Today I’m sharing with you a review of the 2016 Happiness Planner. There’s been a lot of planner chat on this blog lately, but it’s that time of year we might start thinking about how to get organised for the ever closer new year!
In May, I shared a review of the (undated) 100-Day Happiness Planner and introduced you guys to this new positive approach to planning. The concept of these planners is to quite simply focus on what makes you happy. A combination of self reflection, goal setting and gratitude journalling means this planner really has the capacity to change your outlook and to implement positive habits.
This year the planner comes in pink or blue and has a gift box in the same colour. The gold foil touches are back for this year and the planner is spiral bound (meaning it is a bit bigger than 2015).
Some separate goal setting lists are also included this year, alongside a handful of gold paper clips. These are printed on a shiny paper and encourage you to set some goals for habit changing and new year’s resolutions.
The planner starts with a ‘roap map’ to assess your current state of happiness. After this, the planner is split into months (with pretty divider tabs) and each page is dated to encourage you to make an entry every month and day. The daily pages ask you to note to-dos, positive moments, a schedule and hopes for the next day. At the end of each month, you answer a page of review questions and score your happiness levels.
This makes for quite a hefty planner, but I imagine it might be one that is left on a desk or night stand to complete at the beginning or end of each day. It’s not particularly portable despite it’s extreme prettiness.
One thing I think I will miss is a page marker. Despite the monthly dividers, there isn’t a way to easily navigate to the currently daily page. I guess it’s a great excuse to make a DIY page marker for your planner! You could also use the paper clips as a bookmark.
The planner is littered with quotes from inspirational figures and ‘happy’ people. At the very end, the final three pages ask you to reflect on the entire year and to total your happiness scores.
I always try to live a positive life. Combining that with my love of planners and such a pretty one too, already kick starts my happiness levels.
To see a detailed look inside the planner (including individual page contents), you can watch my video here or below!
What do you think to using a planner to create a happy life?