For many of us, life can be a lot more hectic than we would probably like. Our days are filled with errands to run, chores to do and we can’t keep track of all the tasks that are starting to pile up on us.
After I left the rigorously scheduled life of high school behind, I was at a loss. I didn’t know what day it was, everything blurred together and I wasn’t getting anything done. I needed structure and I needed something to help me sort myself out.
I’d always been a bit of an organisation freak so I thought I would try using a diary to plan out my days and weeks. The only trouble was that I had no idea where to start. Finding a planner that suited me and how I go about things was a labourious process of trial and error. I bounced around from A5 to B5 size paper, daily to weekly layouts and couldn’t seem to find anything that gelled.
I was starting to think that I’d never be completely happy with any planner, until I stumbled across the Passion Planner.
This, my friends, was where my luck started to change. Inspired by the website’s claims of helping you achieve your goals and a layout that soothed my neat-freak soul, I bit the bullet and ordered my first Passion Planner which was sent all the way from California.
I put it to the test and I’m happy to say I’ve been using it ever since. It was an absolute life saver and I’m going to show you why.
First of all, can we just appreciate the gorgeous colour that my 2019 planner is this year?? This teal is my absolute favourite and I’m so glad they added it to the collection this year.
One of the main features of the Passion Planner is its focus on setting goals, breaking them down into achievable pieces and helping you tick those tasks off your to-do list. The opening pages of the planner give you a brief synopsis of what the Passion Planner’s mission is and a step-by-step breakdown on how to make your goals a reality.
It then asks you to write down your ultimate wish list of things you’d like to achieve in three months, one year, three years and a lifetime.
All of the opportunities that this planner gives you to break down goals and reflect on how far you’ve come is something that sets this planner apart from all the others I’ve tried out. It really encourages you to focus on yourself and what you want to achieve and it fosters personal growth and development.
Now, to the nitty gritty.
This planner is laid out with a monthly overview and then a week-to-an-opening type layout for that month. The monthly overview includes a space to write top priority projects for that month, people to see, places to go and a not-to-do list which I think is quite handy.
Then we have the weekly layouts which are an absolute godsend for people like me who need a timetable-like view of how they are spending their time. There’s a section to write a weekly and daily focus, good things that happened that week and features a lovely quote or inspirational message. My favourite feature is the plentiful amount of space for prioritised to-do lists (anyone who knows me knows that I love a good list and ticking things off is one of the most satisfying feelings… I love it!).
After each month, there is a section dedicated to reflecting on that month as a whole; your favourite memory, how you’ve changed, what you can improve on and what you were especially grateful for. In addition to having a log of all your favourite memories, this section is a great way to see your progression through the year and take some time out for yourself.
Even though it is a structured planner, there is still so much room for you to be able to customise it however you’d like. From colour coding and washi tape, to stickers and sticky notes, there are so many different ways you can utilise this planner so it works for you.
You can choose from dated and undated, Sunday or Monday starts as well as a couple of different colours to suit your aesthetic (because we all know you’ll want to chuck a pic or two on the ‘gram and you can’t ruin that perfectly curated feed you’ve got going!). The different coloured planners have corresponding charities that Passion Planner supports, so $1 from each planner sold goes towards that worthy cause. For example, my ‘Ocean Blue’ planner supports Oceana, an organisation dedicated to protecting and preserving the world’s oceans.
There are so many more things about the Passion Planner that I could tell you but I don’t want this post going on for too much longer! I have had an absolute ball using mine and I hope some of you have found the inspiration to try out a planner for yourself. Even if you don’t use one of these, I hope you have just as much fun as I have planning out your year and achieving those goals you never thought you could!
Happy planning! xx
Just a quick note, I was absolutely not paid to write this article. I was just so excited to share with you all something I’m so passionate about in the hopes that it may help even one of you get out of the funk you might be in. Let me know if you have any questions about the Passion Planners because I could chat about these things all day! Feel free to hit me up in the comments below and make sure to share this article with a friend you think needs a little bit more organisation in their life!
All images taken by myself.