Happy Planner/Bullet Journaling - Why I Plan to Merge the Two

Bullet journaling has become the new "in" thing. Don't believe me? Check out Pinterest! I have jumped on the bandwagon and I am in love!

I have been asked on several occasions if my bullet journal will become my main planning tool. My answer is ... NOPE. It's not and here are the reasons why.

1. I love premade monthly and weekly spreads. Yes, yes I know that I can make my own in my bullet journal but mannnnn who has time for that? Sometimes I do, but most of the time I don't and KNOW that I won't. It is so easy to use the pre-made spreads in my Happy Planner that I think "why mess with it if it's not broken?"

2. Pretty! I need pretty. The Happy Planners by MAMBI are beautiful. I don't know about you, but I feel more vested when I like something. In other words, I need to be bribed with pretty spreads to stay organized. (Don't judge me!) Now if you look at Pinterest you will see AHMAZING bullet journal spreads with awesome handwriting. In time I could maybe? probably produce "pin" worthy spreads, but again my problem is time. They take time. Time that I sometimes I don't have.

3. Finally, my biggest issue with getting rid of my Happy Planner for a bullet journal is future planning. I'm not a fan of the methods to future plan in a bullet journal. As a travel agent who specializes in Disney destinations, I sometimes plan vacations over a year in advance! I need the future planning that my Happy Planner gives me. There are way too many date sensitive tasks that go into planning a Disney vacation to add to a future log, not to mention the extra steps added to my organizational process.

Instead of adding tasks/important dates right to the appropriate dates in the future and being done, (because the spreads are already made for me) with a bullet journal I would have to add the details to a future log, then transfer them when I'm ready to create the month they fall in. That's an extra step that I don't want OR have time for!

Now. Why don't I just use my Happy Planner and forget about the bullet journal?

1. I love that my bullet journal has the space to create as many lists and trackers as I want! I also don't have to worry about having to transfer uncompleted lists to the next week, or month, because in my bullet journal, my lists have their very own designated pages.

2. The possibilities are endless. While I don't have the time to make all of my own weekly and monthly spreads I love that I can if I want to. The BEST thing about bullet journals is their ability to CUSTOMIZED to meet your needs!

3. I love Ryder Carroll's organizational methodology. I love the symbols and the signifiers he uses in his bullet journal system. (See a video here.) I have also come up with a few of my own! (I will share in a future post...) I even use his system in my Happy Planner!

So why not just carry a Happy Planner AND bullet journal?

4 words...


That is the only rule I hold myself to, well that and "one must not buy too much washi tape..." The 2nd rule is harder to follow. Urg...

I have inserted my Lechtturm1917 into my Happy Planner. You can see how I did here.

I love it, but for 2017 I'm working on a complete melding of the two.... Harry Potter style even. Can you guess what I am going to do? Hmmmm???

Here's a clue... ooooooo

Stay tuned... you might like it!

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