Time Management

SVG Planner

SVG Planner is set of printable planner index cards in SVG format. This allows your to roll out your own PNGs depending on the resolution of your printer, and tweak the layout as much as you like, for whichever paper size works for you.

Usage advice: 

Print out the supplied PNGs to index cards, or tweak the SVG and printout planner cards for whichever dimensions you require.

Paper size: 
Index Card (3 x 5)
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
PNG viewer, optionally SVG viewer/editor (such as Batik)
Language: 
English

Unofficial Projects & Tasks Templates for Excel

A series of Excel spreadsheets designed for project and task management. May be used digitally or in print.

Usage advice: 

Allows you to type it up and copy/paste for status reports.

Microsoft Excel spreadsheets...
- Print them out blank to write on during the day.
- Occasionally type them up (helps clean up the data too!)
- Copy/Paste to create a Weekly Status or Project Tasks report.

These are my personal forms and are regularly changed. They are not "production" ready and may need some tweaking. They are also better on a color printer since I use mostly red and blue pens.

Note: I was able to open in OOo Chart, copy/paste into Draw (8.5x11), and then still edit with colors, but it would need a bit of cosmetic tweaking.

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Creative Commons
Applications required: 
Microsoft Excel
Language: 
English

Weekly Schedule and Notes

Simple letter-sized form for keeping track of weekly goals, daily goals, schedule (9 AM to 10 PM, half-hour increments, Mon - Sun), tasks and notes in a 3-ring binder.

Usage advice: 

I like blocking time off for my tasks and having plenty of space to write down notes, and this schedule works really well for me. It has space for weekly objectives, daily objectives, appointments, tasks, and notes. Here's how to plan using this form:

  1. Circle the month and write the year in the space at the top of the form. Fill in the day numbers by referring to a calendar or to the previous pages.
  2. Write a weekly objective for self-improvement or another of your major goals.
  3. Write tasks in the bottom left corner.
  4. Write daily goals related to your weekly objective and your tasks. Aim to do at least one productive thing a day.
  5. Block time off for your tasks. As you block them in, check the task.
  6. When you finish a task, cross out the entry.
  7. If you goofed off instead of working according to your schedule, reschedule the task and rewrite your schedule to match your actual activity.
  8. When you need to write something down, add it to the bottom-right area. This is great for contact information, maps, and notes.
  9. Review your finished work and objectives at the end of each day and the week.

I like reserving blocks of time for important tasks, and it's really nice to be able to see my weekly schedule at a glance. The weekly and daily objectives help me write journal entries, too. Good stuff. =)

It only goes from 9 AM to 10 PM because I wake up at 8 and spend an hour getting out of bed. I'll probably adjust it when I figure out how to wake up earlier, but then again, the extra time is good for unscheduled tasks because I feel a lot better when I finish something even though my schedule is blank.

This kind of template is easy to make in any spreadsheet program. Give it a try!

Paper size: 
Letter
License: 
Public Domain
Applications required: 
PDF Reader (Adobe Reader, Mac OS X Preview)
Language: 
English