The other day, a student in my office introduced me to the Passion Planner. She seemed surprised that I did not know what it was (luckily my students keep me up to date with the times!) I AM SURPRISED I did not know about it!
The moment she pulled a beautifully inscribed journal out of her bag, I knew it would be right up my alley. I am a huge proponent of analog methods of time management (not to replace, but to complement digital methods.) However, I did not know how many great things were inside the pages until she showed me.
The passion planner is a fantastic combination of two important components of time management: It has a tactical component (day to day execution pages – with weekly and monthly calendars, personal & professional to do lists)
And a strategic component. There are pages for passion roadmaps and concept charts for 1, 3 and 5-year plans incorporating SMART goal setting principles. Tips abound and plenty of space for creative brainstorming.
Smart time managers are also adept at another practice: They reflect. The passion planner also allows for that, with a monthly reflection at the end of each month with prompt questions. The monthly reflection has you think about whether you stayed true to your priorities, how to improve, what successes you had and where you feel gratitude and a sense of accomplishment. It is a nice balance between celebrating success and identifying areas of improvement.
If you have a journalling or time management enthusiast in your life, this is perhaps the best Christmas gift you can get them, ever, along with a set of fantastic coloured pens 😉 Especially for those returning to work from mat leave, or setting a new year and new priorities for what they want to get out of their maternity leave – or out of their busy lives which include motherhood. The sacred space to plan, reflect and assess is one that we are all too often missing in the busy days of motherhood, and is perhaps one of the most beneficial gifts we can give to a mother 🙂
I have mine already on order & can’t wait to show you what I do with it!