As an early adopter of the Passion Planner (I started with Passion Planner in 2014 after the original Kickstarter), I have figured out quite a few tips and tricks for using it. As you may know, one of the most important decisions you have to make when it comes to a planner is what pens you are going to use to write in it.
What is a Passion Planner?
The Passion Planner is a planner best known for being goal oriented. At the beginning of each year, it helps you to set goals. Then, it allows you to check in with your goals on monthly basis to see how you are doing. It asks you insightful questions like “What have you learned over the last month?” and “What are you grateful for this last month?”.
This kind of reflection and introspection is great for achieving goals, and helping you to become more productive and focused.
The Passion Planner comes in different colors every year, and you are bound to find something that suits your needs. The folks at Passion Planner like to change things up, and different variants are often released. It comes in Yearly, Academic, and Undated versions, and features a monthly and different weekly layouts.
Within each weekly layout, there is also a great spot for brainstorming, and to do lists. You can find a closer look at the Passion Planner layout here.
In 2019, the Passion Planner Daily is going to come out, which is a departure from the usual weekly layout.
Whenever a new Passion Planner variant comes out, one thing remains the same: the quality.
The Passion Planner is truly indestructible, the covers are nice and thick and hold up to a years worth of wear and tear. The other true differentiator is the paper. The paper inside the Passion Planner is of a very high quality, and very thick (unlike some thinner competitors like the Hobonichi planners).
This brings us to the purpose of this article.
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The Best Pens for Passion Planner
Because the paper is so great within the Passion Planner, there are many different types of pens and markers you can use within your Passion Planner. I personally enjoy a mix of black and colored pens so I can really plan my time. Here are my favorite pens for the Passion Planner, along with different ideas on ways to use them.
Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Markers
These Tombow Dual Brush Pens are the gold standard when it comes to planner. One end is a brush pen perfect for lettering, and the other end has a fine point.
These are great for making boxes around periods of time, and color coding times in the weekly layout, and are great to brainstorm with.
They also come in may differnet variations - so you are bound to find a pack loaded with your favorite colors.
Tombow Fudenosuke Colors Set
If you love to letter in your planner for practice (becuase who doesn't?) these Fudenosuke brush pens are a great option.
The nice big lines in the Passion Planner make the Fudes the ideal choice for writing appointments and to dos - with some flair!
Paper Mate InkJoy Gel Pens, Medium Point
Because the Passion Planner paper is so great, you can use a Gel Pen with a thicker point and not worry about bleeding through the pages or damaging them.
These PaperMate InkJoy pens are perfect for the Passion Planner.
BIC Xtra-Precision Mechanical Pencil
Sometimes the best pen for your planner, is well, a pencil. Because of the paper in the Passion Planner, which is so so nice, mechncial pencils write nice and smooth. Plus, let's face it, sometimes our schedules change and we need to use an eraser!
Pentel EnerGel RTX Retractable Liquid Gel Pen
With the crisp white pages of the Passion Planner, there is nothing like some nice black ink. I often write in black, then add accents of colors with the Tombow Dual Brush Pen.
These Pentel EnterGel RTX pens are my go to pen for just about everything. The pens featured in this article are a .3 mm very fine tipm but they also come in multiple widths and colors, like .5 mm and .7 mm which you can find on the produt page.
Platinum Preppy Rainbow Fountain Pen Set
There's nothing like a fountain pen, and if you are new to the wonderful world of fountain pens, these Platinum Preppy fountain pens are great. They are cost effective enough to be disposable, but you can in fact add a new cartridge to them.
They come in a colored set shown here, as well as a black and blue ink set, and a plain old black set.
Zebra Mildliner, Double Ended Highlighter,
If you are a complete planner nerd like me, your life won't be complete without some classic highlighters. The Zebra Midliner highlithers are amazing becuase they are double ended. Not only do you get your classic chisled higligher tip, but you also have the pointed tip for line and dot making, as well as general writing and annotating.
Pentel R.S.V.P. Ballpoint Pen, Blue Ink
You know, I am really not a blue ink person, but I know that some people are. If I were to get some blue ink pens, they would hands down be these Pentel R.S.V.P Ballpoint Pens since they are my favorite ballpoint pen ever.
They also come in multiple widths like .5, and additional colors besides black and blue. I have never met anyone that did not like this pen.
Sakura Pigma Micron Blister Black Ink Set
Since I do love black pens so much, I would be remiss not to include these in the list. They come in multiple widths and write more like a marker than a pen. The best part of course is that they do not smear. I like having mutlple thicknesses and point sizes so I can augment my Passion Planner with additional dots and grids.