Monday, January 2, 2017

Get Organized with The Happy Planner - MINI Size


Happy New Year friends!  I hope you all had a fabulous start to 2017.  Here in San Diego we had a cold and rainy end to 2016 and into the new year.  But we still got some fun family time in, and hung out with friends on NYE.  I think we're ready for 2017...but maybe not quite ready to start waking up early for school again.  ;)  

One of my last purchases of 2016 was a new day planner for 2017.  It's a constant goal of mine to simplify while still being efficient.  I knew that one area I could apply this was by downsizing my day planner. 

There are many amazing planner brands out there that offer beautiful, large day planners that you can decorate to your hearts desire.  Some of the popular ones include Erin Condren, The Happy Planner, Inkwell Press, and Plum Family Planner, just to name a few.  

Last year I had the full sized Happy Planner, which I loved to keep track of appointments and other important info.  But since it was so large, more times than not, I wouldn't take it with me anywhere.  Therefore whenever I was out and needed to check my schedule, I couldn't.  Often times when I got home too, I would forget what I was supposed to check on or forget something I needed to plug into the calendar.  That's not being very efficient.

Now I'm not a planner decorator, I don't have a whole tub of washi tape and stickers or anything like that.  So a full-size planner really isn't necessary for me.  But since I AM more of a write things down gal than an iPhone calendar gal, I still did need an actual day planner.  When browsing online one day, I was very happy to find out that the same planner I had last year was actually offered in a MINI size at Michaels. And they were 60% off that day!  
Since I had a happy planner before, I was familiar with the function of it and already loved it.  But since the mini planner is only 4.5" x 7", it would also now be small enough to throw in whatever bag I am using that day.  And if I ever do get the planner decorating bug, it is also still large enough to embelish.

An added bonus for me was that the mini planner fit perfectly in a Ju-Ju-Be Quick bag.  If you know me, you know that I LOVE Ju-Ju-Be quick bags (and their bags in general) and have a TON of them.  The mini planner fits in the quick, along with a medium set piece that I keep stocked at all times with pens, ear buds, stapler, etc.
Having this option of a "planner bag" makes things so easy to have everything I need to catch up on scheduling, and all in one compact bag.  There's also still plenty of room in the bag for my phone and keys for a Starbucks work and planning session.
Here's to hopefully a more "well planned life".  :)  Have a great first week of 2017!  


xo,
Carly




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