First Impression: Passion Planner
UPDATE! 11 Feb 2015 at 21:00
Since my post published, I’ve received numerous comments from unhappy Passion Planner customers. It seems people are still waiting on their orders, are receiving faulty products, and not having a great customer service experience. When I wrote my blog post, I was speaking only to my personal experience. I had not read any other reviews in hopes to stay unbiased. I had no idea how upset customers are! I want to say thank you to those who have pointed out the troubles they have been experiencing. Please use your own discretion in purchasing this product. I recommend the product itself – the passion roadmap process has really helped me with my project goals – but it seems like the company is having trouble satisfying their customers, so buyer beware! I can’t speak for them, but I hope all of you who ordered and are having trouble hear back from them soon and get the outcome you desire.
A video on a planner went viral on Facebook last fall. As soon as it hit interwebs, at least 5 people mentioned me in comments, sending me private messages, and texting me.. “Jiliane.. you HAVE to get this. It’s so you!” I watched Angelia Trinidad‘s video on her journey creating the Passion Planner and got hooked. I LOVE planners. I pre-ordered in November and anxiously awaited for January. I’ve had it for about 3 weeks and decided to do a first impression review since it’s an organizing tool. I have the compact version, which is 5.5″ x 8.5″. Here are my thoughts so far:
Customer Service – 5 out 5
I can’t even imagine how many orders Passion Planner received once the video went viral. When I ordered in November, the expectation was set that I was to receive it in late January. During that time, my shipping address changed. I sent them an email asking them to change my shipping address.. and they did it! Easy! My emails were answered within 48 hours and my planner made it safely to my new home. I was very happy about this. Additionally, they kept us updated on strikes at different ports where their shipment was scheduled to come in and how that would impact our order. I appreciate being kept in the loop.
Quality: 4.5 out of 5
The cover leather is soft.. which is both good and (potentially) bad. Good in a sense that (1) it feels great and pleasant to carry and (2) that it can mold and shape into wherever I put it.. my purse, book bag. Also, I ran my fingernail across the cover to see if it would scratch, and it didn’t! On the flip side, sometimes I wish it was hardcover to provide more support if I happen to be writing standing up.. but it’s not that big of a deal. Since the cover is soft, the tight elastic band that keeps the planner closed has left an imprint on the front cover. No big deal but definitely noticeable. I have only had it for 3 weeks, so we will see how the cover stands up to the test of time.
Features: 4 out of 5
I really like the bright green ribbon place holder. Since the entire planner is black and white, it gives it a nice pop. There is a small pocket on the inside back cover. It has a nice satin finish and seems pretty durable, though I have not used it yet. Unfortunately, it does not have a pen loop. This is the biggest downside for me. I have been clipping my pen to the elastic in the front, but it’s not stable. I really wish it had a small elastic band to hold a pen on the side.
Layout: 4.5 out of 5
The planner is printed in grayscale, has monthly view, weekly view, a section for monthly reflection, a section for to-dos, and a section for doodling. The daily layout within the week view starts at 6am and ends at 10pm, with lines separating every 30 minutes. The spacing for the 30 minute slot is really small.. so unless you naturally write small, that can get a bit annoying. I usually have 1 hour blocks for anything I do, so writing 2 lines works just fine. There is a good amount of space in the “doodle” area. I’m not a doodler, but it was enough for me to jot down all my “micro tasks” last week. I used it to supplement the “to-do” lists on the bottom left pages. I really liked those for what I like to call “macro to-dos”.. big picture things like going to post office, a big project at my office for the week. I actually like that the planner is printed in grayscale (and I’m sure it was cost-effective for them) because it allows me to color code using hi-lighters.. which I love to do 🙂
Process: 5 out of 5
The passion roadmap is excellent. I’ve had a project on my radar for a few months now. I was completing parts of it here and there, but was dreading the rest. Sitting down for 15 minutes allowed me to set up a plan for the next 5 months. The steps are clearly laid out and are simple to follow. It broke down my big “passion” project into manageable tasks. I felt accomplished, excited, and optimistic about my project when I was done.
OVERALL SCORE: A- (23 out of 25)
If you’re a planner addict like me, and you have a project/passion you want to see to fruition, I definitely recommend this planner! The compact version is currently sold out, but the regular version 8.5″x11″ is available for preorder. But in the meantime.. you can download it for FREE here! Print yourself out some copies until you get your real one in the mail 🙂
Did you get a Passion Planner? Let me know what you think of it in the comments below!