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Do you ever feel like you are on an endless search for a planning system, that will meet all of your needs? I used to feel this way constantly, but I believe I have finally found a planner that works for me. Today, I am going to be reviewing the Passion Planner and explaining why it has become my all time favorite planner. Everyone has different needs, when it comes to planning, but hopefully I can help you make an informed decision, on whether or not the Passion Planner is for you.
I was first introduced to the Passion Planner, when I received it as part of a swag bag at a local event. I didn’t pay much attention to it, as it was the larger, classic size and I just knew it would be too big. It wasn’t until I was having a hard time making my previous planner work, that I decided to test the layout. I used it for a couple of weeks and ended up loving the setup. The size was still a factor for me, though. I decided to check out all of the sizing options and discovered that they just came out with the “Pro” size. It was perfect! Large enough to fit everything I needed, but small enough to be functional for me.
The Passion Roadmap
One of the first things that attracted me to this planner, was the goal-focused aspect. For me, planning is about more than just scheduling tasks and appointments. I’m actively trying to better myself, by setting goals. The Passion Roadmap is perfect for this! The first few pages of the Passion Planner, walk you through how to create your roadmap (if you are familiar with the mind map concept, that’s pretty much what it is).
Passion Planner Monthly Review
Another really cool feature of this planner, is the review that it has you do at the end of every month. Of course, you could skip over this part if you simply like the layout of the weeks, without all of the extras. However, I loved this part of the Passion Planner! It really has made me take a look back at what has worked for me and where I’m wasting my time. There is also a year end review section, at the back of the Passion Planner, that I look forward to completing and using to reflect over the previous year.
The monthly spread in the Passion Planner, is a full month on two pages. It has a sidebar that includes a spot to put a personal and work-related “focus” for the month. It also has three other small sections: “People To See”, “Places To Go”, and a “Not To-Do List”. The bottom of the left side has a spot to make a personal projects list and a work projects list. The bottom of the right side leaves you room to create a mindmap (aka a passion roadmap) for the month. The amount of space is great and I love the ability to break projects and goals down into actionable steps.
The weekly layout, is what made me try the Passion Planner, to begin with. The hourly breakdown is so awesome! I used an Erin Condren hourly for awhile, but I never felt like it included enough hours in the day. The Passion Planner has half-hour increments, broken down, for the whole day. Starting at 6 AM and going all the way to 10:30 PM. As someone that works 12 hour shifts, this is awesome for me! When I am working from 7A to 7P, I want to feel like I have time, before and after, to do other things.
Like the monthly layout, the weekly layout allows you to choose a focus, for the entire week. It also has it broken down into a focus for every day. Sometimes, it’s hard for me to get that specific, but I find that it really helps me think about what my priorities are each day.
The weekly spread also includes, both a personal to-do list and a work to-do list. You have another large space, that is referred to as, “Space of Infinite Possibility”. This can be use for anything you want. Sometimes, I journal in that spot and other times I create a mind map for the week. There is also a box, in the sidebar, to list “Good Things That Happened”. Using this weekly, has been a great way to practiced gratitude.
What About the Paper Quality?
How could I forget? It’s deliciously smooth and thick. It’s magical paper. Go ahead, use my referral link here, to get 10% off, and feel it for yourself!
So, what did you not like?
Okay, okay. I know I have been fan-girling over this planner, but I do want to keep it real, because no planner is going to please us 100%. So, here is my small list of issues with this planner:
- No tabs or decor on the inside
- The cover is plain and not super sturdy
That’s it. I know it’s not much, and that’s why this is my favorite planner. If these things change, in the future, this will be a 100% perfect planner for me. Until then, I will have a cute cover for it and I will use stickers and washi to decorate the pages (which is half of the fun, anyway, right?).
Until next time!