Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #113: Planning for the Inevitable with Kristen Meinzer

September 26, 2022

It’s Kristen Meinzer!

photo from her site, credit Lauren Eliot photography

I jumped at the chance to interview Kristen for Best Laid Plans – I’ve been a huge By The Book fan and have followed her since her days working with Gretchen Rubin in the early days of Happier.

It was so much fun to chat! Topics covered: planning for death (! – more uplifting than it sounds), planning memorable dates, planning time solo, and strategic media consumption.

You can find all of Kristen’s work (and there is A LOT of it!) by starting at

Books mentioned

Getting Things Done by David Allen

The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson

The Art of Dying Well: A Practical Guide to a Good End of Life by Katy Butler

Planner Peace: There’s also a digital Planner Peace segment shared by listener Sonali! I have to admit I didn’t even know digital washi was a thing!

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  • Reply Anne September 26, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    This was a fun episode! Loved the new ideas for ways to consider planning.

  • Reply Jenn N September 26, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    I love her! Automatic download 😊 Jolenta next?? Haha

  • Reply Grateful Kae September 27, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Listened this morning, and I loved the discussion around planning some interesting dates. My husband and I have been doing the same “date” almost every Friday night for a long time now, involving nachos. 😆 I actually love the same routine – I look forward to it all week. It’s relaxing and delicious and low key and feels pretty perfect after a long week. But this also inspired me to maybe make a point to switch it up say, once a month, or plan some other different things now and then, too!

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