Hey there! It’s been a little while since I’ve had a chance to post, but I’m back today with an updated Passion Planner review. I am in LOVE with this planner and using it for the second year in a row. That’s EPIC considering I used to planner hop a lot in search of the perfect way to organize all my thoughts and projects.
In this video, I tell you why this has been such a positive influence in both my personal and business life. Check it out and get more details of what’s actually in Passion Planner in the photos below. Keep scrollin’ because there’s giveaway info at the bottom with a chance to win your own 2017 Passion Planner.
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- Different sizes – a Classic 8 1/2″ x 11″ size and a compact 4 1/2″ x 5.5″ size
- Different colors – new colors are released every few months on the Passion Planner website.
- Dated and undated versions, and the choice of Sunday or Monday as the first day of the week.
- An academic version for students and teachers who prefer a calendar that runs through the school year.
- Monthly and weekly layouts.
- Spaces for goal setting, mind-mapping, and notes with guides to help you set goals and create action plans to make them happen.
- Weekly quotes and challenges to inspire you.
This is the black compact version of Passion Planner. The cover is leather and is held closed with an elastic strap. There’s a bookmark to help you keep your place in the planner and, as I showed in the video, a pocket in the back for you to tuck away important bits and bobs.
The one thing I forgot to snap a photo of is the Passion Road Map at the beginning of the planner. It’s a 2-page goal-setting guide that walks you through mind mapping your goals for the next 3 months, 1 year, 3 years, and lifetime. Filling it out at the beginning of the year and updating it midway through the year in their Mid-Year Road Map really helps me stay aware of my goals.
Monthly undated layout. In the undated version, all the months and reflections are at the beginning of the planner. In the dated version, they are spread throughout the planner at the beginning and end of each month. There’s an overview calendar that shows the whole month at once. I use it to track when I’m running ad campaigns, launches, and webinars…or better yet, when I’m taking vacation!
There are also spaces for you to set a monthly personal and work focus and break those down into Top Priority and lesser priority projects. The people to see, places to go, and not to do lists are extra list-making spaces that you can use to keep track of major meetings, errands, and things you want to avoid. I didn’t love them, so I’m using those spaces to track social media follower and blog goals instead.
Weekly layout with to-do lists for work and personal tasks, inspiration quote, weekly challenge, and space of infinite possibility (lots of room to draw or take notes!). Keep your whole schedule in one place. Break your monthly focus into a smaller focus each day and use the to-do lists to track all the important tasks for your personal and work projects. The gratitude section is my FAVORITE part of the weekly layout – it always makes me look back on the good things that happened during the week, even if I had a rough one.
Monthly reflection pages – assess your previous month and goals and make plans for next month to be even better!
Why I Love It
Passion Planner helps me get more done. Period. How? For one thing, it keeps all my stuff in one place and my schedule straight. With all my projects, that alone is enough to make me love it. It has also helped me write down and visualize my goals, create strategies to achieve them, and reflect on what I did well and what could be improved upon. Passion Planner isn’t responsible for my success or the goals I am still trying to achieve – that’s on me – but it HAS helped me organize it and make sense of it so that I get more done. In addition to all that, Passion Planner is a vast blank canvas for my thoughts. With lots of note space, prompts for reflection, and Spaces of Infinite Possibility, Passion Planner has more than enough room for my thoughts, lists, notes, scribbled phone numbers, and doodles.
How I Use It
I started at the beginning of 2016 with a Classic Black Passion Planner and bought the same one this year. However, it was becoming a bit cumbersome to carry the larger one around, so I switched to the Compact Black Passion Planner recently. I don’t know if I’m in love with the tiny size yet, but I don’t hate it either. I also have an empty Paradise Blue Compact and a full-size Lavender Bliss Passion Planner that I can choose from for next year. (Yes, I am a planner hoarder. I can’t resist a good sale!)
Every month, I sit down and plan out my major goals and things I want to focus on for the month. Then I break those large goals into smaller steps throughout the month, placing each task that will move me toward my goal into the personal or work to-do lists each week.
I am a color coding queen! I have separate colors for each of my businesses, my home life, social life, etc. to help me see where most of my time is being spent and if my attention is balanced. (Truth: Life is never going to be 100% balanced when you have a lot going on!) I use Sharpie highlighters or Zebra Mildliners.
Where to Get It
Ready to try Passion Planner? Get it FREE from their downloads page by sharing their site on social media. You get it bound at a print shop or put the pages in a 3-ring binder and try it before you buy it.
Better yet, enter my giveaway to win a 2017 Blush Compact Passion Planner.
Can’t wait for the giveaway? Treat yourself to any Passion Planner for 10% off with my code AMBERM10 at checkout!