Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #123: 4 2023 Planner Mini Reviews!

December 5, 2022

But first: Planner Peace

Andrea is a physician with a lot going on, and she shares a detailed look at her bullet journal-centric system! Takeaways that I love:

  • Having one calendar (in her case, her weekly spread in the BuJo) serving as ultimate source of truth
  • Simple email sorting
  • Running task list – in her case, using an app called Things

Mini Review #1: Sterling Ink Common Planner

Okay I am very sad to note that this is no longer available online! But perhaps it’s nice to take note in case you might be interested for next year. It has:

  • Tomoe River Paper
  • 2 6-month books
  • A few simple quarterly goal/habit tracking pages
  • Very similar weekly layout to Hobonichi cousin – but in a slightly smaller B6 size
  • Blank pages for dailies

Mini Review #2: Laurel Denise

Shout out to @dannyplansit who sent this to me after conducting his own mini-review! This is the Laurel Denise Horizontal Weekly

graphic from their site – here

Yes, it’s a weekly + monthly view ALL AT ONCE. It’s a very wide planner but for those who want an all-encompassing view in one book, it’s a really cool + unique solution!

Mini Review #3: ProAction

I reviewed it here and find this such a great functional planning solution. Check out the incredibly functional layout HERE.

Mini Review #4: Full Focus BINDER

The first ever Full Focus in ring binder form! This sold out quickly but can be backordered.

I am a FFP affiliate, so if you’d like to use my link it’s here plus code SARAH10 should provide 10% off though the site is currently showing an offer of 15%!

The loose leaf pages do have the updated FFP layout. I always seem to turn to FFP when I’m stressed or overwhelmed – having so much space for each day is very calming!

Next week –> planner stack ep coming at you! Please keep the questions + planner peace notes coming, as well as suggestions if you have great ideas for 2023 guests! I do feature guests about once/month and continue to keep that the general cadence so looking for 12 inspiring voices for next year 🙂


  • Reply Chelsea December 5, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Someone needs to make a meme with a picture of planner grid paper and a caption that reads: Do the griddy. 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 5, 2022 at 9:50 am

      is it bad that I needed to google that reference? lol!

      • Reply Chelsea December 5, 2022 at 10:39 am

        I thought for sure Cameron would have introduced you to The Griddy! Here it seems to be part of the second grade curriculum, lol.

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 5, 2022 at 10:46 am

          I will ask him when I get home, ha!

  • Reply Coree December 5, 2022 at 9:51 am

    I love the idea of a binder and wonder if that would work well for me as someone who doesn’t typically need to save things longer term or flip back through. Need a conference in the US, so give it a try.

  • Reply admin3b20390662 December 5, 2022 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the shout out for the ProAction Planner, Sarah! I incorporated some of the suggestions from your Jan 2022 review in the 2023 planner 🙂 I appreciate the continued support.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns December 5, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Thanks for the visual of the Laurel Denise. I was so confused when you mentioned the concept of a “dutch door.” Man that thing is MASSIVE! Makes me think of the book my parents used for the accounting entries of one of their businesses before things went digital!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 5, 2022 at 3:27 pm

      Yes it is a desk real estate commitment!

  • Reply Susan Sanders December 6, 2022 at 9:55 am

    Great episode, Sarah! I am going to check out the Things app. I am also interested in the FFP inserts. Great balance of paper and digital, as usual!

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