My sister, Grace, surprised me with a gift yesterday. I wasn’t expecting anything, in fact, when she handed me this big pink box I wondered, “What could be so heavy?” It happened to be this thing called The Happiness Planner, a 2017 planner that’s not only beautiful but inspirational!
Though it comes in a few different colors, the pink/white/gold one is the prettiest. Inside the box, you’ll find these free flowing pamphlets that invite you to reflect on your life. Here’s just a few of them:
My New Year’s Resolutions
My Bucket List
2017 Vision Board
In 2017 I Will…
Of course, the planner itself is the best part. At the very beginning, there’s a Happiness Roadmap, several exercises to help you reflect on yourself. They’re designed to get you to think about what makes you happy and fulfilled. The goal is to plan ahead, for the next 12 months, and mindfully integrate good habits into your daily life.
Now, for the meat of it. The planner is divided up by month. You first get a general month calendar, then a month “plan” where you can set personal and work goals, and finally there’s a sheet of paper for each day of the year. At the very top, there’s an inspirational quote and then you can fill in your schedule and to-do list. At the bottom of the page, you can write what you’re grateful for and what you hope for tomorrow.
I’m a Google Calendar-type of girl but I’m going to use both of the calendars simultaneously this year. Google Calendar is great because it reminds me of all my appointments, (and I can see Sam’s) , but I’m looking forward to carrying this new “buddy” around with me to work on bigger “stuff” like goals and self-reflection.
Here’s a few things the planner is meant to do:
“You will wake up everyday thinking about things that excite and inspire you.”
“You will end each day feeling grateful by thinking about the good things that happened.”
“You will focus on making each day a good day instead of worrying far too much about the future or thinking too much about the irreversible past. Eventually you will become more mindful and live in the present.”
I was using this gradient planner until Grace introduced me to this one. You’ll get the most out of it if you set aside some time to really think about the answers to their questions. Like most things, the more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.