Getting organised with Back To Zero - What Katy Said

Getting organised with Back To Zero

Inside: A look at the A5 pads from Back To Zero which help you to get organised and focused for your goals.

New stationery makes me happy. Getting organised is my thing. So stationery that promises to get me organised is the best combination for me!

There are many different products out there that promise to help you but often they are overly complicated and you end up using them at the very basic level. I have wasted a lot of money over the years on diaries, journals and everything on between and have never settled on anything as nothing has ever truly worked.

Until now.

A while back I discovered Back To Zero, a business set up by a wonderful lady called Clare. She is passionate about getting organised and has created such a great product. It is simple but amazing!

Why Back To Zero?

The idea behind the name came from the premise that once you have ticked off everything on your list, you are back to zero. With ground zero being that feeling of satisfaction you are aiming for each day.

There are two products in the range at the moment, a daily planner and a 5×5 countdown grid that can be used in a few different ways. Both have the same principle though – tick things off until you are down to zero again.

The Daily Planner

I have been using this every day for the past month or so and I have got so much done! I love a list but this notepad works in such a way that you can see your progress and work your way down to zero.

The pad is broken up into sections, with the left hand side being split into 3 boxes for you to complete first.

Ground Zero – What does a successful day look like to you? Feeling organised? Feeling productive? Maybe a quote that you love resonates with you to help you keep focused. This is the space to write down what that day looks like to you.

Focus – What are your focus points for the day? What 3 things do you need to keep coming back to? Drink more water? Smile more? Write them down as reminders here.

Progress – How will you know whether you are making progress towards ground zero? What question do you need to ask yourself?

The remainder of the pad is made up of a grid-style box, which I love. In this space you can write down all of the things you need to get down that day. This could be big reminders like booking a dentist appointment or little ones like putting a load of washing on. Put them all down so nothing is forgotten.

Now for the fun bit! From the bottom up, starting at number 1, number the points on your list. Now, when you tick off each item throughout the day you will be counting down to zero.

It is such a simple idea but I cannot tell you how efficient it has made me! There is something about ticking them all off and knowing I’ve achieved things that really motivates me.

5×5 Countdown Grid

I love the countdown grid as it is versatile. I am currently using it two ways and I am sure I will find new ways to use it as time goes by. Clare is constantly sharing ideas on the @Back_ToZero Instagram Account – so helpful if you are not sure how to get started.

The first way I am using it is as a way to break down a goal of mine. If you have a large goal, you want to break it down into smaller goals so that you have a step by step process to work through.

I have added a mini goal to each square so that in 25 squares I will have indeed met my overall goal.

The second way was inspired by Clare on IG where she showed how she was breaking down the month of July into tasks that needed doing. So in essence a little like the daily planner but for a whole month.

I have used the grid to break down how I want my August to pan out. I have a lot of jobs that need doing and by having them all written down it helps you to clearly see what is left on the list.

As with the daily planner, you are counting back to zero and down the right hand side there are the numbers 25-1 for you to cross off as you complete a task.


The thing I like about both products is the fact that they are a handy A5 size and can be kept out on the side to refer to throughout the day. I have found with notebooks that if they are closed I simply don’t think to open them up to look at my list.

Each page can be ripped off to allow you to create the next list or folded around the back (as I have done for the 5×5 Countdown Grid) if you have multiple on the go.

Another thing that I love is that neither are dated. This means you don’t waste any pages if you skip a day and you can buy them at any point throughout the year.

They would make amazing gifts for anyone you know that loves a list or for anyone who always tells you they need to get organised! And at £8.50 each you can’t go wrong!

Both Back To Zero products get a huge thumbs up from me!

I was sent the two pads in return for my honest opinion. I wanted to share them with you as I believe they will help everyone get organised.

1 Comment

  • Reply
    Kim Carberry
    August 4, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    This pads look like a fantastic way to keep motivated. I really like the simplicity of them. x

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