100 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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    • 4.9 • 426 Ratings

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!

    Ask Me Anything!

    Ask Me Anything!

    Today's episode is an Ask Me Anything in honor of the #100 milestone! Sarah received questions from listeners and answers more than 15 of them in this fun episode -- from pencil cases to the ways planning has changed her life.  

    Thank you all for listening and helping bring BLP to this fun milestone! In celebration, if you are able to leave a review or share with a friend, Sarah would be grateful! 

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    • 35 min
    Intentional Practices for Harder Times

    Intentional Practices for Harder Times

    Today's episode opens with a Planner Peace segment from Emelia, who created custom nursing school planners for herself AND shared her beautiful system with her classmates! Then, Sarah answers a question from Lori and suggests 3 options for larger family wall calandars. Finally, Sarah gives a list of suggestions for ways to cope in more stressful or transitional times, from creating a manifesto (try it!) to meditation, reading, and seeking therapy.
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    • 24 min
    Email Musings & More

    Email Musings & More

    In this episode, Sarah opens up with a Planner Peace submission from another Sarah -but that one lives in Australia! Then she quickly discusses a few product finds (Washi Tape Shop, Pilot Frixion Gel Pens).
    Finally, she gets into a discussion of email -- some observations she has noted over the years and things she'd like to change about her own habits!

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    • 23 min
    An All-Digital Planner Peace, Work Notebook Recs, and Vacation Planning (and Packing!) Strategies

    An All-Digital Planner Peace, Work Notebook Recs, and Vacation Planning (and Packing!) Strategies

    In this episode, Sarah opens with an all-digital Planner Peace submission from Catherine, who organizes everything in various Outlook/Microsoft Products (calendar, tasks, to-dos, and email).
    Then, Sarah answers a listener asking for work notebooks. Sarah then delves into a discussion of vacation planning, with some notes about packing. If you've never tried planning your outfits on a trip day by day at least once - give it a try!

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    • 24 min
    A Detailed Planner Peace and a Review of the 2022/23 EC Daily Duo

    A Detailed Planner Peace and a Review of the 2022/23 EC Daily Duo

    In this episode, Sarah shares a long but incredibly impressive planner peace submission from Heather, who has built an amazing custom system primarily using Agendio. Then, Sarah dives into her review of the Erin Condren A5 Daily Duo! This is her first time trying out this system which launched ~2 years ago to great enthusiasm in the planner community.
    Links:
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    Sarah's Erin Condren referral link: https://www.erincondren.com/referral/invite/sarahhartunger/1

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    • 26 min
    Q&A: Current Lineup, Long Term Planning with a Partner, Ring-Bound Options, Planner Anxiety, and More

    Q&A: Current Lineup, Long Term Planning with a Partner, Ring-Bound Options, Planner Anxiety, and More

    In this episode, Sarah opens with a Planner Peace voice memo sent in by Tara! Then she moves to listener Q&A (plus a tip!). Question topics include:
    1) Current planner lineup
    2) Tip from a listener - idea and resource for planning and long-term vision-building with a partner
    3) Fixing mistakes/rescheduled events in your planner
    4) Question about ring-bound planner options
    5) Feeling anxious about seeing the entire day's list laid out -- suggestions?

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
426 Ratings

426 Ratings

Hilltop View ,

One of my favorite podcasts

I'm glad this podcast comes out on Mondays. It’s an inspiring and encouraging way to start the week. Sarah’s voice is so soothing and calm. I have always been a list and schedule maker, even before planner products were a thing! I’m close to retirement (so probably a little older than the average listener) but I still get great ideas and new perspectives from listening. Congratulations on your upcoming 100th episode, Sarah!

RubberPigeon ,

Fun, Interesting and Helpful

I love listening to this podcast. Such interesting perspectives on planning! Sarah’s voice is soothing to listen to and I appreciate how upbeat she is. I’ve learned a lot about planning and planners, and it has helped as I learn how to be a mom and wife with a part time job.

Dupontr1 ,

Love it, wish it was YouTube

I love this podcast and find it relaxing and inspiring. However so much of the content is visual! Even going to the show website usually only shows links and a couple of pics- more work to click on every products link. I would LOVE to see the the full tours of these items with her insightful comments. Please consider becoming a YouTuber!

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