Full Disclosure: I am a Happy Planner.
I like to-do lists and getting things out of my head and onto paper. I’m much more productive that way. I’m also a recovering self-help book junkie. When I used to be a bookseller and had the entire Self Help section available to me, I took full advantage and read all that I could in an attempt to continually better myself.
Plan a Happy Life is written by the co-founder of Me And My Big Ideas, the company that makes the popular Happy Planner. It’s a hugely popular planning system largely because it’s easy to personalize and has several accessories that allow you to explore your creativity. For me, and a lot of folks, making your to-do list attractive increases the chances of our productivity.
As far as self help books go, there’s not a lot new here. But Fleming talks to her readers as friends and offers several questions and exercises to help them along their journey to becoming happier, healthier and more goal oriented. The emphasis is most definitely on the “happy” part and putting your well-being first in your life. Where Plan a Happy Life proves to be most helpful is in teaching you to use your planner, whatever that is, to be a more useful part of your everyday life. I’m in a couple of planning groups on Facebook and almost every day someone new will say that they’re new to using a planner and ask for tips on how to get started. This book can answer questions for newbies and also veterans who need a refresher to get them back on track.
Goodreads rating: 3 1/2 stars
I received a complimentary copy of this e-book from Edelweiss and Thomas Nelson Books in exchange for my honest review.