I spent the 100 days of summer using the Happiness Planner. The planner style I’m using is a 3-month version.
I picked it up by chance when I had a gift certificate from Anthropology and thought it looked the mid year pick-me-up I need. It was.
The planner starts by asking what makes you happy & unhappy, what are your strengths & weaknesses, what upsets you and what do you want to improve, etc. There is a place for goals, so I set summer goals (mostly around getting outside more, playing my ukulele and enjoying myself). Then I jumped in.
Weekly you put in your schedule and each day you record “what I’m excited about,” “good things about today,” “what I hope for tomorrow.” There is a place to list daily goals, exercise and meals. I loved the focus on the positive.
- It was doable – setting goals for 100 days was something I could do. I found I was more focused and I achieved 50% more of my goals.
- It was different – I liked having to think each day about what I was looking forward to. That really starts the day off differently – I liked it!
- I could use it with what I already use (I use The Way App where I track my daily personal rituals).
- Each week there is a 2-page summary which included a place to describe the week in 3 words (which was fun to think about) & a place to “score” your happiness, health and engagement.
- On the 2-page weekly summary there was a place for me to record what I learned that week – those ideas got captured and I could refer back to them. I really loved that.
My plan was just to do this for the summer and then to go back to my regular planner but I bought a second one to use for the next 100 days!