Best Laid Plans

Episode #176 December Q&A: Capture Overload, Work Goals Motivation, Goals List Organization, Post-Baby Planning, Hobonichi Setup Tips + More

December 11, 2023

Show Notes

In today’s episode, I open with two listener submissions for Word of the Year (one from Australia and one from Scotland!) and then dive into some listener questions!

Topics include:
1) Capture Overload
2) End-of-residency Planning – Lack of Motivation to Set Work Goals
3) Organization of weekly / monthly / quintile goals lists
4) Post-baby planning – how to divide the year?
5) Hobonichi setup tips!

Note: Planning By Season is open for registration – this is a structured seasonal goal setting experience taking place throughout 2024! Visit the courses page for details – I am very excited for this! The first session kicks off January 4th.

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  • Reply J December 11, 2023 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Sarah! Checking in to say THANK YOU for the lovely mug, notepad, and tea towel for the SANta gift swap! I love them and they really brightened a Monday afternoon!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 12, 2023 at 9:19 am

      I’m so glad!!! Yay! That was a lot of fun 🙂

  • Reply Allison December 12, 2023 at 5:57 am

    I wanted to share a capture resource. This is more along the lines of crafting a personal knowledge database. Digital approaches are often the easiest here for longevity and ease of finding saved information. I’ve used Evernote for years, but am recently trying out a new open-source app Joplin for capturing ideas/articles/resources. Both books below are by Tiago Forte He would probably also be a great future podcast interview. 🙂

    The PARA Method

    Building a Second Brain

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 12, 2023 at 9:34 am

      I am definitely interested in these!!! I need to delve into his stuff ..: thank you!

  • Reply Allison December 12, 2023 at 6:14 am

    Also, a previous Q&A discussed ring vs disc planners. I came across the trick for ring planners of cutting a slit in the punched holes so that they can slide in and out like a disc-bound planner. I love this trick and being able to use beautiful ring planners without having to open the rings very often.

    Tip is in this video by Plans with Bee. I’ve also come across this suggestion by Rana Plans. Both are great resources for ring planning.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger December 12, 2023 at 9:39 am

      Very interesting! Will keep in mind for my adventures in disc blind planning …

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