Memory Keeping, Work/Professional

Why I Love Get to Work Book

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So, full disclosure, I am not affiliated and have no vested interest in selling this product. Elise just doesn’t do that. And I don’t care at all because I just really love being organized, I love having a well-considered place to write out my daily lists, and the format and the inspiration around this book is enough for me to shamelessly promote it until the end of days.

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Why I Love Get to Work Book and how I use it every day in my business

 

I love Get to Work Book©

I just really love this book. I’ve been using it daily as part of my night time routine (totally worthy of a future post), as a way to organize this space, as a way to organize all of my ideas, prioritize them, and get moving on making them happen.

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It’s also part of #the100DayProject, where I’m committing to writing every day, either here in this space, or in the book, or in one of my (many) memory keeping and journaling projects.

Get to Work Book© is filled with inspiration (which I love and need). It’s well organized. And it’s a total treat for any lover of planners.

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How I Use Get to Work Book©

So I wanted to share a little bit about how I use the book, what my favorite features are, and how I’m planning to use it next year (because obviously I just stopped writing to order it).

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I use it to plan projects.

At the beginning of every month, there are 3 blank pages where you can write and record really anything you want. I like to break down whatever project, or series of projects, I’m currently working on, figure out what still needs to be done, and when, and write it in the appropriate week.

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I use it to make lists.

Sometimes that means breaking down the math on an investment, sometimes that means keeping track of all of my memory keeping projects (because, let’s face it, there is a big gap between start and done and actually on the bookshelf, done).

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I use it to plan my week.

I absolutely prefer planner columns to paragraphs. This sounds nit-picky, and it probably is, but I can’t help myself. I like to list my day, cross off what I’ve done, highlight what I haven’t, and still have enough space to make notes for the week. To work through ideas. To set priorities. To check them off, again and again.

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I use it to plan my posts.

Every month my work with this book evolves. I discover new things about it that I didn’t really know before. I try new things. I make it work for me. Change it up. And try it a different way. Right now I’m using the months to keep track of my blog posting.. which requires a lot of management, because I’ve written SO MUCH in the last week since the start of #the100dayproject.

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I use it to track progress.

These “reflect” pages are seriously perfect. It’s a fantastic exercise, in just the right place. I love reflecting on what I’ve done and what I need to do. It’s how I actually make progress on goals, instead of continuously chasing the same thing. With titles like “last month’s wins” and “to work on”, it’s so well set up for reflection and planning at a larger scale. This is why us girl bosses love it so much.

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I use it for inspiration.

Each month has a different dedicated quote. They’re gorgeous and inspirational and I love displaying them in my office. This month’s quote is “Big things happen one day at a time.” I love that. And I also need to hear it a lot, because every time I start down a path, and I realize how long that path will be, I get overwhelmed. But it’s true. The big thing will happen. And I get closer every day.

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I use it for fun.

I don’t know that I’ll ever fully get the planner craze. Honestly, if it had happened when I was in my early teens, I would fully be a hopeless planner addict. Totally hopeless. And obsessed. But now that I have my creative thing (memory keeping), I can’t really see myself taking on any more.

Still, if I have some extra 2×2 photos or cards, or a minute to spend writing about what we did that month, I’m more than happy to add it to my pages, write a little something about it. and know that I now have this awesome book that I can have as a keepsake of my year. Until, of course, I run out of shelf space.. which is a real possibility, friend.

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I use it for scrap and decorative paper.

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I’m probably one of the only people who have done this. When my book arrived last summer, I was in the midst of yoga teacher training and there was just no room for me to plan anything. With two 2-week sessions of exhausting 14 hour days, my life did not have space for me to make any plans.

So I didn’t use the book in July or August. And rather than keeping the pages in the book, I ripped them out and used them as scrap paper for my stamps.

I did, however, use two traveler’s notebook to document my summer as part of the Little Summer Joy Project and as part of my yoga teacher training, both of which I stamped (hence the faded stamp marks), and both of which I occasionally decorated with paper and photos (hence the Get to Work Book© page).

 

So now that I’ve talked myself into purchasing my second Get to Work Book©, I’ll end this post by saying: whatever you love, whatever works for you, go with it. This is a fantastic option for solopreneurs looking to organize their lives. It is bulky, and it’s definitely a desktop planner, but it’s perfect for keeping your business all in one place and maybe adding a photo or two to make it pretty. After all, work is work. Might as well make it look good.

 

Happy planning, friends!

xoxo,

Julie

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Vicmarie says

    Thanks for sharing! I was curious about the Commit30 planner you talked about the other day. I looked up for it and it looks like a blend of the Passion Planner and the GTWB. What do you think about the Commit30? Would you reccomend it over the GTWB? Would you reccomend it at all? Thanks!!

  2. Julie says

    I love Commit30! For me, I use that planner specifically for 30-day challenges. It’s perfect for keeping track of daily activities and it has little bubbles to fill in for each day you complete. In the past I’ve used Commit30 for yoga challenges (like when I’m working up to a new pose) or to establish a daily practice. I’m also using it for the 100 day project, because that’s a lot of days and I need some way of keeping track of it.

    Get to Work Book is definitely more robust, though, in terms of blog and business planning. It’s also a lot bigger. So if you’re looking for something to really work through big ideas, get it onto paper, and keep track of business goals, you want Get to Work Book.

    Personally, I like them both equally for what they are. I also use them both enough to justify having both… what can I say, I’m a paper to-do list kind of girl. 😉

    For daily activities, like appointments and errands and daily to-do’s, I use a small Sugar Paper planner from Target. Out of the three, it’s the only one small enough to keep in my purse, which is handy because I tend to make a lot of appointments when I’m out.

    Does that help?

    • Vicmarie says

      Of course! Thanks for your time! I purchased the digital version to try it out before I decide. But the GTWB looks a lot more like me in terms of aesthetics. Thanks again! I Iike your blog and PL layouts a lot!

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