Welcome to my first #plannermatch post! Occasionally I get friends, family members, or my wonderful followers asking me for advice on which planner to get. I love these questions because they allow me to talk in-depth about one of my favorite topics (planning & organization!) and help someone take one step closer to elusive planner peace. I like to ask a series of questions to determine which planner would be a good fit for them:
- Do they prefer seeing a whole week at a glance, or day by day?
- Do they want something bright and colorful to encourage them to plan, or would they prefer something more neutral?
- What type of binding do they like to use? Wire, coil, book or case bound, or disc?
- How large (or small) is their handwriting?
- Do they need a portable planner, a desk planner, or something that can serve both functions?
- What are their main goals for the planner? What are they hoping the planner will help them accomplish?
- Do they need a structured layout, or something more free-form and flexible?
- What is the price range?
& more. I like to make it a conversation over coffee so I can show them examples of my recommendations immediately after and we can chat about what would be a good fit. If I could start a career as a planner consultant, y’all, I totally would. #dreamjob
My little cousin Hannah is a busy 23-year-old with two dog babies, a wife, two jobs, and a recent certification in the pharmaceutical field, where she’s looking to start a career while juggling everything else. Girl is BUSY, and she needed a planner work horse to help her stay on top of all her to-dos and a fluctuating, full schedule.
Enter Passion Planner.
During my conversation with Hannah, I was able to sum-up her preferences as:
- Appointment times to write down and manage a full schedule.
- Weekly spread to see the entire week at a glance.
- Help organizing priorities and general to-dos.
- A tool to use for trying to figure out long term decisions and goals.
- A book that can take a beating.
- A big enough planner to write in comfortably.
- Bonus, because I know my cousin: she needed something bright that was difficult to ignore.
Why Passion Planner Matches:
- Weekly spread with appointment times.
- Organized space for a task list that separates personal and work life.
- The signature Passion Planner Passion Map that helps conceptualize goals and makes you think about your future.
- Flexible book format that can be tossed around and still look fabulous.
- Plenty of notes pages for long to-do lists or shopping lists.
Passion Planner is a well-known planner brand and known for reasonable prices (Hannah got this 2017 planner on sale for 50% off). The Classic size is 8.5″ x 11″ and usually goes for about $30-35. The Compact size is 5.5″ x 8.5″ and runs $25-30. They have limited edition cover designs, dated and undated planners, and both academic and calendar year options. Passion Planner also has an amazing Instagram, and they continuously provide tips on how to best utilize your planner.
Passion Planner’s CEO, Angelia Trinidad, created the planner and launched it out of her garage by 2014. As a young woman recently out of college, she harnessed her feelings of “analysis paralysis” and created a tool to help her envision her future. The company continues to grow (they have a kickstarter campaign live right now to launch a new eco-friendly version of the planner & a pledge to plant a tree for every planner sold) and maintains a strong ethos of giving back. Learning about Trinidad’s story made me think about my young cousin, 23, and launching into a new, exciting, scary chapter in life.
How do you use your planner?