Best Laid Plans AT HOME: Planning 2024

After launching BLP Live, I got several inquiries asking for a guided virtual annual planning program because they wanted to come to to the in-person event but couldn’t make it to the Southeast corner of the US.  This is why I decided to launch a HOME/VIRTUAL version of Best Laid Plans Live!

These sessions will be held as live interactive planning sessions that you can attend with your best pens and favorite hot beverage at hand.  Upon reflecting on various format options, I decided on 2 x 2 hr sessions so we can really go deep, with options for December or January!  There is a 35+ page pdf workbook (beautifully designed by Elizabeth Fox, the designer I’ve worked with for all of the course materials + logos) which can be printed so you can put all of your brainstorming and ideas lists down in ink.  If you prefer an asynchronous experience (ie, perhaps working through the videos on a retreat with a partner?) that is an option as well since videos will be uploaded.  

Visit the registration page for more details and as always, email me if there are any questions!

Best Laid Plans LIVE: Planning 2024 in Sunny FL

Register HERE, and details below! Last day to register is 10/2/2023.

Best Laid Plans Live will be our first *live* planning conference! Kick off your own Reflection Season (Nov 1 – Dec 31) with 3 days of planning with me in the sunshine! I (SHU) will lead workshops and sessions designed to help you plan and dream about the year ahead, and there will be lots of time for practical planning and goal-setting as well.

This conference is for anyone interested in an immersive and relaxing experience designed to help you think through plans, goals, and routines — BLP-style. If you’ve always been tempted by the idea of a personal retreat to really deeply think about what you want and create the plans to get there — this is your chance. You will also connect and share ideas with like-minded planners and goal-setters, and hopefully make some great lifelong friends!

This retreat will take place at the beachside B Ocean Resort in sunny Fort Lauderdale, located ~15 minutes from FLL Airport. We have a great block room rate ($169/night + taxes + resort fee) — and this resort is spacious, modern, has plenty of amenities, and is walking distance from many restaurants. And of course, there’s the beach!

Registration also includes a workbook (note: this is different than the pdf BLPA workbook!) which you will receive at the event.

Please note, you will receive a link to book your room after you have registered for Best Laid Plans Live. Do not book on your own (you will not get the reduced rate!).


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Best Laid Plans Academy: Fall 2023

BLPA Fall 2023 is closed – next round fall 2024

Best Laid Plans Academy is a 7-week course with live (or asynchronous) learning sessions, pdf text/workbooks, and supplemental support sessions for specialty groups that I developed after listeners were asking for a step by step guide to creating a functional planning system from the ground up — or fixing one that wasn’t serving them.

I have loved creating this material and sharing lots of ideas to help participants curate their own custom systems.  The material has plenty of suggestions but is never prescriptive – participants figure out what works best for them, and support each other!  There is time for reflection and I am available for questions both during + between the sessions!  

This round features freshly revised guides, with content emphasis shaped by what really resonated with members of the first two rounds.  

Some additional details of what will be offered in this round:

Best Laid Plans Academy Fall 2023 Includes:
* 7 live 60 minute sessions (also recorded for convenience) held on Tuesdays at  1 pm Eastern Time between October 3 – early December.   Topics range from daily/weekly/seasonal/big picture planning to nested goal setting methods to calendar and email management and more!

* All live sessions recorded and made available through course platform after each session

︎* Materials available immediately so you can choose to read/work ahead if desired!

︎* Comprehensive PDF textbook and workbook pages for each section with new revised editions; well-designed and printable in B&W or color with plenty of space for journaling and brainstorming in the workbook section

︎* Short (15 minute) summary lesson videos for each session – can be viewed in addition to the longer zoom sessions or as a substitute if you fall behind and need to catch up quickly!

︎* Private community just for members to share (on the course site) – ask Sarah questions + receive support from your fellow course attendees!

︎* Optional WhatsApp group for those interested and looking for another sharing modality

Quotes from Previous BLPA Participants 
(these were taken with permission from post-course surveys sent after rounds 1 + 2)

“I cannot say enough good things about my experience with Best Laid Plans Academy. Historically, I have been unable to enact a durable planning system into my life. I wanted to, but I also struggled with a lot of planning resistance. But apparently this student was finally ready because boy did the teacher appear. Sarah’s course is EXTREMELY well thought-out, clear, and detailed without being overly prescriptive. I loved the live sessions but having both a workbook, written notes, AND recorded sessions for review later made this course extremely accessible and adaptable.”

“BLPA was such a fun, engaging course! It provided a strong foundational planning routine and encouraged participants to customize a system to meet their needs. Sarah did an excellent job leading the sessions!”

“The Specialty Sessions were fantastic! I appreciated the smaller group discussion and learning from a variety of perspectives in a safe space.”

“I found BLPA very valuable in that it provided me the space and opportunity to think through aspects of planning from the daily to the annual level.  I really liked the workbook and textbook as a future resource, as well as watching the shorter videos in preparation for the zoom sessions. I couldn’t attend all zoom sessions live because of work, but I did watch those I missed after the fact.”

Please note: I do have limited space as I want to make sure I am available to every member for questions and because I want to keep discussions at a manageable size during the session.  

Digital Detox: back in early 2024! Stay tuned!