Earlier in the Fall a friend mentioned they were backing (via Kickstarter) a company called Passion Planner and I’ll admit I first thought it had to do with Passion Parties or something like it. So my curiosity level now at 11 I checked out their Kickstarter. I was instantly sold and backed for the reward of the Classic Planner you see in the featured image. I knew it was going to be big, but this this is huge! After flipping through it I realized I should have gotten one of the compact ones for my purse/daily use. Well, as luck would have it they had some available after the Kickstarter, and I had some birthday money.
The planner arrived two weeks later. When it arrived I thought I made a huge mistake. Did I really need two? BUT I’m also a member of their chat forum on Facebook. So I saw there were others with the same problem. I found the solution to my issue there. Use the compact for my personal needs: appointments, playdates, meal planning etc. Then I would use the large one for my blog and small business scheduling. Well, this morning I started setting that up and I am so happy with this choice. In fact I’m waiting on some more organizing stickers to really make this and the compact MINE. I’ll post those updates on Instagram.
I love all the space that the planner offers…even in the compact planner. There was more space than I thought there would be. I’ve started taking time on Sunday mornings with my coffee to sit and plan out my week in both planners. The nice thing about the blog/social media planner is I use tools to help me schedule those too so I can really keep to the schedule I set myself and it makes my life just that much easier. On day I’ll break out a post on that tool too if anyone is interested that is.
So I also like the weekly layout a lot (see the photo to the right). In both of my previous planners I had to guess where each time would fall in the weekly part of the planner and sometimes that left me fresh out of room to plan with. The time runs from 6am to 10:30pm with half an hour intervals. Perfect (in most cases) for me. But I like seeing my day planned out like this.
Again you also get side spots labeled: This weeks focus and Good things that happened. I like that there are these prompts to help you focus your planner to fit your needs and wants. There are also quotes and other little prompts on the side panel. At the bottom there are priorities for both work and personal and on the opposite page is a space of “infinite possibility”. I swear they’ve thought of everything with these planners. They even make academic planners which I hear are pretty awesome for students and teachers alike.
Finally there are the two pages for monthly reflection. Which I didn’t think I’d use at first. But with moving to using one for the blog and part-time work I think it will come in handy for sure. So those are my planners. The only thing I didn’t show you was the road map. It’s at the very front and it is supposed to be a way to direct where you want to go with your year.
But I’ll admit these two pages intimate me to no end. So I’m not touching them just yet, But maybe I’ll give them a go as the year goes on. Maybe. They are still available for purchase from the company website and come in dated and undated with Monday and Sunday starts.
So do you use a planner? If so which one? Why does it work for you?