Write It Out

write it all out


The pink notebook is my Editorial notebook (CocoaFab, Mattieologie). The white & gold is my Things To Do notebook.


I try my best to keep organized with everything that I have going on by handwriting things. It keeps me organized. It gets me further. It makes me productive. This past weekend, I found some fantastic notebooks and thank you cards for a fantastic price at TJ Maxx. I scored each of the notebooks for $4.99 each and each of my Thank You card sets for $4.99 for 15 plus envelopes!

As I’ve shared on here before, I work a 9 to 5, I’m the style editor for CocoaFab and I blog here. It can get very overwhelming to the point where I don’t want to do anything. AT ALL. But the days I discipline myself and write down everything I need to do my productivity is through the roof! The key to my things to do list is action words. If I have to do something as simple as call UPS, I write down “call UPS to confirm the cost of printing”. That way I have an action and why it needs to be completed. Instead of “complete posts” I write “Post 4 stories on CocoaFAB” and I’ll bullet what my four stories are. For me, someone who can get lost on YouTube, Twitter or Instagram for an hour without even feeling it, I need to be that specific and detailed to ensure I’m productive.

As far as thank you cards are concerned, it’s such a class act way of saying, I’m grateful for what you did for me and want to let you know that it was worth writing you about. Nowadays, emails are SO common that they’re expected. But anytime you receive a handwritten note, a physical invite, you tend to feel really special. It’s a great way to stand out in someone’s mind. And there’s so many irresistible thank you cards that I feel it’s only right share. If you want to take it up a notch, pair it with a gorgeous floral arrangement or cupcakes. I have yet to meet anyone who isn’t turned on my cupcakes.

Honestly, I feel like handwritten things to do lists + handwritten notes have helped me along the way. If you’re looking to up your productivity or make a lasting impression, I encourage you to give it a try for yourself.

14 Responses to Write It Out

  1. Love this! That’s for sharing, I have a to do notebook but I gotta get an editorial notebook together. Juggling blogging and life… Whew! Lol!

  2. I do the exact same thing. I really love thank you notes. It’s seriously one of the nicest things you can do for someone.

  3. A note about Thank You cards…Target’s “$1-$3” section (you know what I’m talking about…I don’t recall the name) has some cute & simple ones available every now and again for about $1.

    I love to send handwritten notes to eBay customers and will have a blast sending them after my baby gets here (it takes a village!).

    Great post, Mattie!

  4. You had me at thank you notes! Seriously, they mean SO much, and I’m impressed when people still send them. I collect them, and books like the ones above…slightly addicted to gorgeous paper products : )

  5. I could not agree more! I don´´t get anything done unless it´s written down!


  6. I am a freak for lists! Love the idea of having separate notebooks for each kind of list/writing!


  7. Raven

    This post was soo me, I write down Everything! My desk is filled with random papers here and there, This reminded me that I need to get some cute notebooks to write things in.

  8. Great post! I love writing down my thoughts, things to do, goals etc…in my journals. I have several as well and carry atleast 2 of them with me daily in my work bag.

  9. Talisa

    Gosh…Glad to see I’m not alone in the I-Need-More-Notebooks world..I have 4 in rotation right now, for different things.

  10. Nice read! I’m so with you on writing things down. Sure, I have plenty of calendars on my devices but NOTHING beats writing it down, plus I love seeing it highlighted, LOL! Great read.

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  13. I love this post! Writing it all down helps me stay organized as well. I’m love coming to your blog and receiving tips like these.


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