Create gorgeous workbooks in Designsta from our pre-designed templates
What is a workbook?
A workbook is a book or file containing a series of exercises aimed at teaching your tribe members and guiding them through processes to learn and progress through a topic of interest. Hmmm…Sounds a bit like being back at school doesn’t it?!
But I’m here to tell you workbooks can actually be loads of fun! In fact, I think I actually love them a little bit.
Here is an example of a workbook cover template in Designsta - you can edit this template as much or as little as you would like to suit your style or branding.
I’m not talking about a bunch of excel spreadsheets gathered in a pdf, or loads of really boring, yawn inducing text on a page. I’m talking about beautiful, inspiring workbooks. Ones that make you want to rush out and buy new pens just to write in them! I don’t know about you, but I’m the kind of gal that gets far too excited at the prospect of a new planner at the start of the year. I won’t mention how far into the year I actually manage to stick to my keeping-a-planner resolution *cough cough*. But at the start of the year…ohhhhh it’s sooo exciting. Thinking up all of the plans and dreams that I am going to make come true in the year, time to get organised and make things happen! Well that is how a workbook – if done right – now makes me feel.
Here is an example of an intro page template in Designsta - on this page you have space to add two of your own photos by uploading them from your computer and dragging them from your image uploads gallery straight into the circles.
Workbooks encourage engagement and really help build a relationship between you and your tribe. You can really get into their heads and lead them to think for themselves about things they didn’t even realise they needed to think about. Things that are in your field of expertise. You can inspire, motivate and teach, all through the medium of a workbook. They’re basically pretty great. If you’re anything like me you’ll love scribbling your way through a workbook, it’s like getting some really lovely, shiny new stationery – yes I’m a stationery geek!
Here is an example of one of the exercise pages in this complete workbook template in Designsta - on this page you have space to put questions or exercises for your reader to answer on the lines below.
What’s In a Workbook?
The past few years has seen a growing trend for workbooks. Workbooks are great for online entrepreneurs and I see a lot of life coaches, business coaches, spiritual coaches, fitness and health coaches offering them as part of their services. Either as a standalone or as part of a course or mini-course. Workbooks can work really well as an email list opt-in to get someone started. They’re the perfect introduction to a course that you might have or to your other services. They are great for making people realise the areas they really need to work on and action they need to take.
Here is an example of one of the exercise pages in this complete workbook template in Designsta - on this page you have four columns that you can use in a number of ways - I like to use this page as a month planner to plan out what I want to achieve in each of the weeks in a month.
Workbooks can include:
A good intro page: Add your photo, explain who you are, what you do and how you can help. Explain the steps that the workbook is going to take your reader through.
Here is an example of one of the exercise pages in this complete workbook template in Designsta - on this page you have four squares that you can use in a number of ways - I like to use this page as a scribble page to write down ideas and inspiration for projects I have on the go.
A time planner: Add a calendar or week planner to your workbook so that you can clearly map out a timeline. This is great as your user will be able to think ahead to what they will have achieved by certain points. Always good to know you are working towards something big.
Here is an example of one of the daily planner pages in this complete workbook template in Designsta - this page is really great for getting clear on all of your daily goals, tasks and making notes.
Exercise Pages: Pages with your exercise or question followed by a lined section for your user to fill out their answers.
Goal Setting Pages: Get your user to clearly define their goals, desires and dreams for the future. Maybe include a WHEN, WHERE & HOW section so they can jot down ideas on how they will achieve their goal.
Here is an example of one of the goal setting pages in this complete workbook template in Designsta - this page is really great for getting clear on all of your goals and breaking them down into actionable tasks. You can edit this page and turn it into something completely different if you want to.
Charts & Graphs: If you really want to get into the nitty gritty you can add some pie charts and bar graphs to illustrate your points, if you create really eye catching ones using your brand colours they can make for really nice visuals.
Bullet Points: Don’t bombard your reader with too much text when possible. Bullet points break up your text into nice manageable, bite sized portions which are more likely to be retained in the brain! P.S. Never centre align bullets – always to the left to the left, everything you own in a box to the left (thanks Beyonce).
Flow Chart: If you have systems that you want to explain, put them into a flow chart. Just make sure it’s not a really dated 90s style flow chart (just do a Google image search on flow charts to see what I mean). Flow charts can be pretty. Flow charts deserve to look good. Flow charts have feelings too. Okay, going too far now. But in all seriousness, if you’re not too confident in your design abilities remember less is more, just keep it simple and clean and use colours from your brand palette.
Quotes or Statistics: I always love it when I’m working on something and then I come across a really relevant, inspirational quote, it seems to validate what I’m working on and spur me on to work even harder.
Call to Actions: You can add several call to actions throughout your workbook to get the reader going with their task.
A notes section: Always leave at least one lined page at the back for your user to jot down notes and ideas.
Conclusion: Tie up everything you and your user have gone through in your workbook, what they have learnt and summarise how it will help them in the future. You can add in your website / service / course information too.
Basically make your workbook so valuable to your reader that they will really want to know more from you. In fact they will NEED more from you because you’re such an expert. Make it so they want to hear from you everyday and be your business BFF.
This complete workbook template is available to both Basic and VIP members of Designsta. Visit this page to choose your Designsta plan and get designing.