Best Laid Plans

BLP Episode #72: Current Wellness Planner, Q&A, and Listener-Submitted Ideas

December 13, 2021

Current Obsessions:

Hobonichi Weeks used as a wellness planner! See photos below. I am tracking meals, workouts, sleep + screen time.

Entire year in one spread
Monthly spread: SCREEN TIME (yes, I have been doing very well!)
Weekly spread: nutrition, workouts, sleep

Also: Todoist (see this post for my monthly goals board!). Episode that inspired me with Sarah Powers is here!

Listener Question: Gender neutral planner for kids

Ideas: Moleskine or Leuchtturm for stickers to decorate, Personal Planner, and my daughter’s current favorite, the &Studium study planner!

A cool idea

A listener who identifies as an “obliger” recommended Focusmate! Such a cool concept for those who are looking for outer accountability.

New book alert:

Prior BLP guest Ashley Brown has a book coming out all about routines! Love the concept + cover already

Year-End Goal Setting + Reflection Tool Recommended

This come from listener Cheryl: YearCompass – it’s an entirely free booklet + system, so nothing to lose by checking out!

That’s a wrap for today’s odds ‘n’ ends ep. Tomorrow: back with some birthday party pix + more.


  • Reply Cheryl December 13, 2021 at 7:59 am

    Thanks for the name check on the YearCompass!

    Two suggestions for the listener seeking more gender-neutral planners (though not sure about their shipping-to-Europe costs):

    * Global Datebooks ( These are academic planners, and have different designs for elementary, middle and high school. My son just started using one to write down assignments in different classes and liked a younger-version (with an environmental theme) because the subjects (English, math, etc.) were already written on each page. But the other models have open spaces to write different categories for each week/day.

    * Full Focus Planner has a kids version ( and a student version ( that are typically less in price than the adult version. I use the student one myself and love it, but haven’t used the kid one to comment on it.

    • Reply Beth December 13, 2021 at 9:47 am

      I can recommend the Kids Full Focus planner. It is gender neutral. My 3rd grader used it last year and really liked it. I found it to be very user-friendly and straightforward. She doesn’t need it this year because her school gave her a planner. She would definitely still be using the FF planner if she hadn’t gotten the school one.

      Also I love this idea of a wellness tracker separate from your regular planner! I like to track my weight but not necessarily share it with all of my co-workers. 🙂

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 13, 2021 at 10:05 am

        Ooh you know I love full focus … need to check out their kids version!!!

    • Reply Emily December 13, 2021 at 11:02 am

      I love the year compass! I’m trying to find time to block off doing it for myself this year after missing last year and really regretting it.

  • Reply Seppie December 13, 2021 at 8:03 am

    I am a questioner, and I have found Focusmate useful enough that I have done almost 700 sessions so far! Highly recommend!!

  • Reply Clare December 13, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Thanks for recommending Focusmate. I’d never heard of this concept before but it sounds perfect for me as a typical obliger. I’m totally going to use it.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns December 15, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Would love it if you share how you use that year tracker? There is something very similar in the W222 but I don’t know how I will use it… I think you’ve mentioned tracking illnesses in the past but that would be so depressing for me as someone is always sick it seems!

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