If you had to write down a list of a everything that made you happy and a list of everything that made you unhappy, which one would be longer? I hate to admit it, but I'm pretty certain that my 'unhappy' list would be the winner. With most planners focusing purely on productivity, the Happiness Planner focuses on nothing other than YOUR own happiness and is designed to help you to welcome more happiness and positivity into your life by planning and controlling your thoughts and weeks ahead.
I have to say, I am in love with the whole concept of this amazing planner - it is exactly what I've been looking for to help myself become more organised and in control of my life. In the first section of the planner, you work through some small exercises and answer a few questions about your life (i.e. what are your strengths?, what are your weaknesses?, what do you want to achieve in a years time?) to help you reflect on yourself and the things that you have the control to change. It then turns into an undated planner for the next 100 days where you are able to start each week by setting yourself goals (time-management goals, financial goals, work goals, personal goals) and then it has a section for each day (inspiring thoughts, exercises, goals, meals, a to-do list and a schedule) with the added touch of an inspirational quote at the bottom of every page.
At the end of each week, there is a reflection page where you can record the good and bad things about the previous week, giving you the chance to write down the positive side of the negative things mentioned and the things that you'd like to improve on next week. In my opinion, self reflection and development show the strength in your personality and can determine your whole outlook on life, and once you're in control of those bad things, you're on the way to leading a healthier and happier lifestyle - which is why I find that these types of exercises are so important to do. I've been using this planner for just over a week now and it sounds crazy but it has really made a difference to the way I feel when I wake up in the mornings. It has helped me to manage the time I spend on the things that I enjoy doing (e.g. blogging and spending time with my family) and is teaching me to control my stress when I've had a bad day instead of bringing negativity home with me and offloading it onto the people that love me the most, which isn't fair if you think about it.
I'm really excited to continue using this planner and to see if it helps me further into being more proactive in terms of setting goals and just being a more positive person overall. I'm gonna try to be realistic in the goals that I set so that I don't feel down if I don't complete them, instead I'll just try harder to achieve them the following week! If the Happiness Planner sounds like something you'd like in your life, you can get your hands on it here.
What do you think of this idea? Is the Happiness Planner something you need in your life?