Need a printable weekly to do list to stay on top of your busy schedule? These weekly to do list templates are a great way to stay super organized, and they’re free!
Once upon a time, there was a mom who never forgot any of her kids’ school activities. She was always prepared, super organized, and knew exactly what she had on her plate every week—the end.
Does this sound like the start of some domestic fairytale that’s too good to be true? For most moms – including myself – it definitely is!
Trying to keep track of everyone’s tasks, appointments, and activities can seem like a never ending struggle when you’re a mom. And if you don’t write everything down somewhere, it’s game over. You’ve lost before you’ve even started.
There was a time in my younger life when I didn’t really need to rely on a calendar or master to do list to remember everything. After all, I only had myself to worry about! But once I got married and had children, life got waaaay more, well, full.
Now, my to do lists and calendars are my lifeline to a more stress-free and organized life. I keep a weekly to do list on my fridge so that I know exactly where I need to be and when, and it has been a lifesaver.
And while I also have a weekly planner, my printable weekly to do list helps me stay more present and in the moment instead of constantly looking ahead and getting overwhelmed.
Are you tired of constantly feeling stressed and unproductive because your weeks always seem like a jumbled mess of doctor’s appointments, sports practices, and home projects? I don’t blame you! That sounds like the fastest way to crazy town!
Instead, use my weekly to do list printable to get everything out of your head and down on paper (or your tablet). Read on to discover the many benefits of using a weekly to do list, tips for getting the most out of the process, and grab your own copy to start making your life easier today!
Why You Need a Weekly To Do List
Here are a few of the ways a weekly to do list can positively impact your life:
So You’re Consistently Productive
A weekly to do list can help you organize and prioritize your tasks for the week so that you can be realistic with your time and how much you can get done each day. This, in turn, improves your time management skills since you know what you need to accomplish in advance.
While it would be pretty cool if you could clean your entire house, work on your side hustle, homeschool the kids, and meal prep dinners in advance, it’s just not realistic to think we can get all of that done in a day. But you can use a weekly to do list template to schedule tasks throughout your week so that you can actually achieve those goals.
So You Don’t Forget Important Appointments
Forgetting your child’s doctor appointment can be embarrassing, especially when they call to remind you the day before! Not saying I’ve been there…(but I’ve been there). When you use a weekly to do list, seeing those appointments front and center makes it much more likely that you’ll remember them.
So You’re Not As Stressed
Having a million tasks and obligations bopping around in your brain can be stressful, which is why I always recommend doing a brain dump before writing on your weekly to do list printable.
*By the way, if you’re not familiar with doing brain dumps, then you can read all about them and grab a free printable brain dump worksheet here!
When you get all of those ideas out of your head and down on paper, it reduces your stress and anxiety.
In fact, a 1927 experiment by Russian scientist Bluma Zeigarnik supported the idea that “crossing off items on a to-do list frees up our brain to focus on other things.” Those things might be the ever-present question of “What’s for dinner?” but at least you can actually think about it!
So You Can Stay Motivated
There’s nothing more de-motivating than never actually accomplishing most of what you set out to do each week. This is especially true if you have younger children who interrupt you roughly 1,457 times a day!
That’s why a weekly to do list can help keep you motivated. You’re able to organize your tasks each day and cross them off as you go. That’s a huge motivator! And even though we all struggle with feeling unmotivated sometimes, being able to complete even the smallest chore or task can relieve stress and encourage you to keep going.
So You Can Work Towards Big Goals
Have you ever stared a tedious, time-consuming project in the face and quickly become overwhelmed? If you’re like many people, you’ll likely just turn back around and avoid the whole thing altogether!
A weekly to do list can help you achieve those big goals by breaking them down into smaller parts. Researchers E.J. Masicampo and Roy F. Baumeister said, “When we create a roadmap to help us reach a goal, we are more likely to attain it.”
So, instead of feeling like you have to deep clean your entire house in one day, you can spread out those tasks over time without feeling that sense of overwhelm.
*And if you have a BIG goal that you’re working towards, then you can check out this printable 100 Day Goal Journal!
So You Can Enjoy More Free Time
Free time always seems like the “white whale” Moms are always searching for but can never seem to find. Well, using a printable weekly to do list can make that pipe dream a reality! Your weekly to do list can help you organize your time and take care of tasks more efficiently so that you can begin regularly scheduling in personal time to take a walk, snuggle up with a book, or do whatever your heart desires!
How to Use a To Do List (So it actually works!)
Here are some valuable tips and tricks on how to use your weekly to do list successfully:
Keep the Weekly To Do List Front and Center
If I don’t put my weekly to do list in a highly visible place, I’m much less likely to use it! I want you to experience a less stressful life and feel more organized, so here are some ideas for where you can put your own to do list:
- Hang it on your fridge
- Put it on your office desk
- Keep it folded in your planner
- Keep a digital copy on your tablet/phone
I keep my own to do list on my fridge so that I see it every morning when I grab my coffee creamer. I just print out a fresh copy each week to make it easy!
*Be sure to grab the weekly to do list templates that I use down at the bottom of this post!
Cross Things Off the To Do List As You Do Them
Once you complete each task on your weekly to do list template, be sure to cross it off! As I mentioned earlier, the act of crossing off each item helps motivate you to keep going. And if you’re taking tasks off your master to do list each week, don’t forget to check them off on that as well.
Break Down Larger Tasks
Does the thought of cleaning your entire house before the in-laws arrive make you break into a cold sweat? Often, the idea of tackling large tasks can paralyze you, causing you to turn to other things (hello, Netflix) instead of accomplishing them.
A weekly to do list is a great way to break down those seemingly impossible projects into smaller pieces. That way, you can work towards that goal and see your progress along the way. After all, the idea of your mother-in-law visiting is stressful enough – no need to add to it!
While I firmly believe that mothers are everyday superheroes, we’re also only human. And even though it would be super cool to do all the things in one day, it’s just not possible for one person.
So, be realistic with how many tasks you put on your weekly to do list printable. I recommend three to five items each day. Remember, you want to set yourself up for success!
Prioritize Tasks on Your Weekly To Do List Template
Not all tasks on your to do list are created equal, so I suggest prioritizing them based on the order of importance. Things like doctor’s appointments and sports practices are non-negotiable, while others may be more flexible. You could start your day with a high-priority task to get it out of the way or begin with something easy to motivate you. Your choice!
And the great thing about my free printable weekly to do lists is that they include space for you to write down your top 3 priorities for each week so you can put those items front and center!
Things to Include on Your Printable Weekly To Do List
If you’re having trouble coming up with tasks to put on your weekly to do list template, check out these ideas:
- doctor appointments
- kids’ school activities (award ceremonies, chorus performances)
- kids’ sports/recreational activities
- meal planning – Or if you like to have a separate meal planner, then you can grab some free printable meal planner templates here!
- time for self-care
- cleaning tasks
- home projects
- work schedules
- daily/weekly errands
Free Printable Weekly To Do List Templates
If you want to try incorporating a weekly to do list into your routine, then good news – I’ve got 3 different printable to do list templates that you can print down below!
Just click on the dark teal links below the weekly to do list that you would like to print, and a new window will open in Dropbox. From there, just find the download icon to download the printable to your device, and you can print it from there. Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions!
Other Weekly To Do List Options (if you don’t have a printer)
No printer? No problem! Here are several other weekly to do list options to help you stay organized and less stressed:
- To do list app (Todoist, Evernote, Remember the Milk, etc.)
- Tear-away desk pad – If you don’t have a printer but you want to try some sort of weekly list of things to do and goals, then this is a GREAT option!
- Weekly planner – Like my favorite Happy Planner
- Printable weekly planner – You can use the free printable weekly planner templates that I have here to put together your own planner!
- Magnetic dry-erase calendar board for fridge – If you’re going to use a dry-erase board, I would definitely recommend the ultra-fine tip Expo dry erase markers!
More Printable To Do Lists to Help You!
Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule You Can Stick To – Printable Checklist! – Choose from a TON of different weekly cleaning to do lists and schedules to help you keep up with your home cleaning!
Create a Master To Do List – Free Printables! – SO many free to do list templates here… and learn how to create your own Master To Do List!
23 Things to Add to Your Monthly To Do List – Free Printable! – After you grab the weekly to do list template from this post, hop over to get a monthly to do list for recurring tasks that you do each month! Plus, get ideas for what to put on your to do list for the month.
I hope you LOVE these free weekly to do list templates to print, and I hope the lists help you to feel a little less stress and overwhelm in your life! Have you tried keeping a weekly list of things to do, or are you more of a “just wing it” type? Leave me a comment down below to let me know what works for you!
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