Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep# 186: Handling the Minutiae

February 19, 2024

Today’s deep dive episode was inspired by a listener question below:

“I’m so curious how you handle all the minutia and small to-dos of daily life. I have 3 kids, a full-time in-office job, and also have a side hustle crafting-based business. It seems like there are constantly people to coordinate with for kids, teacher emails that should be read, game schedules to add to the calendar, meals to plan, groceries to order, other items (household/clothing) that need to be purchased, etc. and I’m feeling suuuuuper overwhelmed with it all.”

I share my task capture tactics including a list of examples — from bring the sports snack to overdue library books and more!

I also reveals some details about this year’s BLP Live (version 2.0!!), which will be held November 7 – 9 in Fort Lauderdale again! Signup info will be in my newsletter, which you can find here!!

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  • Reply Coree February 19, 2024 at 7:22 am

    One thing I find helpful is using the snooze function on my email, so I get the announcement about non-uniform day, travel bookings, etc when I actually need it versus my Christmas flights showing up in my inbox between June and December when I can’t check-in/download tickets to my wallet yet. I also delay reply when I want to cross something off my list but it’s too early to send a reply.

  • Reply Priyanka February 20, 2024 at 4:18 am

    Hi Sarah,
    I stumbled upon your podcast (BLP) a couple of months ago, after I listened to you on another show and I have been hooked! I have now listened to a number of episodes from both BLP and BOBW and it has rekindled my love for planning, which ironically got buried as life got busier. I tried a paper planner this year after using digital tools somewhat half-heartedly the past couple of years, and right now I am more hybrid, i.e using both the paper planner with my iCal, Apple notes and Workflowy but I realised introducing paper was key to making things ‘feel’ right for me. I am also an upholder and so many things you mention resonate with me!
    I am a biomedical scientist and Associate Prof. in Genetics leading a team of researchers and look forward to more inspiration from you in juggling life’s loves and commitments.

  • Reply Priyanka February 20, 2024 at 4:27 am

    Hi Sarah,
    I stumbled on BLP after listening to you on another podcast and soon after I discovered BOBW and was hooked! I really enjoy all your content. I am an academic and biomedical scientist leading an independent team as a principal investigator and listening to you has rekindled my love for planning which ironically had gotten buried as life got busier. I got myself a paper planner this year in addition to some of the digital tools, iCal, Apple notes and Workflowy, which I was using but not effectively. Planning at least some parts on paper definitely feels like it is working better right now for me. I am also inspired and adapting many of the tips you share on nested planning to my life and so far, it feels quite good!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 20, 2024 at 6:41 am

      So happy to hear that Priyanka!! I agree hybrid can be so effective and is underrated by many 🙂

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