Best Laid Plans Weekend

BLP Ep #77: Planner Confessions, Imperfections & What is Working

January 17, 2022

Show Notes

It’s January 17th 2022, and let’s just say my planner stack has undergone a bit of . . . refinement.

To be entirely honest + transparent, even since the episode aired I am experimenting with just using my Hobonichi Cousin (for daily + weekly), my 5 Year Journal, and my Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets. Yep, from 7 to 3. For now.

Hobonichi pages have SO MUCH ROOM. (Not enough for meeting notes, but everything else.)

In this episode, I discuss what (already) wasn’t working, what IS working, and what might be up next. There is also a reminder — in case you need one — that perfection is overrated. No one is auditing you, so “most of the time” is often just as valuable (and more sustainable) than a perfectly executed streak.

Weekend Notes

Saturday was like an activity whirlwind – a horse show (A) and 2 soccer games (G+C).

She ended up having a great time and won some ribbons. It was fun though slightly anxiety-provoking to watch.

G’s foray back into soccer was . . . well, at least she mostly stayed on the field even if she spent most of the ‘game’ holding hands with another kid and exploring the far reaches, away from the ball. C had a good game (and he is also currently doing track, tennis AND horseback riding – quite diversified!).

Sunday we basically did nothing. We picked out paint colors. We decided we are (probably) going to bite the bullet and try to do the floors in the new house before moving in. We hung out around the house (there was a tornado watch for like 5 hours and I wasn’t excited about venturing out anywhere). There was driveway basketball and this elaborate ‘shop’ setup.

He beat me handily in HORSE

AND we watched 8 bit Christmas which was highly entertaining.


  • Reply Stephanie January 17, 2022 at 9:32 am

    Cannot recommend enough doing floors before living in a house if possible! It wasn’t in the cards for us financially when we bought our place 11.5 years ago and now that they desperately need to be done I’m avoiding it because it’s basically like moving again.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger January 17, 2022 at 9:41 am

      Yeah we are realizing this!!!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns January 17, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Doing the floors was 100% the right decision! We replaced our stairs/upper floor carpet before moving in. Had we not, I don’t know when we would have as it would be a huge pain to move furniture for installation!!

    I think it makes sense to drop from 7 to 3! 7 seems like SO MUCH!! I know they each had a purpose but it would feel hard to keep up! That said I use 1 planner and am in a different season of life so anything more than 1 sounds overwhelming.

    I much prefer ebooks to physical in this stage of life but will someday go back to physical books I think? If you don’t already have the kindle ap on your phone I highly recommend it! It gives you something productive and enjoyable to do when you have down time. I use my kindle ap so much since I am still breastfeeding but use it at other times when I have downtime, too!

    • Reply AnandiRC January 20, 2022 at 5:09 pm

      YES! Was going to come here and comment about getting the Kindle app. I have read SO MUCH MORE because I always have my phone with me. I think I got that tip from LVK a long time ago and it’s been brilliant. I probably read more on my phone than my actual Kindle device tbh.

  • Reply Coree January 17, 2022 at 10:32 am

    Do the floors if you can swing it. We moved in December 2020 and I’m glad we lived in the house for a year before making changes (and financially, we couldn’t have managed it) but it is a faff now. I really want to do the stairs – pull up the carpet, sand them, put down treads, and I can’t figure out how… like we need to go up and down stairs?

    We’re doing a few house projects this year – painting the dining room (which requires wallpaper removal and replastering – ugh!) and replacing our terrible hall carpet and kitchen lino with a nice tile. I’m hoping to get the sitting room done as well, so most of the downstairs is done, but haven’t managed to convince my husband yet. We’re doing the removal and painting ourselves to save on costs and it is a massive pain.

  • Reply Elisabeth January 17, 2022 at 10:33 am

    Seven felt like…so much (though if anyone could do it, it would be you)!
    I have to say how much I’ve loved the Sprouted planner (thanks again!!). I was on the fence about moving into a new planner (remember, I had been using – and loving – a $1.25 planner from the DollarStore). But the switch has been made and I’m already almost certain I’ll buy one from Sprouted next year! It just ticks all the boxes for me.
    As someone who is decidedly out of the loop on planners, it really is a joy to have one that works for what I need!

  • Reply Erika January 17, 2022 at 9:45 pm

    Just wanted to say I loved this episode! Keep us posted how the shared todoist goes! Also, it’s been said before, but do the floors. We didn’t and went on vacation for a week to have them done in our current house only to return and find they were stained the wrong color…and had to do it all over again.

  • Reply Gillian January 18, 2022 at 6:45 am

    Joining the chorus of do the floors! Having just survived a massive reno while living there that involved doing the floors, you really do have to move out to do them, so do them while it is empty. It will cost so much more in time and effort to do them later.

  • Reply Donna January 18, 2022 at 11:33 am

    THANK YOU for this episode and permission to take a moment and regroup. I was feeling SO down yesterday for a lot of reasons…but I gave myself permission to just sit with it and I feel so much better today. I think we are often too hard on ourselves to get it all done and be all the things and do all the things to reach our goals. Taking a breathe was exactly what I needed! I’m rethinking my planner stack as well…so don’t feel alone there!!!

  • Reply AnandiRC January 20, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    I really loved the ‘permission’ to let go of a planner and the reminder that it doesn’t matter if we skip some days. It brings me joy to try new planners and I feel so damn guilty about it, like I’m “wasting” money and paper. But sometimes you stumble on something truly transformational that just works. This is how I feel about Trello, so I need to remind myself that trying new stuff is a good thing, too.

  • Reply KIRSTEN PIERCE January 31, 2022 at 2:54 pm

    Thank you so much for this episode! I love that the planner needs to serve us and not the other way around.
    Congrats on the new house and good luck with the floors! We are just starting to build a house and there is so much to do and remember! I’ll be curious how Todoist works for moving.

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