Best Laid Plans

BLP x Sarah Powers – Staying Organized with Todoist!

October 11, 2021

Sarah is on the right; her cohost Megan is on the left!

Sarah Powers is another guest that I feel like I already know, since I listen to her on The Mom Hour so often (they have over 300 episodes – basically every parenting topic you could think of!)! It was a pleasure to chat with her about all things planning-adjacent, but the highlight of our conversation was the way she showcased her favorite current electronic planning tool, Todoist!

While I have not tried it yet, I am absolutely tempted and likely will put together some lists as I plan for 2022.

Show Highlights + Links:

Sarah mentions Christine Koh and the Edit Your Life podcast (I listen to them, too!)

Big Life Journal Printables – fun end of year activity to do with kids!

Kid Literate Podcast Ep where Sarah discusses her family’s meeting and planning routine, and how she involves the kids in the process

Todoist Getting Started Resources

Todoist Screen Shots from Sarah P.!

Sarah was kind enough to send two screenshot of her system!

I live for this kind of thing, so maybe you do too. Here you go:

Phone Todoist Home Screen

Laptop List View – her Home Improvement Collection:

Love the different categories here!

Back at you next week with another Q&A episode, and then some more planner reviews headed your way as we head into New Planner Season (admittedly for me this starts in September, but I recognize most are slightly less eager). Happy Monday to all.


  • Reply Amanda Hawkins October 11, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I loved this episode, so good! Have you read about the Notes update in ios15/Monterey OS? It’s getting all kinds of new features, pretty excited to dig in. 🎉

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2021 at 9:06 pm

      Ooh that sounds quite promising! Notes is underrated in opinion already 🙂

  • Reply Jessica McCarthy October 11, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Sarah, if you try out Todoist you should also try TeuxDeux, the sister/brother app to Todoist. I find it much more user friendly and a more functional way of tracking all of my lists.

    Jess McCarthy

  • Reply Jessica McCarthy October 11, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Sarah, if you try out Todoist you should try TeuxDeux the sister/brother app to Todoist. I find it to be more functional and a better user experience

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2021 at 5:58 pm

      oh interesting! Thank you!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns October 11, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Another excellent interview of a podcaster I follow! I loved listening to Sarah and I feel like this ap would probably be the answer to some of the questions you’ve gotten about how to use a planner for projects with many steps/tasks/etc. I think I would like to try this in the future but for now my focus is figuring out how to use the W222 – first planner for me in 5 years, I think! I am also someone who thinks the week starts on Sunday so that will be an adjustment for me with the W222…

    One thing I’m thinking is that todoist might be a better application for my husband and I to use together. He is not a paper planner person and while we use a calendar to keep track of events, something like this ap would probably help us keep track of other to dos that we sort of share. Like furnace tune-ups, keeping track of the list of house projects we want to tackle, etc. I think he’d be more apt to use an ap than anything else and this one sounds better than the shared notes ap that we tend to use – especially given the scheduling function which would help w/ things like the tune-ups, hiring yard people for fertilizer/de-weeding, etc.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger October 11, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      Yes! Totally see how this could work as a shared task app.

  • Reply Lani Inlander October 22, 2021 at 6:23 am

    Thank you so much for doing this podcast! I’ve been using Notes more recently but have been very intrigued by Todoist. Will be checking it out to compare. And now Teuxdeux!

  • Reply Amanda Hawkins October 22, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Update! I dug in hard to Todoist right after this and it’s awesome! Filters are amazing. Plus, if integration with Google Calendar and sharing is important then I would say this app is #1. Edits/additions to either show up instantly on both – pretty wild. I use Asana for work and it takes literal HOURS to update on Google Calendar, so weird.

    Also, I just started using Craft ( for notes/planning/goals/all the things and love it SO much. In case anyone needs another app to obsess over, haha.

  • Reply LEE October 26, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Workflowy is another really great app, because it’s a flexible bullet-point outline style.

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