Best Laid Plans

BLP Episode #190: The Ideal Week

March 18, 2024

glimpse of my ideal week!

Today’s episode is devoted to the Ideal Week exercise, a practice where you put your ideal week onto paper (or screen) using an hourly format. This can be done on paper using a template or an old vertical weekly planner, or on screen via an electronic calendar or even by writing on a pdf using an app.

I discuss nuances of this exercise, components I include, and variations on the idea (Ideal Month, anyone?).

A free ideal week template was included in the March newsletter – if you’d like a copy, please leave a comment (your email will be visible to me and I can then send it to you).

Reference: Recent blog post on this topic as well, and here’s a much older version (2019) I did in excel!

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  • Reply Jen March 18, 2024 at 11:30 am

    I’d love a copy of the ideal week template. Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 18, 2024 at 12:55 pm


  • Reply Indhu March 18, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    Iā€™d love a copy of the ideal template. Thank you

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 18, 2024 at 12:55 pm

      sent šŸ™‚

  • Reply Gina March 19, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    I’d love a copy. Thanks!

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 20, 2024 at 3:40 pm


  • Reply ARC March 19, 2024 at 5:49 pm

    Ooh! I did this a year ago when I was contemplating quitting my job and printed out a schedule and posted it at my desk so I could check myself on whether I was doing my “ideal” at the time, including making time for workouts, journaling etc. It’s time for me to revisit now that I’m off for a while. It was SUCH a useful exercise to figure out how to make all the pieces fit, AND make sure I included certain things to make life better each day instead of going through the daily schedule on autopilot.

  • Reply molly March 19, 2024 at 9:31 pm

    Please send me a copy! Love both the podcasts!

  • Reply Natalie March 19, 2024 at 11:53 pm

    I would love a copy! Thank you! I really enjoy your podcast.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 20, 2024 at 3:39 pm

      sending now!

  • Reply Becky March 26, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    I would love a copy of the template. Thank you!

  • Reply Katie April 5, 2024 at 4:47 am

    Please send me a copy of the template. šŸ˜Š

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger April 5, 2024 at 5:12 am


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