Best Laid Plans

Episode #175: Planning By Season + 2024 Planner Stack

December 4, 2023

Planning By Season: 2024

Ever since the launch of BLP Academy, listeners and attendees have requested a longitudinal experience for those who want guided planning throughout the year. I have learned so much about what people want out of these courses – so much of the power comes with the accountability, the connection, and the structure. And so . . . Planning By Season was developed with these concepts at the forefront, as a yearlong experience with plenty of time for back-and-forth interaction and connection — but also a workbook and built-in accountability with mid-season check-ins.

All of the details can be found here! We already have a wonderful group (registration opened via newsletter Friday) and space is limited, so I encourage you to sign up now!

Please note: I also mentioned Digital Detox 2.0 in the episode but am putting that program on hold for now. Please stay tuned as it will be back, but I have decided to delay the launch until a later time to put all my focus into Planning 2024 / Planning by Season!


YESSSSSS it’s giveaway time! If you would like to enter for a chance to win a 2024 planner, please enter your name in the comments. US and international entries welcomes. I will select winners by random number generation on FRIDAY DEC 8, and offer 1st choice to the first drawn number, 2nd choice to the 2nd grown number, and 3rd choice to the 3rd!

Planners up for grabs are all mentioned in this review ep!! (YES – this includes Passionate Penny Pincher!! You’re welcome 🙂 )

Planner Stack 2024!!!

I promised a video so . . . here we go!

As usual . . . the production value is just okay. But if I aim for A+ I will never publish anything so . . . here you go! This is why I’m podcaster and not a YouTuber 🙂

Products Mentioned:
Hobonichi Cousin Avec
Hobonichi A6 Original
Cloth & Paper Disc-Bound Half-Letter
Hobonichi 5 Year Journal
Ashley Shelly Monthly (Amanda’s Favorites Collab)

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  • Reply Jaimie December 4, 2023 at 5:56 am

    Jaimie Kostiuk

    • Reply Eszter December 4, 2023 at 4:41 pm

      I’d love to win one of your planners.

      • Reply Mary N-P December 5, 2023 at 6:39 am

        Love the planner stack. I’m on the hunt for a spiral bound A5 layout similar to Hobonichi Cousin – love the TRP. Would love a chance to try a different planner in the meantime. Thanks!

      • Reply Louisa December 6, 2023 at 1:18 am

        Thank you for entering me in the planner giveaway!

  • Reply Abby Smith December 4, 2023 at 6:11 am

    Hi Sarah , I’d love to enter to win the penny pincher planner in the giveaway please , thank you Abby

    • Reply Kathleen December 4, 2023 at 3:39 pm

      Kathleen R.

    • Reply Mary December 4, 2023 at 8:13 pm

      I would love to win one of your planners and I love your show-so glad I found you 😊

    • Reply Regenia Phillips Campbell December 4, 2023 at 9:41 pm


  • Reply Harish December 4, 2023 at 6:36 am

    I would love a planner in your give away, in case they are still available. Thanks!

    • Reply Anne Maassen December 5, 2023 at 3:11 am

      I’d also love to enter the give away. ANNE!

  • Reply Penny December 4, 2023 at 6:49 am

    Penny Wittick

    • Reply Amber McCormack December 4, 2023 at 7:14 am

      Thanks for doing the giveaway!
      Amber McCormack

  • Reply Aly Osgood December 4, 2023 at 6:50 am

    Aly Osgood

  • Reply Brett Grossman December 4, 2023 at 6:50 am


  • Reply Arden December 4, 2023 at 6:52 am

    Arden Spark

    • Reply Anna Mullenax December 4, 2023 at 7:45 am

      Anna Mullenax

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    Erika Dollard

  • Reply Gemma December 4, 2023 at 7:26 am

    Gemma Clegg

  • Reply Jen December 4, 2023 at 7:38 am

    Jen Chavez

  • Reply Kirsten Wand December 4, 2023 at 7:45 am

    Kirsten Wand

  • Reply Elisabeth December 4, 2023 at 7:46 am

    Thanks for doing a fun giveaway!

    Elisabeth N.

    • Reply Faith December 4, 2023 at 8:23 am

      Yay! Faith P

  • Reply Sarah Yowell December 4, 2023 at 7:59 am

    Sarah Yowell

  • Reply Melissa Drappi December 4, 2023 at 8:00 am

    Melissa Drappi

  • Reply Sidra Boshes December 4, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Sidra Boshes

  • Reply Rachel December 4, 2023 at 8:18 am

    Rachel P
    A new planner would fill me with joy!! 🤞

  • Reply Hannah December 4, 2023 at 8:42 am

    Haven’t done my 2024 planner sit down yet so would love to be part of the giveaway!
    Hannah Rhinehart

  • Reply Emily December 4, 2023 at 8:49 am


  • Reply Mei December 4, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Mei M. Thank you!

  • Reply Maria C December 4, 2023 at 8:51 am


  • Reply Sarah Dambrosio December 4, 2023 at 8:56 am

    Sarah D

  • Reply Michelle Ulrich December 4, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Michelle Ulrich

  • Reply Amanda Koehler December 4, 2023 at 9:02 am

    Amanda Koehler

  • Reply Gina Shevchuk December 4, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Gina Shevchuk thanks!

  • Reply Jackie G December 4, 2023 at 9:15 am

    Jackie G

  • Reply ndelacroix7 December 4, 2023 at 9:17 am

    Nneka D.

  • Reply Linda M December 4, 2023 at 9:28 am

    I’d love to try a new planner.
    Linda M from Oregon

  • Reply Violet December 4, 2023 at 9:31 am

    Yay it’s planner season!

  • Reply Emily December 4, 2023 at 9:38 am

    Emily SW
    Thanks for a fun giveaway!

  • Reply Maria C December 4, 2023 at 9:43 am

    Maria C

  • Reply Elisabeth December 4, 2023 at 9:44 am

    You know I’m here for giveaways <3

    Elisabeth F

  • Reply Kirsten Pierce December 4, 2023 at 9:47 am

    I love a planner giveaway!

  • Reply Amy D December 4, 2023 at 9:49 am

    Amy D
    I would love a planner!!!

  • Reply Kiran Varani December 4, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Kiran Varani

  • Reply Abby Smith December 4, 2023 at 9:52 am


  • Reply Anett H December 4, 2023 at 9:58 am

    Uuuuh, the giveaway is open to internationals? 🙂 Here I am!
    (Total decision paralysis thanks to all the new releases — I indeed do not have a planner for 2024, yet…)

    Anett H.

  • Reply Linda Jo Johnson December 4, 2023 at 10:02 am

    Linda Jo
    I would love a planner to better plan my days as I retire. Thank You!

  • Reply omdg December 4, 2023 at 10:11 am

    I don’t need a planner, but I just wanted to say you sound fantastic — you have a great voice. You come across in this video as someone who has done this A LOT. Would love to see more content in this format!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 4, 2023 at 10:13 am

      that is so nice! I *have* done it a lot – the speaking part 🙂 Just not with a camera on me!!!!

  • Reply Margaret Hruschka December 4, 2023 at 10:12 am

    Margaret Hruschka

  • Reply Shweta Hegde December 4, 2023 at 10:23 am

    Shweta Hegde. Would love any of those planners! Thanks so much!

  • Reply Ruth December 4, 2023 at 10:27 am

    Always up for a fun giveaway! Ruth Down x

  • Reply Sarah December 4, 2023 at 10:39 am

    Sarah M – would love to win a planner!

    • Reply Beth Gaines December 4, 2023 at 7:14 pm

      I would love to enter the giveaway! Thank you!
      Beth G.

  • Reply Deb Howard Greenleaf December 4, 2023 at 10:47 am

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Deb G.

  • Reply Michelle December 4, 2023 at 11:00 am

    Michelle. Thanks!

  • Reply Courtney December 4, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Courtney Calvin

  • Reply Robin Bruce December 4, 2023 at 11:10 am

    Robin Bruce would love to try ANY of those planners. Thank you!

  • Reply Dorothy December 4, 2023 at 11:16 am

    Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  • Reply Sarah December 4, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Sarah K

  • Reply Noemi December 4, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Noemi Hall

  • Reply Angela Hieronymi December 4, 2023 at 11:36 am

    Hello, Sarah! I just recently found your podcast and website. I love your show and I find it just nice to listen to every Monday day. Keep up the good work thank you! Angela Hieronymi

  • Reply Diane December 4, 2023 at 12:05 pm

    Diane Simmons

  • Reply Erica Montemayor December 4, 2023 at 1:00 pm

    Erica Montemayor

  • Reply Kris December 4, 2023 at 1:02 pm

    Love your podcast and planning
    Kris Wright

  • Reply Cassie December 4, 2023 at 1:12 pm

    Cassie Lian, thank you for all that you do, Sarah!

  • Reply Kimberly Wiggin December 4, 2023 at 1:13 pm

    Count me in for the planner giveaway – it would be so fun to try something new!

  • Reply Ann-Marie K December 4, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    Ann-Marie K. Great episode, thank you!

  • Reply Sara Hirt December 4, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Reply Alison Rodriguez December 4, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    I’m going with Hobonichi products for a second year in 2024. I have the Hobonichi Cousin and Weeks Mega (Cousin for everything persona life and Weeks for trackers/lists/notes). I have a separate Happy Planner for work-related task management and meeting notes. I also use Apple Notes, too.

    Over the winter break, I’m spending time reviewing what we covered in BLPA and mapping to which product (Cousin, Weeks, Apple Notes) will each thing “live” in 2024.

    Thank you for all you do, Sarah! Love your 2024 stack 🙂

  • Reply Krista Lusby December 4, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Krista Lusby 🙂

  • Reply Deidre December 4, 2023 at 1:57 pm

    Deidre Dixon 😊

  • Reply Emily B December 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Emily B
    Thank you 😊

  • Reply Kerri December 4, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    Kerri Mannion

  • Reply Sarah Robinson December 4, 2023 at 3:09 pm

    Sarah Robinson

  • Reply Celeste Hobbs December 4, 2023 at 3:16 pm

    Celeste Hobbs

  • Reply Laura Marshall December 4, 2023 at 3:29 pm

    Laura Marshall

  • Reply Mark December 4, 2023 at 3:32 pm

    Putting my name in for the giveaway (Mark Siegal). Thanks!

  • Reply Amanda Perrine December 4, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    I’d love to win 🙂 Amanda Perrine

  • Reply Erin Harris December 4, 2023 at 3:58 pm

    Would love a new planner – thanks for the giveaway!!
    Erin Harris

  • Reply Sara W. December 4, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    I’d love to enter the giveaway.
    -Sara W.

  • Reply Ali Clark December 4, 2023 at 4:33 pm

    Ali Clark, I would love to be entered into the giveaway!

  • Reply Brittany December 4, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    I would love to win the passionate penny pincher planner!

  • Reply Indhu December 4, 2023 at 4:41 pm

    Indhu Sivaramakrishnan

  • Reply Jennifer Loucks December 4, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    Yay drawings! I’m a fellow runner too! Jenn L

  • Reply Kristie December 4, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Kristie S

  • Reply Pankti December 4, 2023 at 5:03 pm

    I’d love to win!! Pankti B.

  • Reply Christiane Watson December 4, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    *Giveaway entry* – Christiane Watson

  • Reply Ruchi December 4, 2023 at 5:17 pm

    Ruchi D

    Would love to win and try out a new planner to help me redirect as I enter a new season of life as a mother

  • Reply Jennifer Geiger December 4, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    Love your show, and this episode is one of my favorites!

  • Reply Lindsay Crandall December 4, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    Very excited! Thanks for this giveaway. Lindsay Crandall

  • Reply Mollie Mulligan December 4, 2023 at 5:45 pm

    Stumbled on your show and loving it! Happy 2024.
    Mollie Mulligan

  • Reply Allie H December 4, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    Hi! Allie from Boston here. Currently using academic year Passion Planner. I am a mom of 4, college professor and getting a PhD myself. Love the idea of having something for the calendar year and only using it for myself!!

    • Reply Jamie Malin December 4, 2023 at 8:18 pm

      Such a wonderful episode. I love listening to your planner reviews.

  • Reply Carolyn December 4, 2023 at 6:12 pm

    Hello ShuBox would love to be entered in the draw. Glad to win any!!! Thx. Carolyn

  • Reply Bridget KDJ December 4, 2023 at 7:01 pm

    I’d like to be considered! Bridget KDJ

  • Reply Juliana Sharp December 4, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    Juliana Sharp – Hi Sarah! I am a long-time fan and would be interested in any and all planners. I have a passion for all planners as I think each type offer features that I can benefit from. Thank you for sharing your extra planners with your listeners. Happy holidays!

  • Reply Tammy L December 4, 2023 at 7:31 pm

    Hi Sarah, it’s Tammy from Sydney. Would love to win a planner, although I’m excited about my 2024 Hobonichi.

  • Reply Rachel December 4, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    I already entered the contest but just wanted to say I love the video! You do an amazing job describing the planners but I have never watched a planner review before and it was cool to see the products and how you use them. I have a line a day 5 year which is much smaller than your hobonici and I also started in 2021 so I’ve started to think about what I’ll get for 2026… the hobonichi looks very sturdy.

  • Reply Jennifer Webb December 4, 2023 at 7:40 pm

    Love your podcast and trust your reviews so much! Thank you!

  • Reply Callie Duque December 4, 2023 at 8:00 pm

    I left a comment with my name already (not sure if it posted) but thank you for adding a video part to this episode! My husband ordered me either a Hobonichi weeks or Sterling Ink Common for my birthday and I’m excited to see which I get and start my own stack!

  • Reply Holly Hacker December 4, 2023 at 9:03 pm

    I’d love to win!

  • Reply Carolyn Neal December 4, 2023 at 9:07 pm

    Carolyn Neal

  • Reply Ellen December 4, 2023 at 9:27 pm

    I’d love to win a planner! Love your podcast!

  • Reply madetowithstand December 4, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    Love it! Karla A.

  • Reply Gracie C Murray December 4, 2023 at 9:48 pm

    Gracie Murray

  • Reply Theresa December 4, 2023 at 9:50 pm

    Theresa Heaver

  • Reply Elizabeth M December 4, 2023 at 10:13 pm

    Elizabeth M! Sorry if this goes through twice

  • Reply Dominique Bain December 4, 2023 at 10:22 pm

    Dominique Bain – love your podcast and excited about the possibility of a cool planner for 2024.

  • Reply Maureen Rekrut December 4, 2023 at 10:26 pm

    Would really like to try the ec monthly for goal setting.

  • Reply Lindsey Keeley December 4, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Lindsey K. Planner please 😎

  • Reply Katie Murray December 4, 2023 at 10:28 pm

    Katie Murray

  • Reply Jen Sorensen December 4, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks for another fun giveaway, Sarah! Adding my name to the thread. -Jen

  • Reply Kersti December 4, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Kersti 🙂

  • Reply Olga Savelyeva December 4, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    Olga Savelyeva – would looove to win a planner! Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Reply Emily Peterson December 5, 2023 at 12:04 am

    Emily Peterson

  • Reply Jess December 5, 2023 at 1:54 am

    Hi Sarah!
    I’d love to win a planner. I’ve just used a plain notebook for years, but feel like it’s time to try a planner:)

    • Reply Leandra December 5, 2023 at 2:19 am

      Leandra from Tasmania

  • Reply Marykate December 5, 2023 at 4:34 am

    If you are still taking submissions, I would love to try and win one of your planners!

    My current planner stack for 2024:
    – An EC softbound Life Planner (vertical) for Monthly and Weekly planning
    – A generic softbound notebook that I use for my daily planning (I use 6 of these a year, one for every two months and get them from either Staples or Target)
    – AN EC softbound Teacher Planner – this has been new since August and I am not a teacher but it works really good for planning and thinking through my work items (I manage projects, so I do one project per column!).
    – One additional notebook that I use for all my paper thinkin…. brainstorming goals, journaling, whatever I need to get out of my brain and onto paper to examine. The most recent entry was running the numbers and options for our annual benefits enrollment!

    Thanks for all you do and being so willing to share your 2024 planners that didn’t make it to THE stack!

  • Reply Vianna December 5, 2023 at 5:04 am

    Would live to win a planner. Thanks

  • Reply Kelly Stokes December 5, 2023 at 5:17 am

    Hello Sarah,
    Please enter me into the drawing for the planners giveaway!
    Thanks, Kelly

  • Reply Mau Bacierto December 5, 2023 at 5:54 am

    Mau Bacierto

  • Reply Matt G December 5, 2023 at 6:23 am

    Matt G

  • Reply Claudia Andre December 5, 2023 at 7:00 am

    Claudia(sorry if this is twice. I don’t see my first comment!)

  • Reply Miranda December 5, 2023 at 7:04 am

    Miranda Worthington

  • Reply Evalyne Ndungi December 5, 2023 at 10:28 am

    Hi, My name is Evalyne. I listen from Nairobi, Kenya. I’m interested in one of the planners.

  • Reply Jenny December 5, 2023 at 6:32 pm

    Jenny Banks

  • Reply Michelle December 5, 2023 at 6:58 pm

    I might have let out an audible gasp upon hearing the sprouted hourly was in the giveaway ☺️

  • Reply Kerry Cannon December 5, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    I love your podcasts! It would be awesome to win a planner – Kerry Cannon

  • Reply Joy December 5, 2023 at 8:17 pm

    Your 2024 stack sounds great! I’m doing something similar for a goals planner this year and look forward to hearing how it goes.

    I would love to be entered in the giveaway. Thank you! Joy

  • Reply Nicole December 6, 2023 at 1:13 am

    Nicole B
    Thank you for shipping internationally!

  • Reply Sookyung Kim December 6, 2023 at 1:46 am

    S. Kim entry submitted!

  • Reply Mette Lundstad Nielsen December 6, 2023 at 2:11 am

    I love my monday because “best laied plans” comes out – thanks for being in my ear and helping me plan – Mette Lundstad

  • Reply Andrea Cavanaugh December 6, 2023 at 8:02 am

    Andrea Cavanaugh

  • Reply Liz Emrich December 6, 2023 at 8:03 am

    Liz Emrich

  • Reply Carrie December 6, 2023 at 9:25 am

    Would ❤️❤️❤️ to get a new 2024 planner – Carrie

  • Reply Natalie H. December 6, 2023 at 10:24 am

    Ooh I would love the EC monthly. I use a weekly but I’ve been thinking a monthly would be good as a family/memory planner.

  • Reply Ashley L. December 6, 2023 at 10:50 am

    Ashley L.

  • Reply Adaora Okechukwu December 6, 2023 at 11:02 am

    It would be so great to receive one of these! Adaora

  • Reply maribeth anderson December 6, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Maribeth Anderson. Hello from West Virginia !

  • Reply Olivia DC December 6, 2023 at 12:43 pm

    Hi Sarah! I’d love to be entered into the giveaway!

    Thanks for all you do!

  • Reply Cindy J December 6, 2023 at 12:58 pm

    I would love to win a planner!!!!

  • Reply sarah December 6, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    I would love to be entered to win a planner! thank you 🙂

    Sarah K

  • Reply Sarah Littleton-Smith December 6, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    I would love to be entered! Sarah Littleton-Smith

  • Reply Sally Portera Mankins December 6, 2023 at 7:13 pm

    Wow! So many other planner lovers!

  • Reply Sarah Real December 6, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Sarah Real

  • Reply Joy Winbourne December 6, 2023 at 10:18 pm

    joy winbourne

  • Reply Lisa December 7, 2023 at 9:50 am

    Ohh my goodness, love hearing about your planner stack for 2024 (and thank you for the opportunity to win!) 😉

  • Reply Michelle December Langhammer December 7, 2023 at 3:19 pm

    Michelle 🙂

  • Reply christinelangford316 December 7, 2023 at 4:00 pm

    Christine Langford I would love to receive one of these.

  • Reply Becca December 7, 2023 at 6:04 pm

    Love that you are giving away your extra planners! Would love to add to my stack!
    I am using a daily sprouted planner with a small monthly planner to track health items.

  • Reply Jeanna Wieselmann December 7, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    Jeanna Wieselmann – thank you for adding me to the giveaway!

  • Reply Kristin E Wellsand December 8, 2023 at 6:44 am

    Kristin Wellsand – would love to try a new planner! Thank you!

  • Reply Heather F December 8, 2023 at 11:47 am

    Do you have a link to the Muji weekly planner? I cant seem to find the weekly that shows the week then an open page for grocery list. I love that idea!

  • Reply Courtney Verduci December 8, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    I hope I’m not too late to enter the giveaway! A relative recently shared your podcast with me because i am planner obsessed! Happy to have found you!

    Courtney Verduci

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