114 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 • 446 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!

    Deep Dive: Getting Things Done (GTD)

    Deep Dive: Getting Things Done (GTD)

    Sarah opens with a listener sharing about her blinged-out and colorful Hobonichi (pix available at show notes on theshubox.com). She then gives a shout out to Routine and Things with Ashley Brown, who is releasing her first planner this October!
    Then, Sarah dives into Getting Things Done! She chats about when she first came across it, and then goes into detail about the 5 steps -- capture, clarify, organize, reflect, and engage. She shares where she follows the method and where she has changed things to fit her needs.
    Mentons & Links:
    Routine & Things Planner: https://routineandthings.com/products/routine-and-things-planner
    David Allen & Co: https://gettingthingsdone.com/
    David Allen's GTD podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/getting-things-done/id999098861
    Getting Things Done by David Allen (2015 ed is the most recent)
    Making it All Work by David Allen (2008)
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    • 27 min
    Planning Dates, Media, Reading & More with Kristen Meinzer

    Planning Dates, Media, Reading & More with Kristen Meinzer

    In this fun episode, after sharing a digital planning tip from listener Sonali, Sarah chats with Kristen Meinzer, a podcaster, culture critic, author, and more!
    They chat about aspects of planning that are incredibly important but that might not instantly come to mind, from planning for death (promise, it's more uplifting than it sounds!) to planning memorable dates and strategic media consumption.
    You can find all of Kristen's work (and there is A LOT of it!) by starting at https://www.kristenmeinzer.com
    Books mentioned
    Getting Things Done by David Allen
    The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
    The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler
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    • 35 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
446 Ratings

446 Ratings

jsktrk ,

Inspiring and so knowledgeable

I love Sarah’s delivery and excitement. You can tell she really is passionate about what she puts out into the world, and this podcast is no exception! She has inspired this rebel (Gretchen Rubin’s four tendencies) to finally plan in a way that works for me.

michellesofia ,

Practical and helpful!

Sarah’s planning and organizational skills are so inspirational! This podcast is super practical, I have picked up lots of tidbits on ways to make my life more organized. Thanks Sarah!

Apollo133 ,

Finally a gtd-type pod for women/moms

I got so sick of productivity experts who were 100% focused on their jobs and apparently had next to no other responsibilities in life.

Sarah is relatable in that she’s juggling full time work, kids, husband, and like most women, she’s the one doing most of the work. She’s not so relatable in how well she seems to do all of that and do multiple podcasts, but she’s humble and not annoying or condescending about it.

Definitely useful adaptations to other productivity systems. I love that she has an awareness that people do things different ways. I need to look her up more because I need a visual of the way she does some of her processes, but the podcast has been great so far.

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