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The Planner I Dumped All My Other Planners For

There are tons of great products out there, the key is to find what works best for you.

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Like many, I’m happiest and most fulfilled when I’m busy—working overtime, juggling freelance assignments, and focusing on passion projects—but without a good planner, I struggle to keep it all in balance. When I started hearing buzz about a planner that combined weekly and monthly calendars alongside detailed strategic goal-setting tools, I knew I had to check it out. Up until recently, I was always a proponent of keeping two planners—one for work, and one for personal use—but after discovering the Passion Planner, I’ve happily dumped that strategy. No, this blog post isn’t sponsored--I just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to rave about an awesome product that’s helped me to keep track of my life, and might just help you too.

Passion Planner was founded by young entrepreneur Angelia Trinidad when she felt lost and directionless after graduating from college. She wanted to create a tool that would help others avoid the paralysis she felt. The result? She designed a planner that “helps people break down their long and short terms goals into more actionable steps and gives them a place to incorporate these steps into their daily lives.” The Passion Planner isn’t just a little black book with a kickass calendar layout—it’s a tool that helps users define their goals through detailed passion roadmaps and define actionable steps to achieve those goals. 

Open the planner, and one of the very first pages asks you to consider a bold question: “If I could have anything, be anything, or do anything, what would it be?” This question encourages you to dream big, identify your boldest aspirations, and then define when and how you’ll accomplish them. Then it’s time to insert those action steps into your daily life. My favorite thing about this planner is that it leaves equal space each day to jot down to-do lists, block off meetings, and pencil in lunch dates, even on the weekends (something many planners fail to do). What’s more, it encourages daydreaming and positive thinking with space for notes, doodles, and a weekly inspirational quote or snippet of advice. 

One of the great things about the Passion Planner team is that they stand so strongly behind their product, they even offer free downloads of planner pages on their website. You can test out the format to see if it works for you before ever deciding to make a purchase, something I think speaks volumes about the company.  

The Passion Planner isn’t a “one size fits all” solution to our problems—and it doesn’t try to be. I don’t use every text box and tool as it’s intended, and I often modify my planner to suit my needs by supplementing pages with tabs and sticky notes. Trinidad and her team use the company’s social media accounts to encourage customization and even offer printable downloads for supplemental tools for tracking daily water intake or finances. We each live unique lives with unique organizational needs, and it’s nice to have a planner that can adapt to different lifestyles. If you’re not convinced the Passion Planner is right for you, check out some other goal-focused options like InnerGuide and Panda Planner.

There are tons of great products out there, the key is to find what works best for you.

Whether intentional or not, my Passion Planner is a constant daily reminder that my life is multifaceted and full of opportunities. It can be easy to fall into the daily grind of stressful commutes, long work days, and endless household tasks and responsibilities and forget to take the time to focus on passions and aspirations. Even when life gets crazy busy, we have the power to define life goals and get a little closer to accomplishing them each and every day. 


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