How to Use a Planner without Planning: 72 Unique Passion Planner Ideas
This year, our unprecedented future has taken a toll on our planning routine. However, our #PashFam got creative with their planner ideas in 2020. From bullet journal inspo to habit tracker ideas, you can use your Passion Planner to keep your pages lively and exciting—without planning.
How to Use a Planner: Myths and Misconceptions
There are several common misconceptions about the “right” way to use a planner. Truthfully, there is no right or wrong way to utilize the space in your planner. Here are some planner myths and ways you can customize your planner to your needs.
“I need to fill out my planner every day.”
Myth. Whether you have a dated planner or an undated planner, you should not feel pressured to use your planner daily. This mindset will lead to planner guilt and may do more harm than good. Set your personal goals for how you want to use your planner and allot time to fill it out if needed.
“I have to buy washi tape and other fancy pens.”
Myth. Many of our #PashFam members love creating unique planner layouts with materials like washi tape or highlighters. However, you don’t need to go out and buy brand new supplies. We encourage you to use the resources you already have at home. No shame if you love the washi tape game! Design your planner as much or as little as you desire.
“I can’t use my planner if I have no plans.”
Myth. Your planner can be used for many different purposes. In this blog, you can find inspiration from our #PashFam on how they used their planner without planning. Get creative with it!
Here are some of our favorite unique Passion Planner ideas that aren’t planning:
Document your memories and create a scrapbook in your planner. Fill your spread with old or new moments that make you smile.
2. Social Media Ideas
Organize your social media content ideas inside your planner. Jot down your social media strategy, assets, and other ideas for your feed.
3. Art Journal
Transform your planner spread into art journal pages! Get creative with any medium you desire and start your art piece.
4. Gratitude Journal
Utilize your calendar layout to write down gratitude each day of the month.
5. Walking Goals
Track your progress and celebrate your walking achievements inside your planner.
6. Document Your Milestones
Use the space in your weekly layout to document your milestones at work, school, or personal endeavors.
Turn your spreads into reflective journal pages. Your planner is a great place to jot down ideas, thoughts, and goals because it allows you to keep track of the entry date.
8. Swatch Spread
Show off your new markers with a colorful swatch spread!
9. Washi Tape Words
Use your Washi Tape to fill in your words and create beautiful patterns.
Mindmap your accomplishments, goals, or reflections in your planner. This allows you to see an overview of your thought process.
11. Lettering Practice
Design your favorite quote or word with fancy hand lettering! Practice makes progress.
12. Create Trackers
Keep your trackers in one place! Create mini trackers for each habit you want to monitor for the week or month.
13. Memory Keeping
Turn your calendar layout into a memory keepsake. Write your favorite moments of the day to fill up your months with memories you can look back on.
14. A Birthday Reflection
Never forget your favorite birthday moments again. Use your planner to write down the best (and worst) parts of your birthday.
15. Restructure Your Planner Pages
Restructure your planner pages to fit your needs. Create custom layouts for your monthly reflections or Space of Infinite Possibility.
16. Showcase Your Stickers
Show off your new stickers by dedicating a spread just for them!
17. Record Quotes
Add a sprinkle of inspiration by adding quotes to your planner.
18. Mindmap Your Word of the Year
What is your word of the year, #PashFam? Create a game plan for embracing your word through mind mapping.
19. Keep Newspaper Clippings
Keep your newspaper clippings and create a newsworthy spread. Paste your favorite articles, stats, or illustrations to create a fun newspaper collage.
20. Workout Routine
Crush your fitness goals and create your ideal workout routine in your planner.
21. Create a Dream Apartment Board
What does your dream apartment entail? Two bedrooms? Washer and dryer? Jot it all down in the back pages to make apartment hunting easier.
22. Reading Log
Read and rate your books as you finish them.
23. Draw Your Passion Roadmap
Your Passion Roadmap is the perfect way to visualize your goals and plans. Express your creativity through doodles and drawings on your Roadmap.
24. 30 Day Song Challenge
What are your favorite songs? Take the 30 Day Song Challenge by writing down one song that you love each day!
25. Gratitude ABCs
Challenge yourself to write down your gratitude for each letter of the alphabet.
26. Memory Timeline
Utilize your photos to create a timeline of your memories. Capture the best moments of each month through pictures and visuals.
27. Track Your Social Impact
What are some things you’ve done to make a difference? Write it down!
28. Memory Doodles
Draw doodles that represent your favorite memory of each day in the calendar or weekly layout.
29. Document Social Change Goals
Whether you’re doing research or finding inspiration for social justice, your planner spread is a great place to document your progress and goals.
30. Write Your Motivators
Who or what motivates you, #PashFam? Write them down to keep you motivated and inspired!
31. Break Down Homework Assignments
Use your planner as a supplemental tool for school. Break down your homework assignments and brainstorm a game plan.
32. Decorate Your Front Pages
Do your front pages look a little bare? Decorate them with stickers or quotes to spice it up!
Use your old magazines or scrap paper to create a beautiful collage in your planner.
34.Track Your Water Intake
Another habit tracker idea is tracking your water intake. We encourage our #PashFam to stay hydrated every day!
35. Practice Drawing
Develop your drawing skills by practicing in your planner. Create step-by-step tutorials or sketch to your heart's content.
36. Create a Self-Care Kit
Whether you love watching movies or doing your skincare routine, create a self-care kit to reflect on what your body and mind need.
37. List Reasons Why You Love Yourself
Practice self-love in your planner by writing down everything you love about yourself!
38. Strive for Social Justice
Fill up your planner spread with quotes and inspiration for your social justice journey.
39. Plan Your Weekly Meals
Make your week easier by planning your meals ahead of time.
40. Research Your Enneagram Type
Explore your Enneagram and how it applies to you. Use your back pages to jot down key notes that pertain to your Enneagram.
41. Track the Temperature
The world’s climate is constantly changing. Utilize your back pages to track your area’s change in temperature.
42. Book List
Dedicate a spread to your favorite books. Print out the cover photo, write a synopsis, or simply place it in your planner for future reference.
43. Doodle Challenge
Explore your art style one day at a time. Challenge yourself each day to doodle something new.
44. Declutter List
We all need a little spring cleaning throughout the year. Create a declutter list for your technology or living space to organize your cleaning game plan.
45. Episode Tracker
If you’re currently watching several shows at once, this is for you! Track your episode progress by highlighting each episode as you watch.
46. Cat Pillow
Our #PashPaws love Passion Planners as their pillow. Your furry friend will thank you for their new favorite spot to nap.
47. Birthday Tracker
Never forget a friend’s birthday again.
48. Sleep Log
Track your sleep hours and visualize patterns where you are losing sleep.
49. Savings Tracker
Saving for that vacation or down payment? Create a savings tracker in your back pages and achieve your financial goals.
50. Board Game Tracker
Time for game night? Rate and track your favorite board games and become a board game expert.
51. Bucket Lists
A good old bucket list is a must-have for your planner pages.
52. Car Maintenance Tracker
Forget when your next oil change is due? A car maintenance tracker will ensure your car is tuned and ready for the road.
53. Holiday Gift List
The holidays don’t need to be stressful. Create a holiday gift list in your planner for your next holiday shopping trip!
54. Moon Tracker
Align yourself with the moon and stars with this moon tracker inspo! Track the moon’s patterns and what they mean throughout the month.
55. Video Game Achievements
There’s nothing like earning a new achievement in your favorite video game. Document your biggest video game accomplishments in your weekly spread or back page.
56. Password Tracker
Do you have too many passwords memorized? List your passwords in one place so you never forget your logins again.
57. Movie Lists
Create the ultimate movie marathon list in your Space of Infinite Possibility.
58. Self-Care Journal
Your mental health is so important. Turn your planner or planner spread into a self-care journal and spend some time taking care of yourself. You deserve it!
59. Workshop Notes
Jot down key points from your workshops in the Space of Infinite Possibility.
60. Write your Quarantine Bucket List
Our bucket list doesn’t have to be limited to outdoor activities. Create a quarantine bucket list and start on those projects you’ve been procrastinating!
61. Celebrate Shark Week
Dedicate a spread to celebrate Shark Week each year.
62. Note your Financial Wins
Celebrate your financial milestones with a financial tracker back page! Write your budgets, financial goals, and accomplishments throughout the year.
63. Cleaning Gameplan
Organize your cleaning agenda with a gameplan. Determine your cleaning goals for the week, day, or hour!
64. Lettering Challenge
Use your planner to practice hand lettering! You can practice different styles, words, and strokes. The possibilities are endless.
65. A Dog Shrine
Dedicate a spread to your furry friends! Your planner is the perfect place to give your pets some love.
66. Travel Journal
Document your travels on the monthly reflections page of your Passion Planner. Paste your favorite photos and fun travel stickers to spice it up!
67. Symptom Tracker
Feeling sick? Track your symptoms or pain to check your wellness levels.
68. Favorite TV Shows List
Are you a TV show fanatic? Dedicate a spread to your favorite TV shows!
69. Travel Bucket List
Where do you want to travel, #PashFam? Write it down in your planner!
70. Yoga Tracker
Channel your inner yogini and keep track of your yoga journey throughout the year.
71. Job Application Status Log
Applying to several jobs at once? Organize your applications by position, completion, status, and more.
72. List Reasons Why You Love Your Planner
Give your planner some love! Remember why you bought the planner in the first place. Your “why” will give purpose back into your planner so you can start creating trackers, journaling, or organizing.
With this list, you can be inspired to use your Passion Planner for any occasion—even during harrowing times. Reclaim your year by utilizing the empty pages of your planner to create something special.
How do you use your planner without planning, #PashFam? Tell us in the comments!
Joni Cobarrubias is a Social Media Intern at Passion Planner and self-proclaimed digital native with an analog heart. She is looking forward to Capricorn season and reclaiming her year with crystals.