My favorite holiday of the year is New Year’s Day. There is just something about tossing aside the previous 365 days and being able to start with a clean slate. And each new year comes with a series of new “resolutions” and goals. For many of us, those quickly come and go, often not because of a lack of desire, but due to a lack of organization and follow-through.
So let’s talk organization.
I would venture a guess that the majority of us have a smart phone of some sort. Pull up the app store and there are dozens and dozens of calendar, task, and organization apps for purchase. I have found it personally pretty daunting to find the one that currently works for me. And while digital is seemingly the way to go on these sorts of things, I will be the first to say that I am starting to feel the strain (physical and mental) of everything being on my phone.
The more I try to get organized digitally, the more I become glued to my phone. A quick check of my task list often leads me down a wormhole of emails, Facebook, and gaming. That’s not exactly efficient. This year I want to try something “old school” – bringing back the good ol’ pencil and paper to organize, not only my life, but my running life as well. GET TO WORK BOOK sent us their planner to check out, and I am already excited about its features. First, a little bit more about them:
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.
Here are some of the specs via their website:
- 246 pages
- Book pages are 7 x 9 inches
- Book dimensions are 8.25 x 9 x 1 inches
- Book weighs 1.87 lbs
- Full monthly calendars with traditional box layout
- Monday – Sunday week at a glance spreads
- “Year-at-a-glance” spread with space to write plans
- 14 “project breakdown” pages designed to help you complete large tasks
- 13 “reflect and goal-set” pages designed to encourage you to celebrate past successes and come up with action items for the next month
- Cover and paper stock are recycled from 100% post consumer waste
- Inside pages are offset printed
- Monthly tabs are laminated
- Designed, printed and made in the USA
Annette received a Get to Work book in 2017, and we were happy to push this out once again as 2018 looms ahead.
Features I like:
- The front and back covers are very heavy duty, meaning that it should hold up to wear and tear over the next 365 days.
- One of the problems I have always found with finding a viable planner has been the challenge with finding one that I can make work for me, not something that I have to adapt my organization into. Those types of planners and organization tools are destined to fail – and historically have, in my case. I love that there are three boxes for weekly action items, as well as some seperate lines above each day for daily tasks. There are even some separate areas for longer term actions and plans.
- The graph area underneath is also a great place to customize and is meant for versatility and not defined to a certain day of the week. It seems like it would be great for shopping lists or simply a weekly to-do section. Or shoot, use it as a doodle area to create some awesome mazes while in a work meeting!
- There are more than enough areas to track running-specific items. For example, the first few pages are highlighted as “2018 at a glance”. There are 6 good sized boxes per page, one for each month. I have already claimed these as my “race planning area”, and will use them to start working on my race calendar for 2018!
- Before each month, there is a page to “Reflect and Goal Set” for the previous month and the upcoming month. While I’m not generally about pausing and reflecting, it is something I really think I need to take on in 2018. There is even some boxes for me to write down items “to let go of” and “to think on”. That’s really good advice for someone who tends to get bogged down with feeling like I didn’t do my optimal best in previous months. I tend to be self-depracating by nature and utilizing a page like this to really look back on “last month’s wins”, could probably go a long way in my life.
- Each month comes with one motivational text print. If that’s not really your thing, the page is perforated and on card stock, so that it is easily removable (for recycling or placing elsewhere to help motivate you throughout the year).
What may not work for you:
- It’s a little bulky. While it’s not giant, the wire binding and well-constructed pages are a little big to carry around.
- There are no times in the daily calendar. A minor thing, obviously, but some people prefer that setting.
Overall, I am very excited to get to work planning my 2018 running and life organization. I don’t completely know how my tracking will go over the course of the year, but I do know that the GET TO WORK BOOK seems to ensure that any changes can be accommodated.
Thanks to Get to Work Book for allowing us to try out a planner. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.