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How to Land a Great Job After College Graduation

How to Land a Great Job After College Graduation

Your plans for life after graduation probably include an awesome job — but getting one is not a given. Finding a job after college graduation is a full-time job in and of itself. The trick to finding the perfect job after college is planning and organization. Before you send out a single resume, pull out your Passion Planner and get to work on your job search plan.Fit Your Job Search to Your Life PlanYour first job as a college graduate can put you on the path to achieving your biggest goals, but only if you know where you're heading. Even Glassdoor, one of the biggest job and career sites online, notes that working out your career goals is one of the most important steps you can take in your career path. If you've already filled out your Passion Planner Roadmap, you've got a head start on the process. If you haven't, this is the ideal time to figure it out. Pull back and look at the big picture — where you want to be in 3 years — and then start working backwards to figure out the ste…

 5 Things to Do When Applying to Summer Internships

5 Things to Do When Applying to Summer Internships

Internships are more than just summer jobs for college students. A well-chosen internship can open doors for you, now and in the future. Before you start sending out resumes for summer jobs, however, take some time to plan your strategy for finding an internship that will help you get a leg up on your future career — and provide you with a summer of learning and fun. Of course, standard tips for finding summer internships are everywhere. You know the traditional drill: buff up your resume, reach out to professors and contacts for letters of recommendation and apply early.These five tips aren't on the usual menu, but they'll help you land a summer internship that's tailor-made for your career path.Look for an Internship In Your Chosen FieldQuick sidetrack here — have you checked out Passion Planner's new Game Changer videos? If you haven't, start with this video — 10 Tips After You Graduate, featuring Passion Planner CEO Angelia Trinidad sharing her top 10 tips for life after college. I…

What to Do If You Haven’t Started Applying to Summer Internships

What to Do If You Haven’t Started Applying to Summer Internships

Spring break is over, finals are looming and your best friend just told you about the awesome summer internship he lined up, so you might feel the unavoidable panic spreading. You may think everyone around you is put together, but don’t let them fool you into thinking you’re too late. While many large or high-profile companies begin their search for a summer intern in the fall (they obviously have their planners in order), it’s not impossible to find summer internships or jobs, even if you think it’s too late.Expand Your OptionsAccept that you might not get an internship at a well-known corporation, so you’ll need a new list of companies. If your dream internship closed applications in the fall, write a reminder in your Passion Planner for those deadlines for the next summer and move on for this one; in fact, don’t forget to add your dream internship to your Passion Roadmap. In the meantime, check out startups, nonprofit organizations or smaller-sized companies that would love, and may…

The Fallacy of Being Busy. How to Simplify Your Attention and Focus on What is Truly Valuable

The Fallacy of Being Busy. How to Simplify Your Attention and Focus on What is Truly Valuable

We all have that one friend we never see at social outings because the friend is “too busy.” Or, maybe we’ve caught ourselves saying, “Sorry, I can’t. I’m too busy.” We have all probably been caught up in a crazy, hectic schedule, and just when we think we can take a breath, we fall back into that cycle of “too busy.”What if we can change that stress into “good busy” by accepting that life is full of things that need to get done, but giving ourselves permission to focus on our goals and dreams?Make a List of PrioritiesYou just can’t care about everyone and everything all the time. If you have a to-do list a million miles long and every item is fighting to be at the top of that list, you’ll be busy and not very efficient. You need to learn how to focus your mind on what you value. Take a moment to whittle down those priorities to things you care the most about. If you want to make a relationship a priority, then you must carve out time to make it a part of your day; then it will be the…

Why Simplifying Your Work Day Leads to More Productivity

Why Simplifying Your Work Day Leads to More Productivity

Living a simple lifestyle shouldn't end when you walk out your front door. When you bring simplicity to work with you, you'll reap the benefits in the form of less stress and more productivity. When you plan ahead and prioritize your tasks, you'll find it easier to reach your goals and spend more time doing the things that are really important to you.Think Small to Get Big ResultsWhen you want to make big changes, it pays off to start small. Mega job search site Monster.com notes that simple changes can bring sanity to your life, and that each small step brings you closer to getting rid of clutter, whether it's in your inbox or in your mind. The fact is that almost everything you do is made up of multiple, small tasks. When you break down your big goals into navigable chunks, you reduce stress and make it easier to focus on the most important tasks. Plan of Attack: You know the Passion Planner Roadmap? The process works for other things, too. Take each major project, figure out your fi…

Mastering the Art of Minimalism in Everyday Life

Mastering the Art of Minimalism in Everyday Life

Marie Kondo didn’t invent minimalism, but her best-selling books and Netflix series have definitely put her face and unmistakable stamp on the concept. Who couldn’t be behind a lifestyle in which everything you own is meant to spark joy, Kondo’s signature phrase. Honestly, though, there’s so much more to minimalism than just getting rid of your old junk, and the benefits are much broader than a tidier house. Simplifying your life—starting with your daily routine—can help you clarify your goals, reduce stress and anxiety and save both money and time. These daily habits can help you get started on the journey to a simpler, more fulfilling life—and stay on the path once you get there.What Is Minimalism?Minimalism conjures visions of spare, bare apartments and clean, uncluttered lines and spaces, but it goes deeper than that, and you don’t have to adopt minimalist home decor to live a minimalist life. One of the best definitions of minimalism is this one from Becoming Minimalist:minimalism…

Why Self-Reflection Is An Important Part of Personal Growth

Why Self-Reflection Is An Important Part of Personal Growth

Self-reflection may feel like the latest new thing, but the concept is nearly as old as time itself. Way back in Ancient Greece, Socrates told his executioners that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” While that statement may be a bit extreme—life is life, after all, and always worth living—examining your beliefs, your attitudes and your actions, is a vital part of personal change and growth. What exactly is self-reflection and how does it help you achieve your goals for personal growth?Let’s look at why self-reflection is one of the most important of all personal development skills.Those Who Forget the Past...You know the rest of that saying, right? Remembering the past—and more importantly, analyzing it for patterns—is the way that we learn. When a football coach sits his players down to watch last week’s game, he’s not doing it for entertainment. He uses it as an opportunity to point out how each player’s actions and patterns contributed to a win or a loss, and to recommend c…

The Power of Slow Change and Personal Wins

The Power of Slow Change and Personal Wins

True story. My absolute favorite song is Veruca Salt’s ditty from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Yes, I want the whole world—and I want it now. If I could wave a magic wand and heal the whole world, or at least the problems in my personal world, I’d do it in a heartbeat. But we all know that change doesn’t work that way in the real world.Change takes time, especially if you want lasting personal change. Patience, and learning how to measure, recognize and celebrate small wins, is probably one of the most important personal development skills you’ll ever learn. These tips can help you cultivate the mindset that leads to real personal growth and change.Accept That Real Change Takes TimeHey, I get it. Once you decide on a personal goal, you expect it to happen—yesterday. And sometimes, it feels like it should happen that way. Have you ever put in a whirlwind of energy to clean your house for a party and thought to yourself, “Now that I’ve got it clean, it will be easy to keep it that…

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…