Best Laid Plans Weekend

Mini Show Notes & Solo Weekend

May 24, 2021

Show Notes: Ep #43 with Elise Cripe of Get to Work Book

I have been following Elise and her beautifully designed product, the Get to Work Book, for quite some time. In fact, I did a review of this planner in 2018!

Having Elise on the show was such a pleasure. First, it was interesting to hear about the uncanny parallels in our planning styles. Second, she was just so calm, nice, and kind.

She graciously sent me a copy of her academic year planner – this incredibly functional and professional planner runs from July 2021 – June 2022. While I am tempted to dive in myself and literally wish I could use 10 planners well, alas . . . this is not reality. So Elise was okay with me providing this book as a giveaway for you all!

To enter, just leave a comment on today’s post. I will ship wherever (though concerningly I shipped something to a planner friend in South Africa months ago and I don’t think it ever made it).

I will do a random number drawing on Wednesday (May 24) and announce the winner!

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Solo Weekend Life

Well. It was another solo parenting weekend and . . . I survived. Actually, this one was somewhat better — I did have some childcare on Saturday morning (I had a work event involving yoga in a park!) and Sunday included a zoo trip (Palm Beach Zoo this time, which was lovely!) with A’s BFF, BFF’s twin brother, and their mother who I am friends with.

ALSO, A had her very last soccer game of the season. (As you may recall, G dropped out). She says she wants to play again in the fall. I am hoping the school team is up and running this fall because that would be incredibly convenient, but I guess we will see.

@ the zoo:

I feel really tired today, though. I feel like I need a week off. Luckily, Josh and I do have a mini getaway this week (Weds – Friday!). I will be back Wednesday for the giveaway, but otherwise I think I will take a break from this space for a week or so and I am going to skip doing a BLP ep this coming Monday. I’m also considering a BLP Summer Hiatus (because let’s face it — June/July aren’t really key times of the year for planning, anyway).

OH! And I read this book:

The Jetsetters by Amanda Eyre Ward (this caught my eye as a selection for the Williams Book Club – author is an alumnus)

It was like candy and I enjoyed it.


  • Reply allison May 24, 2021 at 6:55 am

    I would love to try this planner (oh and I have Jetsetters on my hold list at the library!)

  • Reply Liz Wine May 24, 2021 at 7:14 am

    I am interested in the giveaway! Love this planner pod!

  • Reply Amy D May 24, 2021 at 7:16 am

    You deserve a week off-enjoy your getaway! I would love this planner!

    • Reply Lindsey May 24, 2021 at 7:41 am

      My husband and I are also getting away this weekend—going to Tampa and Key West!

      Interested in the planner—love the idea of writing in my own holidays.

  • Reply Ana May 24, 2021 at 7:18 am

    I don’t have school-aged kids (baby and toddler) but I work in the school system as a social worker so this planner sounds right up my alley! Enjoy your getaway

  • Reply Sara May 24, 2021 at 7:18 am

    Interested in the planner.

    Enjoy your break!

  • Reply Cindy May 24, 2021 at 7:39 am

    I am interested in the giveaway

  • Reply Sam May 24, 2021 at 7:56 am

    I’ve heard awesome things about this planner, and I’m excited to listen to this episode. Enjoy your getaway!

  • Reply Katie May 24, 2021 at 8:14 am

    A new planner would be great for the upcoming school year.

  • Reply Chelsea May 24, 2021 at 8:17 am

    I’d love to be entered. I just started experimenting with a weekly planner again after doing mostly daily for awhile, and I’m liking it a lot.

  • Reply CBS May 24, 2021 at 8:20 am

    Ooh, it does look very cool! I am doing some planning for summer and I just want to take it slightly easier. I have fulltime childcare and it’s been such a chaotic year. We’re not planning much travelling but just want to take some time to do cycle rides and walks, and read books.

  • Reply Katie Hertig May 24, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Interested in the planner! Love your blog and podcasts, thank you!

  • Reply Colleen May 24, 2021 at 8:25 am

    Enjoy your time off! Would love to give this planner a try.

    • Reply Jessica May 31, 2021 at 7:53 pm

      I would love to try the planner!

  • Reply Jennifer Killelea May 24, 2021 at 8:27 am

    I’d love to be entered! I’ve been bullet journalling for the last 3 years and am looking for a change. Have a great break!

  • Reply Sharon May 24, 2021 at 8:38 am

    I will SOOO miss BLP this summer!!! I don’t know how/why but my life has no shortage of planning/goals/craziness that needs to be organized in my planner to calm my spinning brain all year round!!! Not complaining, it’s a beautiful life i have, chaos and all… but i have so loved the inspiration you have shared and the uplifting way you have of looking at your full calendar and obligations rather than the dread and drudgery I feel from all other planning systems i have tried!!! All that to say thankyou so much for being you, and sharing yourself in these ways thru your blog and podcast(s)! Wishing you a wonderful, restful time! Hope your getaway this week is fabulous!!! And that your summer is even better!!! and welcome to 41! Woo!! 🙂

  • Reply Katie May 24, 2021 at 8:41 am

    I’d love to enter the giveaway! I’ve been in a rut with my current planner and would love an academic year reset.

  • Reply BethC May 24, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Good to hear that you are taking time for yourself? Would love to win the planner.

  • Reply Claire May 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Loved the podcast and I’d like to enter to win the planner!

  • Reply Nadine Chan May 24, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Enjoy your well earned break! Would love to try the planner for sure 😊

  • Reply Sarah May 24, 2021 at 9:08 am

    I love Elise’s style and have followed her for a while- would love to try one of her planners!
    Have a great getaway!!

  • Reply Carina May 24, 2021 at 9:11 am

    I am looking forward to listening! Would love to try out this planner!

  • Reply Dana May 24, 2021 at 9:15 am

    I was just browsing for academic year planners yesterday. It has vertical days, my most important need. I would love to be entered to win it!

  • Reply Kate Fahey May 24, 2021 at 9:20 am

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway!

  • Reply Bre Hegg May 24, 2021 at 9:24 am

    I’m so glad you had a good weekend and I’m super excited for your weekend away! Thank you for giving away the planner! It looks awesome.

  • Reply Meg Craft May 24, 2021 at 9:35 am

    This planner looks interesting. I’d love to try using it!

  • Reply Kristin Plentus May 24, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Looks like an awesome planner! Enjoy the time away!!

  • Reply Connie C May 24, 2021 at 9:54 am

    Enjoy your time off!

  • Reply Noemi May 24, 2021 at 9:58 am

    I am interested in the planner. As a teacher with two kids in school my life revolves around the academic year. I have never used a calendar year planner actually, now that I think about it.

  • Reply Donna Sava May 24, 2021 at 9:59 am

    I’d love to have a new planner to try…consider me entered please! My twin boys are going off to college in August and I’m trying to shake up my routine!

    On a separate note…I was laughing at the pen sizes you were talking about…those would be so tiny to me! I use a bold line…the 1.6 maxum pens! You would just hate them! LOL!

  • Reply JGold May 24, 2021 at 10:05 am

    Interested in the planner. I enjoyed the episode! Thanks!

  • Reply oem May 24, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Yeah for a new episode and a giveaway! I was checking my podcast feed at 445 and nothing was coming up and I was sad. So, I’m glad there will be an episode for me to look forward to later this week.

  • Reply Sarah May 24, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I would love a planner like this!

  • Reply murdocksmama May 24, 2021 at 10:48 am

    I’m anxious to hear about your getaway!

  • Reply Amy D. May 24, 2021 at 10:49 am

    I’m definitely interested in trying this planner. Enjoy your break!

  • Reply Kiki May 24, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I am looking for an academic year planner to replace my current one that runs out in July. I am a big fan of BLP and Best of Both Worlds, thanks a lot!

  • Reply Brandy May 24, 2021 at 10:53 am

    I’d love to be entered in the giveaway! Enjoy your summer break!

  • Reply Sidra Shapiro Boshes May 24, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Love these Monday podcasts! So motivating to plan for the week.

  • Reply Jeanna May 24, 2021 at 11:16 am

    I would love to try the planner! My oldest starts kindergarten this year, so this is the first time we will be bound to an academic calendar. I’m feeling like a fresh planning start!

  • Reply Ana May 24, 2021 at 11:27 am

    I’m perusing academic planners (my academic job does run July-June so it does make sense for me…) this one looks AWESOME, I’ll throw my hat in the ring.

  • Reply Lori C May 24, 2021 at 11:46 am

    Well this is aptly timed! I actually just searched your blog last week to see if you had reviewed the Get to Work book and found your old review! It’s been in my cart for a while but haven’t pulled the trigger yet… although I did just buy some sample pages from Elise which helped me realize this is a great planner for me. Would love to win it!!

    Random side note- but Sarah did you listen to the recent Pantsuit Politics episode on mask wearing and vaccines? They had an interesting perspective I never thought of before. The episode is called “we are driven to do the right thing.” I think you would find the discussion valuable, as would your other readers I am sure.

  • Reply Erika May 24, 2021 at 11:49 am

    I’m returning to my office next week so a mid-year planner reset would be perfect! Would love to try this one.

  • Reply Erin Webb May 24, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    If you haven’t already done the drawing—I’d love to be entered! 📔

  • Reply Andreea P. May 24, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    I can’t wait to listen to this episode, I have followed Elise for years now, her blog then podcast, now IG. I always wanted to try out her planner, so I appreciate the opportunity to be considered!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    I’m glad your solo parenting weekend went better this time. Yay for childcare (even though you needed it for plans, not for setting your own plans for the day, although yoga in the park sounds fun!). We had a really full weekend here – MIL over for a bday dinner on Sat, college friends brought brunch to us on Sun am so they could finally meet the baby, and then we went to a friend’s house in the neighborhood to check out the remodel they did during the pandemic. It felt like a lot because I am so used to NO plans, but at the same time it felt great to SEE PEOPLE. This is the stuff I missed during the pandemic so am very happy to have social plans again – even though I’m an introvert!

    I’d love to check out this planner!

  • Reply Kim May 24, 2021 at 12:46 pm

    Would love to try this planner. I really enjoy reading your blog. Enjoy your getaway!

  • Reply Laura May 24, 2021 at 1:22 pm

    I’d love the planner! Thanks for blogging!

  • Reply Meghan May 24, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    I am interested in the planner. I have been using the Wonderland and think maybe I need to mix things up for next year! Enjoy your time off!

  • Reply Lesley May 24, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I would love to try the planner and I am putting the book on my library holds list.

  • Reply Emily May 24, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    I would love to try the planner! And I would also definitely be interested in matching enneagram types to planners that you mentioned in the episode

  • Reply Hillary May 24, 2021 at 3:04 pm

    I would love to try the planner. Thanks for offering!

  • Reply Nancy May 24, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Entering. Hurray for surviving and enjoy your getaway. I just finished When Life Gives You Lululemons, which I started because Grit was too serious to listen to without something to break it up with!

  • Reply Karen May 24, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    Very jealous of your mini break, enjoy. I’d love to be included in the planner giveaway. Thanks!

  • Reply Mary Thompson May 24, 2021 at 4:51 pm

    I’m super new to the planning world, and your podcast has risen to the top of my list of favorites. Thank you for making planning so interesting and accessible. I’d love to enter the planner give away!

  • Reply Teresa May 24, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    I would love to try the planner. As always, I enjoy hearing your perspectives.

  • Reply Louisa May 24, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    I would love to try the planner! Thanks for the great episode.

  • Reply Jerilyn M Libby May 24, 2021 at 7:52 pm

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Love the blog and the podcast – thank you!

  • Reply Melinda May 24, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Enjoy your break! I would love to be considered for the planner. I work on an academic calendar and could use a planner for the next year.

  • Reply Maxine May 24, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    Throwing my name in the hat for the planner give away. Thanks!

  • Reply Elizabeth May 24, 2021 at 8:50 pm

    Interested in the planner! The academic year setup would be perfect.

  • Reply Helena Murphy May 24, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    I’m up for trying ALL planners! Planners are like pizza to me. Even when it’s not that great it’s still fun to try and feels comforting 😉

  • Reply Margaret May 25, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Oooh my current planner ends in June and i’ve been trying to figure out what to try next. Love that Sat and Sun are the same size as the rest of the week.

  • Reply Melissa F Hall May 25, 2021 at 1:55 am

    I have always ordered a Life Planner but I don’t want to this year and I am just completely paralyzed trying to decide what to do. I keep going through past posts, convincing myself to just! Choose! Something!

  • Reply Margot May 25, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Teacher here very curious in this planner.

  • Reply Jenn May 25, 2021 at 8:32 am

    Loved that book! But don’t need the planner. 🙂

  • Reply Ashley May 25, 2021 at 9:19 am

    I’d love to try the planner! Enjoy your getaway!

    • Reply Kristin May 25, 2021 at 10:17 am

      I would love to try this planner! Loving the blog and podcast! Thanks!

  • Reply acdalal May 25, 2021 at 10:21 am

    This episode was so good — I’m actually listening to it again this morning! It also comes at a weirdly good time, because I’m realizing that my system for keeping track of projects (Todoist) is not working and I’m contemplating a move to tracking projects on paper. The paper positivity on this episode is infectious! 😀 Enjoy your break, and happy belated birthday!

    (oh, and I’d love to try the planner!)

  • Reply MB May 25, 2021 at 10:30 am

    Definitely interested in the academic planner! And now I’m off to investigate this Williams Book Club (‘06 here)!

  • Reply Jill May 25, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Definitely interested in the planner! After a year where everyone has been in the house all the time, I’m really looking forward to a summer with my kids in full day camp!

  • Reply Kim May 25, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    Love the look of the planner. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Emily May 25, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    Would love a planner that starts July 2021 — being in medicine am starting my first *real* job in July (eek) and excited to build new habits.

  • Reply Rachel May 25, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    I’d love to try the planner!

  • Reply Amy May 25, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    I’d love the chance to try this planner!

  • Reply Amy May 26, 2021 at 5:34 am

    Would love this planner! Enjoy your much needed trip away!

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