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5 Ways to Cultivate Personal Growth

5 Ways to Cultivate Personal Growth

When you’re a kid, you can’t wait to “grow up” and, in theory, have all the answers to life; kids have this weird idea that adults somehow have it all together. But then, when you reach adulthood, you realize that you still have lots of growing left to do. Self-growth doesn’t happen overnight, and it won’t happen without a strategy, so check out these tips and turn your personal development plan into action.Be Honest Before you begin work on yourself, you need to figure out what areas could use a little TLC. To do that, you have to be completely transparent and honest with yourself; if you don’t trust yourself to be direct, ask a friend you trust for help. Make notes about where you are at in life and where you see yourself in the future. Accept where you are now, even if it’s in a bit of a rough patch. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your goals? Jot these ideas down in your Passion Roadmap to get started on a personal development plan.Stay Curious People can ea…

The Classic and Compact are Back! What I Learned From This Experience + Other Exciting Updates!

The Classic and Compact are Back! What I Learned From This Experience + Other Exciting Updates!

Dear #PashFam, Last week I announced that I am back, and this week I am SOOO excited to let you know two of your favorite things are BACK! We heard you, and we are pleased to announce Compact, Classic AND Pro sizes will ALL be available just in time for our ‘19 - ’20 Academic Passion Planners starting TODAY! What I’ve Learned From This Experience As an entrepreneur, I’ve learned that you have to make tough decisions. Sooner or later, you’re bound to make a mistake, and all you can do from that point is your best to fix it. I’ve always tried to make things as simple as possible. My decision to transition to having only one size was my effort to make things simpler for us as a company as well as for you as a consumer. As a company, having one size would enable us to expand more quickly internationally; streamline our manufacturing, quality control, and fulfillment process; and mitigate confusion when people order the planner. For you, the consumer, I believed I’d be making your…

A Letter From Our CEO: After Taking a Year Off.. I'm Back!

A Letter From Our CEO: After Taking a Year Off.. I'm Back!

If You’re Meeting Me for the First Time: My Origin Story If this is the first time you’re reading a blog post, message, or Kickstarter update from me, hi! Nice to meet you! My name is Angelia Trinidad, and I am the CEO and Founder of Passion Planner. I started this company more than 5 years ago in my parents’ garage after graduating from college and slipping into depression from being overwhelmed with uncertainty. I needed something to help me get out of that rut, and I thought about what helped me during the most challenging and stressful times of my life—my planner. I was unhappy with the planners on the market, so I decided to create my own. That’s how Passion Planner was born. I designed it, launched a  Kickstarter, raised $48,030 from 1,059 people in 30 days, and my whole life changed. Since then we’ve launched 6 Kickstarters raising more than $1.8 million dollars. Now, I run Passion Planner with a team of 26 people in sunny San Diego where our mission is to create…

5 Daily Habits That Will Help You Manifest Your Goals

5 Daily Habits That Will Help You Manifest Your Goals

Whether you set goals for a year out or five years out, you meet your goals one day at a time. Setting long-term goals is a vital step to shaping your life for the better, but your daily habits ultimately determine your path. The real secret to success is cultivating good daily habits. Check out these daily habits that successful people use to get a leg up on their goals.Plan at Night — Prioritize in the Morning A daily to-do list (1) helps keep you on track by reminding you of what needs to be done and (2) motivates you by giving you a visual ‘atta-girl for things you’ve accomplished. What you may not realize is that when you do your planning makes a difference. If you plan out your day the night before, you wake up with a clear idea of what you want — or need — to accomplish with your time. Before you dive in, take a few moments each morning to go over your list and prioritize your tasks so that the most important things get their fair share of attention.Wake Up Early Speaking…

How to Practice Self-Love and Self-Care Daily

How to Practice Self-Love and Self-Care Daily

Two recent studies have revealed that young adults spend more than six hours a day feeling stressed out and seven in ten young people have experienced "work burnout." That’s why practicing self-care shouldn’t be seen as self-indulgence but rather as self-preservation. With Passion Planner, it’s easy to schedule in daily self-love and self-care practices to lift your spirits and change your life for the better. From making your bed first thing in the morning (we promise it’s worth it!) to spending some time outdoors, here are some self-care ideas to get you started.Make Your Bed In a commencement speech that went viral, Navy Seal William H. McCraven advised wide-eyed university graduates, “If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.” The statement may sound bold, but here's what he meant: By beginning your day with a simple goal like making your bed, you establish momentum to make time for other goals, tasks and practices. Even if all your achievements…

Techniques to Measure Progress on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Techniques to Measure Progress on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Even when the New Year has barely begun, panic and disenchantment about resolutions can set in making you wonder why you bothered to set these goals in the first place. True change — like what people promise themselves with their New Year’s resolutions — doesn’t happen overnight. Rather than falling into despair, you can measure the progress you’ve made thus far to reinvigorate your aspirations. Stay on track with the techniques listed below for measuring your New Year’s resolution progress.Is Your Goal Measurable?Before you attempt to gauge progress on your New Year’s resolutions, you have to ask yourself if the goals you set are truly measurable. Are they specific enough that you can respond with a definitive “yes” or “no” if someone asks if you’ve accomplished them? If not, it might be time to redesign your resolutions. Saying “I want to lose weight” or “I will be more organized” aren’t good New Year’s resolutions because they lack specificity. Instead, you need to say, “I’ll hit th…

​ Letting Go of Perfection — New Year’s Resolutions and Embracing Setbacks

​ Letting Go of Perfection — New Year’s Resolutions and Embracing Setbacks

Is there anything more depressing than staring at that shiny list of New Year’s resolutions and realizing you’ve already broken at least three of them? New Year’s resolution fails bring their own peculiar sensation of failure — and the fear of that failure is often enough to keep people from even making them. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. New Year’s resolutions setbacks can actually help you move closer to accomplishing your goals. It just takes some reframing of your understanding of “failure” and a little advance planning.How to Start New Year’s Resolutions — Get Over the FearThe very first step in accomplishing absolutely anything in this world is getting started, but some people find that first step almost impossible. So how do you make yourself actually start doing all those wonderful things you’ve decided you’re going to do this year? According to Psychology Today, there are three major reasons people put things off, and the number one thing is — wait for it — bein…

5 Tips for Turning Your New Year's Resolutions Into Action

5 Tips for Turning Your New Year's Resolutions Into Action

True confession time — for a long while, I gave up on making New Year’s resolutions. Like just about everyone I know, I’d start off the year with a lofty goal. “This year, I’m going to eat healthier!” I’d tell myself. Or I’ll lose weight. Or pay more attention to my loved ones. If I was lucky, my resolutions might survive until my birthday — which is January 6. My New Year’s resolution fails turned into one more reason to beat myself up. Then I attended a training session on, of all things, how to write actionable goals for a business plan — and learned exactly what I needed to know to make New Year’s resolutions that I could keep. It’s a whole lot easier and more rewarding than you think. These five tips won’t guarantee you’ll keep every one of your resolutions this year, but they will help you turn your New Year’s resolutions into an action plan for the year ahead.Consider Your WhyThat seems obvious, but it’s one of the biggest reasons people fail in sticking to their good intentions…

How to Build Healthy Habits

How to Build Healthy Habits

New year, new Passion Planner, new you…well, maybe. With a new year here and everyone around you making resolutions, it can be difficult to avoid jumping on that bandwagon. Change is hard, and it takes way longer than the 1960s assumption of 21 days. According to a study at University College London, researchers discovered creating new habits actually takes 66 days, although individual times ranged from 18 to 254 days. Don’t get discouraged – while true change takes time, self-determination and your Passion Planner will help you along the way.Get to Know Your Habits When you look to build healthy habits, you want change; but first, you must take a minute to observe your current habits. Do you leave a pile of dishes in the sink until it is overflowing? Do you wait until the last possible minute to study? Do you start going to the gym for a week only to quit for the next three weeks? Look for patterns in your behavior and become aware of what things you’re doing probably witho…

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Should You Make?

How Many New Year’s Resolutions Should You Make?

A whopping 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February. You might have come up with a list as golden and glitzy as your holiday decorations, but the sparkle eventually fades, and you’re left with the disappointment of letting go of those resolutions once again. Not to sound dramatic, but why set yourself up for failure year after year by setting too many unattainable goals? By thinking of resolutions as goals, you turn lofty notions into changes you really want to make and to which you’ll stay committed.Importance of New Year’s Resolutions New Year is a magical time of year for most people. You might get a period off work, spend some time with loved ones, enjoy the holidays and spring into a new year with a sense of wonderment and purpose. There’s no better time to think about what you want to accomplish in the foreseeable future. You might want to commit (or recommit) to an exercise routine, thus improving your health. You might choose to save mone…

Increase Productivity by Avoiding Multitasking

Increase Productivity by Avoiding Multitasking

There’s a good chance you’re reading this while in the middle of doing something else. With advancing technology and a nearly constant barrage of emails, texts, notifications, and attention-grabbing websites, people are increasingly resorting to multitasking as they juggle work, family, friends, and personal well-being. Although multitasking may seem like an effective tool to increase productivity, the reality is that multitasking often has the opposite effect. Multitasking not only fails to increase productivity but can also make your performance less efficient, leave you feeling overwhelmed and even lower your attention span. But fear not: Understanding why multitasking derails productivity can pave the way to developing effective productivity habits.The Problem with Multitasking Numerous studies have shown that for the vast majority of people, multitasking impairs performance on all but the simplest of tasks. The reason for this is that our brains need time to shif…

5 of the Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

5 of the Best Gratitude Journal Prompts

Many of us can get bogged down with work or school stress, negative news and worry about the future, but there is something that can help: gratitude. Research has shown that gratitude effectively increases happiness, improves physical health and even strengthens relationships. When you choose to record your gratitude daily in a journal, you’re training your mind to refocus on the positive. Passion Planner conveniently contains blank pages that can be used as your gratitude log. If you’re ready to join the likes of Oprah and Deepak Chopra (two avid gratitude journal practitioners), feel free to use the following gratitude prompts to help you get started: Who or What Inspired Me Today? When you are inspired, you feel a deep sense of passion and motivation to do something for yourself, others or the world. For a painter, inspiration might lead to filling a new canvas. A poet might take to the page. But inspiration can also be simpler. You might be inspired to cook so…