Since using my MAMBI Happy Planner for the past year or so, I finally found my “groove” for recording notes and planning family schedules. The MAMBI line includes a variety of extension packs including wedding, fitness, and home management planner pages. I forgot to mention in my previous post that there are also inserts for photos, pocket folders and other dividers available as well – AND a variety of covers so you can stylize your planner even more. The Note and Graph paper pack is my FAVORITE MAMBI addition – I love the variety of lined notes and graph paper. (affiliate links!)
Because I have been bullet journaling somewhat haphazardly, I wanted to find a way to incorporate my Happy Planner with my Bullet Journaling. I use my HP mostly for schedule tracking and task completion. But I don’t like to have to wait to get home from work to look in my bullet journal to remember details about things I wanted to tackle on my way home from work. I decided I really needed to solve the problem and figure out how to add Bullet Journaling to my MAMBI Happy Planner.
Having found a couple of Bullet Journaling blogs through Instagram, I was learning more about bullet journaling, so it helped me narrow down what I could do with my Happy Planner already, and how I could add more to get the benefit of having both a planner and bullet journal in one.
Now some bullet journaling enthusiasts literally build their schedule every day. In fact, I am following Kara Benz from Boho Berry, and she started a 30 days series that literally shows the process she goes through nightly to use her bullet journal. That does NOT work for me – which is why I need the Happy Planner as my base. But some of the tracking methods used by her and others have real value and offer more goal tracking – which helps me keep my eye on the future in the bigger picture. (This post by Kara shows several layouts in her bullet journal – some of which I want to imitate within my HP).
Some of the things I’d like to add by Bullet Journaling in my MAMBI Happy Planner are:
- Favorite meals (quick at a glance reference)
- Books to read (for downtime that might pop up)
- Bucket List
- Home Project List (so when I am shopping I can stay on track)
- Habit Tracking (I LOVE this aspect of bullet journaling because it is both a reminder and a report card!)
Getting everything on paper – not just schedules and appointments, but goals and dreams and bucket lists – makes those goals more tangible and trackable. It is good to have a written plan with flexibility, and to be able to both look back and mark success and then look forward to see what to work toward. This is the biggest factor in my desire to add bullet journaling to my Happy Planner…
So what do you think about Bullet Journaling? Have you tried it before? Do you use it now? How has it benefited you? Would you consider doing any bullet journaling after reading Kara’s post?