PACKED DAY (DITL Series Continues!)

April 26, 2023

Tuesday was a good example of a non-clinical work day for me. HERE WE GO . . .

4:30 up / AM routine. (100% agree with KGC who noted getting up early is more sustainable when you take breaks from it. I almost always sleep in Sunday and often another weekday each week. I honestly do not typically have trouble waking up on these early days unless something is off — migraine, illness, etc). I read some of Life in Five Senses, did headspace, planned the day, etc.

5:30 ran 6 miles with 6 x 30 second mini-intervals incorporated.

6:45 shower + ate while helping kids with breakfast etc.

7:30 clean up kitchen, put week on the board (since I didn’t do it the week prior!). Josh took G to school at 7:50

here’s an old (from a couple weeks ago) whiteboard shot!

8:45 drive A&C to orthodontist appt – both having spacers put in for palate expanders (this is A’s 2nd / C’s first). I think I worked on a blog post while waiting, then drove them to school with a stop at home for C’s lunch, which he forgot + ibuprofen because they said their mouths hurt from the spacers

10:15 finish post, eat super early lunch, prep for interview

11:00 BOBW guest interview + BLPA prep

12:00 Lead BPLA Spring – Session #3 (Daily Planning). This was a really fun session with great interaction from participants – I think it went well!

1:00 work on ad scripting; 15 minute BLPA 1:1

2:00 very exciting interview which hopefully will air soon, will definitely share when it does

3:15 record BLP ep, write more ad scripts

4:15 take A to gymnastics. While there: gmail cleanup/responding, upload BOBW ep to our process management app

6:15 home with A – dinner with all the kids; C had been at soccer (our nanny drove + brought G; 4:30 – 5:30)

7:00 kids got screen time (TV only) and watched 2 Thundermans eps while I did 30 min strength (20 min full body strength / 10 min yoga for runners)

7:45 start kid bedtime routine. Read with G (A joined us and helped read aloud; C read a graphic novel in his room). Emphasized the bedtime rules (mostly: stay in bed) with G in particular who has been struggling lately. Josh got home somewhere in there, around 8.

8:45 KIDS ASLEEP HOORAY. Hang out with Josh without being interrupted every sentence!

9:30 SLEEP

On list but didn’t finish: figure out day to go into G’s class; record May podcast sponsor segments. Both will probably have to be done Thursday.


  • Reply Emily April 26, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    You need a Dakboard! Lifechanging to have it sync to your Google calendar vs. writing it out on a whiteboard. It’s an investment but a planner fanatic like yourself would love it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 26, 2023 at 3:42 pm

      Except I don’t love google calendar 🙂
      However I will definitely check it out!!

      • Reply Grateful Kae April 26, 2023 at 4:13 pm

        What don’t you like about google calendar?! I feel like it’s so amazing and versatile!! (just my opinion, of course!) I feel like I’m becoming obsessed with my google calendar lately. Like I’ve made a separate “Workout” calendar so I can add or move around my workouts, we have a family one that the boys + husband can see (and it syncs to our Samsung fridge, which is amazing!!), I have the school lunch google cal there (kept mostly unchecked), the swim team has a Google cal, the school has a Google cal…. I keep most everything unchecked except my personal and family calendars, but I LOVE being able to pop the others on in an instant, if I want!

        • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 26, 2023 at 4:23 pm

          I find it slow and oddly unappealing to look at honestly!

        • Reply Omdg April 26, 2023 at 4:36 pm

          I’ve never been able to get google calendar to work properly, and it won’t synch with my clinical or research calendars so it is basically worthless to me.

          • Grateful Kae April 26, 2023 at 4:58 pm

            Ahh, bummer! I use it independently of my work Outlook calendar (hospital based) which is fine, because given the nature of my job I am okay just keeping work stuff confined only to Outlook and then Google Cal is where all my personal life stuff lives. Most of my M-F days I know I just have “work” during the work day, though I will occasionally put a specific work meeting placeholder on my personal calendar if I need to make sure I don’t schedule an appt or something during that time. I don’t normally have oodles of meetings though really, or at least not a ton scheduled super far in advance, so this isn’t a super common issue.

    • Reply Jordan April 27, 2023 at 12:13 pm

      I love Google calendar! and might need a Dakboard 🙂 I use Gcal for work and for personal, and my husband and I invite each other to everything so we have visibility. I also share events with our nanny. I also love the reminder feature (i.e. bring snacks for soccer, etc.). We’ve been printing out calendars (old-school!) for our kids to know what’s going on, and using emojis since our youngest can’t read yet and our older is learning, but the Dakboard could streamline this process!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 27, 2023 at 2:03 pm

      okay I looked and I have to say it is VERY aesthetically pleasing. I think I will still stick to a good ol’ whiteboard but I see the appeal 100%!

      • Reply Emily April 27, 2023 at 3:03 pm

        Yes! My husband and I share the google calendar with our nanny for personal/kid schedules-very helpful for last minute updates (i.e. baseball playoff games…) where I can load the information from my computer at work. I utilize Outlook for my work calendar and don’t try to mix the two.

  • Reply Coree April 27, 2023 at 4:28 am

    Do you bring your laptop to gymnastics? We’ve started having calendar summits at swim lessons, since we are sat there with nothing much to do.

    I’ve basically stopped using google calendar, and putting everything in my work calendar, as my colleagues don’t actually use calendar privileges to set up meetings, they just send 4 unnecessary emails. So I don’t feel any shame about “t judo”, “dinner at …” etc.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 27, 2023 at 8:51 am

      Yes! I bring it to gymnastics 🙂

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