Over the past few months, I’ve taken my daily planning systems and to-do lists and consolidated them all into a single Moleskine notebook plus a small weekly calendar (which is technically a planner, but I don’t think of it as such as I only put appointments and deadlines in it).
I really love the Moleskine, but I wish I didn’t have to write out the times each week. I explored washi tapes and stickers and stamps, but nothing seemed right. And there are a ton of planners that have the times already listed out.
So I read a whole bunch of planner reviews on the internets and looked at a whole lot of different blank spreads and decided that the Passion Planner (not affiliate), weekly, Monday Start, was the best match for my current planning setup. I wanted something that had the times laid out, but also had space for my to-do list post-it and my projects post-it and just space around for other things. And I wanted a little space for deadlines above the hourly set. I was also looking forward to having monthly calendars in the same planner as the weekly calendars instead of (alas, I will likely still be printing out google calendars and stapling them together :( )
There’s a bunch of passion concept map stuff that I will generally be ignoring. I love the major weekly project goals, but otherwise I don’t have much use for reflection, at least not the monthly reflection the book has space for.
Things I like:
The weekly spread is great– exactly what I wanted.
The paper is REALLY nice. The mokeskine has a thick creamy paper that is prone to feathering, so I love using my small tipped Clenas on it. But the PP has a smooth bright white paper that LOVES a fountain pen. There was something sensual about borrowing DH’s fountain pen with his fancy sparkly J Herbin ink and moving over regular appointments for the first time. I *almost* want to get my own fountain pen, but… like a swimming pool, I’d rather have someone else own it and do the maintenance on it so I’ll likely borrow DH’s from time to time and otherwise use gel pens.
It has an elastic strap to keep it closed just like the Moleskine.
There’s free pages at the back that I will be able to use to take notes at meetings.
Things I don’t like:
I didn’t realize it was soft cover instead of hard cover. It looks nice and it’s probably lighter with the soft cover, but I just prefer the Moleskine hardback. This reason by itself is not enough for me to seek out other planners.
Instead of having all of the monthly calendars together at the beginning of the planner, as I assumed they would, instead each month starts with the monthly calendar for that month followed by the weekly planner pages. I don’t plan by the month so this is not helpful for me– I need to see what’s happening a few weeks in the future at any point in time or else I get surprised by deadlines or mess up homework assignments for the students. I do plan by the week, so the weekly spreads work. But I also plan by the semester, not the month, so having those months separated by 4 weeks of weekly spreads is just irritating and I probably just won’t use them. Another possibility is that I will print out their monthly spreads from their webpage and paste them in over the used weekly spreads once I’ve finished with August. Or I might get small tabs that make it easy to flip to month spreads. We will see. This problem won’t stop me from using the planner the entire year, but next year when summer rolls around I will be looking to see if there’s another planner out there that better suits my needs. Maybe I’ll pick something less pretty that has rings so I can move pages. (Or maybe I’ll try the Jibun Techo though I suspect it doesn’t have enough space for me.)
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this works for me once school starts!
I already asked you all about your preferred planning systems so… um… I have no questions? But feel free to comment anyway! Or tell me about your preferred planning systems if you didn’t last time. It’s all good!