I discovered decorated planners several years ago. They appealed to me for the same reason I used to love scrapbooking — self-expression, the fun of playing with color and design, and a chance to capture thoughts and memories. But I also found that they helped me establish positive habits, encouraged me to use my planner more regularly and usefully, and kept me on track.

I think I can honestly say that my Happy Planner has improved my life.

So each year I buy a new Happy Planner when the new designs come out, since they tend to run out before the end of the year. This year, #1 daughter pointed out a new design that she knew I would love — and I do. The cover and all the decorative elements are extremely pretty.

The inside, however, is completely different. The monthly pages seem interesting and cool. There are habit trackers, goals and priorities, checklists… It looks like fun and would encourage more intense monthly planning.

The weekly pages are not a two-page spread each week with three daily areas: to do, daily appointments, and habit trackers. Instead, we see 30 to-do lists on two two-page spreads. No space for full box decorations or fitness sidebars or anything of the kind.

It’s more a bullet journal than a happy planner, isn’t it?

Am I ready for a change, or should I return this planner?