I’ve always been a #plannerbabe.
Ever since I was handed my first Scholastic planner in Homeroom at the start of fifth grade, I knew I would write in it every day. Did you ever have one in school? They weren’t pretty or anything… They were pretty much just large, spiral-plastic bound notebooks, but I just loved having something to write my plans and goals in. There were sometimes inspirational quotes or photos in the margins, but otherwise, you could probably call it basic. Very basic.
After I was introduced to this (hecka basic) planner, I just fell in love with the idea of planning my day and planning my life. I continued to use planners throughout high school and nursing school. And I cannot start to tell you how useful a planner was in nursing school! When you have numerous assignments each day, multiple classes to study for, and so many schedules and tasks to remember, it can be difficult to keep it all together. I truly feel that planning was a big contributor to my successful completion of nursing school. ( I mean, good teachers and great clinical lessons were helpful too…)
What Planner I Use
On the Me and My Big Ideas site, you can find all kinds of Happy Planners, tons of ideas, and many stickers and accessories. I am not sure which of these places is better for the pocketbook since I am a Michaels girl, but I know all of these places have sales or coupons you can take advantage of.
I have loved this planner so much! It has been a perfect assistant to me and has met my many needs this year- as a nurse, as a bride-to-be, and as a lover of all things creative.
A few things I like about the Happy Planner:
- Many Happy Planners, like the one I purchased, come completely blank. No calendar dates or months are specified, so the owner can fill that information in herself.
- The pages easily come off and can be reattached. This is helpful for when you are decorating or organizing your week. You can take out the page you need and can truly work on a flat surface.
- There are so many printables, pages, and page accessories that can easily go inside.
- There are three sizes- the Classic, the Mini, and the Big. I purchased a Big one mainly because at the time I was in full wedding mode. I was busy and found a large planner handy when I needed to attach or store papers and receipts.
I’m sure you can imagine just how customizable this planner is! I learn more about the uses and options of this planner every time I go to the store. You can do so much!
How I Plan
I truly feel like my style in planning has grown so much since I began using this planner. In the beginning, I had no idea what to do with so much space! I searched around online and on Pinterest to find some ideas and couldn’t find a lot of spreads that I liked. It was YouTube that really helped me find some inspo that shaped my style.
Things I like to add to my spreads:
- bullet points
- washi tape
First, I take a moment, gather all my washi tape and markers, and decide what color scheme I want for the week. Since the Happy Planner is a blank canvas, you have free reign. There are no boundaries girls! Sometimes I use paper as the focal point of the spread, but lately, I have been starting with washi tape. Taping the edge or random lines or boxes are all allowed because YOU GOTTA DO YOU. I just try and make my heart happy. It may take a while, but I get there. It mainly takes time to coordinate my schedule and lists into the plan.
I just put on some good music and get planning. Below is a slideshow with shots of my planner, some of the weeks I have had, and a glimpse of my new planner. (Spoiler Alert: It’s not a Happy Planner, which makes me… well, sad. But the reason goes along with my BIG NEWS.)
My Big News
As many of you know, I have been a nurse for about 4 years. I graduated from a vocational nursing college in 2013 and have been so happy as an LPN. I love learning new things about my profession and I love being able to help others. It kind of comes naturally for me since I am a people-pleaser. For the past 4-5 months, my husband and I have been discussing the option of me returning to school. We prayed about whether it will be a good decision for our family and took time to consider how we would be affected. We finally came to the realization that NOW is the time to do it, if I am going to do it. (Not when I have 17 rugrats asking me for Totino’s pizza rolls.)
So I am going back to school!!!
It’s big news for me since I love school. I can definitely understand if you feel like it’s just school. I get it, not many people like school. Personally, I’ll only be going for my associate’s degree which won’t take me too long since I have credits from my LPN classes. It’ll be difficult once I get into the nitty-gritty of nursing school again, but I’ll survive. I’ve done it before, so I can do it again.
I got another planner mainly because I spend A LOT of time planning and I know I won’t have much extra time pretty soon. Having such a large and customizable planner is beautiful but it is time-consuming. I needed basic, and in the least-shadiest way, this planner is as basic as it gets without being ugly. I like it though. I have room to add lists, a couple of stickers, and some washi tape- but that’s it. Which helps me to focus my time on what’s at hand- college scholarship hunting. I’ll keep you guys posted on how everything goes!
Special shoutout to a special friend of mine and the GWL blog – Rocío Vargas at shulammitegirl.com ; this lady has been patient yet persistent in the sweetest way possible in regards to this planning post! Thanks for your encouragement and suggestion, and congratulations on 3 YEARS of blogging!!