In 2016, I used a Classic Happy Planner for everything. Work. Personal. Memories. Blogging. Everything was kept in one planner. I worked from home, and my job was not that demanding. I did a lot of things every day, so I didn’t always need to write them down. Since I worked from home, everything in my life kind of blended together anyway. It made since that my planner reflected that.
I’m trying something different for 2017. I’m starting a new job that I think will be a little more demanding. Plus, I’ll be working in an office, so I won’t be able to run to the grocery store or start dinner between phone calls and emails.
One of the things I’m excited about with my new job, is a having a little more separation between my work and personal life. As I was thinking about my planner for 2017, I decided to continue that separation of church and state with my planners.
I want to be more in the moment, so I can completely focus on work at work and home at home. I don’t want to think about my after-work errands while I’m in meetings all day. That’s not helpful or productive!
So, I’m trying separate planners for separate areas of my life. I have SIX (yes, six!) planners in my 2017 lineup.
It’s a lot, and, honestly, it sounds a little overwhelming. BUT, each of this planners has a very specific purpose. I’ll be using each planner at a specific time and place, and there will be very little overlap.
AND, two of these planners (faith + fitness) are on my “Ideal Week” list. This means if life is crazy and overwhelming, I give myself permission to completely forget these two planners exist for the week. Guilt free.
One final thought before we get into the planners: I’m actually switching to my 2017 lineup in November. As I mentioned, I’m starting a new job the second week of November. That seems like the perfect time to implement new routines, so I’m starting now. Extension packs will forever be my BFF!
Every Week Essentials:
This is Your Year Classic Happy Planner™
What I’ve added: Expander Discs, Snap In Cover, Daily Pages, Note Pages, Sticky Note Dashboard, Bookmark Dashboards
What I’m using it for: Work
Notes: This planner will likely stay at work, or at least in my work bag,99 percent of the time.
Hello Beautiful Mini Happy Planner™
What I’ve added: Medium Discs, Snap In Cover, Classic Discs, Bookmark Dashboards
What I’m using it for: Personal
Notes: I plan on leaving this planner in my purse, and looking at it every evening before I drive home to make sure I don’t forget any errands.
Be Bright Mini Happy Planner™
What I’ve added: Note pages (My quick note page modification)
What I’m using it for: Blog and social media planning
Notes: This planner will stay home, and I’ll only look at it when I’m working on something related to my blog or Instagram.
Today is the Day Big Happy Planner™
What I’ve added: Folders
What I’m using it for: Memory keeping
Notes: My plan is to do these pages in one sitting on the weekend.
Ideal Week Hopefuls:
Happy Planner™ – Faith Edition
What I’ve added: Deluxe Cover, Note Pages, Sticky Note Dashboard
What I’m using it for: Bible study journal
Notes: I use this planner more as a journal, than a planner. This planner will stay home, but I’ll probably take it to church, too.
Mini Fitness Happy Planner™
What I’m using it for: Getting healthier!
Notes: I likely won’t use this every week, but I do hope to use it regularly. I’m considering taking out a week at a time to add to my Hello Beautiful Mini, so I’m not carrying both with me.