Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #135: Planning Your Passions

February 27, 2023

Planner Peace: Notion + More

This submission comes from Coree:

“You mentioned Notion on a recent pod – some thoughts in case they are helpful. I used Evernote for ages until it got too crowded + clunky and then used Word for everything for a few years. Now I use Notion the way I’d use a bullet journal – yearly planning, monthly planning, tracking. I use it for lists, ideas, etc. My weekly to-do lists go on paper (I’ve been using the Zelo planning pad for the last few weeks and I really like it). I don’t use it for actual work at the moment – mostly because I’m in the writing stage of research rather than a data collection phase, but I see how it would be really useful as a diary, to pull together notes and links etc.

I’ve screenshot how I do my monthly plan in case a visual is helpful. If I had an apple notes system that was working for me, it’s not worth the shift but it is really nice. 

I had a really nice travel tracker last term, with my weekly teaching, and my flights, and when I’ve booked them etc, which was helpful but for some reason I haven’t done the same this term.”

Coree Brown Swan, Lecturer in Politics and author of Working Moms Making It Work

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PRETTY! And functional!

Planning Your Passions

This episode was inspired by This is Not a Book About Benedict Cumberbatch by Tabitha Carvan as well as our recent BOBW Patreon meetup and my current leaning into running.

In the episode, I attempt to demonstrate that planning is a way to get even more enjoyment out of your passions, and use several examples from my own passions (running, reading, and . . . planning!).


Thank you again for your enthusiasm and excitement for this course! I will keep everyone informed of future opportunities — the best way to get info first is to subscribe to the newsletter though I’ll also note things here when they are available!

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  • Reply Coree February 27, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    I’m glad it was helpful and thank you so much for the shout out – hopefully the Substack is of interest to folks. I really like notion. I’m hopefully back to the archives this summer and i think the search function and hand writing recognition will be helpful.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa’s Yarns February 28, 2023 at 8:41 am

    I tried an analog tracker for reading, too, and abandoned it after recording maybe 40 books? I like the idea of it but it was just hard to keep up with it. I use Goodreads and an excel tracker that I got through a Patreon community. I love how the excel slices and dices my reading! And then I do a monthly post about what the boys and I have read.

  • Reply Grateful Kae February 28, 2023 at 12:50 pm

    Re: your running and races, have you ever done that Disney weekend with the 5K, 10K + half, consecutively, three days in a row? Just curious since you’re in Florida. Apparently it was this past weekend (as I saw a FB friend did it). Looks like it would be a fun thing to do!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 28, 2023 at 2:21 pm

      Zero desire to ever do that. I have a friend who did this year though!!

  • Reply April February 28, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    Hello! You shared that you have enlisted a running coach, and I was wondering if this is a virtual coach and if so, would you share or if you have recommendations? I want to run my first marathon- the St. Jude and feel like I need the resource as well as accountability. I’ve been running for awhile but never attempted a full! I will be running to honor memory of some friends’ children lost to childhood cancer and it is important to me to see it through!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 28, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      Hi! I am using a coach through Microcosm ( though obviously I just started and have no outcome data! I’ve also heard great things about McKirdy Trained ( I will say that if you are running to finish and not specifically trying to meet a time goal, it might more sense to do some kind of accountability group vs a coach? But if you prefer having the support, then go for it!!

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