Planner Review | Passion Planner

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.

passion planner review 2015

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.

passion planner size comparison 2015

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.

passion planner interior details 2015

The back of each planner has a fabric slip pocket for storage.

passion planner roadmap 2015

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.

passion planner year calendars 2015

The undated planner includes a four year-at-a-glance two page spread ranging from 2015-2018.

passion planner monthly spread 2015

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.”

passion planner monthly reflection 2015

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?

passion planner weekly calendar 2015

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.
Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sometimes Rafflecopter experiences technical difficulties. If you can’t enter for some reason, try again later and it will probably work.

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.
Happy Planning!


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21 thoughts on “Planner Review | Passion Planner”

  1. like this a lot, even the stark B&W of it…might be what I’m looking for…I’m currently using a Personal Planner as a creative planner and although I’m great at listing things to do/research/think about/etc I find by the end of each week there’s much I haven’t ticked off…need to go back to basics…great vid, interesting planner, thanks for sharing xo

  2. Yay! I love planners. Not sure why. Maybe it’s the hope that if I find the right planner my life will magically fall into place. 🙂
    I have the Plum Paper Planner and really like it. I got the family version, where you can customize up to the seven sections per page. I pre-ordered Leonie Dawson’s Biz and Life planner for 2016 and am looking forward to using/blending it with my current planner.
    What were your reasons for picking the EC over Plum? (since they’re so similar.)

      1. Thanks for your quick answer. I have been watching your videos because of I would like to order “the most beautiful and useful” diary for 2016. In my country is not a lot of kind of these ones. ECLP that was my first idea because this one is so beautiful but I wanted to know your opinion. Thank you very much and I stay your viewer for next time.

      2. Hi Jennifer! I am the owner, creator and designer of IMPACT Planner by We are a brand new company and have had a really positive initial response to our launch. I am trying to spread the word and I would love to send you a FREE one if you’re willing to check it out and review it? I’ll even pay for two day priority shipping! :-). I have 8 to give away and I found you as one of my first when searching for planner reviewers. :-). You can email me at if you are interested. Thanks!

  3. Thank you for sharing. Love the idea but not the look. I think these may make good gifts. Can also give to men. Too left brained for me but I do love the idea and the fact she uses Mind Maps. EC is too much color and vibrancy for me. This is on the other end of the spectrum. It’s hard to find the right one for you as everyone has a different personality and style preference. Great idea though.

  4. Just checked out her site. Love her and her philosophy and sharing. Love her Pay it Forward program. Will be doing that. And might check her kickstarter because she has much cuter planners there. When I see a lot of straight lines and black and white I can’t see myself in there but I looked at some pictures and saw what others did. A reasonable price point and no fuss design will make this easy to take with you. Or give to guys. I’m gonna keep my eye on her. Just love her and Inkwell lady. Good vibe about them. Thanx for sharing. Would have never known about her.

    1. I plan to continue using my Erin Condren Life Planner, at least for the foreseeable future. I either give away or save the planners I review to sell in my annual charity auction.

  5. I really appreciate when you do these reviews. I’m still in search of “planner peace” so refer to your reviews to decide which planner to try next. Thank you! Thank you!

  6. I got the Passion Planner last year from Angelia’s Kickstarter campaign.
    I am a Virtual Assistant/ fledgling Web Designer and I have a LOT to keep up with. THis not only helps me to keep my client works together, but the goals and actions in the planner help me to realize the visions that I have for my own business.
    I love the format.

    I’ve been fine with the black/white style…but I do love a few stickers here and there (more task-oriented ones more than decoration), and I have designed my own to fit this planner. Just to give it a bit more pizazz.

    I am also VERY happy to have contributed to Angelia’s kickstarter campaign last year, and this year the launch of the 1 for 1 planner idea, is even more appealing to me. Angelia is a true entrepreneur with a great idea to give back to people less fortunate.

    This year, she is offering planners with a Twilight Blue cover or a limited edition GOLD one. I ordered mine last week. Can’t wait to get it!!

  7. Jen-
    I think you need to rest a little and put your feet up. You are starting to sound short of breath which is not good for you. I am worried about you developing high blood pressure ore breathing problems from not taking time for yourself. Please take care!!!!!!

  8. I really appreciate your reviews on these planners. I have an Erin Condren for the third year now and have loved seeing your spreads in your planner. That said I am Canadian and in order to get an EC planner my shipping is close to the price of the planner with no alternate options. I keep looking at different planners to see what is out there that is not so expensive but keep coming back to EC, yes because of the colours and layout which I like. After watching this video of yours I went to see other You Tube videos on how people use this planner. Impressed. Jennifer I will say I can tell from your review that this is not the planner for you. You lack excitement in it, and it shows. Keep up the good work. I enjoy your channel very much.

  9. I love the idea of the Passion Planner. Before I printed pages to try it out (the pdf is available for free in the Passion Planner website), I actually wrote down what I wanted in a planner. I was nearing the stage where I would have just designed a planner for my own use (never mind the aesthetics), but then I saw the Passion Planner. Its maker understands me and my needs. 🙂

    Now I’m using the printed pages and it’s been working out good for me. What would make it great is to have it printed in a higher quality paper and bound so no pages get lost.

    I also love that the company has a heart – they have concrete actions to support their philosophy of giving to those who need the tools the Passion Planner provides. I can’t afford one right now (because, well, full time student, living in a developing country, other needs come first, etc.). But I’d love to get my hands on the Passion Planner.

  10. Thank you SO much for this review!
    I am SO happy that I found it – it is so detailed and great!
    Light & Love

  11. Simple and straight from heart writeup! I will definitely approach you for my upcoming notebook project ” The Mont Notebook”

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