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Best Laid Plans

Sarah Hart-Unger

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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In this episode, Sarah delves into a listener email sent about planning as stress relief. Then, she shares Peggy's Planner Peace submission, which combines use of the Monk Manual, google calendar, todoist, and Organize 365! Then, she goes into an in-depth review of the Hemlock & Oak Weekly Undated Planner.

If Planner Peace is eluding you this year - it might be one to consider!

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05/09/22 • 29 min

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Today's episode is a veer away from our usual planning topics - stylist Lani Inlander joins Sarah to answer some great listener questions received regarding planning your wardrobe + style! Lani discussed ways one might consider planning outfits for the week, a different way to think about identifying your style, ways to budget for a wardrobe upgrade, and tips and inspiration for closet decluttering to allow for a functional wardrobe.

Lani's site: https://real-life-style.com

Lani's e-course: https://real-life-style.com/wear-your-power-ecourse/

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05/02/22 • 32 min

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In this episode, Sarah opens up with a new Planner Peace segment, and then shares several listener questions (and answers!).

Q1 - Tips for planning to help share the mental load with one's partner

Q2 - Recommendations for a hobby planner, such as for gardening

Q3 - Ways to capture ideas from books you have read

Q4 - Planning out reading with kids (or kids "to be read" lists!)

Q5 - Planning for someone working part time (2x/week)

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04/25/22 • 20 min

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In this episode, Sarah opens with a Planner Peace submission from Lynn, a fellow doctor-mom and planner lover! Lynn uses a combination of MakseLife, Midori Traveler's Notebooks, and a Hobonichi Cousin.

Next, Sarah mentions a listener tip for those looking for outside accountability - an app system called Shelpful.

Then, Sarah gets into today's main topic - a step by step system for digging yourself out of . . . .well, a mess. When life gets hectic and you get very behind, it can be very anxiety-provoking to have tasks and inputs built up everywhere. This episode provides a list of steps to help you get started, from identifying all of your in-baskets to scheduling catchup time into your calendar, and beyond.

Visit https://theshubox.com/best-laid-plans-podcast for show notes and to leave a question or comment, written or audio!

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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!

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04/18/22 • 23 min

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04/11/22 • 25 min

Sarah opens this episode with some follow ups -- thanking those who reached out to listener E, and discussing possible platforms for sharing more together. Then, she shares listener Amye's version of imperfect planner peace!

Finally, she provides some details and her perspective on some big spring/academic planner launches (Simplified + EC).

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04/11/22 • 25 min

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04/04/22 • 23 min

This episode opens with a listener question about eco-friendly planners and also communication your plans with a childcare provider. Another listener writes in looking for ideas for a project to commemorate her 25 years of marriage (awwww!).

Then, Sarah discusses all forms of tracking -- anything from nutrition to books read and beyond. She dives into the positive and negatives that that can come with the practice of recording various aspects of one's life.

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04/04/22 • 23 min

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03/28/22 • 23 min

A listener writes in searching for a planning accountability partner, and Sarah discusses ways that perhaps the BLP community could come together and share lists (preferably without the temptations of social media platforms).

Then, she goes into a review of the Inamio 24 Hour Weekly Planner - a very similar option to Hobonichi, but with some key differences, including the paper and the price!

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03/28/22 • 23 min

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03/21/22 • 37 min

Nir Eyal is a former Stanford Business and Design School professor and most recently author of Indistractible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Sarah greatly enjoyed the book and her interest was piqued even further when she heard Nir on another podcast essentially summing up his strategy as PLANNING as the best defense against a distracted life. In this conversation, Nir dives deeply into his research on distractions and how the strategy of planning can help fight the powerful urges to spend our time and attention in ways we never intended.

Find out more about Nir Eyal and see links to his work a https://www.nirandfar.com!

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Organize 365! To learn more about Lisa Woodruff’s work and her unique and inspiring programs, check out organize365.com, or go to organize365.com/minicourse for a free 7 days minicourse on getting yourself organized!

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03/21/22 • 37 min

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In the first half of the episode, Sarah addresses two audio Q&A, one from a digital planning-curious listener and another juggling many professional demands with a 5 month old! A listener writes in about another seasonal family planning option - the 3-month Essential Calendar (https://www.theessentialcalendar.com).

Finally, a fellow podcaster writes in with a question on where to keep those tasks that are 'not now, but someday' so that they don't get lost. Then, Sarah dives into the MaskeLife 6 month Undated Planner & Goal-Setting System.

Listen for her true thoughts + a full walk through!

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03/14/22 • 35 min

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05/16/22 • 30 min

In this episode, Sarah opens with a Planner Peace segment from Cindy, who uses MakseLife and Passion Planner currently, and also explains why she prefers her weekly planner separate from her daily. Then, she gets into all things summer planning!

Topics include:

choosing a time to plan

summer reading & media

summer wardrobe - bathing suits, sandals, etc

childcare

summer work schedules

social outiings

summer travel

neighborhood festivals + traditions

seasonal fitness goals

"one on one" kid days

seasonal work projects

summer planning :)

Finally, she discusses a few of her own summer goals. Please share yours in the show notes, always available at https://theshubox.com/best-laid-plans-podcast

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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!

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05/16/22 • 30 min

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How many episodes does Best Laid Plans have?

Best Laid Plans currently has 175 episodes available.

What topics does Best Laid Plans cover?

The podcast is about Society & Culture, Personal Journals, Podcasts, Self-Improvement and Education.

What is the most popular episode on Best Laid Plans?

The episode title 'Planning for Stress Relief + Hemlock & Oak Review EP 93' is the most popular.

What is the average episode length on Best Laid Plans?

The average episode length on Best Laid Plans is 28 minutes.

How often are episodes of Best Laid Plans released?

Episodes of Best Laid Plans are typically released every 7 days.

When was the first episode of Best Laid Plans?

The first episode of Best Laid Plans was released on Jul 28, 2020.

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