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3 Tips to Achieve Academic Success with the Passion Planner

3 Tips to Achieve Academic Success with the Passion Planner

For many of us, the school year brings the stress of new classes and meeting new people. These feelings are completely normal, and you’re not alone. I definitely felt anxious before the start of the semester. That said, we can reframe our mindset to see these experiences as opportunities to challenge ourselves and get to know others.It wasn’t long ago that I was a student myself. My Academic Passion Planner truly helped me balance all of the responsibilities on my plate, from juggling homework assignments to off-campus obligations. The best part was that I didn’t need to give up my social life and my hobbies to do well in school, and I don’t think that you do either. Since I’ve graduated, Passion Planner has provided so many more tools and resources to help students succeed both on and off-campus that I wish I could have used. Here are some strategies to help you move past survival mode and break into thriving mode this school year. 1. Align Goals: Passion RoadmapOf all the advice and…

10 Best Back to School Supplies for 2019

10 Best Back to School Supplies for 2019

Hey #PashFam! We asked the Passion Planner team which tools were absolutely essential during their time in college. With their responses, we created a list of the ten best back to school supplies for the upcoming school year. We hope you enjoy! Please note: this article includes Amazon affiliate links. This means that if you make a purchase through the link provided below, we will make a small commission off of your purchase. This will not affect the price of your item. 1. Muji Pens - $13 Muji pens are perfect for school because of their simple design. Plus, they offer many different colors to use for writing or drawing in your notebook. Because Muji pens are gel pens, the ink flows out of them with very little effort, which makes it perfect for taking many pages of notes in class. One thing to know about the Muji pen is that the ink will smudge slightly when highlighted over. 2. Mildliner Highlighters - $6 Mildliner highlighters offer both…

5 Best Movies to Watch on Summer Break

5 Best Movies to Watch on Summer Break

Taking breaks is a critical part of boosting productivity and motivation. Our Passion Planners keep us accountable for getting things done, but planning time for rest and fun is just as important to prevent burnout and keep you energized.  Movie-going is my preferred method of relaxation. To me, there is nothing better than popcorn drenched in butter and an auditorium packed with enthusiastic viewers. Not even the overpriced concessions and the half-hour worth of trailers are enough to deter me. Because I frequent theaters so often, I invested in an AMC A-List membership so that I can watch up to three films a week for a reasonable $25 per month. (There are no blackout dates, and you can reserve seats for highly anticipated releases in advance!) Despite my love for cinema, making it to the movies is not always possible for me, so Netflix is a welcome and sufficient substitute, especially if I want to avoid crowds. Looking for recommendations of movies to watch this su…

How to Build a Routine with Passion Planner

How to Build a Routine with Passion Planner

My routine is a critical part of my day-to-day. Structure and consistency give me the peace of mind I need to remain motivated and keep going. I believe it is not only the foundation for success but also the cornerstone of establishing a healthy self-care practice. During hectic times, I know I can recalibrate by coming back to a reliable day-to-day.In this article, I’ll share different strategies you can use to build a routine with your Passion Planner. 1. Compile inspiration in the back pages of your Passion Planner.Pinterest and YouTube are gold mines for routine ideas. It can be difficult to know where to start in creating one, so it can be helpful to glean from others for inspiration. I compile ideas on Pinterest to discover creative ways to track habits and build a healthy lifestyle. YouTube influencers like Rowena Tsai and Lavendaire provide thoughtful guidance in routine building and taking care of yourself. As you gather ideas that resonate with you, write them down in th…

Meet the Cover Artist: Xinwei Huang

Meet the Cover Artist: Xinwei Huang

Our first ever 2020 Dated Forest Green Passion Planner is the brainchild of artist Xinwei Huang. We sat down with her to ask her about her creative process, where she finds inspiration, and how she stays motivated to keep creating.Tell us a bit about yourself - how’d you get into art initially? I think every child has a period where they draw nonstop, I just never got over that phase haha. How has your art evolved over time and what steps do you take to continually improve your craft?I think with more exposure and education, I was able to incorporate more modern and classical influences into it, which I'm really happy about! Nowadays, I still try to make it out to museums and galleries, and reread my copy of Gardener's Art Through the Ages to freshen up on inspiration. And of course try to draw some challenging things once in a while so I'm not always operating in my comfort zone.Where did you draw your inspiration from for the 2020 Passion Planner cover that you created?From fabr…

Meet the Cover Artist: Elizabeth Martinez

Meet the Cover Artist: Elizabeth Martinez

Elizabeth Martinez is the supremely talented artist that designed our new 2020 Dated Mighty Yellow Passion Planner. We sat down with her to ask her about her creative process, where she finds inspiration, and how she stays motivated to keep creating.Tell us a bit about yourself. How’d you get into art initially?I got into digital art at an early age; I was really obsessed with pixel art in elementary school. I liked how you didn’t need a fancy program for it either - a lot of pixel art I saw was created in Microsoft Paint. It lead me into making these tiny vegetable looking creatures (with awful pillow shading) that I’d later animate with Microsoft Gif Animator. They would blink or sparkle, nothing too crazy.How has your art evolved over time and what steps do you take to continually improve your craft?I traded Microsoft Paint for Gimp in middle school and upgraded to Adobe Illustrator + Photoshop in college. In middle school and high school, I spent more time editing photos, drawing,…

5 Realistic Ways to Save Money for Travel in 2019

5 Realistic Ways to Save Money for Travel in 2019

Saving money, in general, is difficult. But, saving for travel is a whole different ball game. The amount you save directly affects how comfortable your trip can be, how far away you can go, and which restaurants you can visit during your stay. Since all of these things are important, I’m going to help you save for travel in the simplest ways possible. A note for the weary: the blog post that follows isn’t going to tell you to stop eating take out and start eating Top Ramen. I won’t tell you to drink less coffee as a means of saving money because that isn’t something I would ever actually implement in my own life. My goal is to provide you with realistic ways you can save money for travel while also maintaining contentment and joy in your day-to-day life. I don’t believe the two have to be mutually exclusive. We’ll call it saving without sacrifice. Well, there might be a little sacrifice, but it won’t be too bad - I promise. Please note: Passion Planner is not sponsored by any of the c…

4 Tips for Beating Planner Guilt

4 Tips for Beating Planner Guilt

I distinctly remember sitting across from my therapist, griping on and on about how my perfectionist behavior was ruining my life. I detailed multiple instances of intense self-criticism, people-pleasing behaviors, and my inability to take risks. Feeling fidgety and uncomfortable, I adjusted the box of Kleenex on her desk so that it was parallel to her notebook. Through the inflexibility of her poker face, a slight smile formed. Clearly the irony was not lost on her. I sighed, exasperated. “So, basically, how do I fix this?”There are no easy solutions for deeply ingrained behaviors such as perfectionism. However, she did recommend starting with a sketchbook as an avenue for creative expression. “Creative expression” sounded simple enough! Visibly excited, I shared my plans of marching to the store following our session to purchase new markers and an adult coloring book that I had my eye on. She was silent for about ten seconds which in a therapist’s office feels like a month. With a…

How To Get Started With The Passion Planner

How To Get Started With The Passion Planner

Maybe you’ve bought your first Passion Planner, or maybe you’re trying to decide if the Passion Planner is the right personal planner for you. Either way, you’ve come to the right place! In this post, we’ll go over how the Passion Planner is set up and how you can use the Passion Planner to build habits to create the life you’ve always wanted.Passion Planner SetupIt’s important to understand how the Passion Planner is set up because every part of the planner is integral to your overall success. The Passion Planner is broken down into five major features: the Passion Planner Roadmap, the GameChanger, monthly layouts, weekly layouts, and monthly reflections. Let’s dive into each of those sections together.The Passion Roadmap: Dream BigThe most important part of your planner is the Passion Roadmap, which is designed to help you realize your long-term goals and work towards them each day. It’s our version of a vision board but for the big goals in your life.1. As you sit down to start your…

How to Empower Your Community: Our Get One, Give One Program

How to Empower Your Community: Our Get One, Give One Program

Community is so much more than a group of people who share common goals, or simply the area in which you live. The true essence of community is a genuine connection that drives positive change to be more for one another. It’s being a part of something that is larger than ourselves.Our Get One, Give One Program is a commitment to cultivating belonging among the #PashFam community, and to expanding its reach to include those desiring to be heard, seen, and recognized. By donating a Passion Planner for every planner purchased, we are one step closer to a world where everyone has the courage, tools, and community to build their ideal life.It is best to share Passion Planner with those to whom you are connected, especially students or community members who feel stuck or are seeking direction in their lives. One way to share Passion Planner is to host a workshop for your community or local classroom to share goals and hold one another accountable. Here are the four key steps to hos…

How to Stay Motivated and Boost Productivity at Work This Summer

How to Stay Motivated and Boost Productivity at Work This Summer

Summer days don't always mean easy living. If you've got to put in the hours at work while everyone else is out enjoying the sunshine, it can seem downright dreary. Whether you've taken advantage of a student summer internship or have a regular job, these tips can help you stay motivated at work and still get the most out of your summer break.Set Aside Time to Plan Your Vacation TripOne of the biggest summer time wasters is daydreaming about your time off. Whether you're imagining your weekend at the beach or have a full-blown college student summer trip set up for next month, you can avoid falling into daydreams that sap your productivity, by actually scheduling time for them in your day. Block out 15 minutes at lunch to check out TripAdvisor for reviews or half an hour at the end of the day to plan and shop for your wardrobe. That will free up your mind to focus on work during work hours.Take a Sunshine BreakKayla Matthews, founder of Productivity Theory, notes that eight straight ho…

Simple Tips for Staying Organized for a Stress-Free Summer

Simple Tips for Staying Organized for a Stress-Free Summer

Whether you picked up a summer internship, you’re carting around kids who are out of school for the summer or you have plans for some major R&R, there’s no room to slack off when it comes to staying organized and maintaining your sanity. If you want to live stress-free this summer, you have to keep your organizational expertise close and your planner even closer.Don’t Forget Your PlannerYour Passion Planner is your lifeline when you’re in school or work, so just because the temperatures rise, and you hopefully have a bit of free time doesn’t mean you can just toss is aside. Maintain the structure that gets you through a big project or pushes you closer to reaching your goals. Use the monthly layouts to keep a birds-eye view of your month, and take to the weekly layouts to jot down appointments, summer sports schedules or even an afternoon nap. Don’t forget that it’s ok to write down to-dos that are fun and relaxing. Summers are meant for more than just work, so set that time aside and…