You know that I am the Messy Mapmaker when you realize that for my first wedding anniversary last year, Husband’s interpretation of “paper” as an anniversary gift guide was to get me a beautiful, fairly fancy agenda. He purchased me the “Get to Work Book,” which I’d gotten as a gift for a friend but had been reluctant to purchase for myself. It was the perfect mix of practical and extravagant, and I absolutely died when I got it. His family, who were around when I opened the present, thought I was just bonkers.
If you love a planner and have a lot of different goals and projects going on at any given time, you’ll adore this book. As I flip through this year’s pages, there are notes from interviews I did with local leaders, plans I made for work, monthly household budgeting and grocery lists, a training schedule for my recent half marathon, an elimination diet called the Whole30 that we tried and my own schedule for reintroducing foods, and a list of things we hoped to accomplish in 2017 (we’ve done a lot of them!).
The planner gives simple, clear sections but also has endless flexibility, with tabbed month pages that make it easy to turn right to the spot you want to get to. I love the grids on many of the pages that allow you to write or make graphs or draw something… anything you need. So many of my freelance projects have been planned in the margins and accidentally blank columns of the book.
My last favorite feature is a little column on each weekly page that says “action items this week” – it forces you to choose only 3 things that are the big-picture things you want to get done. While the daily columns allow you to focus on the details, these show which pressure points, dreaded tasks, and big finishes do I have coming up this week.
I don’t know if I will try a different planner or get another of these for next year, but I unequivocally recommend it for anyone who wants to feel inspired and ready to literally “get to work” when they see their planner.