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April 14, 2021

Planning In:

Separate daily + weekly planners. It’s basically my old Hobonichi system except much bulkier on luxurious paper that allows me to use gel pens. I kind of love it.

Day Designer + Erin Condren Combo


Edward Hallowell’s Driven to Distraction + Michael Christie’s Greenwood. Neither were on my 2021 list! Sometimes I veer off. Will have to revise.


I’ve done ~8 Morning Meltdown sessions and — I’m still unsure. I actually don’t mind that some feel more like barre class than boot camp. Today I am planning on revising an OLD fave (Autumn’s 21DF Upper Fix).

Still running 3-4x/week, following the Many Happy Miles workouts. But I kind of want to add in some more serious speedwork. My pace is so much slower than a mere 2-3 years ago!

Looking Forward To:

School ending

The kids going to camp + being active all day (I feel like they NEEEEED this!)

2 trips (one Josh + me, one with kids – both short trips + just driving to stay in relatively local areas, but still exciting)

Graduating our first class of residents (MILESTONE! Mostly for them but also for me!)


Buying a Simplified Daily planner to try + review (my Day Designer — gifted to me by a listener! — runs out at the end of June).

Their covers:

Contemplating rainbow stripe vs the green diamond pattern, but leaning towards stripe.


  • Reply Joy April 14, 2021 at 7:09 am

    I love the look of the Day Designer but would miss my weekly spread. How big is the weekly and do you have to write the same things in both?

  • Reply Grateful Kae April 14, 2021 at 9:21 am

    One reason I was so glad to try the wonderland when you introduced it was that it IS smaller- which means it will be easy to keep and store for years to come. My old system was an 8×11 sized planner plus a big spiral notebook as my “journal”/tracking pages, and I felt it was just too large to store for memory purposes… but now with the wonderland system they are nice and compact, so I am excited about that! Is that a concern at all for you with a larger size or do you not plan to keep years worths anyway? Someone should make a nice big planner like that, but with perforated pages so at the end of the year you could just rip the pages out and store them in a labeled folder!! Then you could fit a whole lifetime’s worth of pages in one box! Haha.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 14, 2021 at 10:16 am

      I keep hononichis for that reason but mostly I toss!!!

  • Reply heather April 14, 2021 at 2:57 pm

    This is random, but…have you kept up watching Crash Landing On You? My husband and I started it after I read about it on here, and we are completely hooked. I don’t know anyone else who is watching it (and I have been unsuccessful in convincing friends to watch 90 minute episodes with subtitles and a slightly slow storyline, ha) and I am desperate for more people to fawn over Ri Jeong Hyeok with me, HA!

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie April 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    I see that EnerGel Clena there– it is my new favorite pen ever. I wish it came in more colors!

    I think I’m going to get an academic passion planner this summer for 21/22, and probably some upscale post-it notes from jetpens to move project lists from week to week. I’ve been making my own system this school year using a blank Moleskine and the passion planner looks the closest to what I’ve realized I want. I would like to stop having to write out the hours each week.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 15, 2021 at 5:59 am

      Yes!! LOVE the Gel Clena. 0.4 is my preferred! They are a decent price point for the quality I think!

      I have a Passion Plannner someone sent me I still need to review. It looks really functional but the layout is so full it sort of overwhelms my eye! You will have to let me know how the transition goes.

      • Reply nicoleandmaggie April 15, 2021 at 6:47 am

        I figured I would sticky note over one of the boxes I don’t need with my list of current projects. And I’m going to ignore all the passion aspects! But it does give the right amount of free space without making the hourly planning part too cramped which was the trade off I was trying to decide on between the different kinds of standard weekly layouts. And no wasted space tracking food or weather.

  • Reply Brooke April 14, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I have not read Driven to Distraction, but if that’s a current area of study for you, I recommend What Your ADHD Child Wishes You Knew. The title is terrible (kids have a disorder, they are not their disorder) but the content provided such a great launch point for discussions with my son for me to develop empathy and understanding of how his mind works. There are a ton of quotes from kids of all ages in the book, and I would ask my son if certain quotes resonated, and it was a great launch point for us.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 15, 2021 at 5:57 am

      thank you!!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns April 14, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    Oooh I like the rainbow planner! I love that you review so many planners. Helps me come up with a plan for 2022! But I am still leaning towards W222!

    Yay for some trips on the calendar. We went to my parents for the first time this past weekend. It was great to get so much time with them after barely seeing them last year. I heard on BOBW that you are doing your first vacation rental. You will LOVE it! Even before kids we used Airbnb because we liked being able to make some meals. But post kids it is definitely the only wayI would travel!!

  • Reply Chantal April 14, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    Ooohh! Greenwood sounds intriguing… Let us know what you think? I just added it to my library hold 😁

  • Reply Melissa Affleck April 14, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Can’t wait to hear what you thinking about the Simplified Planner! I have used a daily one and am making the switch to the weekly this year, so we will see. Love the paper and the layout and the covers and quality, but especially the team!

  • Reply Elizabeth April 15, 2021 at 1:49 am

    I have been considering getting the Simplified Daily planner and pairing it with just a plain notebook to track ongoing running lists. Like basically have a bullet journal and update weekly to do lists there, but use daily planning pages in Simplified. I just can’t seem to pull the trigger! I’d also get the rainbow stripe. So cheerful! 🙂

  • Reply Liz B. May 19, 2021 at 9:23 am

    I’m finally catching up with BLP episodes as I took a hiatus from planning for a bit due to the dreaded “planner fatigue.” Your planner switch-up ep. made me pull out my Day Designer 8×10 Daily, and I am really loving it. I was flip-flopping between a 6-month Happy Planner and EC Daily Duo, which is why I think I experienced fatigue. While the Day Designer is quite large in area, its bulk is actually not too bad. I think that’s due to the perfectly sized rings. I have the smaller sized DD Daily, but my handwriting is big, so I need lots of space. Thanks for the inspiration and the “okay” to revive a completely different planner out of my planner graveyard to get me out of my rut!

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