Best Laid Plans

Ep #149: June Q&A: Tracking Health Details, Photo & Memory Organization, Planners for Kids, and Planning on the Fly

June 5, 2023

Show Notes

1- Small portable planner to track migraine-related details? (Top pick = Hobonichi Weeks! amazon / jetpens)

2- Ways to deal with photos + memory keeping (esp with a newborn)?

3- Planner/collection system to deal with family’s increasingly complex medical needs? YES to organized folders with health related info! Products mentioned: a multipocket folder like this one; digital with Apple Notes, Notion, or OneNote; Organize 365 Warrior Mama binder

4- Recs for kids’ planners for school (if the school doesn’t hand one out): EC Academic – Annabel wants this one, mochithings, Amanda Rach Lee doodle planner though these are calendar year not academic

5- Dealing with planning paradox of a blank mind when trying to plan but a million details to capture while on the go

6- Recommendation for great PAPER to print out pdf discbound planner sheets? (Requesting listener input!!)


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  • Reply Kristie June 5, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Great episode! Organize 365 also has a medical binder that works for any age/complexity of patient. The Warrior Mama is ideal for parents of kids with special needs/IEPs/complex medical issues. I have all of the binders she sells and have found them to be so helpful. I have one medical binder that has dividers for my husband, myself, and my 2 older kids. I use the Warrior Mama binder for my youngest daughter. The binders themselves are pretty large, and I often take out the relevant pages and put them in a slimmer binder when going to appointments.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 5, 2023 at 12:12 pm

      Thank you Kristie!!!

  • Reply Grateful Kae June 5, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Love the idea of getting our household medical stuff more organized. With the online “MyChart” that we have, it helps for tracking certain things, but it’s a hassle to log into and I’d rather keep everything in one place. Lately I have found myself losing track of this stuff, too… like, when was their last physical? How often do they have to go now? Wait, did I order contacts the last time I was at the eye doctor, or do I need to order more, etc. Ironically I was just mulling this over last week, so this episode was timely for me! I’ve been using Google Keep more lately for notes since I keep my Google Cal open all day and it also has the little direct sidebar/link for Keep right there at all times, so it’s very accessible and convenient. I may try making a Medical folder and making a point to keep better notes there.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 5, 2023 at 4:32 pm

      ooh yes! Assuming that’s very similar to Apple Notes so would be a great option. I agree MyChart can be really cumbersome to pull up on the fly.

  • Reply Meredith June 8, 2023 at 5:35 am

    A suggestion for the listener looking for a portable migraine tracker – I love the Moleskine pocket daily for tracking this. Small but with lots of room to write for each day, easy to slip into my workbag or even a purse. Discreet cover.

  • Reply Anne Maassen June 9, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Sarah, I loved the segment on planners for kids! I was wondering if you had any thoughts on a first planner / journal for the younger set. My 5 yo is very interested in my Hobinichi (often abducts it and doodles in it) and I’ve been receiving ads for “My first happy me journal” for ages 3-6. Have you heard of it, is it worth it? Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger June 9, 2023 at 2:05 pm

      Ec Kids planners are super cute:

      They are more like glorified sticker books but a fun first product to play with! HappyMe looks very cute but I’ve never flipped through it in person!

  • Reply Susan June 21, 2023 at 6:47 am

    Yay for more videos! It is hard to do all the things you have ideas for – glad to see these coming back.

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