While some people have moved well into the digital age when it comes to their calendars, I am one of those people who will forever prefer a paper planner. It all started back in sixth grade, when I was handed my first ever planner by my homeroom teacher. In an effort to get kids to be more responsible with their assignments, my school (district?) made them mandatory for all students. It was love at first sight.
Alas, now there are about a million different planners you can choose from, which makes things a little bit trickier. It took me years to find my perfect planner, and I hope these reviews will help you find yours.
- Dated January 2019 to December 2019
- Approximately 7″ x 10″
- Faux leather cover
- 120 GSM paper – sustainably sourced
Several years ago, I was talking to some of my interns, and the subject of planners came up (natch). One of them mentioned that she used a Passion Planner. For some reason, it always stuck with me. Well, I finally got around to checking one out for myself.
An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook.
Sounds good to me!
There are so many unique things about the Passion Planner. Right off the bat, there are a few pages dedicated to explaining how to best use the planner. Then, you are left to create your own “Passion Roadmap.” This is what you will ideally use as the guide for the rest of your planning.
I’ve seen other iterations of this same idea several times over the past couple of years. The thought is that you envision your goals in great detail, prioritizing them adding specific timelines where possible. Every decision you make should then point back to that.
Once you’ve got your dream life figured out (a lot harder than you think!), we move on to the monthly spread. Something that I really like about this planner is that it’s very focused. Once you have that “game-changing” goal in mind, there are spaces throughout to help you point back to that. I also like the very specific sections. It forces you to take practical steps throughout the month ahead.
Next up is the weekly spread. While you KNOW I love that all seven days get equal billing, I have never been about that hourly life. The Passion Planner encourages batching your time. It’s a very effective time management tool, but not really how I choose to use my planner. It balances the daily breakdowns with a to do section divided into personal and work. There is also a great section called “space of endless possibilities.” I love that!
At the end of each month, there are a couple of pages that let you look back. What went well? What didn’t? Are there things you can do better in the coming month?
If I’m being honest, I’ve reviewed a lot of planners and this the first one that made me consider making a significant change. I will stick with my Erin Condren Life Planner for 2019, but this is one that I will consider for next year. And that says a lot.
But what’s a girl to do? I have this lovely rose gold 2019 Passion Planner just begging to be used. Interested?
If you’d like the chance to win this planner, head over to and interact with this Instagram post. I’m telling you; it’s a good one!