Best Laid Plans

Ep #142: Mini Q&A / Mini Product Reviews

April 17, 2023

Mini Q/A:

1- How do you plan your evening routine to allow you to wake up early?

I try to get 7 hrs sleep at a minimum which means bed by 9:30 (often earlier) for a 4:30 wakeup! However, I do not always succeed. Sometimes I sleep less and then I might get a little extra sleep the next night. I have no shame about a 30 minute nap (at home or at work!) when I need it, too.

I also usually have one morning of ‘sleeping in’ until 7-8 am. This feels super decadent and often is 9 hrs of sleep. I recognize none of this is what the sleep textbooks say to do, but it works for me!

I want to note that I could not have done this (and DID NOT do it) when my kids were much younger and I had unpredictable (or early) mornings. I still got up early some days, but not as early and not as consistently. Currently the kids usually get up around the time I am done with my workout and often we have to wake them rather than the other way around.

2- Received an audio question from a listener named Elizabeth on planning around menstrual cycles – she realizes as a cycling adult it has helped her to be much more aware and to actually plan around how she might expect to feel at various points in her cycle.  

Love this and totally agree in the power of hormonal fluctuations to impact our mood + energy.   I actually kind of gave up fighting this and take hormonal medication to kind of . . prevent those swings as I found them SO debilitating but obviously that is a very personal choice!


All things I got in DC at Urban Dwell in Adams Morgan.

1- Midi Notebooks (set of 3) from Flame Tree Publishing

These are SO PRETTY!

2- EC Petite Meal Planner – here it is in action!

Fun fact: once I have made the list I usually find I have it memorized so I just double check at the end of my shopping trip. This time I had everything except the goat cheese!

Cute + Functional!

EC Referral Code is here if you would like to use it!

3- Karst Stone Paper Daily Planning Pad at Jenni Bick!

Interesting experience to write on stone. I have to say I prefer paper, but my Energel Clena worked better than my usual (these days) Pilot Juice Up!


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  • Reply Jeary April 17, 2023 at 12:56 pm

    I am late, but as an additional suggestion for your friend: I just moved back into the Jibun Techo because I missed my grid lines. So I guess the product I left behind could be interesting? It was a Mark’s Diary in B6 (other available sizes are A6 and A5). Of course, she is covered for now — but there will always be a next year. 😉

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 17, 2023 at 1:01 pm

      good point!!! I find the Mark’s paper almost uncomfortably smooth but she might like it!!

  • Reply Kathleen Donodeo April 17, 2023 at 3:43 pm

    Listening to your podcast right now — Urban Dwell in DC?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 17, 2023 at 3:48 pm

      Yes! I figured it out and linked in the notes 🙂

  • Reply Coree April 18, 2023 at 4:09 am

    I think that might be helpful to have your meal plans together over time. I’ve been using a perforated meal planning pad with a tear off shopping list. But I typically put the shopping list in todoist, with any other items I need. I can add things by talking to Alexa in the kitchen, which is useful.

  • Reply Ashley April 19, 2023 at 1:09 pm

    I can confirm that Erin Condren in Mosaic is definitely closing. I was there yesterday and it is almost completely cleared out (though the stuff that they have left is 75 percent off so some great deals to be had!). Sad to see it go!

  • Reply Henrietta April 20, 2023 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for another nice podcast episode! I have a 14 yo with whom I struggle with bed times. He loves to read, but mostly fanfiction and manga, which I realize is quite unfitting for his kindle: he cannot access the fan fiction on it, and the manga paging is really akward (the page format doesn’t seem to fit the kindle and is cut off or really small), and the battery drains super fast because of all the page turning. We live in Sweden, so it’s super expensive if I were to buy all the mangas he goes through as regular paperbacks.
    So we let him read on this iPad at night time, which I realize is super bad both because of the internet/snapchat/you tube temptation, and because of the lights (I don’t think night mode helps that much).
    Any suggestion for our situation?

    I’d love to try stone paper, sounds cool! And I really need to check the Jenny Bick store out to see if there are any nice Scandi stationary I’ve not known about!

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