In my last installment of this year’s planner review series, I’m sharing a close up look at the Passion Planner. This structured calendar is designed to help people navigate their passions and turn them into reachable goals. It is available in both a dated and undated version as well as an academic planner for students. I am focusing on the undated planner in this review, but the dated version is almost identical in design.
The Passion Planner is relatively new on the scene with the company’s founding in January 2014. Founder and designer Angelia Trinidad created the Passion Planner to “help people break down their long and short terms goals into more actionable steps and give them a place to incorporate these steps into their daily lives.” She shares more about her story and the concept of the planner here if you’re interested in learning more.
Each of the three available planners, undated, dated, and academic, is available in two sizes. The smaller compact size measures 5.5″ wide x 8.5″ tall and retails for $24.99. The larger, classic size, is $29.99 and measures 8.5″ wide by 11″ tall. All Passion Planners are bound in a book or journal style method with a vegan-friendly faux leather cover, attached elastic closure, and bright green ribbon bookmark. The cover is soft and flexible and embossed with the Passion Planner logo on the front.
The back of each planner has a fabric slip pocket for storage.
The planner includes a simple “If Found, Please Return To” cover page, a “Welcome” page with some information on the planner’s design and story, and then a two page “Your Passion Roadmap” spread designed to help users with longterm goal planning. After that there is another two page spread dedicated to more information on how the planner can be effective for “passion planning” and examples of how to use the monthly and weekly layouts.
The undated planner includes a four year-at-a-glance two page spread ranging from 2015-2018.
There are 12 month-on-two-page spreads all grouped together at the front of the undated planner. When ordering you can choose a Sunday or Monday start (for the undated version only). The calendar is a simple grid design with blank, customizable boxes. As you can see, a large portion of the spread is dedicated to guided monthly goal planning, including a “This Month’s Focus” area for both work and personal tasks, a “Monthly Check-In” with pre-set goals, and “Notes To Self” on the left hand margin. The lower third of the spread is divided into three sections, targeted at both personal and work projects and goals, as well as a large blank space to “Create A Mind Map of This Month’s GameChanger.”
In between each monthly calendar spread is a two page “Monthly Reflection” with seven questions meant to help users sum up their month in a thoughtful way with their goals in mind. These are the included questions:
❊ From 1-10, how do you feel overall about this past month?
❊ What was the most memorable part of this past month? Describe it.
❊ What were the three biggest lessons you learned in this past month?
❊ Review your planner for the past month and assess your priorities. Are you happy with how you spent your time? If not, what steps can you take this next month to adjust them?
❊ How are you different between this past month and the month before it?
❊ What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?
❊ Name three things you can improve on this coming month. What are concrete actions you can take to work towards these improvements?
There are 53 week-on-two-page spreads following the 12 monthly layouts and reflections. The weekly layout is designed in a similar fashion to the monthly spreads with about half of the space dedicated to the calendar and the other half to guided goal planning. The vertical calendar layout dedicates equal space to each day of the week, including weekends. There is an area to write in “Today’s Focus” under each day of the week and then a time-stamped, lined column in half hour increments from 6 AM to 10:30 PM. The lefthand margin of the weekly layout includes a box to write in “This Week’s Focus” and another for “Good Things That Happened” as well as a motivational quote and suggested reflections. The bottom third of the layout includes both personal and work to-do list sections and a blank brainstorming area.
The dated version of the Passion Planner is quite similar in design, although it is a set Sunday start and the weekly spreads are placed between the monthly spreads. The 2016 Passion Planners are available for preorder now and are set to ship next month.
I go over the Passion Planner in more detail in this video if you’re interested in a closer look:
It’s giveaway time! I wanted to share the Passion Planner love with you. The Passion Planner Giveaway will run until Monday, November 2, 2015 at 6 PM CT. The giveaway is open internationally. All entrants under the age of 18 must have parental permission to enter. TWO winners will win an undated Passion Planner. You will be able to choose which size planner you would like in the event that you win when you enter the giveaway.
You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget posted below (check out this blog post for more information on entering Rafflecopter giveaways). I’ll announce the winners on THIS blog post and contact them directly through email, as always.
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I think the Passion Planner is an excellent tool for someone interested in a more structured option geared towards mindful goal setting. The calendar design is a bit more rigid than others I’ve reviewed this year which leaves less room for customization, but some might prefer the helpful advice and encouragement the planner provides towards reaching goals. The simple, classic exterior and journal-style binding help keep the planner light and transportable. I feel as if the Passion Planner would be especially useful for a professional or student with a more structured schedule.
I hope you enjoyed my review of the Passion Planner as well as the others I shared about in this year’s planner series. I hope to review more planners next fall. I’d love to know what kind of planner you use and if you have any requests for next year’s series.
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