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Welcome to Best Laid Plans -- a podcast all about planning and the planning tools we love. From planning techniques and organizing philosophies to planners and notebooks, we cover it all. Host Sarah Hart-Unger is a mother of 3, physician, podcasting pro, and a lover of lists and all things paper! Listen in weekly for conversations about planning and productivity as well as product reviews and interviews with planning experts!

Welcome to Best Laid Plans -- a podcast all about planning and the planning tools we love. From planning techniques and organizing philosophies to planners and notebooks, we cover it all. Host Sarah Hart-Unger is a mother of 3, physician, podcasting pro, and a lover of lists and all things paper! Listen in weekly for conversations about planning and productivity as well as product reviews and interviews with planning experts!

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United States

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Welcome to Best Laid Plans -- a podcast all about planning and the planning tools we love. From planning techniques and organizing philosophies to planners and notebooks, we cover it all. Host Sarah Hart-Unger is a mother of 3, physician, podcasting pro, and a lover of lists and all things paper! Listen in weekly for conversations about planning and productivity as well as product reviews and interviews with planning experts!

Language:

English

Contact:

6143090556


Episodes

Q&A: Wellness Planners, Planners for Kids' Activities, and a Few Gift Ideas EP 70

11/29/2021
Today's episodes includes a Q&A segment, a fun gift-y product rec, and some musings on moving. In the Q&A, a listener write in asking for ideas for a wellness planner to track water, exercise, meals, and more. Then, a busy parent asks for a planner to help track kids' activities & babysitter schedules. Sarah shares one fun holiday gift find - the Messy & Bright box from Archer + Olive, and then ends with some thoughts on moving and all of the organization that it requires! Learn more about...

Duration:00:13:15

Few Planner Updates + Deep Thoughts on Instagram/Social Media EP 69

11/22/2021
Sarah opens with a few updates -- she discusses Hemlock & Oak as a non-Tomoe River Paper alternative to the Hobonichi Cousin Weekly Layout, plus the large-sized Portfolio Planner release from Full Focus. She also mentions the MakseLife 2022 release - finally available for purchase! Then, the episode focuses on social media (or more specifically, her current feelings on her Instagram experience) with a deep dive into pros, cons, and future directions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:22:18

Planner Review Episode: 2022 Sprouted and Curation Planners EP 68

11/15/2021
In this episode, Sarah takes a close look at two smaller/newer brands that you may not have seen yet. The first is Sprouted, a spiral-bound planner with both weekly and daily options. Sprouted is a small company based in the US with emphasis on intention and connection. The second is Curation, a planner by the Australian company Saint Belford. This is a bound weekly planner with a focus on wellness, goal-setting, and habits. Finally, Sarah ends this planner-focused episode answering a...

Duration:00:35:52

Reflection Season, Planner Pad Review, and an Etsy Find EP 67

11/8/2021
In this episode, Sarah discusses ways to make the most of the next 2 months (Quintile 5 = Reflection + Celebration season!). Then, she dives into a planner review of the Planner Pad -- which is not really a "pad" per se, but does have a die hard following! Then she discusses an Etsy find that offers daily, weekly, and monthly pages in one book. Episode Sponsor is PrepDish! PrepDish is offering listeners a free 2-week trial to try it out. Check out PrepDish.com/plans for this amazing deal!...

Duration:00:22:54

Planning Retreats: Personal, Work, Couples and More! EP 66

11/1/2021
In this episode, Sarah opens with a discussion of planning tips for Obligers, inspired by a listener comment. Then she moves to a discussion about planning retreats -- how to devote an entire day (or more!) to planning, whether it is for work, personal, or with one's partner. She shares her experiences recently helping her husband plan as well (hopefully he will be a guest soon!). Finally, she answers a listener planner matchmaking request - two pages per day PLUS a weekly layout? Not an...

Duration:00:29:55

Launching Her Own Stationery Shop with Karina from Honeypress! EP 65

10/25/2021
In this fun interview episode, Sarah has a chat with Karina about the origin story and launch of her stationery shop, Honeypress! They also discuss some of her latest releases, including the Kokuyo Jibun Techo lineup, and Karina delves into her plans for 2022. Check out her shop at honeypress-nc.com! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:44:24

Fall Launch Updates + Q&A: Planner Sizes, Combining Different Areas, and Organizing Weekly Task Lists EP 64

10/18/2021
This episode opens with a discussion of fall launch updates from a few of Sarah's favorite brands, as well as a brief recap of what she is using now. Then, she answers listener questions on illness tracking, combining different areas of life into one book, and finally organizing weekly task lists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:25:08

Finding Planner Peace via Todoist with Sarah Powers! EP 63

10/11/2021
Sarah Powers (@powersofmine on Insta, and cohost of the very popular podcast The Mom Hour) joins Sarah today to discuss her favorite planning tools. She shares how she went from using a Moleskine notebook with a very full and somewhat stressful list-making system to making the most of the app Todoist! She also discusses a bit about how she helps her own kids plan, a tool she uses with her kids at the end of each year to help them think about goals called the Big Life Journal. Learn more...

Duration:00:34:15

Chat about All Things Planning-Adjacent with Gretchen Rubin EP 62

10/4/2021
In this episode, Sarah is thrilled to interview author, speaker, thought leader, and amazing podcast host Gretchen Rubin! They have a really fun conversation about Gretchen's planning habits, from her decades-old Filofax to the Album of Now. Gretchen's new journals are launching this week (October 1), and they include a Don't Break the Chain journal, a One Sentence Journal, and even a super cute tackle box filled with list-worthy pads. Find them (and more) at the-happiness-project.com! Learn...

Duration:00:37:21

Full Focus Mini-Review + Q&A: Work Planning EP 61

9/27/2021
In this episode, Sarah starts out answering a question about what kinds of planning tools she uses in her work day. Then, she provides a follow up recommendation for our listener looking for a comprehensive A4 system - the Panda Planner! Next, she gives a mention to the Manta Planner, a planner designed specifically for those undergoing cancer treatment. Finally, she shares a mini-review of the Full Focus planner, a 3-month planner with goal setting content designed to promote intentionality...

Duration:00:27:38

Planner Matchmaking and Ink+Volt Mini-Review EP 60

9/20/2021
In this episode, Sarah addresses two listeners who wrote in requesting planner matchups! Monica wants a versatile A4 system with tons of features, and Erika is hoping for a planner similar to the Hobonichi Cousin Avec - but on different paper. Another listener writes in asking about Silk + Sonder, and then finally Sarah does a review of the 6 Month Undated Goal Planner from Ink + Volt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:26:54

Daily Planning Love + Kitlife Daily + Page Productivity Planner Mini-Reviews EP 59

9/13/2021
This episode opens with all of the things Sarah loves about daily planning. Benefits as she lists them include motivation, accountability, record-keeping, understanding schedule nuances, having a daily clean slate, and helping to prioritize. Then, the reviews! Kitlife Dailybrings a super-functional daily layout at a great price point. Then comes Jordan Page's Productivity Planner with its unique daily layout. This episode is sponsored by PrepDish! Check out PrepDish.com/plans for your first...

Duration:00:27:43

All About Hobonichi! 2022 Releases, Covers, Tomoe River Paper, and More EP 58

9/6/2021
This episode is all about Hobonichi Techo planners. Sarah discusses the various options (A5 Cousin, A6 Original, Avec, A6 English, Weeks, Weeks Mega -- apologies to the Day Free, which was left out!). Then, she discusses pros and cons of using this unique system. She also discusses how to order on their site, their interesting bonus gifts, and her current ordering plans for this year! This episode is sponsored by Organize 365 - please check out their great offerings and learn more at...

Duration:00:24:54

Q&A: Planner Matchmaking Requests, Gratitude, and Combining Work & Life EP: 57

8/30/2021
This Q&A episode is in part dedicated to planner matchmaking requests! Listeners wrote in asking for various layouts and combos, and Sarah does her best to try to think of great ideas for you. She also answers a listener question about recording gratitude, and another about whether to combine work + life in one book! This episode is sponsored by Organize 365! Organize 365 empowers individuals to learn the functional skills of home and paper organization. Learn more at organize365.com today!...

Duration:00:24:57

Q&A: Tips for returning from vacation, Thoughts on Planner Peace, and More EP 56

8/23/2021
In this Q&A episode, Sarah discusses some listener tips for what to do to make returning from vacation feel more manageable. Then, there are questions about difficulty finding planner peace, planning for the holiday season (quite early!), cookbook recommendations for planning meals, getting back on track when you've fallen out of the planning routine, and finally about her 9 year old's current planner preferences :) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:16:53

Best Laid Plans + Amanda's Favorites! EP: 55

8/16/2021
Amanda from Amanda's Favorites is known for her amazing and in-depth YouTube planner reviews. Sarah was honored and excited to interview her for the show! They chat about go-to planners, digital planning, under-the-radar planner brands, kids' planning, and more! Check out the show notes page at theshubox.com for links to some of Amanda's videos and some of the products mentioned! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:28:41

Back to School: Routines, Vintage Supplies, & More EP 54

8/9/2021
Today's episode is all about the back to school season! Sarah discusses routines to think about and other aspects of life to re-evaluate as we head into this second "fresh start" season of the year. Then, in a really fun segment she discusses her favorite blast-from-the-past school supplies from the 1980s + 1990s! Does anyone still have their original Trapper Keeper? Today's episode is sponsored by PrepDish. Go to PrepDish.com/plans for your first 2 weeks, FREE. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:20:17

Welcome Back + &Studium Daily Planner Review EP 53

8/2/2021
Welcome back to Season 3 of Best Laid Plans! Sarah returns from a monthlong hiatus full of ideas and planning energy. She provides an update on her current planning setup and then dives into a review of the compact and versatile &Studium Daily Undated Study Planner, a 4-month daily planner originally designed for study tracking, but with so much more potential! In the Q&A, Sarah answers a question about getting back into the planning/life routine groove after a vacation. Learn more about...

Duration:00:20:31

Planning Your Year in Quartiles or Quintiles EP 52

7/26/2021
In this episode, Sarah does a deep dive into planning larger chunks of the year, whether are quarters or quintiles. She details the feelings and rituals that generally occur in each Quintile, as well as the use of breaking up the year in this way. This episode is sponsored by interactive online yoga studio Stillness + Movement. You can learn more and sign up for class by going to StillnessAndMovement.com and take your first class for free when you use the code BLP. Learn more about your ad...

Duration:00:18:44

Planning, Routines & Crowding out Bad Habits EP 51

7/19/2021
In this Deep Dive episodes, Sarah shares details about her morning routine and how she goes about daily planning. She also muses on the idea of essentially crowding out bad or mindless habits by intentionally spending time on things you want to, including through the use of effective routines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:36