Slice of Life: Passion Planner™ 10 of 31

For the month of March, I'll be writing with the Slice of Life community. Disclaimer: I'll be writing every day so the writing will be a bit unpolished most days. Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for bringing this community together and for inspiring me to try to find the stories that surround me each day.

A special thank you to Clare for today's post.  Clare, I appreciate your comments --- and especially those that ask a question that leads to new writing.  

If you know me, you know I'm pretty digital:  most all of my notes are kept in Evernote, I'm an eBook enthusiast, and I might be a bit addicted to Twitter.  It makes sense that for years and years, I put everything in my digital calendar.  When calendars started to send notifications to your screen, my life became even better.

If you know me, you know I'm so digital that the next sentence is going to throw you for a loop.  I'm in love with my paper calendar.  No, it's true.  You just read that.  Maybe it's the change in my work.  My calendar certainly has more reminders of places I need to be these days.  Maybe it's the near catastrophes with a digital calendar.  Let's face it, we've all had those update nightmares where suddenly our calendar commitments have momentarily disappeared or can only be found on our computers.  Whatever the reason, the calendar goes everywhere I do.

To be fair, it isn't any paper calendar, it's a Passion Planner™ --- and it's the bomb!  I learned about it from a friend I work alongside every day.  Each time we'd schedule something, she'd harmoniously pull out her Passion Planner™, write the date, add a couple of notes, and return the calendar to her bag.  I began to envy her ability to see her month with a glance, to jot quick reminders alongside, to see her daily schedule so well planned out.  Finally, I decided to give it a try and I have never looked back.

People who know me well are often shocked to see me pull out a paper planner, and are even more surprised when I start to gush about it.  Here are some of the reasons I think the Passion Planner™ is a game changer:
  1. Monthly Views:  I can see each month at a glance.  This is how I write down appointments and meetings.  No more tiny dots on every day of the month.  Now I can see the real events.
  2. Weekly Views:  Each Sunday night I sit down with my calendar, look at the week on the monthly view, and plan out each day.  This really helps me to get organized for the week.  Writing the events seems to help things stick, and has saved me more than once when I need to have something prepared in advance.  
  3. Daily Views:  Within each week, the daily view is set up by time so I can map out the day minute by minute.  I color code my school events and personal events.  
  4. To-Dos:  This is my favorite part!!!  At the bottom of each week, there are two columns of to-dos. There's a column for work to-dos and a column for personal to-dos.  There are three levels:  top priority, priority, and errands.  This has been a game changer.  What I like most is the ability to put a task needed to be completed weeks away from now on my calendar.  Let's say I have to have a document prepared for May, I just put the task mid-April on my to-do list.  (Of course, I love being able to check off the to-dos when they are done!)
  5. Focus:  The calendar has a spot to write a monthly and weekly focus.  I sometimes just jot down a word to keep me focused for the week.  
  6. Reflections:  The calendar also has a place to reflect at the end of each month.  
  7. Space of Infinity Possibility:  I love to web thinking, list around a topic, or sketch a new idea in the space provided at the bottom of each week.  
  8. Journaling:  The back has blank pages and grid pages for journaling.  I keep a lot of lists back there and notes about particular topics.  
  9. The pocket:  Oh, I almost forgot the wonderful pocket.  You know those papers you need all the time:  lists of phone numbers, assessment benchmarks (oh, that's probably just me), and inspirational clippings, they fit nicely in the pocket in the back.  
  10. Planning:  I drop the ball here for sure, but the calendar has places to set goals for 3 months, 1 year, 3 years, and a LIFETIME.  Yes, I said lifetime and that one always scares me a bit.  
Whew!  Sorry, I was gushing, but I just love this life book.  It's a game changer for sure!!!!  While I do still keep a digital calendar, I can't imagine being as organized and productive without my Passion Planner™.  It goes with me everywhere.  If I lost it, I think my world would come to a crashing halt.  It's a book I just can't live without.  I've already tweeted Passion Planner™ to see when next year's academic calendar will be available.  They're saying April or May.  I'm hoping April as my calendar for August is already starting to fill up.  


  1. Thank you for explaining! I am torn. I love google calendar so much - I do print it monthly and review it each Sunday weekly. I love the shared aspect of google - especially with my family and Tammy. I might have to order one to see if there is away to combine them... you were gushing!

  2. What a tool! I agree with Clare-you’re gushing-but it does sound pretty incredible in terms of getting everything you want in one place. Thanks for share the passion planner with us. I’ll look into it.

  3. I'm with you on this. I share that same giddy feeling. As much as I love all the digital tools, I really love holding that special planner/calendar in my hands. It's morphed and evolved over time for me and now I use not a purchased planner, but the Together Teacher system (free downloadable page) with what looks like same categories as yours. Organization is a beautiful thing, isn't it?

  4. I get it! I am a digital fan too, but have a paper weekly planner that I love and every summer I make a paper calendar. I love your gushing and will look it up when I get to the US in June.

  5. Oh my, I may ha e to start using mine with more purpose and intention. It’s clear to me I need more of both!

  6. I found one at a paper store that I love with a passion if you will! I do love my google calendar, but when I write in my paper planner, I feel like I'm crafting a story for our family.

  7. Your reason #1 is the exact reason that I love paper calendars so much! Those little dots on the digital calendar do nothing for me -- I'm SO glad that someone else understands! :-) ~JudyK

  8. I, too, like my Passion Planner, but I am not using it to its full potential. Sunday night with my calendar sounds like a good plan.

  9. I am digital with almost everything as well, but I love my paper planner calendar. I have similar habits with using Sunday as my day to plan the week ahead. I mix my calendar with a little bullet journaling and a little reflection and a little gratitude journal. It has truly become all things! Hope you're able to get next year's soon!

  10. I recently switch to the Panda Planner but it sounds similar to your planner. I reflect at the end of each day, write what I can do better tomorrow and plan for my week. I am surprised you have a paper planner but I get it. :-)

  11. I use the Create 365 planner. I turned it inside out...I tried to stay away from work related items and focus on productivity and self care. It's like my all in one. Thanks for sharing!


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