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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
In this shorter episode, Sarah -- currently dealing with her own viral illness -- share some tips on planning ahead for illnesses that will inevitably occur! Pre-stock your favorite over the counter medications or supplements, create a resilient schedule, and feel NO GUILT about letting yourself rest when you are sick! Episode Sponsors: Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah shares a minor update on her 2023 planner stack, and then opens today's Q&A episode with a Planner Peace submission from a successful scientist that is packed with ideas and tips about goal-setting, handling meetings, and more. Then, the Q&A address the following topics: How to prevent handwritten notes from becoming a disorganized mess How to keep momentum going with an irregular (and highly challenging) schedule? Erasable pen suggestions (and call for listener help!) GTD and tracking recurring "never-ending" tasks (like updating the same spreadsheet every week) Reminders of how to find notes to this show - go to: theshubox.com (fun fact - I wanted to buy BestLaidPlans.com but apparently it’s 25K!) How to send in your ?s: Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com Voice questions: https://www.speakpipe.com/bestlaidplans Send me a text or voice memo - (305) 697-7189 Sign up for my newsletter: https://theshubox.com/newsletter Leave me a review if you can (Apple Podcasts Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-laid-plans/id1525311647) Finally, I will be opening cohort 2 of Best Laid Plans Academy in Feb so please join the waitlist if interested; I will offer it to that group first! Waitlist signup: https://theshubox.com/blpa Episode Sponsors: Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to the first interview episode of 2023! In today's episode, Sarah interviews Ryder Carroll, best-selling author, digital product designer, TEDx speaker, and inventor of the Bullet Journal method. Ryder shares the story of how the Bullet Journal came to be and discusses hybrid analog digital approaches, evolution of his system over time, favorite products, and more. Episode Sponsors: Green Chef: The #1 meal kit for eating well. Go to greenchef.com/plans60 and use code plans60 to get 60% off plus free shipping. Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Welcome to 2023!! In this episode, Sarah shares 5 tips for a successful and fun start to the new year, and then shares her own personal goals list for the new year. Interested in BLP Academy? Learn more + join the waitlist here: https://theshubox.com/blpa Episode Sponsors: Green Chef: The #1 Meal Kit for Eating Well. Go to GreenChef.com/plans135 and use code plans135 to get $135 off across five boxes—and your first box ships free!” Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this Q&A episode -- the last of 2022, Sarah tackles questions from listeners and shares 2 listener tips! Topics include: 1) Goal setting in a year with a new baby 2) Planner move-In rituals 3) Ideas for blank calendar spreads + trackers in the Hobonichi planners 4) Fitness planner recs 5) Keeping track of tasks/to do items captured on the fly in multiple locations Tips include: 1) Year Compass for a free goal-setting resource (https://yearcompass.com) 2) An app to share mental load duties with a partner Episode Sponsors: Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In today's episode, Oliver Burkeman joins Sarah to discuss his popular and fascinating book, 4000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. Sarah delves into how Oliver plans, how he went from self-help critic to personal development authors, and how to reconcile the tension between knowing life is finite (and accepting the inevitability that one cannot do everything!) and still wanting to set goals and do a lot, or even cram in as much as possible in the time we have left. Oliver Burkeman's website: https://www.oliverburkeman.com Susan Piver blog post he references: https://openheartproject.com/getting-stuff-done-by-not-being-mean-to-yourself/ Best Laid Plans Video 2023 Planner Stack video: https://www.youtube.com/@BestLaidPlansVideo Episode Sponsors: Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Organize 365: To learn more about Lisa Woodruff’s work and her amazing offerings, check out organize365.com, or go to organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 days minicourse on getting yourself organized! My Life in a Book: A meaningful keepsake gift, perfect for your loved ones for the holidays. To save $10 off your first purchase, visit mylifeinabook.com and use discount code PLANS135. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In today's episode, Sarah opens with a listener who had a very minimal but effective planning style, and then she shares all of the physical products (planners + notebooks) she intends on using in 2023! These include: Hobonichi Cousin A5 English (glitter leather cover) Hobnoichi 5 Year Journal (2021-25) Erin Condren Monthly Notebook Hobonichi Weeks Stalogy A5 journal Kokuyo Sooofa Soft Ring Notebook Little Inklings Always Fully Booked Reading Journal Share yours by leaving a comment, sending an email, or texting (305) 697-7189 Please consider leaving a review if you haven't - would make Sarah's day! Episode Sponsors: PrepDish: Healthy & delicious meal planning made easy. Go to PrepDish.com/plans to activate your free trial. Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! My Life in a Book: A meaningful keepsake gift, perfect for your loved ones for the holidays. To save $10 off your first purchase, visit mylifeinabook.com and use discount code PLANS135. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Today's episode opens with a detailed planned peace segment from Andrea, a busy physician who has embraced bullet journaling + has also discovered an easy and functional way to keep her email organized. Then, Sarah delves into four mini-reviews: Sterling Ink Common Planner (2 books, B6) Laurel Denise 2023 Horizontal Weekly Full Focus binder and inserts Proaction Planner, spiral bound 2023 version BLP now has a cell number (and no, it won't go directly to SHU's phone). You can send your pictures and audio clips to 305-697-7189. Keep the planner peace & planner stack submissions coming! Episode Sponsors: Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! My Life in a Book: A meaningful keepsake gift, perfect for your loved ones for the holidays. To save $10 off your first purchase, visit mylifeinabook.com and use discount code PLANS135. Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episodes, Sarah shares a Planner Peace submission from Cheryl, who has found peace (and joy!) with a Planner Pad and Full Focus combo, plus lots of stickers and homemade cloth covers. Then, she discusses some daily planning sticky notes suggestions inspired by her episode with Josh. A listener writes in about cleaning up an email backlog AND a beautiful journal for her baby twins - who are now 2. Finally, Sarah shares details about her DIY goal planner for 2023. Episode Sponsors: Financial Gym: Personal training for your finances. Visit financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! My Life in a Book: A meaningful keepsake gift, perfect for your loved ones for the holidays. To save $10 off your first purchase, visit mylifeinabook.com and use discount code PLANS135. Plan to Eat: Meal planning with your own favorite recipes. Best Laid Plans listeners can get a 25% discount on a yearly subscription by signing up for a free trial at plantoeat.com/plans. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah welcomes Laura back onto Best Laid Plans for this fun episode about her planning techniques. Laura recently released a book called Tranquility By Tuesday, which includes a set of 9 rules to help readers enjoy their 'regular' days even more. 3 of the rules are very planning adjacent, so they are discussed in detail on this episode! The rules are: Plan on Fridays Batch the Little Things Create a Backup Slot To learn about the other 6, go to lauravanderkam.com! You can also find her on Best of Both Worlds (with Sarah) and solo every single day on Before Breakfast. Episode Sponsors: Organize 365: To learn more about Lisa Woodruff’s work and her amazing offerings, check out organize365.com, or go to organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 days minicourse on getting yourself organized!  My Life in a Book: Put together a wonderful keepsake with your loved one. To save $10 off your first purchase, visit mylifeinabook.com and use discount code PLANS135. Financial Gym: Individualized personal training – for your financial fitness. For more information, go to financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Allison Sizemore is a coach and head of Couture Fitness Coaching -- and she's also a long-time BLP listener who is passionate about planning! Sarah and Allison share the ways they plan in fitness, down to details about Allison's monthly excel sheets to track workouts + nutrition! Find more from Allison at https://www.couturefitnesscoaching.com or @couture_fitness_coaching on Instagram. Link to BLP Academy signups: http://blpa.mykajabi.com or visit the BLP Academy page on theshubox.com! Episode Sponsors: PrepDish: Healthy & delicious meal planning made easy. Go to PrepDish.com/plans to activate your free trial. Financial Gym: Get your financial goals in order with personalized training and support. Go to financialgym.com/plans for more info and use code plans to get 20% off your first year of membership! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah opens with a Planner Peace submission from listener Ursula who has kept things simple and effective with a weekly planner + a notebook! Then, Sarah's husband Joshua Unger joins in for a conversation live from one of their mini planning retreats! They talk about different planning styles and Josh shares his Planner Stack (yes he has one!). At the conclusion of the episode, Sarah introduces the very first Best Laid Plan course! This is a chance to work alongside Sarah to build your most effective system piece by piece, and would be a wonderful way to dive into 2023 with intention. Learn more at theshubox.com/blpa! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah was inspired by a fellow podcaster (Laura McClellan on The Productive Woman) to share her own 10 rules for life! Some are planning-related, and others are more global. She also shares some upcoming topics + her surprise and gratitude related to a recent newspaper shout-out! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
It's a mixed-bag episode! Sarah opens with a Planner Peace submission from Amanda who shares what she loves about some brands never covered before on BLP: the Legend Planner + Living Well Planner. Then Sarah discusses some release news from Erin Condren + MakseLife, answers a listener question about handling shared tentative future events, shares a super fun idea (PlannerBase?), and finally reveals her current notebook obsession. Finally, she delves a bit into her current feelings around her work/life transition and how she needs to continue working on not forgetting the NOW in favor of some magical eventual future! Keep the Planner Peace submissions coming - for more detailed show notes and all contact info, visit theshubox.com! Episode Sponsor: Organize 365: To learn more about Lisa Woodruff’s work and her amazing offerings, check out organize365.com, or go to organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 days minicourse on getting yourself organized!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this episode, Sarah opens by sharing an audio Planner Peace Submission from Hannah, who shares her daily/weekly/monthly and quintile planning rituals! Then, Sarah goes into her own meal planning habits over the years and then welcomes guest Nakita Attard Vassallo - a mother and professional meal planning strategist in Malta. Learn more about Nakita's strategies at themamamanual.com Episode Sponsors: Organize 365: To learn more about Lisa Woodruff’s work and her amazing offerings, check out organize365.com, or go to organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 days minicourse on getting yourself organized!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah opens with a listener sharing about her blinged-out and colorful Hobonichi (pix available at show notes on theshubox.com). She then gives a shout out to Routine and Things with Ashley Brown, who is releasing her first planner this October! Then, Sarah dives into Getting Things Done! She chats about when she first came across it, and then goes into detail about the 5 steps -- capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. She shares where she follows the method and where she has changed things to fit her needs. Mentons & Links: Routine & Things Planner: https://routineandthings.com/products/routine-and-things-planner David Allen & Co: https://gettingthingsdone.com/ David Allen's GTD podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/getting-things-done/id999098861 Getting Things Done by David Allen (2015 ed is the most recent) Making it All Work by David Allen (2008) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this fun episode, after sharing a digital planning tip from listener Sonali, Sarah chats with Kristen Meinzer, a podcaster, culture critic, author, and more! They chat about aspects of planning that are incredibly important but that might not instantly come to mind, from planning for death (promise, it's more uplifting than it sounds!) to planning memorable dates and strategic media consumption. You can find all of Kristen's work (and there is A LOT of it!) by starting at https://www.kristenmeinzer.com Books mentioned Getting Things Done by David Allen The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler Podcast Sponsors: Gusto: Gusto is offering our listeners three months free at gusto.com/sarah. Get easy payroll, benefits, HR, and a happier team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sarah opens with a review of Nolki notebook, journals, planners, and washi, and then shares updates on Hobonichi, Cultivate What Matters, and more. Then, author and podcaster Kate Hanley joins Sarah in the kickoff to "Planner Profiles" -- a series about how different people plan! Kate shares her challenges and current practices. Kate's podcast is How to Be a Better Person, and it comes out daily! Final note: congrats to Rushmore Beekeepers (the group whose music is featured on this podcast!) for their new album release! Album info: 'What Lives and What Grows' https://rushmorebeekeepers.com/links/ Podcast Sponsors: Organize 365: To learn more about Lisa Woodruff’s work and her amazing offerings, check out organize365.com, or go to organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 days minicourse on getting yourself organized! Gusto: Gusto is offering our listeners three months free at gusto.com/sarah. Get easy payroll, benefits, HR, and a happier team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this Q&A episode, Sarah tackles 5 listener questions! Topics include: 1) Planning sustainable and enjoyable holiday seasons 2) Tips for tracking (and not forgetting to track) 3) Planner matchup request: daily pages with gridlines + colorful tabs? 4) A system to keep special memories + achievements long term 5) Planner matchup request: planner for a middle schooler Episode Sponsors: PrepDish: Healthy and delicious meal planning made easy! Check out PrepDish.com/plans for your first 2 weeks, FREE. Gusto: Gusto is offering our listeners three months free at gusto.com/sarah. Get easy payroll, benefits, HR, and a happier team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Brooke Shindler

Loved this episode!

Dec 23rd
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Gwendolyn Higgins

I have been searching high and low for productivity content created by someone with a career outside of the productivity influencer realm, and I am so glad I stumbled upon Sarah's podcast and blog. The only problem is I now want to buy all of the planners she reviews.

Mar 3rd
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Alethea Latukefu

AMAZING podcast. Newbie in the planner world and as a I transition to a stay-at-home mum position from a full time crazy work life I'm finding its helping so much to organise and plan my life like it's a full time job. I'm getting so many tips and tricks to find the best system to suit my lifestyle. Perfect podcast for anyone who is calmed by organisation and planning.

Jan 9th
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