I’ll admit it: I’m a total planning nerd. Even as a child, writing to-do lists absolutely thrilled me.
And as an adult, going to Office Max and looking at planners is pure ecstasy. I practically skip through the aisles throwing post-it notes and pens into my basket.
Why do I love planning? Because it saves me time, helps me accomplish me goals, and ultimately, helps me feel peace.
And planning can do the same for you.
To help you get all those amazing benefits, I’ve created this cute weekly planner printable that’s designed to help you quickly and efficiently map out your week.
WHY USE A WEEKLY PLANNER TEMPLATE
The ultimate goal of a weekly planner is to sketch out your week so you can start Monday focused on what you have scheduled and what you want to get done.
And planning has so many incredible benefits.
Here are just a few of the benefits of planning:
- Helps to relieve stress
- Is good for your brain
- Helps you achieve your goals
- Increases productivity
- Saves you time
- Makes you happier
According to time-management expert Brian Tracy, taking just 10 minutes to plan each day saves you nearly 2 hours a day.
That’s because you walk into each day knowing where you’re going instead of just reacting to what’s happening to you.
So if you want to save time and get more done, taking time to plan is just about the quickest and easiest way to do so.
Looking for a daily planner? Check out this Cute Daily Planner Template.
HOW TO USE THE CUTE WEEKLY PLANNER PRINTABLE EFFECTIVELY
The following tips will help you to effectively use this cute weekly planning template.
1. Set aside 15 minutes to plan your week.
It really doesn’t take long to sketch out your week and walk into Monday with a plan. The trick is to be in the habit of scheduling your planning time.
Some people like to plan on Fridays at the end of the work day so they can relax over the weekend knowing they’re ready for Monday.
Personally, I’m a Sunday planner. I feel like it’s the perfect time as you’re mentally and physically preparing for the start of the work week.
Bottom line: Figure out the time that works for your and build in your weekly planning session.
2. Identify your top 1 to 3 priorities
The first thing you want to do when you sit down to plan is ask yourself: What are the most important things I need to do this week?
You know as well as I that you can be super busy, but still not get much done.
the key here is honing in on the 1 to 3 top things you need to do during the week to achieve your goals or fulfill responsibilities.
This is where you will keep your focus.
3. Sketch out each day
With your top weekly priorities in mind, you’re now ready to briefly sketch out each day of the week.
First, determine what do you need to get done each day to accomplish those priorities by the week’s end. And then write those tasks in each day’s section.
You can also write in any appointments, daily workout plans, or other important things you need to remember for each day
4. Make your to-do list
With your days sketched out to achieve your top priorities, you can now take a step back and look at other things that need to get done in the week.
While not the most critical tasks (like your 1 to 3 priorities), the things that go in your weekly to-do list section are other important tasks.
Some ideas of what might go here:
- errands to run
- phone calls to make
- emails to send
- cleaning tasks
- reading goals
Remember, you’re not writing every single thing you need to do. Instead, you’re focusing on the big-picture tasks that’ll help you achieve your goals and fulfill your responsibilities this week.
5. List and track daily tasks or habits you’re trying to develop
Another handy feature of this cute weekly planner printable is the built-in habit tracker. This is the perfect place to list and track the daily habits that you’re trying to develop.
You might track:
- your morning routine
- daily exercise
- meditation practice
- making your bed
- waking up at your goal time
The key is to focus on the desired daily habits you’re trying to develop. List them and check off the day you do them.
MORE FREE PLANNING PRINTABLE TEMPLATES
As I mentioned earlier, I’m a bit obsessed with planning which means that I’ve got lots of free planning resources you can use.
- Free Daily Planner Template: Like this weekly planner, this will help you quickly and effectively plan out each day.
- Monthly Habit Tracker Printable: This helps you build great habits and daily routines.
- Cute 2021 Monthly Calendars: These monthly calendar printable templates will help plan out your whole year.
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i love free prints
Shaundra Coombs says
Please let me know how I can purchase this – the link on your website is not working – looking for the Weekly Planner Printout. Thanks.
Hi Michele. Click the pink button to grab the free printable. No purchase necessary 🙂
Paulette Larade says
Thank you 🙂
You’re so welcome!
Thank you for free planning printables!
These checklists are a game changer. Thank you so much.
I do have a couple of questions:
With your 15 min laundry schedule, what happens if you have another load to put on but its outside of the 15 mins?
When you say you don’t fold your kids clothes, what do you do once they have been washed & dried?
Which laundry baskets are you using, the pop up ones or the plastic ones from your laundry station?
These are great questions:
1 – If I need to do multiple loads in a day, I do! With doing 1 a day, it just limits the need for that and keeps it from getting overwhelming. Just make sure you’re also folding & putting away when you wash. Folding is usually where the stoppage occurs.
2 – I don’t fold the clothes because unless THEY do it, it’s all too easy for the clothes to become a mess in their drawers. They have to take ownership. I teach them to fold by breaking it down and show them that when things are folded it’s easier to see everything (and just plain satisfying!). Once they’re about 7/8, they are 100% capable of keeping clothes folded and organized in their drawers IMO.
3 – In my laundry room, I use the plastic bins as I have the space to keep them there. With limited space, I can see the value in the pop ups.
KATHLEEN M THAKURDAS says