How I Use My Passion Planner
Some of us are just getting back to school and others are trying to figure out the real world (*raises hand* on the real world here). I have been using my Passion Planner for over a year now and have just purchased my second one, so I am re-writing/ editing this post that I wrote in October to break down what I truly love about this planner now that I have officially broken it in. I have also tried the Happy Planner for those of you interested in that, check it out here!
It has all the time slots I need, the layout is everything I want, it has two types of a to-do lists and space for “infinite possibility”. One other thing that I love about this, is all the positivity it brings. It has a daily focus for each day, weekly focus and most importantly, a space to list all the good things that happened that week. Below is the breakdown for you ⬇️
My top 5 favorite features of the Passion Planner
- Space for weekly personal & work to-do’s
- The hourly vertical layout for each day of the week
- Monthly reflection pages
- Passion roadmap guide
- Space for a monthly focus, people to see, places to go and your not to-do list
PLANNING YOUR YEAR + beyond
People forget that a planner isn’t just for planning your weeks and months, but the whole year. With the Passion Planner they start you off on the first pages with your yearly planning, along with a roadmap for much longer. Here are my two favorite ways to plan that far in advance…
- A fresh start: This is the first page of the planner and while such a small part of the planner, really makes an impact. This is an area where you get to note your biggest goals and what you’d like to accomplish. Who and what motivates you the most, you can also include your inspires you here. The last section is writing words of encouragement to yourself. This is a meant to look at when you are having hard times.
- The wishlist ➡️passion roadmap: this is a guide for success. Think about everything you want to do, who you want to be, and what you want to have it. Now, make a plan using three months, one year, three years, and a lifetime to get you there. It will help you set your priorities and create your passion plan to achieve your roadmap. It’s an eight step guide to mapping out your goals.
PLANNING YOUR MONTH
Monthly planning is very important in setting yourself up for success. Things change and when you’re planning a month or more in advance, it’s bound to get a little mixed up sometimes. That leaves you being forced to adjust. Adjusting is okay, add things to your plate and take things away that you need to. That’s the best part about planning a month in advance, when you go to add It to your week, you get to switch up your original plan if need be.
- The month layout: The layout has your basic box for each day of the month, but has other areas that take it to a whole other level. It has an area for your personal and work focus, an area for people to see, places to go, and your not to-do list. There is space in each day of the month to write bullets or snip-bits that you need to know, while still hitting the compact size (other sizes are available, I just have the smaller sized one).
- Monthly to-do’s: This is one of my favorite areas of my planner. The amount of lists that I can write is unbelievable and is what really keeps me motivated. It’s broken down into your personal and your work to-do’s. It is then broken down even more with your top priority projects and your normal projects. It even has space for due dates that month for those items.
- Space for your monthly gamechanger: Your passion game changer is the goal that would have the most positive impact on your life right now. There is a space each month to write your game changer and than make your roadmap around it. Don’t worry, at the beginning there is a guide and example for how to do this.
- Monthly reflections: This is probably one of my favorite areas, even if I didn’t use my planner as much as I would have liked that month. This a section that you fill out at the end of every month to reflect (obviously) on your month past. It asks you questions about what was most memorable, your biggest lessons, what / who you’re grateful for and the difference between who you are right now and who you were the past month. It has you review the past month of your planner, which is really helpful if you utilized your planner to the max, and has a checklist to help you transition from this past month to the next.
PLANNING YOUR WEEK
Weekly planning is the part that I utilize the most in this planner. I love to color block my times and fill in the to-do lists. This planner also helps me to be productive before bed just by filling out the to-do lists and being able to see my focus for the week all laid out.
- Weekly quote / advice & space of infinite possibility: The weekly quote / advice gives you something to think about or reflect on for that week. I sometimes will write my reflections on a sticky note, in my journal or in the space of infinite possibility. In the space of infinite possibility, if I don’t fill it up with my reflection, I will use that space for quotes, what bills I have due, my grocery list or anything I want to. That is why it is called the space of infinite possibilities.
- This week’s focus / daily focus: setting intentions is an important part of my routines. Using my weekly focus to set intentions and goals and breaking them down into daily goals and intentions helps me to create a better mindset.
- Good things that happened this week: This area is one of my favorite parts of this journal. Take the time every week and note the good things that happened. Even if you had a bad week there is some light that came from it. Some weeks I write out; M,T,W,T,F,S,S and in one-three words write something good that happens every day.
- To-do lists: I am a huge fan of to-do lists and lists in general. This planner is loaded with to-do list space. Every week there is room for your to-do list for personal things and work things. It is than broken down to top priority, priority and errands.
- Weekly layout: the layout is the main reason that I liked this planner. It is a vertical column daily set up with times from 6am to 10:30pm. The vertical layout is what works best for me and for anyone who has a busy schedule where you need to time block your days. In between your time blocks, you can create lists or other to-dos that will help you succeed for that day / week.
Also peep their free handout right here! Just in case you want to give it a spin before you purchase. I used that print out when I had a planner that wasn’t broken down into the hourly, so on busy weeks I would print it out and use the print out with my planner that I had in unison.
In the comments, let me know your favorite parts of your Passion Planner. Don’t have a Passion Planner? Leave me a comment with what planner you do have and your favorite part about it.