Saturday, January 14, 2017

My Passion Planner

I would really like to identify myself as an ultra-organized person, and in many ways, I am... but I always seem to lose my organizational tendencies when it comes to personal goals and things that don't need an actual deadline. In order to stay on top of my personal goals during this year of transition, I decided to invest in a planner that had goal-setting and goal keeping as a priority, since my planner basically dictates my life anyway!

At first, I wasn't sure if I even wanted to set many goals for 2017, but after thinking about it, I decided that I needed some structure during this year of transition, and that goals could only help me. I started to search for the perfect planner to help keep me focused.

This was when I came across Passion Planner!

These planners will cost you $25-$30, which is certainly more expensive than your average academic planner, but it does so much more than just that! It also is an affordable alternative to some other, similar competitors such as PowerSheets (still gorgeous tho).

What drew me to Passion Planner was its simplicity, affordability and the fact that you're not completely tied to a preset layout. Some other, similar planners come with ALL the bells and whistles: stickers, extra sheets to buy, step by step programs, etc. and I didn't think I really needed all that. Maybe I'll re-evaluate if I ever own my own business or something, but it really just seemed like too much stuff! I wanted this planner to help organize my life, not clutter it even more.

Passion Planner also has a "get one, give one" program, which appealed to me. For every planner purchased, they give one away to an individual or organization in need. 

Anyways, here's a brief look at how it works:

I stumbled upon Passion Planner in early December, very soon after realizing that my 2016 planner had only a few pages in it, and I had begun to write appointments and important dates in 2017 on a blank sheet of paper at work. After doing my research, I decided to order the Dated Classic planner in Timeless Black (it's very me). 

Upon receiving my planner and opening it, I came across a few diagrams that suggested how to begin a new year with new goals with a new planner. I followed the instructions, and for 5 minutes I focused and wrote out my "passion roadmap," which answered this question: 


And the pre-drawn out structure asked me to highlight things that I wanted to work towards in 3 months, 1 year, 3 years and in my lifetime. It was a lot harder than it sounds! A lot of my answers circled around finding a good job after graduate school and where that job could take me. 

Next, it asked me to make my first "passion plan," which took one of the goals in the passion roadmap, and highlighted all the necessary steps needed to take to make that goal a reality! I decided on focusing on the job search ahead and all the things I need to do to get a job by May. Taking the time to sit down and lay this out really made me excited and aware of what I can do right now, to work towards my goal, even it it may be too early to actually apply. 

My Passion Planner seems to be working already, because I've already checked off the goal of going over my resume with an expert and revising it to make it the best it can be. 

What kinds of tools do you use to set and keep your goals after the new year? 

- Angela 


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