Passion Planner | Review

I’m a planner.  I love to create lists of the various things I need to do and then cross them off once they’re complete.  I love to plan out my days and weeks with my projects, appointments, and events.  So, it’s only to be expected that I love planners!  I’ve tried many different formats, both paper and digital, and I’ve found that I’m definitely a paper planner kind of girl.  I recently stumbled upon a planner that is new to the scenes this year and I LOVE it!

Passion Planner

Allow me to introduce you to the Passion Planner.  This is more than just a mere planner for your appointments and to do lists. This helps you map out your dreams and goals, then get you on the path to accomplishing those.  I LOVE that and it’s right up my alley!  I’ve done similar exercises independent of my planner in the past, but it ends up falling to the side never to be looked at again (mainly because it just wasn’t in a convenient spot for me).  With everything incorporated into one book, it’s easy to refer back to past exercises and reacquaint myself with my goals and plans.

There are a number of things I like about this planner, so let me dive in a little deeper and show you the various parts of this nifty little book!  First of all, I love the size.  It’s not too big, but it’s not too small…it’s jussttttt right!  The book measures 11.25″ x 8.25″ x .5″.

Passion Planner - Favorite FeaturesCover (#1) – The cover is similar to a moleskin notebook cover, but I think it’s a little softer and a tad nicer.  The Passion Planner logo is embossed on the cover, but it’s very subtle.  It also has an elastic band (attached to the back cover) which allows you to keep the book closed tight when not using it or toting it around.

Passion Planning (#2 & #3) – near the front of the book are a couple of pages explaining the concept of passion planning.  In a nutshell, it’s identifying your passions and establishing plans to accomplish those.  To facilitate this, these pages walk you through a simple process of brainstorming to pull those ideas out of your head.  Then, you hone in on a specific goal and brainstorm on ways to meet that goal.  You can easily use that process for your other goals and passions.  I LOVED this exercise!  For now, I’ve only mapped out one of the goals, but I do plan to run through the exercise again with some of my other goals.

Monthly page view (#4) – Every planner needs a monthly page view, but this one takes it a step further by providing space at the bottom to list your objectives and goals for the month and action items to work towards those goals.  At the end of a month, I love to reflect back on what I accomplished and look ahead to the next month and list out everything I hope to get done, so this perfectly aligns with the workflow I already have established.

Daily planning pages (#5) – Each week is laid out over a 2 page spread.  Each day has time slots per the half hour from 6:00 am to 10:30 pm.  I prefer this type of granularity so I can take my to-do list and translate it to time slots so I can accurately assess if I have more on my plate than I have time to accomplish (which is usually the case!).  I use different color pens for different entries (i.e. workouts, errands, to-do’s, appointments, social events, etc.).  That helps me quickly glance at my calendar and see if it’s more in favor of one type of activity for any given day.  One thing to note…I don’t keep any work related events in this planner unless it’s in the evening (i.e. my personal time) or first thing in the morning (i.e. it might impact what I might do before work).  This planner is strictly for my personal use!

To Do Section (#6) – Beneath the daily columns, on the left side page, is a section for personal and work to do lists.  These also include a section for errands.  I love this!  On Sundays, I like to plan out my week.  I just jot down everything I know I need to do, plus any errands I know I need to run.  Then, as I move through the week, I refer to these lists and jot down items on my daily planning sections as I spot time in my calendar to complete those.  Since I don’t use this planner for work, I use the ‘Work To Do’ section for any blog related work that I may have for the week.  Very handy!

Notes/Journal/Brainstorm Section (#7) – On the right side page, beneath the daily columns, is a blank section for whatever you want.  I use this to jot down my blog ideas for the week, my weekend project list, and anything else that I feel needs to be jotted down for the week.

Blank Journal Pages (#8) – At the end of each month, there are three blank, lined pages to journal.  These are perfect for end of month reflections.  At the beginning of the planner, there are questions provided to help you reflect back on your month.  I use the first two pages of the blank pages to do my month end reflections.  Then, I use the third page, which is facing the monthly page for the next month, as a place to list out all of goals and objectives for the coming month.  I can go into a bit more detail here, then transfer the main projects to the monthly page (#4).  This will also be great for looking back through as the year progresses to see how I’m doing.

Weekly Inspirational Quote (#9) – If you’ve been reading my blog, you know I love inspirational quotes – I include one every week in my Friday {random little} faves posts!  I love checking out the quote for the week!

Directly above the quote, but not shown in the photos, is a box to list out your focus for the week and a second box to list out all the good things that happened during the week – genius!  How fun to note the good things in life so you can flip back through and remind yourself as the year moves on.

So much is packed into one planner, yet it’s lightweight and not too bulky!  Like a moleskin, the book lies flat when open, so it’s easy to write in it and leave it open on your desk throughout the day.

Personally, I’m a tab girl.  I like having tabs in order to flip right to a specific month.  This planner did not come with tabs, but that’s okay!  It’s easy enough to add your own!  My personal favorite are these sticky monthly tabs from the Container Store.

Passion Planner - Tabs

Once I had them in place, I did use a stapler (using colored staples) to firmly hold these in place.  I love that it adds a bit of color and with the preprinted names, it looks a bit more professional!

Wow…this is a long post!  If you made it this far, thanks for hanging with me!  If you’ve been searching for a good planner, or you’re not loving the one you currently use, I definitely recommend this one!  I haven’t loved a planner this much…well ever!

 

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Absolutely love this! I have a journal, notebook, and date book and this would be a great place for everything in ONE!!! Just pre-ordered 2015 :) Thanks!! Absolutely loving your blog :)

    • 2

      Vicky says

      Hey girl! I have such an addiction to planners!! This is a great one! I’m going to use a different one for 2015 (waiting on it to arrive!). I’m planning to do a post comparing all the various planners I’ve used to show the pros/cons later in November! :)

  2. 3

    says

    oh no!! I can NOT discover a new planner!! LOL I’m totally a paper planner girl. I LOVE writing things down and checking them off!! I don’t think I have made it through a whole year with one planner. My addiction is just really BAD!!!

    • 4

      Vicky says

      Girl…I am right there with you!!! I know the feeling of not making it through a year using ONE single planner!! I share the obsession. I’m waiting for my 2015 planner to arrive and once it does, I’ll be doing a ‘planner review’ post! It should arrive within the next week or two at which point, I’ll get that posted ASAP since I know people are in the market to buy a new planner for the new year (if they haven’t already!).

  3. 5

    says

    I just stumbled across this planner myself and LOVE it. Question: are your tabs paper, plastic coated, or what? How have yours fared? I’m wanting to get some, and I’m worried they will get WAY damaged as I use the planner.

    • 6

      Vicky says

      Hi Leah! My tabs are plastic coated. They stick to the pages, but I didn’t think that would last, so I did staple them onto the pages with no problem. I gotta say, they’ve fared pretty well! A few are bent a little, but not too bad. I do tend to put it in my bag spine down so the tabs don’t take too much of a hit. Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions :).

  4. 7

    Leyu Chen says

    Helpful and elaborate review!
    I’ve just recently discovered the Passion Planner and can’t wait to get one and make the most of it in the coming 2015 :)

    • 8

      Vicky says

      Hi Leyu! Thanks so much! I can’t wait to get my 2015 too!! I’ll be stalking my mailbox once I get the shipping notice ;). Thanks for stopping by!

  5. 9

    Tom says

    Did you notice any grammatical errors or typographical throughout the calendar? There’s an amazon review that pointed out a few, but I don’t know if that’s just one nut with a keyboard or real issue.

    How did yours hold up over the year? I’m looking really hard at the 5.5×8.5 sized one for the 2015 year. Any thoughts if you had to give it a review after a year of use?

    • 10

      Vicky says

      Hi Tom! Mine has stood up very well over this year and the only part that shows a little wear is the ribbon bookmark…the end is a little frayed. Other than that, the cover is still in excellent shape and doesn’t really show much (if any wear), which I’m pleasantly surprised with! The tabs that I added (which are obviously unrelated to the Passion Planner) have taken a beating and are cracked & broken & peeling, so I haven’t been treating it with kid gloves, yet it still looks good.
      As for the typos – I haven’t really noticed…I’ll be honest, I don’t always think to read the quotes, even though I do love them. I’m guessing that’s maybe where the typos are, since I do pay attention to the section labels and titles and haven’t noticed any typos there.
      I ordered the 5.5×8.5 for 2015 and I can’t wait to get it!! If you decide to go with it…hope you enjoy it! :)

      • 11

        says

        The directive after the quote, in the photo you have above, has several typos. Hopefully, now that they are so far into the project, and the academic calendar is coming out soon, they will have fixed these issues. It’s just enough to drive the ultra-organized person insane haha.

  6. 12

    Dyanne says

    I ordered the Passion Planner on Nov 10, 2014 and it still has not arrived. I cannot track it because it has not been mailed yet. I’m wondering if this is a scam.

    • 13

      Vicky says

      Hi Dyanne – I am not affiliated with the Passion Planner company/organization, but I also ordered one right after the Kickstarter campaign launched in early November (I think I ordered mine on Nov 4 or 5) and I just got mine last week. Have you been reading her updates on the Kickstarter page? She’s been keeping everyone up to date regarding the unexpected delays (it was due to strikes on the west coast). They’re in the process of shipping them all out now, but if you have questions, I’d check directly with them since I’m just a customer :-). Good luck though! I’m sure yours is on it’s way soon!

      • 14

        Ugh says

        With all due respect, it’s not due to the strikes. They actually had them airmailed so they would avoid the strikes at the port. It’s because they took on too many orders when she got dollar signs in her eyes when it took off. She should have stopped taking orders if she couldn’t handle the business. So now it’s almost February, and most of us will be without a planner for the first two months of the year.
        Worst. Planner. Ever. -both the business and the entrepreneur.

  7. 15

    says

    Humm do you think I could get away with using the Design Love Planner for blogging organization? Just because I think it’s a bit cuter lol.

    • 16

      Vicky says

      I hear ya on the cute factor! That definitely makes a difference, lol! I hadn’t thought about the DLP as a blog planner, but yeah, that could definitely work. If I were to use mine as a blog planner, I’d probably use the to-do weekly spread to note down whatever blog tasks needed done for the day, the morning/day/night weekly spread would be great for noting any meetings/apts, scheduled posts, or any scheduled social media prompts, and then the monthly view for noting what is posting on what day! :-)

  8. 17

    says

    I was just introduced to the Passion Planner a couple days ago after seeing a video interview with the creator on Facebook. I stumbled upon this blog post when searching for reviews and made the plunge today for an undated classic planner since they’re on sale (yay!). I also ordered the Epic Blog planner by Regina and can’t wait to see how I like them. I’ve been using my Erin Condren planner since last summer (first time user; got the 18 month version for 2014-15) but I find that I only like it for tracking budget-related stuff. I’m hoping the Passion Planner will be helpful and inspiring for planning my goals, to-do lists, blogging and SAHM stuff and I’ll finish the year out using my EC planner for bill paying and paying off debt.

    Thanks for a great review! I love those tabs. Are you still using this planner?

    • 18

      says

      Ooh…I’ve been curious about the Epic Blog Planner! I’m a bit of a planner junkie and just can’t seem to rest until I find the *perfect* planner for me (which I’m discovering is probably going to mean designing one for myself!). Right now, I’m not using the Passion Planner, but I still think it’s an amazing planner! The only reason I switched is because I needed more space to right down my daily to-dos, but I still love this planner :). I think you’ll love it!!

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