I have been using my Get To Work Book (GTWB) for one whole year now, so it was about time to share with you how I make it all work for me. I really love this planner and its simple style. It's exactly what I was always looking for. A planner needs to be practical to me. I don't decorate my pages and don't write very neat in it. It's all about a perfect place for all my lists and notes. Today I show you some photos of my book and how I use each section.
Before we dive into, I just want to clarify that I don't use my GTWB for appointments. I keep them all on my iPhone where I use an app called Week Calendar.
MONTHLY PAGES: These pages are for blog planning. I cut down some sticky notes to fit into the boxes. On each sticky note you can find a blog post. As soon as I scheduled the blog post I check it off with a red check mark. The good thing about sticky notes is, that you can move them easily around. That's the reason why I use them vs. writing directly onto the page.
I add my favorite posts to the archive. To keep track of what I archived I write down a list of all the blog posts I want to archive at the bottom of the monthly page.
This is how my monthly page looks like at the beginning of the month before I decided what to blog when. Whenever an idea hits, I write it down on a sticky note and place it on next month's calendar page.
WEEKLY PAGES: I usually start the week with adding my top three things I want to accomplish the coming week on the far left. On the top, right below the date and day I write down the title of the blog post I planned for that day. Then I add my to do list on each day as I go through the week. Sometimes I already know on Monday, that I have to do X on Thursday. The first six month I used a highlighter to cross things off my list (like Elise does). In January 2016 I started to make check boxes in front of each task and check them off with a red pen. I like the clean look even more now.
I use the note section on the bottom for various notes. Sometimes for blog posts, sometimes for random stuff I want to buy, sometimes things I don't want to forget. Sometimes it also stays empty.
When I didn't complete a task on my list but still want or have to do it, I mark it with an arrow. This means it gets transferred to the next week. When I changed my mind or something isn't important anymore I just cross it out.
At the end and the beginning of the month you can find those overlaps of days. I mostly use that area for notes.
NOTE SPACE: I use the note space at the beginninf of each month and at the end of the book for all kind of notes. Every month I write down some words from the one little word® class presentation. But I usually don't make notes on creative projects. For that purpose I have my creative binder.
PROJECT PLANNING PAGES: For the first six months of using the GTWB I used the project planning pages to keep track of my blog posts.
In each box I added the theme/title of the blog post and then all the steps I need to complete that particular post. This really helped me to stay on track and not forgetting anything.
But then in 2016 I decided to start using those pages for bigger projects. The project pages are the only place where I like to add some stamping, color or washi tape. The rest of the book is very basic and simple but here on these pages I like to spend a little more time on mapping out the whole project.
REFLECT AND GOAL SET PAGES: I have to admit I used those pages at the end of the month just a few times. But when I used them I really loved the process of looking back and forward. It helps to focus on the important stuff and what things/projects I can let go of.
FAVORITE PENS: Most of the time I just use what I have on hand. I don't really care about what I use in my GTWB but these are my three favorites.
- Tombow Dual Brush Pen Art Marker in black (#N15) and carmine (#845). I alway use the fine tip (the one on the right in the picture above) when I want to write some sort of title.
- Staedtler Triplus Fineliner in red
- ZIG Millennium pens in black and 01 or 03
And that's it. This is how I use the Get To Work Book. I truly love this planner and can't think of using anything else in the near future. If you have any questions, leave a comment below.
I am switching from the Jul-Jun to the Jan-Dec 2017 book. For the remaining months of 2016 I created my own version of the Get To Work Book with inserts from The Simple Scrapper Planner. You can find a short video of that planner on Instagram. It's only A5 (a little bit smaller than the GTWB) but I am sure it will work for the next six months.