Are you looking for an hourly printable schedule that lets you time block while it organizes your entire day?
If so, I’m obsessed with the Home Success Daily hourly planner template. I’ve used this planner printable consistently for four years and counting as an accessory to my weekly planner.
The Home Success Daily gives me “turbo boost” power on days I need to be extra productive.
I use these as planner inserts and always keep a stack of these in the full-page corner pocket at the back of my planner so they’re always printed and ready to grab when I need them.
You can download the Home Success Daily printable planner here (pdf format), or keep reading to see how I use it.
Hint: If you’re looking for a work schedule with hourly time blocks, we have that here.
Brain Dump / To-Do List
Use the “Brain Dump” area on the upper right side as a place to put your to-do or task list for the day. Place a star next to anything that must get done (or your highest priority items). Put those down in the hourly printable schedule first and then add in other things.
Other Uses For The “Brain Dump” Area:
- Random notes: if you need to remember anything for tomorrow or to write phone numbers or addresses for appointment times, this is a great place to do that.
- Daily goals: A list of things you hope to accomplish and tracking how many of them you’ve completed.
- Shopping list: This used to be a great place to jot down anything you need to remember to buy. But now that you can get an Alexa device for around $20, most people would prefer to just call out “Alexa, add ketchup to my shopping list.” and use Alexa to organize shopping lists (especially since that auto-syncs to your phone).
Use the “Time Blocks” area (that’s the main schedule area on the left side of the page where your day is broken up into 30-minute time blocks) to assign a specific task from the task list in the “Brain Dump” area to each 30-minute block of time. If you need to break a block into quarter hours of 15 minutes just add a dash and put both tasks into the divided block.
Hint: Don’t forget to add daily tasks or routines that don’t make the to-do list like meals, commute times, showering and getting ready, etc.
Most people who time block use the Pomodoro Technique which is a 25-minute work block on a timer (don’t use your phone if you can help it- you’ll get sucked into scrolling on Instagram when you try to stop the timer) with a 5-minute break between sessions.
You can use the Home Success Daily every day of the week or you can use these only on extremely busy days as I do.
This is an easy location to plan out the meals you’ll eat today. Leave yourself reminders of cooking tasks that need to be done for future meals here too. For example, write “Milk and Cereal” for breakfast and then “Put the chili in the crockpot” directly underneath that. So when you go to eat breakfast, you also know that you need to put the chili in the crockpot so it’s done for dinner tonight.
This area lets you record the following:
- Workout- You can track the type or time (for example: “Yoga” or “25 min.”) to help you establish a healthy habit of movement.
- Stress level- 1-10. (I’ve tracked stress levels for years and love that it helps steer me toward stress-reducing decisions without trying).
- Water intake- Ounces or cups. We track this because getting enough water can significantly affect energy levels, brain function, and digestion.
- Nutrition- This is commonly used to track calories, Weight Watchers points, macros, or a count of your fruit & veggies for the day are common options depending on your healthy eating goals.
The box labeled “$” lets you track any spending for the day to add to your budget (this works perfectly with this easy budgeting system).
Daily Routine Tracker
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If you’re constantly feeling overwhelmed by your house and sick of looking at a giant pile of dishes and laundry then you should take this one-hour free workshop. It’s life-changing.
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Time Management Tips for Success:
Leave Buffer Blocks:
When you start time blocking, it’s easy to over or underestimate how much time tasks actually take. If you assign too much time to a task, that’s not a big deal… you can just get ahead. But if you run out of time without getting to complete tasks, it can make you feel frazzled for the whole day. An easy way to fix that, in the beginning, is to leave one or two buffer blocks that can be used as overflow if needed. If you don’t end up needing them then great! You can do something fun and relaxing in those blocks instead.
Leave Time For Fun:
One rookie mistake with time blocking is when you carefully block out productive things to do every hour, all day long. While that may seem like a good thing, it leads to quick burnout.
One of the best questions you can reflect on when you get into productivity and optimizing time is “What are you optimizing for?” If you’re productive just so you can work more, then what’s the point?
I prefer to figure out what I want to do (which is not dishes, laundry, or work) and then do the things I need to do as quickly as possible so I can spend my days doing the things I want to do. That’s my definition of freedom.
If you’re going to time block regularly, include time blocks of things you do to relax every day.
Does Time Blocking Work?
It does, but that doesn’t mean it works best for everyone.
Everyone could benefit from time blocking like this on unusually busy days.
But I’ve always done better long-term with this planning system (that uses ROI instead of time blocking). Your long-term planning strategy should work with your unique personality. But regardless of what your long-term planning strategy is, you’ll likely still need to time block on busy days.
Best Way to Handle Your Big Goals:
Take your big goal and work on it for a minimum of 30 minutes every day during the part of the day that you focus best.
On most days, I use an unstructured schedule. This means I put only the things that have to be done in my planner, and use this life-changing system that taught me how to actually use a planner. I went from buying 4 planners per year and never using them more than a few weeks to consistently using a planner for 10 years and counting now with that system.
Now, I incentivize my time so that I’m rewarded with things I WANT to do as soon as I get my “need to do’s” done and then more rewarded time when I get extra “should do’s” done.
That system brought me from a complete hot mess who was always late, constantly drowning in dishes and laundry to feeling like Martha Stewart and actually being organized.
Hourly Printable Work Schedule
Use the Home Success Daily if you want to manage your time at home or if you like to track your work schedule and home schedule on one page (that’s what I do). But if you’re looking for an hourly printable schedule just for your work schedule then you can use this one instead: which is the same format but includes a goal-setting spot, and a space to leave yourself tasks for next week to do.
How to Create a Custom Daily Hourly Schedule Template
Most people are just going to want to print the ready-made templates, but if you have routines where you do the same things every day, you can actually just turn this into a customized template so you don’t have to write the same thing in it every day. There are two ways to do this:
Using a Copy Machine
Print out the home success daily. Then write in only the template information that you want to be on every copy you use. Common examples are:
- meal times
- wake-up times
- commute times
- work goals
Then use a copy machine to copy and print out how many days you need. Hint: Staples or another office supply store can make color copies for you for about 60 cents (which is insanely high if you try to use these every day). If you don’t have a copy machine at home, you can use your library as well.
Typing Directly Onto the File
You can upload your form to a PDF filler directly (this is my favorite one) to be able to add your own text and then print out as many copies as you want with your information already filled in. Just don’t share the edited document since it’s copyrighted for personal use only.
Customized Day Planner
You can create a customized day planner by having these daily planner templates printed double-sided in your favorite planner page size (8.5×11 if you use our planner system or 5.5 x 8.5 if you want a half-sized planner that can fit in your purse. You can print online at a discount printer like Best Value Copy) and then get it bound and put a cover on it at Staples (or another office supply store) for about $3.
Other Free Downloads
You can make this printable by Day Designer a weekly calendar by just using it for all days of the week.
Weekly Schedule Template
Weekly Hourly Planner Templates
This is the best hourly planner printable that handles an entire week, but it’s $4.00 on Etsy and then you need to make your own planner. Also, consider the popular Panda Planner if you’re willing to pay a premium for an hourly planner that’s shipped to you already made.
If you just need simple printable calendars that let you see a year at a glance, then I love these free watercolor calendar printables. They would look amazing on a wall grouped together to map out the year.
Bullet journaling is a completely different kind of planner. It’s customized to who you are at the moment. You don’t typically print a bullet journal, you create the templates using stencils into a dot grid planner. My favorite resource for bullet journaling is the Brainbook Bullet Journal Library. It explains how to create a customized bullet journal that will work for you and gives you hundreds of templates that you can you. You can learn more about the Brain Book here.
Free Schedule Templates For Cleaning
One of my favorite free schedule templates is this weekly cleaning printable by Strength Essense.
Are you looking for something else? Let me know in the comments and I’ll help you find the printable schedule you’re looking for when I update this post.