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!
Planner Matchmaking with Laura Vanderkam
In this episode, Sarah provides a planner matchmaking service for Laura Vanderkam! Laura is a time management expert who also happens to be Sarah's good friend and podcast cohost on Best of Both Worlds. For years, she's used a plain spiral notebook to hold all of her lists and notes. Can Sarah find some more enticing options? Listen to find out!
All items mentioned are linked in the show notes which you can find at https://theshubox.com/best-laid-plans-podcast
Planning Your Summer!
This episode is all about planning your summer, with an in-depth discussion of the various things Sarah has spent time dreaming about for Summer 2021. Topics include childcare/camp, personal projects, summer reading & entertainment, travel, retreat or planning, and a minimalist summer bucket list.
Quick note: Best Laid Plans will be taking a SUMMER BREAK for the month of July, but will be back chock full of back-to-school energy in August.
The Get to Work Book and Much More with Planner Creator Elise Cripe!
So many listeners recommended Elise Cripe a guest, and Sarah was thrilled to chat with her about her beautiful, professional, and functional planner: the Get to Work Book! This planner has goal-setting functionality, weekly spreads, and made a unique choice when it comes to holidays - there are none included!
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Simplified Planner Review
In this episode, Sarah provides an honest and candid review and walk-through the Simplified Daily Planner by Emily Ley. The Simplified line of planners contains both a daily and weekly option, and all feature beautiful colors and thoughtful design elemnets. Sarah shares her favorite aspects and some of the (few) things she might change if she could!
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Q&A - Long-range planning, less feminine planners, travel planning, and more!
It's another all Q&A episode, featuring your submitted write-in and audio questions! Question 1 opens with a question on "manly" planners for a 25 year old who has just received a promotion. Q2 is from a soon-to-be medicine resident wondering if she will still have use for her Hobonichi. Q3 is all about the aesthetics of planner pages -- does Sarah have use for terms like "pre-planning" "messy planning" and "post-planning"?
From Essentialism to Effortless with Author Greg McKeown
This episode features author Greg McKeown, known for his work Essentialism and now introducing some powerful new 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 can I make this easier?". Greg shares some of his favorite planning methods and the conversation also delves into the value of reflection and gratitude journaling.
This one’s the best
Listen y’all. This is the best planning podcast. I listen to plenty, I’ve tested the waters, this is the one. Thorough reviews, great guests, totally real and lots of great ideas without being too lengthy or wandering in terms of topic.
I’ve been a fan of Sarah’s since like 2009 theshubox.com blog days and I’m so glad she’s producing this now because I think she has a really valuable voice.
Thoughtful podscast about being mindful with your time
This is a great podcast for anyone interested in time, planning, mindfulness etc. in the begininning I wasn’t sure I would like this as I am not a planner nerd and wasn’t really interested in reviews of planning products. I love the interviews and when Sarah gives her personal perspective on some aspect of planning. This has become a weekly must listen for me.
What I was looking for
I’ve tried out quite a few productivity/planning podcasts and the only one I’ve stuck with is BLP. I think Sarah does a great job choosing interesting topics and guests and I also love the frequent Q & A episodes. She comes across as genuine and relatable. I like learning about different planning techniques or strategies but I love it when people give lots of specific examples of how they implement those strategies and Sarah does a great job with this and making sure her guests also do so.