On Happiness and Planners

Hard to believe another Christmas has come and gone and the New Year of 2018 is upon us!! I am excited for what this New Year has to bring. Last year, I really dived into focusing on my One Little Word for the Year (alieedwards.com). My word was Focus… and I really learned a lot about goal setting, planning and taking the action steps to get my goals accomplished.

3 major things I accomplished this year

  1. I finished Lifetime Academy – the school I went to, to prepare me to take my NASM exam to become a certified fitness trainer.
  2. I sold our old house and bought a new one.
  3. I had ankle surgery and was non-weight bearing for 8 weeks – but I didn’t gain any weight… that’s huge people!!

This year, I have made the choice to use the word Happy for my One Little Word of 2018. Happy – because no matter what goals I accomplish, or what action steps I take… I need to find the joy  and the happiness in what I do.

I can’t depend on anyone else for my happiness. So, I will be exploring… where does my happiness come from? God? Myself? Others? In what I do? All of the Above? Does happiness just happen or do you have to always try for it? How can I stay happy? Is happy the cure for depression?

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Anyways, at the close of the year… my thoughts turn to needing someplace to document all my thoughts, ideas and action steps to help me achieve next years goals.

I have decided to stick with the Passion Planner. I love the Rose Gold full size one.  I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with my Passion Planner. I started using one in full force this past year. It has been awesome for goal setting, keeping track of my schedule, appointments and action steps for the day. I also use it to keep track of when my bills are due and what I have spent. I love it! I always get the bigger size planner since it fits everything in it.

PassionPlanner.com

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I still like my journals and I find myself being drawn more and more into bullet journaling… Some of the things I keep track of in my journal are:

  • workouts
  • foods I’ve eaten
  • menus
  • habit trackers –
  • what I need to order from Stampin Up and Chalk Couture positivelydebbie.stampinup.net positive journeys.chalkcouture.com
  • blog and blog post ideas
  • books I’ve read and want to read
  • The 12 Commandments of Debbie (which I rewrite every year)
  • birthdays and cards I need to make
  • gift ideas
  • projects I need to make and the supplies needed
  • Daily 3’s – gratitudes, goals, and action steps
  • and rough drafts of my blog posts

There are probably more – but these are the main items I return to time and time again.

Now I just need to find myself a good journal to use this year. If you have any recommendations leave them in a comment…

Last, I like to use a little mini calendar that I can throw into my purse or gym bag to help me keep track of stuff that I might forget – until I can transfer it my Passion Planner. I also like to add a few quick lines about my day… I think I found one at Michaels that I like.

What planners, journals, calendars do you like to use?

If you were going to choose a word for the year to focus on – what would it be?

Leave me your comments!

Thanks for reading

I’ll remain,

Positively, Debbie.

 

 

6 thoughts on “On Happiness and Planners

  1. Dennise says:

    Well another thing we have in common you got the Rose Gold, and I got the Golden Dream Passion Planner for 2018 lol. I also do journaling to keep track of things as well as prayers and giving thanks. This year I am using Oswald Chambers My Utmost For His Highest journal as a combination journal and daily devotional. I read a quote about happiness and I can’t remember it exactly but it said something to the effect of Happiness Doesn’t Make Us Grateful; Gratitude Makes Us Happy that’s something to think about in your happiness journey.

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  2. Bill Chance says:

    I’m working on my goals and paperwork for 2018. I’m going to use a standard bullet journal for goals and ideas – but I’m going to try a loose leaf bullet journal system for my daily planning. That way I can move pages around and have room to write properly.

    Cool entry, thanks for sharing.

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