Updated September 4, 2022.
Sometimes, less is more.
There's no better example than a clean-cut printable checklist you can touch and feel with your bare hands.
In this post you'll find a variety of templates and checklists you can download, import, and print.
Better than that, all checklists at todotemplates.com are available in PDF for your printing preferences! 😲👍🏽
Let's start with context on why you should (or shouldn't) go IRL and use a printable checklist.
Why Use Paper?
A checklist is a simple way to help organize your thoughts and actions. It helps you remember what needs to get done when and where.
A paper list has a few distinct benefits over digital lists, here are a few:
- It's a physical thing, it exists
- It's available, usually within arms reach
- You can secure in long term storage
- It's cheap and effective
Of course this is all basic, well-known stuff, but sometimes it helps to remind ourselves of the benefits. Knowing how your tools can be better used in different circumstances will help you make better choices in how you approach a problem.
Using a Blank Template
You can use blank checklist templates and fill in each task as you go along, or cleaning, maintenance, or recurring tasks, you can create and edit your own, printing out copies for others or future use.
Pro-tip: there are templates for several categories like business, education, family, fitness, mindfulness, and productivity.
On this page you can choose from a collection of free printables that are easy to read and use for almost any purpose.
Ready for long-term paper checklists? Try a ready-made planner or a journal designed specifically for action-oriented tasks, like Action Day.
Printable PDF Checklist
I've created a number of printable checklists for various purposes, you can decide how it's used and for what; school, work, self-discipline, and much more.
Simple To-Do List
Here's a simple checklist, a staple for anyone who needs to stay organized throughout the day and can keep a piece of paper handy for your task list.
Compact To-Do List
Got a lot of things to do? Here's a beautiful one-page checklist that has room for all your ideas and action items with 36 check boxes! You could easily separate your task lists by category, time, location, and urgency for super organization.
Habit Trackers - Weekly, Monthly, and Yearly Checklists
Keep yourself in check and aligned with your goals, or don't break the chain! Here are a few sample habits to get you thinking:
- Drink water
- Self-care routines
Not only that, here are printable habit trackers for weekly, monthly, and yearly views. Check it out!
The only thing to note in the yearly tracker is that each cell represents 14 days.
Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Planners
This daily planner is super handy and great to use with a clipboard for your daily tasks. Not to mention, you'll look like such a professional when you carry the clipboard around, and make sure you walk expeditiously wherever you go for added effect.
Spend a few minutes the day before to add important tasks or notes, including events from your calendar, and check or cross them out as you go about your day.
Modern Daily Planner
A few steps above the regular daily planner, this one has several sections for all the important aspects of your day: a to-do list, top three priorities section, a compact schedule, notes, mood and water gauge, and a section for commenting on your next day's thoughts and actions.
Simple and easy to use, this weekly checklist contains a bare-bones to-do list with a priorities section. Keep track of up to 6 tasks per day.
Pocket Weekly Checklist
This checklist is great for anyone on-the-go! Based off the popular "pocketmod" folding paper journals, it fits in your pocket and works like a mini-notebook. Room for up to 11 tasks per day, this is the most accessible and easy to carry weekly checklist you'll find on the internet.
For printing and setup instructions, check this out:
The perfect companion for any busy person, this weekly planner uses a horizontal or landscape view to structure your week. It includes an enlarged schedule section, so you know exactly when your appointments are and you can block off time for your to-do list, along with a notes section and a habit tracker. Productivity enthusiasts might suggest linking your to-do items to your schedule so you know exactly when each task will be worked on.
Monthly Checklist and Planning Calendar
If you're looking for something with fewer tasks but still need to track progress towards your goals, this monthly calendar might be right up your alley.
With space for everything from birthdays to appointments, this planner has a lot of flexibility and it won't take up a lot of headspace. Great for exercise and fitness regimens, you can list up to 7 top priorities and goals. Track your weight or calorie intake over time with ease.
Okay, it's basically a calendar, but slightly better for tracking goals and priorities.
I hope you've found these useful.
If you end up printing and using these checklists, please comment below and share your thoughts!
And as always, if you find anything interesting or think that others might find this useful, send me a message or share this with your friends.
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