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We’re almost halfway through the year, so I thought it would be fun to do a mid-year review of my 2019 Passion Planner!
I did an original post back in January that goes through how I had it set up. I’ve been using it for 5.5 months now, and for the most part everything is the same. But I’ve definitely learned some lessons along the way!
I’ll be honest, I have a hard time remembering to update my monthly spread. I really use my planner as more of a tracker than a planning tool, because my plans change so often, but I hardly remember to go back and log things in my monthly spreads.
It might be time to change up how I use the monthly spread! Any suggestions on what I could track here instead?
For the most part, weekly spreads are going really well! I color in the hours I’m working, and otherwise leave it black and white. Sometimes I’ll use the to do lists in the bottom left, but other times I’m just spending my time trying to catch up with my inbox and project list, so utilizing it just never happens.
I choose a different color for each month, which makes it fun and gives it some (structured) variety! I previously did some writing with the colored markers as well, but I decided to go back to the black marker for all of my writing.
Above, you can see what my planner looks like when I take time off. This was the week of my short trip to LA, so it wasn’t nearly as colorful, but I kind of like it that way!
And above is one of several weeks where the Monday start got me. In previous years, my planners started on Sundays, but I decided to do a Monday start this time. For the most part, I really like it. But then I have weeks like this when I’m not 100% focused and start filling in Saturday’s column with Friday’s information and the whole thing gets screwed up.
Next, the fun tracking pages in the back of my planner! I love these pages and just wish I had more to track so I was updating it more often.
TV tracking has been going great so far! I’m glad I opted for a two-page spread this year, because I’m right on track to fill up my first page halfway through the year.
In hindsight, I should have given a two-page spread to streamed movies as well, because I’m about to fill up the first page! I’ve been writing small enough, though, that I should be able to start a second column.
Podcast Tracking & Book Tracking
I think the Podcast page is just making me feel guilty for not listening to podcasts! But with how much writing I do (and how little driving I do!), I barely have time to listen to them.
I also find it funny that my entire Books page is George R. R. Martin so far.
Blog Course Tracking
This is an interesting juxtaposition! I’ve completely filled up my CoSchedule Academy page, because my membership expired May 1, and the rest of the courses I haven’t really touched. So far, I’m okay with that. I have the feeling I’ll get back to them soon!
House Wish Lists
It’s been really convenient to have a place to jot down wish lists for the house. I started out with the bigger, more obvious projects, but I’ve been adding more things in as they come up. Because of that, most of the items at the bottom have been crossed off, while the ones at the top are left unchecked!
101 in 1001
I can’t decide how I feel about my 101 in 1001 spreads. The colored boxes are a bit hard to see, so it’s hard to tell how much progress I’ve made just by looking at them. Plus, so many of the projects are big, so it’s hard to log the incremental stuff I accomplish.
I’ll keep using it this year, but I’m not sure this one will make the cut for my 2020 planner. The webpage is much easier for that.
19 in 2019
And finally, 19 in 2019, which is my goal of making 19 crafts this year. So far it’s been…. underwhelming. A lot of that has been my budget, which is changing in July, so fingers crossed I’m feeling more inspired and work on more projects soon!
So there you have it! How is your year going? Are you still using your planner?