I crave organization. I work best when my shit is planned out and I don’t manifest anxiety about the things that I need to get done, because I’ve already written them down in a neat and orderly fashion. The problem is, I’m a pen and paper kind of girl — we’ve talked about this before, I still have all the notebooks I used to write every single one of my college papers in, as well as all my hand-written notes from each of my classes — and we’re living in a digital world. As much as I love my current system of sunrise calendar and my asana task + project manager — I need to write my stuff down on paper first, and random notebooks and over-stylized planner pages just aren’t cutting it.
Enter the Get to Workbook by EliseJoy
GET TO WORK BOOK™ is a daily planner + goal setting workbook designed to help you make progress on your big goals by taking things one day at a time. While (sadly) it can’t do your work for you, every inch of it was thoughtfully designed to help you get to work.
A little background info: So as a scrapbook blogger, I’ve naturally been following Elise (the genius behind Get to Workbook) for several years. I’m a huge fan of her clean + natural aesthetic and love for organization, minimalism, and hard work. So when she started talking about her journey to create an epic planner that would help people reach their goals, I was totally on board. I purchased the Get to Workbook on the first day it was available, and found it waiting on top of my mailbox a little more than a week ago.
Here are my thoughts so far:
Cost: It is expensive ($55 + priority shipping), but it should be expensive. It’s made in the USA, out of recycled materials, the pages are thick and sturdy. The whole book has original artwork scattered throughout the pages, and it’s really well designed. I am totally going to get my money’s worth out of this book. And isn’t that the entire point? What’s the point of spending $20 or $30 on a planner (or anything) if it’s not good and you aren’t going to use it.
This is an investment. Invest in the book where you keep your goals. Invest in the plan of action that is going to help you achieve those goals.
Style: The style is pretty much perfect. Here are my favorite parts:
- Coil Rings. I love that the book folds it back on itself. It’s really important to me that I be able to write in the book without the book needing to be completely flat.
- Kraft Cover: Sturdy, yet lightweight. The debossed arrow is very cool. I know I’m going to get it all messied up, but that’s all good — it’ll just be a reminder of how much I’m using my book.
- Black and White: YESSSSSS. I am a black and white and pops of color kind of girl. So this book is absolutely perfect. It’s all in black and white, and I can add my own pops of color as I see fit, wherever I want. I can use my colored pens, I can use washi tape, I can use post-it notes, embellishments, all that stuff.
- Artwork: There is sexy minimalist inspirational word art on perforated pages throughout the album — this way you can pull them out after the month is over and hang them on the wall for some extra inspiration.
- Tabbed Pages: It’s the little things, right? I just can’t get enough of the little laminated month tabs. They look and feel perfect. They’re also attached to grid sheet note paper, and I’m just a sucker for grid paper anything — especially cardstock weight grid paper that I can write all my hopes and dreams onto.
How I’m using it now: So the dates in the Get to Workbook doesn’t officially start until July 2015, but in true planning fashion, I’ve already started filling it up.
- I’ve been keeping all my notes for the upcoming Find Your Voice workshop (starting July 1st), so that when July rolls around I’ll already have everything in there.
- I printed out a June calendar so that I can keep important dates (and my blog’s editorial calendar) in the book and not have to worry about juggling multiple planners.
Best News: It works with all my best pens, it passes the bleed test with my sharpie and my microperms, so no problems there.
I am pumped to use this book to help me organize my goal setting and keep my agenda in one place. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll answer asap.
Learn more about Elise’s Get to Workbook at http://gettoworkbook.com and follow me on instagram where I’ll be sharing photos of my Get to Workbook & and how I’m using it to manage my free upcoming storytelling workshop: Find Your Voice.