I am an addict. . . a Passion Planner addict, that is. . .
The first step is admitting it, right?
Everything I do has to be planned so that I know what I should expect each day. When my friend called a few years ago to take an impulsive trip, I immediately began asking questions about what was planned. Gasp! They had no plan. . . of any kind. I nearly had a panic attack as we jumped in the car – no destination in mind – and no plan of any kind.
Planning brings me a mental peace that I can’t really explain. It makes my mind quiet, and I also get so much more done each day as well. The days when I neglect to do my planning, I find myself running around with my head cut off. . . how about you?
My Planning Fails
Each year, I would always go out and shop for a new planner – flipping through the pages, tossing the ones that I didn’t like aside, and digging in hopes for other options that were hidden in the aisles.
A trip to Staples would easily last hours, and I would never leave with exactly what I wanted or needed. Until I found a planner that was laid out with one week on a spread, and the timelines were broken down into fifteen-minute increments.
It was similar to a salon appointment book, but that really isn’t what it looked like either. I used this “planner” faithfully as I homeschooled my two boys, led a team of 300 BeautiControl consultants, and began my photography studio start-up.
To say I had a lot going on at that time would be an understatement, but utilizing this planner was such an immense help!
But something was still missing. . . I created my own layouts. I attempted to use a digital calendar. I tried sticky notes. Nothing worked! I was so frustrated – have you ever been there?
Fast forward to November 2014, as I mindlessly scrolled through Facebook one afternoon. . .
I noticed a friend had shared a post about this simple looking product called “Passion Planner” that was doing a Kickstarter Campaign. If you shared the Campaign post, you received a free PDF download for personal use. With that post was also Angelia’s story in video, and it resonated with me so much on a personal level. See her story here.
I won’t lie. . . when I saw the weekly spread in that image – I was sold. SOLD!
The video only solidified my urgent need for this free downloadable PDF. . . I quickly shared the image, downloaded my free PDF, ran LIGHTNING fast upstairs to my printer, and just stared at it in awe. (Real story, real story!)
And so my Passion Planner addiction begins. . .
As I write this, it is July 2017, and I have not wavered from my Passion Planner… it is my right arm and an extension of my body. . . still!
I went from a new planner every year (or even six months at times) to not changing the one I use in over three years, and I don’t see me ever giving up this amazing tool!
But I wasn’t the only one that apparently resonated with Angelia’s video and fell in love with the product. Angelia’s launched her first Kickstarter campaign from her garage and surpassed her goal by 6584%. And no, that is not a misprint… I really did mean to type 6584%. Don’t believe me, check out this article here.
I jokingly tell people that I eat, sleep, and breathe by the pages in my Passion Planner. But in reality, I really do! Just ask any of my coworkers, family, or team members. If they ask, “Can you do XYZ on XYZ?” My answer is always “I’m not sure, I’ll have to let you know as soon as I can check my planner.”
It may not work for everyone and I know that, but this planner is so versatile that it can work for everyone.
It’s the craziest thing to me ever! Heck, just check the #passionplanner hashtag on Instagram and you’ll see what I mean.
From simple to sparkly, you can make the planner work in any way that you want. I LOVE THAT!
And to think, it all started from one woman’s dream. What a powerful thing!
Daily Life with my Passion Planner
My Passion Planner is a place to keep all my thoughts in one place, to plan my short- and long-term goals, and map out anything that is going on in my life. A place to reflect upon the past, identify areas that I may want to change before going into the next month, and a way to look at my dreams and bigger plans. And lastly, it is a tool to help me declutter my life and gain more ground in productivity.
I never close it and always have it out in my work area or in my bag in the car. It just doesn’t leave my side. Seriously, I have a problem. WINK!
For those of you that have been following me long, you know that I am a mom to four kiddos, full-time student at UIS, work part time locally, run an Etsy shop (selfish plug – my Shop is FULL of planner goodies just for your Passion Planner), have my blog, and also do coaching for clients on the side.
To say I wear a few too many hats is the truth, and I apparently also like to stack those hats one on top of the other, LOL. I would be lost without my Passion Planner!!!
If you find yourself wishing you had a better planner, or a better life plan, this is a product you need to HURRY and buy. . . like yesterday. (If you do buy one that is full price, be sure to use JAMIE10 to get 10% off your purchase.)
I promise to help you get started and walk you through using it, but even better yet – you can get started NOW.
Simply take one of these images below this blog post and share it on your favorite social media platform, take a screenshot of that post, and email it to PDF.PASSIONPLANNER@GMAIL.COM. The company will then send you the Free PDF download password right away!! You can find the instructions here on how to get your free PDF download from the company here.
But don’t take my word for it. . .
I wanted to hear thoughts from other people that use Passion Planner in their daily lives, and here are their thoughts. . . both the good and the bad.
I do not use my planner as a scrapbook because I simply have too many things that I need to fit into my schedule, but some people do and that’s okay. That’s what makes this such a versatile tool – it can be whatever you want it to be.
My personal steps to planning are in this video here, but the basic concept is that I write my appointments and commitments in pencil until I sit down to do my planning each week.
Then, I use my colored time blocks to begin building my week (you can see those in my Etsy shop here).
After I have that all finished, I add in the other things like my grocery list, errands, prayer, and various stickers that I may need for that upcoming week to make my weekly spread as functional as I can. I do not waste an ounce of space at all and maximize what I can get out of the weekly spread by keeping my planning simple and functional.
VIDEOS YOU MAY LIKE:
See how you can use my Etsy stickers to personalize your planner and make it more functional – When I created my product line, I wanted it to look like I had done everything by hand, but without the mess of ink all over my hands. Ever been there? Yep, me too! So, I simply took the concept that I’ve been using in my planner for years and created a product around it. I would love to help you personalize yours!! Recently, I have even added the option to customize the text on our most popular stickers and also add text to your time blocks as well.
Close up glimpse of some of my products that are available in the Etsy shop – In this video, I show you how I converted my Passion Planner into a Hybrid Bullet Journal. I love to bullet journal, but I just got so darn tired of having to migrate specific things when it was time to move to a new notebook. As I sat and thought about it, I realized I could create something that LOOKED like the Passion Planner pages to keep the peaceful feeling, yet worked well for my bullet journaling needs. FYI. . . My Resource Vault has printables and more inside of it for FREE!
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Want to see a flip through of the pages of the Passion Planner for yourself? Click here for a walk through of the inside of this amazing tool!