My Best of Both Worlds co-host, Sarah Hart-Unger, launched “Best Laid Plans,” a podcast devoted to planners and planning, about a year ago. A listener suggested she try a “planner matchmaking” episode, much as the “What Should I Read Next?” podcast matches people with books. I volunteered to be Sarah’s first test subject — for an episode that aired today.
Why me? Well, first, she knows me pretty well at this point, so that helps with the matchmaking. But also, I am in that likely small group of people who has an extensive planning system, but does not use a traditional planner. I use a normal notebook, and split each weekly page in a particular way: weekly priority list at the top, daily to-do lists on the bottom half. Sarah’s task was to match me with a more elegant planner that would still honor my system.
I wound up choosing (spoiler alert!) the Whitney English week-on-one-page format. It’s an academic year calendar so it starts in July. I will report back. I ran out of pages in my current notebook, so for this week I’m using a random page in the back of another notebook. As mentioned on Best Laid Plans, I only play a Type A person professionally…Anyway, please give the episode a listen! And subscribe to Best Laid Plans. I always enjoy listening. If you use a particular brand of fancy planner, please let me know about it in the comments.
This weekend we had tentatively decided to go to the beach. But the weather wasn’t stellar, and I found out that the Philadelphia Flower Show, which we usually go to in early March, had been rescheduled for an outdoor venue over the past 10 days or so. So we got tickets and went to that on Saturday instead. Everyone enjoyed the butterfly exhibit (well, almost everyone…the 11-year-old was a bit sullen after 10 minutes, but since we had a 15 minute limit in there…). We also got ice cream and bought random things from vendors like lemon-flavored olive oil.
I ran both weekend mornings, albeit not that early. I got started around 8:15 a.m. both days. Nonetheless, this means that, coupled with my early morning run earlier in the week, I did run three times “before breakfast” this week. As I always say, three times a week is a habit. I could lament how challenging it is to run early during the week — which it is — or I could note that I did run in the morning three times. Which is not bad!