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Welcome to Best Laid Plans -- a podcast all about planning and the planning tools we love. From planning techniques and organizing philosophies to planners and notebooks, we cover it all. Host Sarah Hart-Unger is a mother of 3, physician, podcasting pro, and a lover of lists and all things paper! Listen in weekly for conversations about planning and productivity as well as product reviews and interviews with planning experts!
 
Love your career? Love your family? Best of Both Worlds is the show for you! Hosts Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and a mom of four, and Sarah Hart-Unger, a practicing physician and mom of two (soon to be three!) discuss work/life balance, career development, parenting, time management, productivity, and making time for fun. Tune in each week for strategies to help you thrive in all spheres of life.
 
SoundAdvice Podcast with Phyllis and Kelvin Nichols is for business people looking to make an impact. We cover how-to tips to expand your reach, create genuine connections and grow a client list of raving fans. We're here to help you share your vision and your voice. SoundAdvice is showing you how to amplify your message. Because who you are, and what you do, matters.
 
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In this episode, Sarah provides a planner matchmaking service for Laura Vanderkam! Laura is a time management expert who also happens to be Sarah's good friend and podcast cohost on Best of Both Worlds. For years, she's used a plain spiral notebook to hold all of her lists and notes. Can Sarah find some more enticing options? Listen to find out! Al…
 
Today’s guest Kate Hanley podcaster, author, New York Times bestselling ghostwriter and personal development coach. Her books include Stress Less, A Year of Daily Calm, The Anywhere Anytime Chill Guide, and How to Be a Better Person, 400+ Simple Ways to Make a Difference in Yourself--And the World. Her podcast, How to Be a Better Person with Kate H…
 
Jesse celebrates -- can you believe it?! -- the 500th episode of the You Need a Budget podcast. Nearly 10 years ago, Jesse started this podcast as an experiment. Over the years the mics have been upgraded, the acoustics have gotten better, but the message has remained the same: follow the Four Rules, and make your dollars work for you and your prio…
 
In this episode, Laura and Sarah share a more intimate look at their highest and lowest parenting moments. Each of them discuss moments of pride . . . and those moments that are almost exactly the opposite. Finally, they end on a positive note, feedback-sandwich style: positive things they have noticed about each kid that make them feel happy and w…
 
This episode is all about planning your summer, with an in-depth discussion of the various things Sarah has spent time dreaming about for Summer 2021. Topics include childcare/camp, personal projects, summer reading & entertainment, travel, retreat or planning, and a minimalist summer bucket list. Sarah also shares her current planning system (and …
 
Jesse interviews Steve Colon, CEO of Bottom Line, an organization that helps students of color navigate the complex, time-consuming, and high stakes college admissions process. Bottom Line doesn't stop with admissions, either. Through their unique DEAL rubric, they help each student set a plan to graduate within six years, with no more than $31k de…
 
Today Jesse gives a sneak peak at a new show launching on the YNAB podcast network -- Beginning Balance. Together with his friend and business mentor Mark Butler, a virtual CFO and business expert, they explore the financial issues of small businesses and how to solve them. This is the first episode of Beginning Balance, which will begin airing wee…
 
It's a milestone to reach 200 episodes, and Sarah & Laura wanted to celebrate! In this episode, they chat about how the podcast got its start, when it could end, and various highs and lows. Sarah also describes the podcast-making process and how it's evolved. Then, both delve into favorite guests and episodes from the last 100, and big takeaways fr…
 
Jesse chats with Chanel Reynolds, author of What Matters Most and founder of the Get Your Shit Together website, dedicated to helping people navigate the confusing, difficult, and emotional aspects of end-of-life planning. In 2009 Chanel's husband was killed in a road cycling accident, and she found herself, very suddenly, a widow, a single parent,…
 
Today Jesse is sharing an interview he did with Jaclyn Johnson of the Work Party podcast for her Budget Broadcast Series. Jesse talks about the early days of YNAB, how to get serious with your side hustles, and explains the Four Rules to a new audience. You can find more from WorkParty, including the original interview, here: https://dearmedia.com/…
 
It's a summer fun episode! Laura and Sarah reminisce about summers past (day camp + the Jersey Shore figure prominently!) and then they move onto the Summer of 2021, which is looking at this point to be much better than Summer 2020. They discuss camps, potential travel, summer reading, and more! In the Q&A, Laura and Sarah answer a question relatin…
 
So many listeners recommended Elise Cripe a guest, and Sarah was thrilled to chat with her about her beautiful, professional, and functional planner: the Get to Work Book! This planner has goal-setting functionality, weekly spreads, and made a unique choice when it comes to holidays - there are none included! Listen to hear Elise's rationale and mu…
 
Jesse chats with Sami Womack, who paid off nearly half a million dollars of debt after hitting financial rock bottom during the birth of her first child. Stuck in a different city on business travel, her husband almost missed a flight home to be at the birth... because they had maxed out all their credit cards, and the last minute ticket was $800. …
 
Former NFL athlete, husband, father, and coach -- a man of many identities you might say -- Anthony Trucks joins the podcast to talk about how what's holding you back from reaching your goals might just be an identity problem. Anthony runs a coaching program call Make Shift Happen where he helps people to make consistent action toward their goals i…
 
In this fun conversational episode, Sarah and Laura run through their top 5 pet peeves in life - plus a bonus! Themes include technology, people who not respect time or boundaries, and the concept of a "relaxing" vacation with toddlers. The Q&A features a listener contending with the rapidly changing financial landscape that can come with divorce. …
 
In this episode, Sarah provides an honest and candid review and walk-through the Simplified Daily Planner by Emily Ley. The Simplified line of planners contains both a daily and weekly option, and all feature beautiful colors and thoughtful design elemnets. Sarah shares her favorite aspects and some of the (few) things she might change if she could…
 
In today's episode of Money Stories, Jesse chats with Abbie Shepherd, a clinical psychologist who recently earned her PhD and is working her first real job after her long journey in higher education. Most people understand that earning a PhD takes a lot of academic rigor, but few realize that it is very taxing on the budget as well. In addition to …
 
It's another all Q&A episode, featuring your submitted write-in and audio questions! Question 1 opens with a question on "manly" planners for a 25 year old who has just received a promotion. Q2 is from a soon-to-be medicine resident wondering if she will still have use for her Hobonichi. Q3 is all about the aesthetics of planner pages -- does Sarah…
 
Curran Schiefelbein is a software engineer who has worked full time, part-time, and has stayed home at various points in her career. Her story is poignant and includes the tragic loss of her husband to illness, and she describes how she weathered returning to the workforce while learning to navigate her new life as a widow. In the introduction, Lau…
 
Jesse chats with marketer and entrepreneur Noah Kagan, former Director of Marketing at Mint, former Facebook employee, and currently the owner of AppSumo, a daily deals website which offers entrepreneurs discounted software from top software companies. In a sprawling conversation, they touch on the critical importance of taking action on your ideas…
 
In this all Q&A episode, Laura and Sarah answer seven questions, including their very first audio query (submit your own if you would like -- just visit the show notes page on Laura's blog for details!). Topics covered include setting personal weekly goals, navigating grandparent gifts (with an aside on the accumulation of 'stuff'), transitioning f…
 
This episode features author Greg McKeown, known for his work Essentialism and now introducing some powerful newer ideas in his latest release Effortless. In the conversation, Sarah and Greg take a deeper dive into the why around planning and what questions we should all be asking ourselves as we plan, especially: "What is truly essential" and "How…
 
Ashley Valliere and Melissa Chatigny, the creators and co-hosts of Sugar for Your Lemonade joined us to talk about podcasting, subconscious imprinting, Olympic weightlifting (OMG) and more. Hear how they decided to join forces to create their podcast. They have such great energy and it’s clear they know each other well. They also share how the name…
 
While there's no way to prepare for being a parent without actually becoming a parent, you can prepare financially for the experience. Chelsea Brennan shares some tips on how to do this, and what kind of difficult conversations you need to have with your spouse and family as part of the process. After a successful career as an equity analyst and he…
 
In this fun conversational episode, Sarah welcomes Ashley Brown to the show. Ashley is a mother, nurse educator, podcaster, and routines expert! She has her own suite of products designed to help people (especially women) optimize their routines, and she has so much wisdom to share! She also has designed beautiful notepads and other products to hel…
 
Doctor, mom, blogger, and podcaster Sarah Hart-Unger joins us on the podcast. She’s been blogging since 2004 and podcasting since 2016! She shares how creating content has helped her though different phases in life, and why she started podcast number two in 2020. Find out: How Best of Both Worlds (with Laura Vanderkam) came to life. Great insight h…
 
Jesse chats with productivity master Jeff Sanders, host of the 5AM Miracle podcast. As the title of his podcast suggests, Jeff loves to wake up early, but he doesn't necessarily think you should. Instead, Jeff focuses on setting clear boundaries around your work time, family time, and personal development time (especially physical fitness). Especia…
 
This episode is all about . . . email. That may sound dry, but both Laura and Sarah recently finished Cal Newport's A World Without Email (Laura reviewed in the WSJ!) and had many thoughts about the role our inboxes play in our lives, for better or (sometimes) for worse. They discuss their own inbox habits, tips for managing the deluge, and perhaps…
 
If you have felt the pull to switch planners 3 or 4 months into 2021 -- well, just know that you are not alone! Due to a few factors, Sarah jumped out of the (lovely!) Wonderland 222 and into a larger more colorful Erin Condren softbound weekly, with the hourly layout. She give all listeners official permission to switch if needed and explains what…
 
In today's money story, Jesse chats with Erika, a 32 year old married woman who found herself struggling in the deep end of credit card debt. Until YNAB, Erika always managed her money with her bank statements -- if there was enough for her current outflows, good! There wasn't much of a plan or cushion for surprises, however. Shortly after getting …
 
Jesse chats with author Mary Marantz about her book Dirt, the story of her life journey growing up in poor, rural West Virginia to eventually attending Yale Law. Mary grew up with a strong, hard working father who instilled in her a vigorous work ethic and a love for her hometown. However, her working class roots cast a shadow of doubt over how hig…
 
Sarah and Laura open with a travel discussion -- finally feeling like certain trips are safe to plan again! They discuss vacation rentals vs hotels and why both have moved towards the former for family trips! Then, they welcome You Need A Budget's founder and CEO Jesse Mecham for a fascinating discussion about the role of budgets and the benefits o…
 
In this Q&A episode, Sarah answers 4 listener questions. The first asks about how to handle bits of information that you might need later-- but are unsure exactly when. Then, a listener asks about the Eisenhower matrix, and relates it specifically to her academic job which requires both teaching (urgent + important) and research (non-urgent but sti…
 
Jesse chats with Laura Vanderkam and Sarah Hart-Unger, two time management experts and the hosts of the Best of Both Worlds Podcast, a show all about balancing busy lives and careers. Sarah is a pediatric endocrinologist while Laura is a writer (and author of I Know How She Does It), and both of them are also busy mothers. While they approach the c…
 
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