I was stoked during December 2017 to purchase these planners as I was full of hopes and dreams of wanting to achieve everything that I wanted. I had whole lists of to do’s and I thought this was it. 2018 was the year achievements and accomplishments were going to be met. There were so much hopes and buzz around this idea that I decided to purchase two different planners to help motivate myself.
I searched around and found a YouTuber that I frequently watched and she mentioned a planner called The Peony Planner; however, the price was quite high. I was trying hard to justify for purchasing it but at the end, I didn’t buy it. I also wanted to purchase using free shipping, but to get free shipping I had to purchase over 100 dollars USD. I even scoured the merchandise section and I even tried to coax my sister to get something with me, but she didn’t budge. I refused to pay for shipping so at the end I didn’t purchase it. (I made the right choice). I was given a gift card to a bookstore during the holidays, so I decided to utilize that and purchased a cheaper version of the planner called The Happiness Planner that was sold on the site. It was also on sale so, at the end with the gift card, it came up to 35 dollars CAD.
For Make Things Happen Planner, I have been reading a site called Career Girl Daily blogs receiving personal, career, fashion and makeup tips and got quite good information out of them so when they were heavily promoting their merchandise I got suckered in and purchased one of their planners. I was close to getting the Getting Things Done planner but because I was getting the Happiness planner and I was planning to use that as my main one, I decided to not to. Their website had discount codes but it still came up to 60 dollars CAD (it was a stupid decision).
Nevertheless, here are my thoughts on both of these planners.
I am not going into dimensions and what the box entails so for more specs of each planner, check out their websites for detailed information.
My thoughts on Happiness Planner
- First, it came in a box comprised of various knick-knacks such as a pen (it looks fancy with its rose color finish, but the ink is shit) bunch of happiness sheets, clips, and stickers. They became useless because I didn’t use them. However, if I don’t I can probably reuse them for next year by making photocopies.
- It comes with an inspiring quote on every page which I have been ignoring due to forgetting to write on that day but that is my own fault.
- It has numerous sections of places to write on gratitude, scheduling, what to focus, to-dos and so forth, and I appreciate that.
- It is big and heavy (hardcover) to lug around, so I treat it as a journal where I put it near my bedside table and try to write at the end my day. The key word: try Update: I am planning to use it as my daily planner even though it is quite heavy.
- I like my planner to be structured as weekly because it is easier to plan my week that way. This planner is daily so when I open the planner I only see two days which disrupts the flow of scheduling.
Final thoughts: It is a good concept as it makes the users reflect each day and to write in different categories such as schedule list, to do’s and what I am grateful for etc. I think it was a good buy for this time, because I had the gift card and it was on sale. I will use these different categories for my future journaling, but I will not purchase this specific Happy Planner again. They come in different styles so if they come up with weekly style and a smaller planner size, I might reconsider.
Thoughts on Make Things Happen planner
- I felt like the website really tried hard to promote their products, and I think I was swept in the bubble and the hype thinking that I would be able to do all my goals and that by buying this planner will help me. Uhhhhhhh…. Nope. I want to tell the readers to really, really think it through before buying this planner.
- For what it’s worth I think this was one item where I wasted my money for the year of 2017. No joke.
- Again the concept seems great. Every month there are career and personal development goals that go along each month. I mean they are great, and I fall for these kinds of stuff every freaking time, but I feel like I can find these types of goal setting plans ONLINE!!!!!!!! And for FREE!!!!!
- Too much grammar and spelling mistakes.
- Now that I’ve gone through 4 months, their plans are so generic and full of cliches.
I think that’s why I am so upset because the stuff on their planner is the stuff they usually write on their website for free!!!
Final thoughts: Not worth it!!! Unless they are on massive sale like 50+% off and if you are a paper and a pen type of person this might do it but….seriously nope. This planner is a monthly planner and the cover and the book looks quite cheap TBH. I mean I paid c$60 even though it included shipping. This planner was also back ordered so I received it in mid-January. By that time, their merchandise went on sale…… And they refused to give me price match which sort of stung me even further.
This experience turned me off so much that I almost stopped reading their content online, but I will continue reading as long as they are free. I know they have a planner called Ultimate Blogging planner so have anyone of you have any reviews on that? I would love to know!
Anyways here were my reviews/thoughts on these two planners I purchased for the year of 2018. Did any of you purchase an awesome planner? If so please let me know about them!
Thank you for reading!