Passion Planner Weekly Review (2021)

Passion Planner offers a weekly planner with lots of room for brainstorming, goal planning, and and breaking projects down into manageable tasks. This planner is designed for people who like to set long-term and short-term goals and regularly reflect on their progress.

The Basics

Size5.7″ x 8.3″ (Small)
6.9″ x 9.9″ (Medium)
8.5″ x 11.3″ (Large)
CoverFaux Leather
Start DateSunday or Monday
Colors AvailableBlack, Forest Green, Radiant Rose Gold, Pacific Blue, Serpent Spring
Paper120 GSM (white)
Price$35.00
Downloadable Sample?Yes
Formats AvailableWeekly (dated – calendar year or academic year)
Weekly (undated)
Daily (undated)

The Layout

The planner begins with an introduction to the Passion Planner company, community, and system.

This is followed by a 2-page spread entitled Your Passion Roadmap, where you work through brainstorming your goals.

Next is a 2021 and 2022 yearly calendar with some blank space at the bottom of each page for future planning.

Then you move into the monthly/weekly pages. The monthly pages provide a full monthly calendar, as well as space for highlighting things you want to focus on that month, personal and work project lists, and some blank space for anything you’d like.

The bulk of the planner consists of the weekly pages. Each week gets a two-page spread, with vertical columns for each day. Times are pre-printed along the left side in half-hour increments, starting at 6:00am and ending at 10:30pm.

There is a block at the top of each day for that day’s focus, as well as space along the left for the weekly focus and some good things that happened. Personal and work project lists are included on the bottom-left, with more blank brainstorming space along the bottom-right.

At the end of each month there is a 2-page monthly reflection spread, which gives you space to look back over the previous month and reflect on your progress.

Additionally, there is a mid-year checkup spread between June and July to assess your Passion Roadmap and make any adjustments before heading into the second half of the year.

At the end of the monthly and weekly pages they’ve provided a space for your year-end reflection.

Finally, there are about 20 blank Note pages and 23 dot-grid Notes pages in the back, as well as a pocket for corralling stickers, notes, receipts, etc.

Extras

The Passion Planner shop features a nice assortment of planner accessories, such as monthly tabs, stickers, and notepads. They also provide a free sample of the planner you can download and play around with before you commit to buying.

There is also a very active and engaged Passion Planner community (#pashfam).

Pen Test

I tried a variety of ballpoint, felt tip, gel, and fountain pens in the Commit30. The gels were the best, in my opinion, followed by the felt tip. Both showed up very nicely on the thick, white paper with no bleed-through and no ghosting.

My Verdict

This is a very nice option if you like a reasonably-priced weekly planner with a lot of goal-setting space and a clean, uncluttered look.

If you’d like more information, check out my video review.

Commit30 Weekly Planner Review (2021)

Commit30 offers an elegant, minimalist weekly planner that’s durable, portable, and very functional. The heart of the Commit30 system is the monthly goal challenge. This planner is designed for people who like to set a monthly goal and make some progress toward that goal every day.

The Basics

Size5.75″ x 8.25″ (Compact)
7.0″ x 10.0″ (Deluxe)
CoverVegan Faux Leather
Start DateSunday or Monday
Colors AvailableSunday start: Black, Pink, Blue, Marigold
Monday start: Charcoal, Sea Green, Purple, Red
Paper100 GSM (white)
Price$34.99
Downloadable Sample?Yes
Formats AvailableWeekly (dated)
Weekly (undated)
Daily (undated)

The Layout

The planner begins with a 2021 and 2022 yearly calendar and also provides some dot-grid space at the bottom of each page for future planning.

The goal setting pages are next. There’s a two-page spread for your yearly goals, followed by a monthly goals page and some daily review tips.

Next are the detailed monthly goal pages. Each month begins with a quote and a two-page goal setting spread.

Then comes the monthly planning page. Each month has a nice, open calendar, with lots of dot-grid space on the side and bottom for brainstorming, notes, planning, etc.

The bulk of the planner consists of the weekly pages. Each week gets a two-page spread, with vertical columns for each day. Times are pre-printed along the left side, but you can use white-out tape or washi tape to cover these or create your own timeline if you aren’t happy with the default.

There is a block at the top of each day and three blocks at the bottom for any special items you want to note, as well as spaces for list-making along the left side of the spread. Some dot-grid space is provided on the bottom-left and some black space on the bottom-right.

At the end of the monthly and weekly pages they’ve provided a nice calendar for 2022. There’s ample room to write in events and do some planning ahead.

Finally, there are about 30 dot-grid Notes pages in the back, as well as a pocket for corralling stickers, notes, receipts, etc.

Extras

The Commit30 shop features a nice assortment of planner accessories, such as monthly tabs, stickers, and notepads. They also provide a free sample of the planner you can download and play around with before you commit to buying.

There is also a very active and engaged Commit30 Facebook group, which is a great place to collaborate and find support on monthly goals, goal setting, planner tips and tricks, design ideas, and much more.

Pen Test

I tried a variety of ballpoint, felt tip, gel, and fountain pens in the Commit30. The gels were the best, in my opinion, followed by the felt tip. Both showed up very nicely on the thick, white paper with no bleed-through and very little ghosting. The fountain pens wrote beautifully on this paper but the amount of bleed-through was disappointing.

My Verdict

This is a very nice option if you like a reasonably-priced weekly planner with some goal-setting space and a clean, minimalist look.

If you’d like more information, check out my video review.

Who is The Planner Whisperer?

I’ve loved paper products and stationary for as long as I can remember, but my obsession with planners and planning systems began in law school many, many years ago.

At the time, the planning landscape was pretty barren. Your local office supply store typically had an assortment of At-a-Glance or Dayminder planners, maybe a Franklin Covey if you were lucky. There were no Erin Condrens or Happy Planners or Ink+Volts. Bullet journaling had not yet been invented. And a beautiful dot-grid Leuchtturm or Rhodia? Forget about it.

There were no washi tapes or cute planner stickers. No planner Instagram or Etsy pages (in fact, neither of those platforms even existed back then!). If you wanted to customize your planner, your only real options were colored pens and Post-It notes.

So that’s what I used.

Now, of course, the planning world is a vast and beautiful landscape. There are quarterly, monthly, weekly, and daily planners. Planners with goal setting pages and planners without. Large planners, small planners, ring bound, wire bound, colorful, monochrome, and nearly everything in between. The pendulum has most definitely swung from too few options to too many.

The problem I faced (and the reason I started The Planner Whisperer) was figuring out how to solve the problem of too many choices. You can still walk into your local office supply store and flip through the many planners on display, but so many of the wonderful options available are only sold online, and there’s no way to try-before-you-buy. So I’ll do it for you.

I will seek out as many planning systems as I can and offer comprehensive video and photo reviews on this site, so you can get a feel for each planner before you commit to buying it.

I’ll also be featuring planning accessories, techniques, podcasts, books, Facebook groups, Instagram feeds, and any other planning-related things I can think of.

Eventually I may even move into planner/time makeovers to help readers who need to tweak (or completely overhaul) their planning systems but don’t know how.

I look forward to connecting with you and geeking out about all things planner related!