PASSION PLANNER: If you could have anything, be anything, or do anything, what would it be?
Every thriving professional student requires organizational assistance. Now, one of the stipulations to being a professional student is that we often lack the funds to splurge on a real life human. What’s the next best thing to paying a personal assistant?: A personal organizer. Personal organizers over the past decade have shifted to a digital platform, making them more accessible to your mobile devices and tablets. We are beginning to see an inundation of the app market with various developers promising to provide an all inclusive digital organizer within the palm of your hand. However, when it comes to trusting our daily lives to one source, there are those few of us who prefer the weight of a small notebook and the scratch of our pen against paper to the bright displays of mobile applications.
Let me clarify that I have tried various personal planner applications on my iPhone and my Mac Book (I will be doing reviews of these attempts at a later date). But I often found that digitizing my daily life made it difficult to see the larger picture of my weekly and monthly schedules in correspondence with my daily life.
Today I am reviewing a paper planner for those of us who are:
find it hard to set goals and stick to them
looking for a life coach
The Passion Planner, created by Angela Trinidad, is one of the few planners to effectively implement all of these features and even more into one intuitive paper planner.
Passion Planner Overview
Passion Planner is a tool that helps you break down your long term and short term goals and incorporate them into your daily life
How? With the four key components included in this planner: a Passion Roadmap, monthly layouts, weekly layouts, and monthly reflection pages
Pros & Cons
Separation of personal and professional/work tasks
Planner lays completely flat
Sunday and Saturday are given the same amount of space as the other days of the week
Space to note monthly, weekly, and daily focus
Planner may seem intimidating to some people with the process of the Passion Roadmap, only because it seems like a long process based on the instructions that are included. However, I found that once I got the hang of doing it the first time, then filling out passion plans for subsequent goals became easier
The planner that I purchased is an UNDATED planner, but the traditional planner style that is offered is dated. Passion Planner also comes in a smaller pocket size.
Passion Planner Features: the planner comes with the following
the planner provides a year view calendar for the next four years that is fitted on two pages
Blank Monthly Calendar
Medium-large boxes for each day of the month
Sections for noting this month’s focus, note to self, and a large blank area for further notes and Passion Plans
Monthly Check-In list to help you progress your goals
A projects/goals section separated between personal and work categories
Monthly Reflection Pages
ask a series of questions that allow you to reflect on lessons learned the previous month, how well you managed your time and priorities, and ways that you can improve for the following month
Each weekly layout takes up two pages within the planner and runs from Monday to Sunday (you can also request a planner that starts on Sunday)
Vertical time schedule that runs from 6am to 10:30pm in 30 minute increments
Unlike other planners, Sunday and Saturday receive the same amount of space that is allotted to the other days of the week
Sections for noting: this week’s focus, today’s focus, and positive things that have happened to you that week
A different inspirational quote and advise on staying productive each week
A large blank section for notes, Passion Planning, or journaling
To-Do List separated into personal and work categories
Each category is further broken down into three subsections of priorities: high priority, priority, and errands
10 lined journal style pages and 10 grid style pages are included in back of planner
Passion Roadmap: charting your goals to affect real change
Helps you create a mind map in which the nodes act as checkpoints and deadlines for your personal and professional goals
It is a five minute exercise at the beginning of the planner
You answer the following question: “IF I COULD HAVE ANYTHING, BE ANYTHING, OR DO ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?"
You write down all of the dreams and ambitions that come to your mind and put them within four categories of deadlines: three months, one year, three years, and lifetime
When you complete your passion roadmap, the planner takes you through the necessary steps to expand on these goals by creating a “Passion Plan” for each goal
The Passion Plan is another 5 min exercise in which you map out the necessary steps to reach a specific goal, assign due dates to each step by order of priority, and incorporate these due dates within your monthly and weekly calendars
Passion Planner Specs
Cover feels very flexible, yet sturdy
Elastic clasp to keep the cover closed
Entire planner is about as thick as a 150pg to 200pg notebook
First page after the cover is just a page for your contact information
Inside of the back cover is a thin folder flap / pocket that is made from a cloth-like material: very resilient and can withstand regular use without tearing
Long bright green ribbon / book mark that is a little over 13 inches so that it is easy to spot
I would give this planner an overall rating of 9/10. If you are interested in purchasing a Passion Planner, go ahead and follow the link or visit: http://www.passionplanner.com/buy/
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