A template is a ready-made design that saves time. If you don’t want to recreate a schedule each time you need one, try creating a schedule template instead. You can use a schedule template to manage daily, weekly or monthly tasks. The schedule may include your appointments, chores, homework or other activities. By saving the schedule as a template, you can reuse it without changing your template. On the other hand, if you need to tweak the template, you can make modifications to it as well.
Use Word to Create a Schedule Template
Open a blank document in Word to create a schedule that tracks your projects.
Change the page orientation to landscape by clicking on “File” and “Page Setup.” Click on the “Margins” tab, select “Landscape” and press “OK.”
Type in a title for the schedule and add a line (with text) below it to hold the date, which may be updated from week to week.
Bold and center both lines of text, then double-space.
Type in a short sentence that defines how you will track the projects on your schedule. Bold and center the sentence, then press “Enter.”
Select “Table,” “Insert” and “Table” from the toolbar. Create a table with eight columns and five rows, then press “OK.”
Go to the first cell within your table and label it “Projects.” Move to the next cell (on the right) and type in "Monday.“ Then go to the next cell (on the right) and label it "Tuesday." Proceed to the fill the remaining cells (in the first row) with the weekdays you want to track.
Go to the second row below "Projects" (in the first column) and type in the first item you want to track. Then enter another item in the third row (below "Projects"). Add any additional items you want to track into an empty cell in the "Projects" column.
Save your template by clicking on “File” and “Save As.” Change “Save as type” (in bottom of dialog box) to “Document Template” before clicking on “Save.”
Using Excel to Create Schedule
Open a blank spreadsheet in Excel.
Select “File” and “Page Setup.” Click on the “Page” tab and change the orientation to “Landscape,” then press “OK.”
Type a title for the schedule and a blank line to hold the date in the first cell, then press “Enter.”
Select cells “A1 to H1.” Then click on the “Merge and Center” button in the “Formatting” toolbar to merge the cells together and center the text. Also, select the “Bold” button (shortcut: “Ctrl+B”) from the toolbar to bold the title. Press the "Enter" key twice.
Type in a short sentence that defines how you will track your projects. Select cells “D4 to H4” and merge, center and bold the sentence. Press the "Enter" key.
Place your cursor in the first column of the next row and type in “Projects.” Then move to the second column on the same row and type in “Monday.” Go to the third column in the row and type "Tuesday." Enter the remaining weekdays you want to track into the remaining columns on the same row.
Go to the first column (just below the "Projects" heading) and type your first project into the cell. Press “Enter.”
Enter the next project into the cell just below your first project. Add in additional projects you want to track into an empty cell within the "Projects" column.
Expand any cells that require additional space by double-clicking on the line between the column header (just above the first row of cells). The cell's width will adjust to the size of your contents.
Save the schedule template by clicking on “File” and “Save As.” Change “Save as type” to “Template” before pressing “Save.”