“One of the first things I bought while shopping for college was the same exact thing that I never used in High School: a planner.”
I wrote that line nearly a year ago, as I posted a tour of how I use my academic planner on a daily basis.
Since then, a lot has changed in the way that I organize myself. That planner became too small, I discovered which parts of it worked for me and which didn’t, I redefined my strategy for using my planner, I redesigned the way that I color coded, and I became obsessed with washi tape.
I now love planners. I knew I needed a change from my cheap little planner that I used last year, so I spent months researching for something that would fit me.
Then, I found it: The brand new Get To Work Book by Elise Cripe.
This is the very first edition of this brand new planner and costed me $70 including shipping.. so worth it.
The planner itself doesn’t start until July, however it arrived in the mail yesterday and I just could not wait to start getting to work! I’ll do a full review and walk through about how I use it later on, but until then here’s my first impressions!
I had to mention the packaging, just because it is so cute! The package arrived on my doorstep complete with a note from the creator and the inspirational card pictured above.
I’ll be honest, the cover seems a little bit flimsy. However, I am a big fan of the fact that it is plain. I have a passion for decorating notebook and journal covers so I’m excited to create my own cover for this planner! I will probably have to reinforce the cover so it doesn’t rip while being hauled in my backpack from work to classes to rehearsals with me.
The tabs are solid and laminated and personally I will probably use a piece of washi tape to tag which month is the current month with color to make it stand out more.
The rings seem a little bit big for the book, but the pages turn very easily. Overall the size is quite a bit larger than my old planner but definitely still portable!
Since the book starts in a month I haven’t had a chance to use it yet! However, I have gone through and added in some things under dates that I know, such as my rehearsal schedule for a theatre production I’m working on, birthdays, and school events.
I’ve done these things in washi tape for a variety of reasons. First, because it gives the day a bright colorful background which is great because I want it to stand out (I absolutely love that the base of the book is black and white, I get to customize it all myself!). Second, because things like rehearsal schedules are often tentative and subject to change and I would rather peel up tape and rewrite or re-position it than cross out and make the planner messy! Once there are other things to add I will be writing directly in the book instead of on tape.
My big problem when deciding between planners was trying to choose whether I wanted a weekly or a daily planner. I have a lot happening each day, and my last planner that was weekly didn’t have nearly enough room in it for all I had going on. However, after seeing this layout I know I made the right choice!
Again, since this begins in a month I don’t have any active pages to share so this is just a week in which I had something planned already. I’m excited to get to work with it! I’m hoping to use the graph lined section at the bottom for notes and post it notes including things like grocery lists, blog post ideas, and weekly to-do lists. I will be using the daily columns mainly for homework once school starts.
I absolutely love to color code (as you can tell!) so I am incredibly excited about the fact that this planner is in all black and white. It leaves me room to customize it as I choose without having to compete with other colors!
Goal + Project Tracking Pages
I don’t have any feedback on these pages yet, but I am excited to use them!
Stay tuned in a month or two for a deeper review of how I like the planner, after I get to use it!
What do you use to keep yourself organized? I love to hear your thoughts!