112 episodes

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!

Best Laid Plans Sarah Hart-Unger

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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!

    Nolki & Other Planner Updates + Planning Profile: Kate Hanley, Author + Podcaster

    Nolki & Other Planner Updates + Planning Profile: Kate Hanley, Author + Podcaster

    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:
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    • 34 min
    Q&A: Thinking Through the Holidays, Habit Tracking, Collecting Memories Long Term, and 2 Planner Matchups

    Q&A: Thinking Through the Holidays, Habit Tracking, Collecting Memories Long Term, and 2 Planner Matchups

    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

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    • 27 min
    How Sarah Organizes Her Life

    How Sarah Organizes Her Life

    Inspired by a podcast episode of similar title (Cal Newport's Deep Questions Ep #211), Sarah decides to offer a 10,000 foot view of how she organizes . . . pretty much everything!
    This episode is more about principles than tools (though of course those get a mention as well!). Sarah talks through her various horizons of planning, from daily to yearly, and her methods for keeping inputs under control.
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    • 26 min
    2023 Hobonchi Deep Dive

    2023 Hobonchi Deep Dive

    It's Hobonichi season, and Sarah is excited! She opens with a Planner Peace submission from Hobonichi user, and then goes into a detailed exploration of the current Hobonichi offerings, from planners to covers and more.
    Learn about the ordering process, the website (it's in English!) and their new offerings for 2023, as well as what Sarah is thinking of ordering herself.
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    • 25 min
    Back to School Energy, Q&A: Scrolling Habits, Planner Matchups, and Apple Notes

    Back to School Energy, Q&A: Scrolling Habits, Planner Matchups, and Apple Notes

    In this episode, Sarah opens with a discussion of back to school energy, with a shout out to the Hobonichi 2023 releases + the new Full Focus designs. Then, she shares some listener tips related to reading journals and book tracking.
    In the Q&A, she answers questions in themes: 2 related to scrolling habits, 2 planner matchmaking requests, and 1 on Apple Notes.
    As always, detailed links/notes up can be found at theshubox.com!
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    • 28 min
    Digital Time Management with Kelly Nolan

    Digital Time Management with Kelly Nolan

    In today's episode, Kelly Nolan joins Sarah to talk all things digital planning and calendar management. Kelly is a lawyer, previously working as a litigator. She became passionate about helping women manage their time and thrive in busy jobs, and now teaches time management for her main career. She loves helping women to truly understand where time is going and helping them integrate work and life though her digital calendar management techniques. She and Sarah have a great discussion on common challenges women with big careers face.

    Find Kelly and learn more about the Bright Method at http://kellynolan.com, or connect with her on Instagram @_kellynolan_

    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!

    Yipes: Face & hand wipes for kids! Go to yipes.com/PLANS for 20% off. Growing up is messy. Yipes! wipes to the rescue.
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    • 34 min

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