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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!

Best Laid Plans Sarah Hart-Unger

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    • 4.9 • 619 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!

    2024 Planner Stack & More!

    2024 Planner Stack & More!

    In today's episode, Sarah shares how she used her 2023 planners and then unveils her 2023 planner stack!!
    Products Mentioned:
    Hobonichi Cousin Avec
    Hobonichi A6 Original
    Cloth & Paper Disc-Bound Half-Letter
    Hobonichi 5 Year Journal
    Ashley Shelly Monthly (Amanda's Favorites Collab)
    BLP NEWS:
    - Planning By Season (seasonal planning sessions) and Digital Detox 2.0 are open for registration! Visit theshubox.com/courses for details!
    - GIVEAWAYS on theshubox.com this week - just enter your name in the comments for a chance to win one of the 2024 planners I ordered to review!
    Sponsors:
    Jenni Kayne: Find your forever pieces at jennikayne.com. Listeners get 15% off the first order by using code PLANS at checkout!
    Earth Breeze: Ditch messy liquid laundry detergent + get started with Earth Breeze and save forty percent! Visit earthbreeze.com/plans for 40% off of a new subscription.
    Cloth & Paper: Cloth & Paper makes luxe planning essentials with a beautiful minimal aesthetic. Visit clothandpaper.com and use code BESTLAIDPLANS to receive a FREE España Spiral Notebook in size CP Petite with any purchase of $50 or more!
    PrepDish: Healthy, convenient and strategic menu plans delivered to your inbox each week!! Check out PrepDish.com/plans for your first two weeks, free!
    Contact:
    Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com
    Voice questions: https://www.speakpipe.com/bestlaidplans
    Info on Best Laid Plans at Home: theshubox.com/courses
    Send me a text or voice memo - (305) 697-7189
    Sign up for my newsletter: https://theshubox.com/newsletter
    YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@BestLaidPlansVideo
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    • 28 min
    Digital Detox Lessons, Yearly Themes, Seasonal Planning + More

    Digital Detox Lessons, Yearly Themes, Seasonal Planning + More

    In today's episode, Sarah shares lessons learned from the Digital Detox program, thoughts on a word for the year (2024!), and discusses her upcoming Seasonal Planning sessions.
    For detailed information + registration for Digital Detox (Jan/Feb) and Planning by Season in 2024, make sure you are subscribed to her monthly newsletter: theshubox.com/newsletter -- all details will be released 12/1.
    Prior episode mentioned: Heart to Heart Screen Time Talk, ep #43 - https://theshubox.com/2023/04/ep-143-heart-to-heart-screen-time-thoughts.html

    Episode Sponsors:
    Jenni Kayne: Find your forever pieces at jennikayne.com. Listeners get 15% off the first order by using code PLANS at checkout!
    Green Chef: For Green Chef’s best deal of the year, get $250 off with code plans250 at greenchef.com/plans250

    Stay in Touch!
    Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com
    Voice questions: https://www.speakpipe.com/bestlaidplans
    Send me a text or voice memo - (305) 697-7189
    Sign up for my newsletter: https://theshubox.com/newsletter
    Leave me a review if you can (Apple Podcasts Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-laid-plans/id1525311647)
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    • 21 min
    Meal Planning + More with Meghan Splawn from Didn't I Just Feed You

    Meal Planning + More with Meghan Splawn from Didn't I Just Feed You

    Today's planning adjacent topic is something we all have to contend with: meal planning! Meghan Splawn is an expert on this topic and she chats with Sarah about her peaceful meal planning ritual, ways to handle busy weeknights, favorite kitchen gadgets + more!
    Didn't I Just Feed You Amazon Shop
    Find more from Meghan and listen to Didn't I Just Feed You at http://didntijustfeedyou.com 
    Episode Sponsors:
    Cloth & Paper: Cloth & Paper makes luxe planning essentials with a beautiful minimal aesthetic. Visit clothandpaper.com and use code BESTLAIDPLANS to receive a FREE España Spiral Notebook in size CP Petite with any purchase of $50 or more!
    Green Chef: For Green Chef’s best deal of the year, get $250 off with code plans250 at greenchef.com/plans250
    Jenni Kayne: Find your forever pieces at jennikayne.com. Check out their gorgeous fall offerings in both apparel and home goods -- upgrade your wardrobe or buy a truly standout gift for someone deserving in your life. Listeners get 15% off the first order by using code PLANS at checkout!
    More Info:
    Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com
    Voice questions: https://www.speakpipe.com/bestlaidplans
    Info on Best Laid Plans at Home: theshubox.com/courses
    Send me a text or voice memo - (305) 697-7189
    Sign up for my newsletter: https://theshubox.com/newsletter
    Leave me a review if you can! https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-laid-plans/id1525311647
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    • 37 min
    November Q&A! Health/fitness goals, Starting a Planning Habit, Goal-setting Planners, and Planning the Holidays

    November Q&A! Health/fitness goals, Starting a Planning Habit, Goal-setting Planners, and Planning the Holidays

    Sarah opens by chatting about her experiences at BLP Live - it was an amazing weekend! Then, she goes through November Q&A - manny questions are centered around goal setting, as it's that time of year (yes, already!).
    Topics:
    1- Abandoning certain goals around weight fitness - what to do?
    2- Planning ahead of the current quintile
    3- Goal-setting planner recommendations (brands mentioned: MakseLife, Full Focus, Erin Condren, Cultivate What Matters/PowerSheets)
    4- What is the first tiny step you would recommend re: starting a planning habit?
    5- Thoughts on planning for fitness (different angle than Q10
    6- To-do vs task vs goal vs project
    7- How do you find the time for your monthly and quintile planning?
    8- Holiday planning thoughts?
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    More Info:
    Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com
    Voice questions: https://www.speakpipe.com/bestlaidplans
    Send me a text or voice memo - (305) 697-7189
    Sign up for my newsletter: https://theshubox.com/newsletter
    Leave me a review if you can (Apple Podcasts Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-laid-plans/id1525311647)
    Episode Sponsors:
    Jenni Kayne: Find your forever pieces at jennikayne.com. Listeners get 15% off the first order by using code PLANS at checkout!
    Green Chef: For Green Chef’s best deal of the year, get $250 off with code plans250 at greenchef.com/plans250
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    • 30 min
    FAQs: Thing That Get Asked a Lot!

    FAQs: Thing That Get Asked a Lot!

    There are certain things listeners (or just random people in Sarah's life) inquire about over and over again, and today she attempts to give all the answer! Find out her answers to things like:
    - What is the weird habit bar at the top of your planner page?
    - How can you use paper when things change so much?
    - Isn't it confusing using multiple planners?
    - How can use paper + still communicate with your partner about events?
    - How can you convince your husband to do a 'planning retreat'?
    - What are your absolute favorite pens?
    . . . and more!
    Note - Plan your 2024 - Best Laid Plans at Home is 60% full! If you'd like to join Sarah for a fun and comprehensive annual planning experience, register now at theshubox.com/courses

    More Info:
    Email: sarah.hart.unger@gmail.com
    Voice questions: https://www.speakpipe.com/bestlaidplans
    Send me a text or voice memo - (305) 697-7189
    Sign up for my newsletter: https://theshubox.com/newsletter
    Leave me a review if you can (Apple Podcasts Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/best-laid-plans/id1525311647)

    Episode Sponsors:
    Jenni Kayne: Find your forever pieces at jennikayne.com. Listeners get 15% off the first order by using code PLANS at checkout!
    Green Chef: For Green Chef’s best deal of the year, get $250 off with code plans250 at greenchef.com/plans250
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 30 min
    How Sarah Plans Her Life: RE-AIR with new Intro

    How Sarah Plans Her Life: RE-AIR with new Intro

    SHU here - hi everyone! Even though I almost never run 're-airs', I've had a really tough week (suffered some injuries, but on the mend) and decided to bring back one of my favorite and most popular episodes for this week. I hope you enjoy it!

    Episode Sponsors:
    Jenni Kayne: Find your forever pieces at jennikayne.com. Listeners get 15% off the first order by using code PLANS at checkout!
    PrepDish: Healthy and strategic meal planning! Visit PrepDish.com/plans for your first 2 weeks, FREE
    Green Chef: For Green Chef’s best deal of the year, get $250 off with code plans250 at greenchef.com/plans250
    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
619 Ratings

619 Ratings

CarrieMos ,

Love listening and planning

Love listening and planning each week!
Meal planning episode was so helpful

lucyhoffy ,

Great 🤓 podcast

This is a lovely way to learn adulting from a creative and enthusiastic planning nerd!

Teacher Runner ,

Must Listen Podcast

Absolutely love listening each week to Sara! I have gotten so many tips and tricks and suggestions that I am grateful for as it has helped improve my planning and although might sound silly- it has also improved my life because I now make better use of my time daily, weekly, monthly and yearly. This is a go-to, must listen to podcast for me!

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