So... I've been pretty happily using the MAMBI Happy Planner for a good number of months with no major issue or incident. I've felt like it truly attends to all of my planning needs and it's also a discbound system (that means it binds with ridged circles vs. rings that clamp/snap vs. a spiral binding) and I am SUCH a fan of anything discbound because I consider it to be pure "good design."
All of this said, I've been using my Happy Planner for pretty much everything and this has made my Happy Planner quite... how should I put this nicely... *ahem* well, it's quite LARGE as much as it's very much in charge!!! EVERYTHING (and that's no exaggeration) gets punched (with an Arc desktop punch from Staples - but don't pay full price and get it with a coupon like I did last year!) and then I snap it right into my Happy Planner. It's really really held up well, too! And I have stuffed it so full that I had to get the expander discs (they are 1.75") but even those are not big enough to accommodate it's every expanding "girth." And with the added weight, thickness, and large-and-in-charge -ness that my Happy Planner is so chock full of anymore... it just hasn't been working in an on-the-go capacity as much as I need it to be AND, I don't... It's just hasn't been working as well as it once was for me.
Perhaps this is all is about the rhythm and cycle of things and especially since I'm now in a new year that also brings about a whole "new me" type of thinking? I don't know. However it works though, I've branched out beyond using just the Happy Planner and I've decided to give my old ring-bound (read: Filofax and Kikki-K brands) a try again. And? I. LOVE. THEM!!!!!! See below for some recent instagrams of how my re-imagined Filofax personal (in canvas heart print) is working out beautifully for me as an on-the-go planner. In case you are wondering, the inserts are of my own design...
All of this said, I'm not abandoning my Happy Planner. I am just expanding (as a way of adjusting) my approach to planning to include things that I think will continue to help me be more organized, clear thinking, and focused in order to (ultimately) accomplish what ever I might be planning to do. Because that's the whole point, right? To not just make plans but also to make them happen.