STIL IRL: Jessica Raupers
June 20, 2019
Name: Jessica Raupers
Occupation: Freelance Brand Designer and a Mom
I’m a Freelance Brand Designer and a Mom to two young kids so every day looks completely different and it is essential for me to keep my life organized. Between client meetings, appointments, tight project deadlines and soccer practise it was often a struggle to keep everything straight. That was until the STIL Get it Done Planner came into my life.
My sister-in-law knows that I have an obsession with notebooks and stationary so when my birthday came around she got me the Get it Done Planner with my initials engraved on the front. What a game changer! First of all I love that right off the hop, you have space for your vision board and then get into making some quarterly lists, goals and rituals for yourself. As someone who has a very blended personal/work life this is perfect for me because I love having everything together in one spot. As a recovering Notebook addict, I used to have 5 different books going at once where I would write all of this stuff down but eventually I’d lose one or my daughter would take it over as her colouring book. Now I only need to worry about one book (which is gorgeous by the way and I don’t let my kids even look at it) and everything is just right where I need it.
Between client meetings, appointments, tight project deadlines and soccer practise it was often a struggle to keep everything straight.
The other beautiful thing about this is that I actually write things down and somehow that just makes things seem a little more concrete and it’s easier to hold myself accountable for following through my plans. It’s so easy to just think about an idea or a goal I have for myself but never do anything with it. I love that with my STIL Get it Done Planner, everything is at the forefront and it keeps my goals fresh and reminds me daily on what I’m striving for.
Now I haven’t even got to the best part of this book yet. The weekly schedule and daily planning sheets have been a total blessing. Every Sunday once my kids are in bed, I get out my Get It Done Planner and write out what my week is (hopefully) going to look like. Sometimes things come up but for the most part I’m able to stick to my schedule. I absolutely love how everything is broken down into half hour time slots because I can easily see what I’ve got going on for every single day that week. So when things do come up, I have a great visual on where I have some openings. This is extremely helpful when I have a new business inquiry and someone wants to get together for a meeting. I can just quickly flip to my weekly schedule and I know if and when I can set something up.
The other thing I love is the daily planner sheets. At the end of each day I make my list of the top 3 important tasks for the next day so I know what needs to get done and then I go through and add in my secondary tasks. I love this because I am obsessed with making lists. I don’t know if anyone else has this but the act of writing down a “To Do” Item and then the complete satisfaction I get when I can cross something off of that list is complete euphoria.
But the amazing thing about the lists in my Get It Done Planner is that I’m able to track my time right next to each task so I know how long something is taking me. This is extremely helpful because as someone who is new to the freelance world I’m starting to get a better idea of how long things take me so I’m able to manage my time more effectively and give my clients a better idea on their project timelines. Then at the end of each day I right down what I’m grateful for and give myself a productivity score for that day. Oh and remember how I said at the start of the book you can write down your quarterly goals and rituals - well you also have a quick little spot on the daily planning page to track if you are keeping up with the goals you set for yourself. How great is that?!!
Now as if all of that wasn’t enough, this Planner also sets you up to check-in with yourself and then review how things went. There is legit not other planning book out there that does all of this. Since using this product, I honestly just feel better about myself. I’m way more organized and I am able to hold myself accountable. Instead of getting overwhelmed by all the things I need to do in a day, I am calm because I know each morning when I wake up I have a plan for what needs to happen. Sometimes I don’t get everything done and that’s okay because at the very least I have things written down so I won’t forget them and I’ll do my best to get it done the next day. I find I can actually enjoy my down time with my family because I’m not spending that time stressing out about all the work I have to do and when I’m going to do it.
Since this product came into my life, I had to add to my collection so I recently purchased the MUJI Pen and Pastel Hightlighters. These have become the perfect companions to my planner. I love how easily the pen glides across the paper. Trust me there is nothing more annoying that a pen that only works half the time! And the highlighters are just so fricken cute I can hardly stand it. The colours are gorgeous and they are just add the most beautiful touch to the pages. Plus I’m a huge fan of colour coding everything!
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