Checking @#*&@# Off

October 11, 2019


This mini-vac-staycation is going swimmingly. There has been some work (okay, actually a significant amount of work) which is . . . sort of lame, since this is officially paid time off.

BUT it has been work on my own time (mostly) and not full days of work. I mean, I got a mani/pedi in the middle of the day and recorded a podcast from my office. And today was ALLLL personal items that I’ve wanted to check off of the list for quite some time. Josh and I are home together which is nice and cozy, and the rain outside adds to the atmosphere.

Things accomplished: holiday card (yes I know it’s October; we are doing a Thanksgiving/moving card), buy new running shoes (local running store Runner’s Depot was great!), mail baby things to my sister, sort through clothes, and more. AND! I finally got a virtual address for this blog so that I can start a newsletter!

Things still to do: passport photos, go through stationery (!), relax (yeah, I think I may need to actually put this on my list . . .)

On that note, tell me: what, if anything, would entice you to subscribe to my email newsletter? Planning ideas, like the table of contents of my accessory notebook? List of books read for the year with reviews? A weekly review checklist? A promise to only email once per month (I feel like that’s about right!)?

Plans for the rest of the day: work out (BB upper), shower, out to dinner with Josh

But first, 3 quick links/recommendations, since it’s Friday, after all:

1- Note to Self is back, and this episode has Manoush Zomorodi and Cal Newport in one conversation!!!!!! Of course, I was excited. Listen here. I enjoyed how she wasn’t afraid to mention the male perspective that was inherent in his book (and the 5 white males recommending it on the cover). He sort of ignored the question and said it was a ‘class issue’. I disagree, and was unsatisfied with his response. As always, I LOOVE Manoush.

2- Gwinne’s analysis of her Evening Hours. Mine could probably use some analysis too although our major sticking point now is that I can’t seem to get the big 2 in bed before 9 many nights. Gah! And it’s a struggle waking them for school each morning, so this routine isn’t doing anyone any favors.

3- Paper Culture. This was my first time using them to order a card and I have to say, I like the design sensibilities and functionality of their website. (I always struggled with minted’s website even though I love their designs).

Happy Friday!


  • Reply Jenn October 11, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Sarah! Sorry this is unrelated to the post, but I was just listening to your BoBW podcast and wondering what your family does for lunches? For me the issue is that my husband or I will cook each night Sunday through Wednesday but we almost never have leftovers for Thursday and Friday because we like to take them for lunches.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2019 at 4:31 pm

      Our lunches are a hodgepodge – eating out, eating at meetings, hospital cafeteria, or leftovers.

      For the kids it’s usually sandwiches- turkey or avocado and cheese or hummus or sun butter and jam. Or bagel and cream cheese and jelly with sides :). I used to take dinner leftovers leftovers for lunch more than I do now.

  • Reply Amy October 11, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    I’d love to read your newsletter! I love all things planner related to help me streamline my system, so anything like that is great. I always find your ideas so helpful! Also, I love information on your accessory notebook with your planner. I’m going to enact a similar system in 2020.

  • Reply gwinne October 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Hey hey. Thanks for the shout out! That bedtime thing is my hugest problem in terms of time “loss,” esp. with an almost 8 yo and 15 yo. I used to do a lot of work in the evenings when I had one child who went to bed at 7. Not so much with two who go to bed 9/9:30.

  • Reply Lauren October 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Love your podcast and blog! I just signed up for your newsletter. I’d love to see a weekly review checklist. Seeing other’s productivity always motivates me too. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2019 at 7:34 pm

      Uh oh, I don’t think any real newsletter signup is live yet!! But it will be:)

  • Reply Katy Rotman (@katy246) October 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I would love to see detailed planning related stuff in the newsletter, as well as home-management stuff such as more about the new whiteboard etc

  • Reply Dominique October 12, 2019 at 6:26 pm

    The bedtime creep – where it just keeps getting a little later – is so hard. I’m in the same boat with our 4 and 7 year olds.

  • Reply Amelia October 12, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Listening to this podcast right now and was thinking you needed to know about this episode – clearly you are a few steps ahead 🙂 Manoush is killing it with the tough questions!

  • Reply Gervy October 12, 2019 at 9:45 pm

    I have been meaning to leave a comment for AGES because I really enjoy your blog. Just needed to chime in now and say that it would take absolutely nothing to make me subscribe to your newsletter if you produced one – I can’t get enough of your blog and loved it when you were posting every day (no pressure!). If it was anything like your blog, it would be very fun for me.

  • Reply Marcia (OrganisingQueen) October 14, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Sarah, I’m excited that you got so much done, even on your leave!

    I think you need to write things people can’t read about on your blog for the ongoing stuff, but you also need to have a pink spoon (they used to call it about 10 years ago). A pink spoon is a teaser and will hopefully encourage people to sign up.

    You can see my pink spoon here:

  • Reply Gina October 16, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    I’d subscribe for book recommendations/reviews!

  • Reply Karin October 20, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I am so excited for your newsletter!! No enticements needed for me. Anything for more Shu-box! I am a fellow planner / runner / Floridian so I eat all those posts up.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 20, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      you are so sweet! Thank you!

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