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!
Full Focus Mini-Review + Q&A: Work Planning
In this episode, Sarah starts out answering a question about what kinds of planning tools she uses in her work day. Then, she provides a follow up recommendation for our listener looking for a comprehensive A4 system - the Panda Planner! Next, she gives a mention to the Manta Planner, a planner designed specifically for those undergoing cancer treatment. Finally, she shares a mini-review of the Full Focus planner, a 3-month planner with goal setting content designed to promote intentionality and margin.
Planner Matchmaking and Ink+Volt Mini-Review
In this episode, Sarah addresses two listeners who wrote in requesting planner matchups! Monica wants a versatile A4 system with tons of features, and Erika is hoping for a planner similar to the Hobonichi Cousin Avec - but on different paper. Another listener writes in asking about Silk + Sonder, and then finally Sarah does a review of the 6 Month Undated Goal Planner from Ink + Volt.
Daily Planning Love + Kitlife Daily + Page Productivity Planner Mini-Reviews
This episode opens with all of the things Sarah loves about daily planning. Benefits as she lists them include motivation, accountability, record-keeping, understanding schedule nuances, having a daily clean slate, and helping to prioritize. Then, the reviews! Kitlife Dailybrings a super-functional daily layout at a great price point. Then comes Jordan Page's Productivity Planner with its unique daily layout.
This episode is sponsored by PrepDish! Check out PrepDish.com/plans for your first 2 weeks, FREE.
All About Hobonichi! 2022 Releases, Covers, Tomoe River Paper, and More
This episode is all about Hobonichi Techo planners. Sarah discusses the various options (A5 Cousin, A6 Original, Avec, A6 English, Weeks, Weeks Mega -- apologies to the Day Free, which was left out!). Then, she discusses pros and cons of using this unique system. She also discusses how to order on their site, their interesting bonus gifts, and her current ordering plans for this year!
This episode is sponsored by Organize 365 - please check out their great offerings and learn more at organize365.com!
Q&A: Planner Matchmaking Requests, Gratitude, and Combining Work & Life
This Q&A episode is in part dedicated to planner matchmaking requests! Listeners wrote in asking for various layouts and combos, and Sarah does her best to try to think of great ideas for you. She also answers a listener question about recording gratitude, and another about whether to combine work + life in one book!
This episode is sponsored by Organize 365! Organize 365 empowers individuals to learn the functional skills of home and paper organization. Learn more at organize365.com today!
Q&A: Tips for returning from vacation, Thoughts on Planner Peace, and More
In this Q&A episode, Sarah discusses some listener tips for what to do to make returning from vacation feel more manageable. Then, there are questions about difficulty finding planner peace, planning for the holiday season (quite early!), cookbook recommendations for planning meals, getting back on track when you've fallen out of the planning routine, and finally about her 9 year old's current planner preferences :)
Very into this!!
I truly enjoy this planner podcast! I found you through you other podcast, Best of Both Worlds! I came over to this podcast because I love listening to your voice and cadence on Best of Both Worlds! The same holds true in this podcast as well! I find your voice soothing, calming, and enjoyable to listen to you speak on all kinds of topics! After listening to this podcast, I have been inspired to organize my life utilizing a written planner system in conjunction with my online shared calendars that I keep with my husband. I am so looking forward to starting my planner journey. I am very into anything aesthetically pleasing and beautifully designed. I gravitate towards calming neutral-type colors. After watching a few of Amanda’s Favorites videos, on your recommendation, I found an absolutely beautiful planner that I am ecstatic to try: A Good Daily Planner from Harlow and Grey! I would love for you to do a review on this artfully designed planner! Thank you for proving a space for us type A types who are looking to stay organized and intentional in our lives!
Sarah is so encouraging for those who LOVE to plan, and each episode gives you such great tools to implement in your routine and life!!
Such a fun and necessary podcast for planner geeks
The first time I listened to this podcast it just made me so happy! I enjoy the good tips and having a podcast that takes my planner love seriously.