What Is a Printable Weekly Planner?
Are you looking for something to help you manage your time? Sometimes monthly calendars don’t provide enough space to write in the details of your day, but the weekly booklet calendars just aren’t designed the way you want. Maybe you only need a weekly calendar for certain weeks of the year. If any of these situations describe you, then a printable weekly planner might be just what you need! There are many weekly calendars available on the Internet, but you could also create one yourself to suit your particular needs.
Tips for Writing a Printable Weekly Planner
There are no rules for setting up a calendar, but here are some guidelines based on our experience and research.
- Consider your needs. What do you plan to write on your calendar? Do you want to be able to make plans for every hour of the day, or would you rather create a task list? Consider your needs, and design your calendar accordingly.
- Get inspiration. Do some research! Consider other people’s ideas.
- Adjust as needed. Try your calendar, and then edit the original file as needed until you have created something truly usable for yourself.
- Create a variety of printable calendars, and choose the one you need for any given week. Every week is different, and you may need to organize your time accordingly.
- Make sure it is easily printable. Calendars should make life easier for you, not harder. Make sure your calendar prints easily. If you don’t usually have colored ink, then make your calendar black and white. Make sure your calendar fits your paper size.
- Save it so that you can reprint it! When you finally make the perfect calendar, save it in a place you can easily find. You may want to print additional weeks!
How to Write a Good Printable Weekly Planner
A “good” calendar is one that meets your unique needs and keeps you on schedule. When you create your own, you can customize it for your schedule. Consider Mary, the stay-at-home mom and writer. Mary finds calendars that schedule by hour difficult because she needs the flexibility to work around her children’s nap times. She sits down to create a printable weekly planner that will work for her and her family.
Step 1: Choose the type of calendar: Mary prefers to use task calendars. She makes a list of goals for each day, and when she has a moment, she grabs her calendar and gets the chores done.
Step 2: Consider how you want to organize it. Because of her writing work, Mary also has business notes and schedules that she needs to keep track of in addition to her household chores, so she separates her calendar into two sections: home and work.
Step 3: Print! Mary prints a blank weekly calendar with sections for home and work and begins to fill in her schedule.
Step 4: Revise. Mary realizes that she forgot to add social engagements. She revises the original computer file and prints a new weekly calendar.
Examples of a Printable Weekly Planner
You can make a calendar regardless of the types of needs you have. Some people make calendars simply so that they can make notes to themselves throughout the day. Some people keep rigid schedules in their weekly planners. Regardless of whether you need to keep track of a complicated schedule or you simply need to remember to plant those bulbs before winter, a weekly calendar can help. The following calendar designs will give you an idea of some of the types of calendars you might see or use.
A timed calendar can be helpful if you have a strict schedule to keep. With these calendars, each hour (or even quarter hour) is carefully scheduled. In this example, Terri, a young professional, is trying to keep track of her work day. Her calendar begins at 8 a.m. when she arrives at work and ends at 6 p.m. when she leaves to come home.
8 a.m. coffee, check email, remind Terrance of client meeting at 9 a.m., gather materials for meeting
9 a.m. Client meeting in conference room – bring calendar, computer, and budget proposal
10 a.m. Write meeting report and send it to manager. Send new budget proposal.
11 a.m. Lunch and quick walk
12 p.m. Return phone calls, and check email.
1 p.m. Create PowerPoint slides for tomorrow’s training.
2 p.m. Edit slides.
3 p.m. Send slides and training outline to manage for verification.
4 p.m. Revise content.
5 p.m. Prepare projector and computer for tomorrow’s training. Post sign telling no one to move anything.
6 p.m. Go home.
8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Conduct Plain Language training in basement conference room.
12 p.m. Lunch and quick walk
1 p.m. Prepare for part two of training.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Conduct Plain Language training in basement conference room.
6 p.m. Go home.
Brian is self-employed as a writer, and he works out of a home office. He is always searching for additional contracts to add to his repertoire of jobs, and he uses his job flexibility to allow him to get things done around the house at the best times. He prefers task planners. He wants to make a list of goals for each day, but he wants the flexibility to finish them in the order that is best for him. He makes constant notes in his calendar as things come up at work.
Search for three new contracts.
Apply for three new contracts.
Check and respond to email.
Return phone calls.
Choose, edit, and send writing sample for Apex job.
Research proposal project. Call Lindsey for an interview time about the budget constraints.
Notes – request payout on NEXUS job, contact Harry in Billing about setting up direct deposit
Write proposal rough draft.
Complete any additional research.
Notes – Contact Kara from Expert Films about the writing sample she requested.
Planner by Topic
Some people want to keep track of each part of their lives using a weekly calendar. These people want to note the workout they want to complete, the appointments they have scheduled, the chores they want to finish, and a general list of work projects. Instead of a timed planner or a task calendar, they may do best with a planner divided by topic. Jose likes to make a list of goals for each day because crossing off each task motivates him to do another. He prefers topic calendars because he can see all the things he must do at a glance instead of searching through his calendar for his reminders.
Work – 9 a.m. meeting with manager
12 p.m. lunch with client at Sal’s
Exercise – Run six miles.
Appointments – Drop Jamie off at friend’s house at 4 p.m.
House Chores –
Plant azaleas along fence.
Family game night at 7 p.m. Pick up pasta and milk at grocery store on the way home.
Notes – Return Ben’s phone call. Ask him about borrowing his chainsaw.