I purchased a Happy Planner last year, and I’ve been in love with it and the system so far. That’s why I want to share with you how I use my Happy Planner to work from home.I purchased a Happy Planner last year, and I've been in love with it and the system so far. That's why I want to share with you how I use my Happy Planner to work from home. Click To Tweet
My days aren’t usually structured enough for me to need an hourly planner; and when I need something like that, I use my phone calendar and set an alert. It’s a combination that works better for me.
So if you are working from home these days, this post will be helpful for you!
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How I Use My Happy Planner To Work From Home
I’ve been working from home for a few years now, but it has been a struggle to organize my days (especially because I have “multiple jobs”), so using the Happy Planner has helped me a lot to organize my time better.
Last year, I started to work full-time for a company, and that takes a chunk of my time during the day. Which means I don’t have the time for my blog and other projects like I used to.
So I got the Happy Planner to help me balance all my projects with this new full time job.
Let’s talk a bout stickers now. They are not necessary, but it makes the planning process so much fun! It’s also a great way to be mor creative.
This is the stickers pack I have (it’s called the Planner Basics, and it comes with 1829 stickers).
I’m planning on getting more because they help me a lot, but if you don’t know which one to get first, the pack I just mentioned is a great way to start.
It has stickers for holidays, paydays, lunch dates, doctor appointments, what’s for dinner, and more!
SET UP THE BLOCKS
Something I want to mention before I start explaining my system, is that the Happy Planner has different layouts, and the one I’m using is the vertical layout.
So if you want the same planner as me, look for The Classic Happy Planner Vertical Layout (with weekly and monthly layouts. Size: 9.75 x 8.5.)
The first thing I did was to set up the blocks in the weekly planner.
There are many ways you can do this, but I choose to divide the planner in morning, afternoon, and night.
Mornings for me are from the moment I wake up to lunch break at 1 PM. The afternoon section is from 1 PM to 6 PM (when I finish my full-time job). And lastly, the night block, which is from 6PM to when I go to bed.
So whatever I need to do in the morning, I add it in the first block. So on and so forth.
There are many ways you can set up your blocks. Another way to do this, is by setting each block as different topics.
For example: one block can be work, the second section can be for your side hustle, and the last one can be for personal stuff. Like laundry, work outs, doctor appointments, etc.
It will depend on your lifestyle!
USE THE ‘NOTES’ SECTION
I recently started to use the notes section on the left side of the weekly planner.
I didn’t know what to do with it before, and it was annoying me a lot; but after thinking about it, I found the perfect solution for that space.
When I need to do something, but I don’t know when I’m going to do it, I add it to that section.
Otherwise, if there are some tasks that I already know when they need to be done, I add it directly to the planner.
For example, writing my weekly newsletter (which I do every Thursday), and scheduling my Pinterest pins with Tailwind (which I do every other Tuesday.
It’s definitely a great way to be on top of things. Especially for someone like me, that usually forgets what needs to be done.
If you have them, spread them the way you want. The picture below is from the Easter week, so I added the respective sticker of the holiday, plus a few others.
If you don’t have stickers, don’t worry! You can also use washi tape, highlighters, markers of different colors, etc.
FILL IT OUT WITH YOUR TASKS
This is the good part! Now, it’s time to fill out your weekly planner with the tasks of the week.
Like I mentioned before, sometimes we have tasks that we always do on a set date. It could be things like: reply to emails every Friday, schedule your content for the month, laundry, etc.
Those tasks are the ones you want to write down immediately.
Something that I like to do at night, is to take a few minutes to schedule the next day. That way I will know for sure what I have to do next.
I do this because sometimes priorities change during the day. So what I meant to do the following day, I might end up pushing it back a day or two, to get done something more important.
ADD STICKY NOTES
Sticky notes are fun, especially when you have them in multiple colors.
I usually use them for an extra space of notes. Whenever I need to write a list (for example, groceries I need to buy), I add one sticky note on an empty block.
In general, I write on them anything that has nothing to do with tasks; such as phone numbers, names, ideas, etc.
The sticky notes I use are from Post-It. They are 1.5″ x 2″ and they fit perfectly!
BONUS: Habit Tracker
So if you are struggling with productivity and organization, you can try this printable habit tracker.
It’s specially designed to help you stick to those new habit (or goals) you want to add to your life.
Each month can keep track to up to 18 habits each months and can be printed as many times as you need.
Since number of days each month has don’t change (for example: January and October always will have 31 days), it doesn’t matter what year it is to purchase this habit tracker.
If you make a purchase on September, you can use it for the rest of the year, and print more copies for the following year.
Printable Habit Trackers – 12 Months
What do you think about how I use my Happy Planner to work from home? Do you use the Happy Planner as well or in general any other paper planner? Or do you prefer to use your phone? Let me know in the comments!
Also, if you want to tell me about how you organize your day while working from home, I want to hear about it!