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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!
 
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Join us for a conversation about calm parenting – the kind of parenting we aspire to practice but it's not always easy. We chat about how calm parenting aligns (or not) with our personalities, what strategies we implement, and which situations test our patience the most. Mentioned on the show: Parenting Without Power Struggles Jen Hatmaker Julie Bo…
 
This episode features author Greg McKeown, known for his work Essentialism and now introducing some powerful newer ideas in his latest release Effortless. In the conversation, Sarah and Greg take a deeper dive into the why around planning and what questions we should all be asking ourselves as we plan, especially: "What is truly essential" and "How…
 
In this fun conversational episode, Sarah welcomes Ashley Brown to the show. Ashley is a mother, nurse educator, podcaster, and routines expert! She has her own suite of products designed to help people (especially women) optimize their routines, and she has so much wisdom to share! She also has designed beautiful notepads and other products to hel…
 
Come live a week with us! We're inviting you into our homes and lives for the week of April 3rd through 9th. Mentioned on the show: RISING*SHINING audioblog Spiky Dastards Krusteaz gluten free cinnamon coffee cake mix Best Laid Plans featuring Kelsey as a guest I Am I Can: 365 Affirmations for Kids Night Zookeeper Brave Writer program Teaching Text…
 
If you have felt the pull to switch planners 3 or 4 months into 2021 -- well, just know that you are not alone! Due to a few factors, Sarah jumped out of the (lovely!) Wonderland 222 and into a larger more colorful Erin Condren softbound weekly, with the hourly layout. She give all listeners official permission to switch if needed and explains what…
 
In this Q&A episode, Sarah answers 4 listener questions. The first asks about how to handle bits of information that you might need later-- but are unsure exactly when. Then, a listener asks about the Eisenhower matrix, and relates it specifically to her academic job which requires both teaching (urgent + important) and research (non-urgent but sti…
 
We're big fans of personal policies and the boundaries they bring with them. We share the personal policies in our lives for things we always and never do plus the policies we're trying to adopt. Mentioned on the show: YouTube cleaning videos The Lazy Genius Invisibobble hair ties Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor and on Facebook. Si…
 
In this fun interview episode, Sarah interviews Kelsey Wharton, a mother of 3 (ages 1-8!) and fellow podcaster -- she cohosts The Girl Next Door Podcast, which happens to be one of Sarah's favorites! Kelsey has always impressed Sarah with her organization hacks and tricks, especially in the digital realm! In this episode, she shares many of her fav…
 
A little bonus for you today! Kelsey shared the first episode of her new podcast, the RISING*SHINING audioblog. This month-long project brings the honest reflections and encouragement of Kelsey's blog posts to your ears. To hear new RISING*SHINING episodes, search for "rising shining" in your podcast player and subscribe. Read the written version o…
 
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 a…
 
We bring our best and sometimes most annoying selves to our marriages. In honor of our upcoming wedding anniversaries in April, we share the best and worst spouse qualities for ourselves and the husbands next door. Mentioned on the show: Bluetooth headband Nothing Much Happens podcast Bombas low-cut no show socks Connect with us on Instagram at @hi…
 
Today's episode includes a deep dive review of the Day Designer, a monthly and daily planner with beautiful patterned covers and a distinctive layout. Then, Sarah discusses her recent purchase of two Villa Beautiful crystal gel pens and (finally) a photo sticker printer! See the show notes (via theshubox.com/best-laid-plans) for pen test photos, st…
 
This episode features 3 listener audio questions, plus a couple of extra bonus questions at the end! Topics covered include creating organized systems to share mental load with a partner, using budgeting tools to plan ahead for bigger less frequent purchases, planning on "off" days such as weekends and vacation, and alternatives to Cal Newport's Ti…
 
We invite you into our homes as we talk about organization...and disorganization. We each share the systems that are working for us and the ones that are hot messes. Plus we're opening our junkiest junk drawers for all to see. Mentioned on the show: Organization That Works episode The Babysitters Club Ted Lasso See Buy Nothing Connect with us on In…
 
Long-time listeners will know Sarah has been a long term admirer of Organize 365 founder and CEO Lisa Woodruff for quite some time. In today's episode, Sarah has Lisa share some of her greatest ideas (and there are many!) that pertain to organizing time, organizing households, and ultimately increasing productivity and the ability to live with inte…
 
Hooray! We rescued our 2020 Wrap Up episode from technical difficulty and are finally able to bring it to you. We reflect on the year that was 2020 as we share what was surprisingly hard, what made life better, and what we're most proud of. Plus we share our favorite books, media, and purchases from the year. Mentioned on the show: Maybe You Should…
 
This episode is all about ways to organize your finances. Sarah discusses 4 essential parts of being intentional with finances, including tracking your earnings & expenses, learning about investing, following and monitoring your long-term progress, and making sure you are revisiting your financial goals (with your partner, if that applies to you!).…
 
Bring your appetite – we're talking all about plant-based eating! As a newbie vegetarian (Erica) and seasoned pro (Kelsey), we share our reasons for being plant-based, what we eat, how we feed our families, and our favorite resources for recipes. Mentioned on the show: Lentil tortilla soup Field Roast Pinch of Yum Shutterbean Moosewood cookbooks Me…
 
Laken is a longtime member of the online planning community known for her openness, her positive encouragement, and her gorgeous and unique handwriting! In this episode, she gives an overview of her personal planning methods and her goal setting style, plus an introduction to the community she's built to help others achieve their goals. Find her on…
 
It's a hybrid episode!  In the first portion, Sarah answers listener questions on tasks vs to-dos, managing small recurrent tasks that threaten to take over our actions lists, and ways to organize multiple in-progress projects that involve a lot of reference material.  Then, in the product review segment Sarah discusses the MakseLife Quarterly Goal…
 
We're pulling back the shower curtain to talk all about our bathing habits. We come clean about how we deal with hair in the drain, how often we wash our kids, and who is showering with their spouse. Plus the correct order of shower operations and honest thoughts on loofahs. Mentioned on the show: Episode: Our Hair & Unleashing the Mane Episode: Mo…
 
In this episode, Sarah takes a deep dives into the concept of planning and anticipation. This is much harder to come by in 2021, but still worth doing! Then, she discusses current planning success & failures. Finally, she answers a fascinating listener question: how can you help your significant other with planning & time management? Episode Sponso…
 
Read anything good lately? We dish about our reading habits lately, what books we've finished, and what's in our queue. Plus we share how we're navigating our in-person book club through a pandemic and chat about the books our kids are enjoying. Mentioned on the show: Erica and Kelsey on Goodreads What Kind of Woman One Line a Day five-year journal…
 
In this Q&A episode, Sarah answers questions about meal planning, tracking multiple active cases at work, planning in the post-newborn period, how she fits in podcasting with her busy work and family life, and more! Show Sponsor: Wear Your Power is an on-demand e-course that will give you a new perspective on your style and a week of outfits you lo…
 
It's a new year and we look ahead with our intentions and goals. Our conversation includes how we made time and mental space for new year planning, how we want to bring our intentions into our days, and messages of encouragement for our future selves. Mentioned on the show: 10 Questions For the End of the Year (Laura Tremaine) Naming What Matters i…
 
In this very fun guest episode, Sarah interviews Meg and Myra, the cohosts of Planners & Wine -- yes, another podcast about planners! Their podcast is a ton of fun, as they share very real and important opinions (some planner related, and some not!) and have amazing chemistry together. Sarah interviews both Meg & Myra about the mission and directio…
 
Hi friends! We recorded a 2020 wrap-up episode but had technical difficulties with it and are still trying to recover the episode. Hopefully we can bring it to you soon! But in the meantime Kelsey recorded a quick mini-episode for you. She shares how she's making time and space to close out 2020, a couple of rituals she's putting in place now to we…
 
Still looking for a 2021 planner? In the last review-focused episode of the year, Sarah reviews the unique Spaces Planner! The Spaces is a weekly system with tons of flexibility and an unusual square footprint. Sarah leads with a discussion about matching your planner size to you planner needs -- as in, don't plan on toting a round a dictionary-siz…
 
Gosh we miss seeing our friends! In this episode we talk about what friendship during a pandemic has looked like for us. Plus we talk about holiday traditions we have with friends and what those will look like this year. Mentioned on the show: Friendship Landscapes (our previous episode on friendship) Holiday Home Makeover with Mr. Christmas Tommy …
 
In this episode, Sarah shares her end of year goal setting process, as well as some of the things that felt a little more challenging in this usual year. She discusses setting "pandemic-proof" goals, using categories, seeking accountability, getting inspiraiton from others, and choosing a word for the year. If you've created your own goals list or …
 
Rachel Miller is an author, journalist, and her pieces are always creative and fun. She has written her own guide to dot journaling -- filled with artistry and inspiration and fun ideas for using your own dot grid notebook as planner and self-care tool. She shares her current planning methods, tips on how to get started, and surprises me with the p…
 
Budgets might not sound very festive but having a realistic holiday budget can bring merriment. We chat about how we manage holiday budgets with our spouses. Plus we share ideas for affordable gifts and ways to give back to your community if you're in a position to do so. Happy holiday budgeting everyone! Mentioned on the show: Nikki McClure calend…
 
Cal Newport is a computer science professor and writer about topics from technology to productivity to work culture, and he is also now the author of his newly released Time Block Planner! Cal chats with Sarah -- a long time fan -- about his productivity systems, digital/paper hybrid planning, planning weekends and personal time, and of course his …
 
Today we're sharing our holiday intentions as we look toward the end of this crazy year. We share how we're really doing lately and how that's impacting how we approach the holidays. Then we each share our one word intention for the holidays plus how we'll make time for ourselves and the holiday things we're most looking forward to. Mentioned on th…
 
Episode 2 focused on the components of current weekly review process; this episode does the same for the monthly review. The Components: 1) Review Prior Month’s Goals and any Lists - celebrate successes & decide what to do with incomplete tasks 2) Budget reconciliation (we use You Need a Budget) 3) Review any upcoming big events with partner (if ap…
 
Still in planner selection mode for 2021? The Wonderland 222 Planner and Notebook is worth a look, even if you think you've already figured out your perfect system! As a die hard Hobonichi fan I did not think there'd be any question as to what I'll be using next year but . . . this one truly gives me pause, and this episode includes a full review w…
 
Combining our loves of cooking and books, today we're chatting about cookbooks. We talk about why we prefer cookbooks to online recipes and each share our tried and true favorite cookbooks. Plus we discuss cookbook storage, the cookbooks we love to gift, and the ones on our wish lists. Mentioned on the show: Joy the Baker cookbook and blog Magnolia…
 
We're deep into planner-buying season, so today's ep is a double review feature! The first product is the compact, versatile and lovely MyWeek -- created and manufactured in Canada by designer Cyrstal Reynolds. MyWeek is a weekly planner with a lot of versatility and flexibility -- my favorite part is the organized to-do list section! Cultivate Wha…
 
It's another Q&A episode! Today, Sarah addresses questions on planning through hectic work days when a lot of unpredictable tasks come up. She also answers questions about planning uncertainty in this era of the pandemic, whether to keep or toss old planners, and where she keeps her planner sidekick. She follows up with some brief planners news on …
 
Under-buyer or over-buyer? From socks past their expiration date to an abundance of paper products, today we explore our buying habits (can you guess who's who?) and how they translate to our lives. Mentioned on the show: Over- and Under-Buyer quiz Pilot FriXion Clicker erasable pen Connect with us on Instagram at @higirlsnextdoor and on Facebook. …
 
Today's episode features a brief update on screen time goals and the planning methods supporting habit change. Then comes our deep dive into the guest segment with Imani Michelle, an attorney in NYC with a passion for planning! Imani plans primarily in ring bound systems, and she gets into the beauty and flexibility that comes with using inserts. H…
 
In this review episode, Sarah starts with some listener-submitted tips, and then dives deep into the Amplify Planner and a custom Papier dot grid journal. In the Q&A, a listener writes in about whether having one or many planning tools is better (spoiler answer: it depends!). As always, find more detailed show notes with pictures at theshubox.com!…
 
We're sharing an update on how this very different school year is going for us. Erica is homeschooling her girls and Kelsey's boys are in an online program through a local charter school. We share the challenging, the pleasantly surprising, and our tips for making it work. Whatever school looks like for you this year we are cheering for you! Mentio…
 
Today's deep dive concept episode is all about tracking habits. Sarah goes into various ways people track habits in their planning systems, as well as what has worked best for her which is a simple practice of daily habit tracking. She shares her own foundation habits, and then provides a deeper exploration of the one she is currently working on --…
 
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