Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans Ep #34: Your Questions

March 15, 2021

Topics covered in this episode:

Q1: Ways to use planning to help with sharing mental load

Book reference: Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu

Q2: Planning during off days, like weekend and vacation.

I definitely do weekend planning, but plan decidedly less on vacation! Instead, one option to consider is using vacation planning pages more for memory keeping.

Or, you could of course just skip any daily planning on those days if that’s what works for you! There is no one right way to plan.

Q3: How do you handle big less frequent purchases in your budget system?

I do plan for them! It does take a year or two to get a good understanding of when these come up, so be patient.

Q4: Ideas for Cal Newport-style time blocking in non-CN planners?


Wonderland Notebook

Amplify Quarterly Planner

Cloth & Paper Inserts

Full Focus Planner

Erin Condren Binder

Episode Sponsor

This episode is brought to you by Stillness + Movement. Stillness + Movement is a small virtual yoga studio that offers sustainable, mindful vinyasa flow classes to help students find steadiness and ease in their bodies and minds. 

You can learn more and sign up for class by going to and take your first class for free when you use the code BLP. 

Hear Your Own Voice on a Future Ep!


  • Reply Emma March 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    I use the Inkwell Press daily to time track in a system very similar to Cal Newport’s, so I can recommend that (though might also be too feminine for your listener). I used to add in their weekly calendar, but now I just use google calendar :-). There’s a pic partway through my post here:
    Fun episode!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 16, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Ooh I am going to peruse this now!

  • Reply Laura March 16, 2021 at 9:34 am

    What timing, looks like Drop the Ball ebook is currently $2.99 on all the ebook retailers if anyone is interested (I get a little email about the sales every day and was like, I just heard about that book somewhere…)

  • Reply Stephanie Spinapolice April 2, 2021 at 11:16 am

    I’m a big fan of using Cozi to share information with my husband. I could see us using it to keep teenagers informed and involved in our family’s plans too. You can elect to send your family agenda to everyone daily or once a week, which nudges my husband to stay informed. (He’s not likely to voluntarily log into the app.) I can also set up reminders for upcoming events, like a 7-day heads up about birthdays that he needs to plan ahead for or a 30-minute reminder for a soccer practice that he needs to get to by a particular time. It’s works for us!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 3, 2021 at 8:50 am

      very cool! I know it has a devoted following!!!

    Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.