Best Laid Plans

BLP Episode #189: Diving into Quintile 2!

March 11, 2024

Daily planning page as outside observer . . .

I open with a discussion of the idea of planner page as “outside observer” and how seeing the day laid out in physical form for me can help alleviate stress and provide a sort of helpful objectivity. I’m curious if this is a familiar feeing for anyone else!

In the main portion of the show, I provide a step by step planning guide for your Quintile 2, or spring season (fall for our Southern Hemisphere listeners!). From end-of-the-academic year activities to spring cleaning energy, I include prompts to think and encourage a thorough review of your annual and Season 1 goals. Happy spring planning!!

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  • Reply Daria March 11, 2024 at 2:36 pm

    Loved this episode! I need to sit down, relisten, and write stuff down. Thank you.

  • Reply Terri March 11, 2024 at 3:35 pm

    Sarah, what is the denim cloth ring notebook? Can you share a link?

  • Reply Shylie March 15, 2024 at 4:33 am

    Love the fact us antipodeans got a mention! Most people in the northern hemisphere forget there’s two 😉 Autumn (fall) had just started here, there are 4 school terms in Australia so quintiles could work for those plus Christmas holidays for those with short people (kids).

  • Reply Lis March 22, 2024 at 1:18 pm

    This is exactly how I feel—and I believe I learned it from you when I first started listening to BLP! It is why I try to tell others how helping it is to plan—whether it’s yearly, monthly, weekly, or daily, I cannot tell how much time to do something if I do not know how much time I have. It has made me wiser with my time and also I feel a lot less guilt. I cannot create time, so if it’s a busy day/season, I do not have to feel guilty saying no to things. I can only work with the time I have. And, honestly, I often find I have more time than I think (as long as I do not waste it). I love seeing photos of your pages!

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