At the beginning of 2017, I decided to try out the planner that lead me down the Planner Addict rabbit hole 3 years ago: the Passion Planner (PP). I printed off the Classic size (8.5” x 11”) from the website (after completing their social media requirement to get to the PDF), hole punched it, and put it in a Flex Binder.
I used this planner solidly for the first 4 ½ months of the year. What changed? I couldn’t handle lugging around the full-size planner anymore. Even with a backpack to carry stuff to and from work, I didn’t want to bring it out of the house. And that’s a major problem when it comes to using a planner.
In the meantime, I re-purposed some old planner inserts from another brand, and made my own planner–a more portable one. And in September, I decided to try the Compact size (printed off the whole month from the PDF), and sadly realized neither of the Passion Planner’s offered sizes worked for me.
But!!! Just because the sizes didn’t work for me, doesn’t mean I didn’t learn some valuable lessons from the planner. So what did I learn?
1. Brain Bombing / Mind Mapping is Awesome!
When I started using the Classic size 2017 Passion Planner, I waited a few days before doing my Passion Road Map. If you’re in any of the PP Facebook groups, this isn’t an unusual occurrence. Actually putting down on paper, which REAL deadlines, triggered something in me. Leading to…
2. Goals are Achievable
Since I was a child, 4 years old to be exact, I knew I wanted to publish a book. I’ve written about a dozen books in the last 15 years, but the novel I wrote in 2016 is the first one I’ve ever actively worked towards publication on. As of writing this post, I’ve completed my editing, the novel’s been alpha and beta read, and I’m querying publishers. The farthest I’ve ever gotten with one of my novels is typing it up and running spell check (I wrote the initial draft longhand). Wish me luck!
3. Self-care and Personal To Do’s are Important
I saw a meme or something on the internet once (maybe off Pinterest?) that said: You can’t refill everyone else’s cup, if you don’t take time to refill your own. I love the Personal To Do list on the PP weekly layout, and how Angelia’s (sp?) purpose for that we need to remember to do things for ourselves.
The saying “All work and no play make Jack a dull boy,” comes to mind as well. I’ve been making more of an effort to make sure I take my vitamins, do some yoga and basic exercises, journaling, writing, reading, and knitting. All things that help my physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
4. Time slots are optional!
Not literally. Every version of the planner has the time slots. But I saw a picture on the Passion Planner Facebook page where they showed how to use the daily columns for To Do lists, and ignore the time slots! I LOVE THAT!
5. Reflecting is a Wonderful Thing
I’m a fan of journaling prompts, especially ones that force you to look back over a period of time and gauge how you’ve grown as a person. I appreciate that there are reflection questions at the end of each month and the year, to help you focus on the positive and learn from the negative. Over the years, the reflection questions have changed, with the initial lists having a dozen questions or so, and current set ups have half that. Taking the time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, learned, and would do differently in the future helps you to grow as a person.
6. What Works for Some, Doesn’t for Others
As I’ve started in previous posts and videos, I love the concept of the Passion Planner, but the sizes just don’t work for me. I love seeing how others use their PPs, decorated or not, to achieve their goals and all that. Maybe one day I’ll figure out how to print the PDF in a way that I still have the guts of a planner, but the size is more what I need it to be. OR Angelia may develop an in-between size! One can hope, right?
Corporate & Social Media Pages
Various Facebook Groups
My Previous Blog Posts about the Passion Planner (in chronological order)
June Goals in Passion Planner Compact (supposed to be Classic, oops!)