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Planner Wars: The Systems

Welcome back to Planner Wars. Last week we got to know our contestants and had an elimination. If you missed that bit, make sure you check it out here. Last weeks bit included the overall use of each planner. Passion Planner and Bullet Journal were ranked at the top with their very popular looks and composition.

This week, we are reviewing the overall system of the remaining planners. Who will be eliminated and who will stay? Keep reading to find out.

The first contestant up today is the Bullet Journal.

Picture from Bulletjournal.com

Bullet Journal was among the winning planners last week. Bujo, for short, is very famous for its complex yet simple and extremely personalized system. Let’s look at the key components.

There are four modules and four main components of Bujo, making the system extremely easy if you follow it exact. The big thing that the Bujo was created for was rapid logging. Rapid logging, for those who don’t know, is logging the importance of your day quickly and thoroughly without sacrificing detrimental time from your day.

The four modules:

  • Index
  • Future Log
  • Monthly Log
  • Daily Log

The four components:

  • Topics
  • Page Numbers
  • Short Sentences
  • Bullets

The index of the BuJo is where you write out whatever titles/collections you want to include in your journal and partner them with their respective page number(s).

The future log (which didn’t truly work out for me because I couldn’t find a system that I liked, which caused me to not use it much) is for your yearly overview spread where you can place ‘yearly’ events, like birthdays, anniversaries, and any future appointments/changes you know you’re going to have later in the year and want to be reminded of.

The monthly log…well that’s your monthly overview. You create it. You fill it out. You follow it.

The daily log: where you really let your creativity shine through.

Topics: the titles you give your pages. What is page 42 about? What will be the main logging purpose of page 5?

Page numbers: To help yourself find the exact page(s) you’re looking for.

Short sentences: I’ve seen this be ignored many times and I’ve done it myself. The system is for short to-the-points buuuuut a lot of folks go against that.

Bullets: the little icons you give yourself for each “list”. For instance, a thought/note: a little lightbulb, a To-Do: a dot or *, something important? Use an exclamation point.


Next up is the Passion Planner (we’re going to have the baby and the brother together for the sake of this post).

passion planner
Picture from passionPlanner.com


There are many many things about the passion planner. We all know this is my favorite planner so far but will it win this round?

The benefits of buying/using a passion planner:

  • customize
  • encouragement and positivity
  • time management, if you like that or need help with it
  • write down goals/passions and create a timed list for them.
  • regarding the goals/passions, you can challenge yourself with the time you use for each goal.

The Roadmap: the spread to help you get your sh*t together. It gives you a timeline of 3 month, one year, 3 year, and lifetime goals and asks you to take a few minutes to really consider what you want in life and then write them down in the respective time frame.

The weekly layout consists of the current week (if you get the dated planners), a space for your weekly focus, “good things that happened”, dual to-do lists, appointment calendar and blank space for whatever you need extra space for.

The monthly layout (my favorite by far) gives you a mini mind map space to brainstorm your “little-big” goal for the month and allows you to detail it as much as you can. The spread takes two pages and gives nice size day boxes to write things for the future, as well as spots for “people to meet”, “places to go”, and even a NOT to do list.

The monthly reflection is very helpful, in my opinion and I love using it. The reflection consists of Memorable parts of this month, how to improve next month, lessons learned, evaluate yourself (being honest is the best for this!), re-assess your priorities, what and who you’re grateful of for the month, rate your month, and a monthly checklist to see what you’ve accomplished and what you still need to do.

The Soar 12 month Calendar.


bloom calendar
Picture from Amazon.com

The system of the now Bloom Engagement Planner, is the same as the Soar planner and…it’s not much of a system. Well, there is a system but it’s very to the point and basic. Again, if you’re looking for a planner that has no fancy extras included and you just want to write down your dailies, this is the planner for you.

The thing that I do actually love about this planner is that it has full, one page, pictures and inspirational quotes alongside each month.


Points for each planner.

The points are based off the system of each planner. We will judge the details of the systems and how well they work, and the overall look of the system.

The Bujo – Again, a loved contestant by the public. The system of this planner has caught the hearts of many planist…(I think I just made up my own word) and I’m sure it will remain a favorite of the public.

My rating: 3/5.

My reason for only 3 stars, is that though it is a wonderful system and really creative, it’s just too much for busy people and who (nowadays) isn’t busy trying to start and upkeep their own businesses?

The Passion Planner – I will admit, I am being a little biased with this week but I am also giving my honest opinion. For me, this system is the best by far and I actually use it without feeling “it needs my personal touch” as well as thinking “this is boring.” I’ve yet to think that about the passion planner and The system is great for me, who wants a little creativity and personalization but not have the time to go all out. I can plan things, pre-plan things, and plan again.

My rating: 5/5.

My reason for 5 stars, I honestly just love the system. It’s a great planner for both men and women, ages of all kind, and it doesn’t discriminate, so to speak, against any certain thing. You can be a student, a boss, a waitress, a teacher, a parent, travelling, stationed…it really works for everyone.

The Soar Planner – There wasn’t much to say about this system. Does it mean it’s horrible? Not at all. For me, it’s just…basic. It’s not enough. It’s a planner, that’s what it should be used for. Don’t get this unless you have a lot of creativity and know you can really make this something special, as well as have the time to do so.

My rating: 3/5.

My reason for only 3 stars is that this system just does not work for me. I can definitely use it when I have nothing special to do and want to just write down two or three tasks. I do like that if I decided to not use it as a planner and as a journal, I would have a good amount of space for each days journal/happenings.

Elimination: Who is going to be eliminated this week? Which planner do you think should be eliminated?

Drum roll please.





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Passion Planner baby (aka compact), I’m sorry, but your time with the Planner Wars is up. You’ve got a great system and it works really well for many people, but you’re just so…small. You will be better off travelling in the arms of a lovely planner who writes small. Thank you for your time with Planner Wars.

Next week we will be taking a look at the personality of the remaining planners and which one you can personalize best. Will the Soar Planner lose the next round? Will there be another shocking elimination as there was this week? Subscribe to stay tuned!

Thank you for reading!~



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  1. Oooh I’ve not heard of the Passion Planner before but it sounds fab, will have to have a look for it! 🙂

    1. You should definitely check it out. They have a link for you to download the planner for free, before you actually purchase one! It’s on their website 🙂

  2. Haha I really enjoyed this post 🙂

    1. Thank you! 🙂

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