My favorite part of the Uncalendar is the block page. Look at all those different blocks?! Those turn in to different targeted lists for projects or departmental work. I looooooooooooooove this aspect of the planner.

My favorite part of the Uncalendar is the block page. Look at all those different blocks?! Those turn in to different targeted lists for projects or departmental work (I oversee two plus have special projects). I looooooooooooooove this aspect of the planner.

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