Best Laid Plans life Parenting

BLP Show Notes + Hi Yes I’m Alive

February 21, 2023

Episode Highlights:

Multi-level Planner Peace segment from listener Emilie: calendar with + Fantastical; tasks in Todoist; daily planning in Laurel Denise; family calendar on Ashley Shelley; notetaking in a Leuchtturm1917 dot grid.


Passwords + longer term lists – where to store?

Planning during pregnancy – from first tri fatigue to what to prioritize

How to ease into planning when the annual goals list becomes overwhelming

2 pro tips (a fun use for blank pages + blotting paper)

Planning gender divides (planner privilege again!)


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Life Highlights:

Sometimes even people who LOOOOVE planning get behind. I decided that nothing terrible would happen if I did not post show notes yesterday and so far, everything seems to be okay. I prioritized rest (after Sunday’s half marathon!) and celebrating C’s actual birthday (at the zoo + sushi!).

Here he is with his VR HEADSET OMG:

this is actually from a friend (and possibly a loan) but he was THRILLED
not too old to climb on things
he did NOT LOOK REAL!!!! so cool.

Today has been a productive whirlwind day of lots of pod recordings, BLPA fun (round 2 about to be full!), BOBW Patreon (book club – we are reading Gretchen Rubin’s Life in Five Senses next), and more.

I can’t believe the kids are 5, 9, and almost 11. Life definitely keeps moving.


  • Reply Kate February 22, 2023 at 8:48 am

    Can we hear more about todoist and carplay? I’ve been searching for AGES for a way to take a quick note (safely!) while driving, and have come up empty so far. Would love details from Emilie on how she gets todoist to integrate with carplay!

    • Reply Beth February 22, 2023 at 1:15 pm

      I am not sure about this integration but my method is simpler. I just create a reminder for later (when I know I’ll be done driving) to add xyz to my to do list. It’s not perfect but it works.

  • Reply Christine February 23, 2023 at 6:23 am

    On the idea of a planner gender divide, it reminded me of a time – not long ago – when it was hard to find women’s voices on productivity in the podcast realm. It’s been great to hear more women stepping into and balancing the conversation. Might be interesting to poll podcasters in the space for their planner peace. When I started my career in the mid-90s, all employees were encouraged/ required to go through Covey’s 7 Habits training and the company paid for our first binders and every annual pages. Male dominated field, and we all had planners on our desks and in hand at meetings. (Yes, I still have and use mine.)

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