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I must say, one of the best feelings in the world is getting a new planner, pretty notebook, set of pens, etc. — who’s with me on this one? When I got my new Create 365 The Happy Planner from me & my BIG ideas, I was so excited to mark up all the pages and start feeling like I have my life together (as if any college student ever does). I had so much fun with it, and I’ve been looking forward to writing this post!
I ordered the design “Stay Positive” in the standard size. All the pictures in this post will be of that design, but if you’re interested in getting a Happy Planner, I recommend looking through photos of every design, for all of the insides look slightly different. For now though, read on for my review of the product itself.
What I like
This was the biggest pro for me personally. As you can see in the photo below, each day has three separate boxes, unlike many ordinary planners you get from office supply stores. These are probably meant for morning, afternoon and evening, but what I like is that they’re not labeled, meaning you can use them for whatever is most helpful to you. I use the top one for events, the middle one for assignments due that day and the bottom one as a to-do list for the day. This allows me to have the functions of my daily and weekly bullet journal spreads combined into one (neater) weekly spread. However, you could use them however you see fit. Plus, it has an extra column on the side for other notes for the week.
Before the calendar page for each month, there’s space for goals, important dates, birthdays and more. Plus, the “currently” section is cute and makes me want to find things to fill in all the categories! These pages are super cool for organizing monthly thoughts and other things that don’t fit into the calendar page or the vague “notes” column.
In case you don’t know much about the Happy Planner, one of the things that makes it unique is that the binding system is designed so that the pages and dividers can be removed and other ones can be added. As someone who was attracted to the bullet journal system because ordinary planners weren’t customizable enough, I think this is GENIUS. me & my BIG ideas makes so many extra add-ins you can get, such as daily pages, expansions like the fitness planner, and even blank pages that can be used for whatever you need them for. I’ve got to get some of those so I can migrate over my bullet journal pages!
Another thing I really liked is that many of the pages throughout the planner have motivational quotes on them. While it may not be as personal as a page of favorite quotes in a bullet journal, the novelty of them makes them special in a different way. It’s just another thing that makes the Happy Planner unique and effective.
It’s just so pretty
A pretty planner without the time spent designing the pages yourself. Need I say more?
What I don’t like
The bulky spiral
Let me start off by saying that this is understandable and probably necessary. For an 18-month planner with this many pages and the ability to add more as you’d like, it’s understandable that quite a large spiral will be necessary. It’s not even much bigger than the width of the pages. However, I have a hard time writing on the Tuesdays of the monthly spreads and the Wednesdays of the weekly spreads because the spiral is in the way of my hand. This could be solved by closing the pages back the other way so that only one half of the week/month is facing up (inconvenient) or might be better once I get more of the way through it and more pages are on the left side (irrelevant to using it right now). It’s not a huge deal breaker, but it is aggravating at times.
The cover shows fingerprints
This is probably a problem with my specific design, since the silver words look fine. However, all the black space on my cover started showing fingerprints after only one use. It’s fine, as it’s usually in my backpack whenever it’s closed, but it’s still annoying and may be worth considering when picking which design to get.
With all of that said and done, I’m in love with this planner and will continue to use it through the rest of the 18 months (and probably get another one after that). If you’re interested in getting it, you can choose the best one for you by going to this page and clicking the options for size and design. If you get one, let me know which design you got in the comments below! I want to hear all about it and what you love about it. Be sure to share this post, too, if you know someone who likes planning or has a lot going on and could use this. Thanks for reading!