So I don’t know about y’all, but I love a good planner. I like them to maybe be cute, but more than anything, I’m looking for functional. I want my planner to have good space for notes; I like a month-on-2-pages view and then weekly breakdowns.

For the past month or so, I have been on the hunt for a perfect planner. Apparently, those who are planner-obsessed (they call themselves “planner aficionados” which I think is funny in a fun way, not a mocking one) have little niche gathering spaces out in the wild. There are a million blogs about how people arrange their Filofaxes and Kikki Ks; Etsy is overflowing with shops that make custom inserts. It’s at once awe-inspiring, envy-inducing and just kind of cool that something so mundane is so.... niche.

Anyway, a few days ago a friend and I were talking about planners (I introduced her to this whole thing, as another friend of mine had done me) and she mentioned something called a Passion Planner.

I. Am. In. Love. I ordered a 2016 planner yesterday; it will be shipping in November. The whole idea behind Passion Planner (from the site)?

“Analysis paralysis. That was the feeling that spiraled me into a strange, post-grad depression and the problem that I wanted to help people overcome.

I decided to make a tool that helped people clearly define their personal goals and dreams and put them at the forefront of their attention, and a planner was PERFECT for this. Passion Planner 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.

I wanted people to use this planner as a compass they could use to guide their daily decisions. It’s simple. You ask yourself: is what I am going to do today going to get me closer to my goals? Yes? Do it. No? Don’t do it.

I wanted to make a tool that encouraged people not only to start thinking about their goals, but make taking action towards them a part of their daily lives. And that’s how Passion Planner was born.”

What’s cool is that the layout is so... utilitarian. There is a section in each week for notes and doodles and brainstorming. The beginning of each moth has a couple pages dedicated to reflecting on your last month and whatever progress you’ve made toward your goals, whatever they may be. All of the planners are made with recycled materials, and the cover is vegan faux leather if that is something that’s important to you. And - because I love a large planner - they come in a full 8.5”x11” or a compact 5.5”x8.5”. They are $25 for the compact, $30 for the classic size. There are quotes and challenges in the planner, things that are like (paraphrasing) “Help someone going through a tough time week. Even if it’s just you being a good listener.” But, my absolute favorite thing is the sense of good that this company is trying to promote: need a good planner, but can’t afford one? You can download a full PDF version to use for free, so long as you share the site info (and that sharing is based on an honor system), or you can download weekly sheets, no strings attached. Another option: you can request a sponsor, which is just what it sounds like: you fill out a form online, get matched with someone who will purchase your planner for you. The only stipulations (and again, an honor system is in place): you will send that person a thank you note, and sponsor someone when you are more able. I think that’s really damn rad.

So, if y’all are freaks of nature like me who love planners a little more than you should or ar at least looking for one that is functional and will fit your needs, check this out!

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