Best Laid Plans

Episode #33: Organizing Your Home, Your Paper, and Your Life with Organize 365’s Lisa Woodruff

March 8, 2021

Happy Monday! Today’s BLP episode is an interview episode. Since I keep these relatively ‘rare’, I can focus on guests I truly am excited about. (Secret note: getting to meet up on screen with people I admire is one of the reasons this podcast exists. It’s so much fun!).

Today’s invitee is no exception. I was thrilled to be able to chat with Lisa Woodruff, CEO and Founder of Organize 365!

Lisa to me is like a limitless fountain of fascinating ideas, and she articulates them so well, too. She shares some of the things I’ve found most valuable in more detail on this episode — I organized it based on a long list of fascinating things I’ve learned from Lisa in the past. Honestly, this could have been a very long episode if I had covered all of them.

Lisa in her element (taken from her site – not during our recording!)

Ways to learn from Lisa:

Her (excellent!) podcast

Her recent book release The Paper Solution (one of my 2020 reads!)

The 100 Day Program (she offers a free week if you’d like to try it!)

Lisa on Instagram (she is very active on Stories!)

Episode Sponsor:

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Literacy Teacher’s Life! If you are looking for evidence-based literacy practices to support students – with skills such as fluency, reading comprehension, or student directed writing, check it out today!

Submit Your Voice Questions!

I’m happy to report I’ve gotten several audio questions, and next week’s episode will feature some of your voices. Keep them coming!

Where Have I Been?

I know – disappearing for days is not my typical pattern over here. I have just had an unusually tough and busy call week — multiple calls in the middle of the night, every night for the past 6 days — and had to prioritize sleep over posts.

(And I’m still tired.)

Today is thankfully my last day and — more importantly — tonight my last night. I cannot wait for 8 (or more!) hours of uninterrupted sleep.

PS: While taking calls all night sort of reminds me of nursing a newborn, the difference is that I could do the latter in a semi-dreamlike state and it was always very easy to fall asleep afterwards. Unfortunately, this is not the case with handling calls. At least for me, anyway.


  • Reply Emma March 8, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    I love it when two of my favorite podcasters get together, it’s like a double bonus episode! Incidentally, as an academic I can confirm Lisa’s systems work great for organizing multiple research projects :-). Best wishes for sleep recovery!

  • Reply Anne March 8, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Great episode & interview! Huge fan of Lisa!

  • Reply Lani Inlander March 9, 2021 at 9:29 am

    I loved that she used the closet as her example of the three phases of organization! And her point about how planning doesn’t work without organization to support it.

  • Reply Sharon March 9, 2021 at 11:39 am

    Sarah do you use a Sunday box? How does that fit in with your planning style/weekly review?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 9, 2021 at 2:25 pm

      I do not have a ‘real’ one but I do have a box on my desk that I used as one! I go through it most Sundays (or Monday AM!)

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