If you are not sure how to create a checklist in Word then use our free ready-made checklists. Each free editable checklist template in Word is available in different formats. Select the layout that will best suit your needs. The text is editable so select according to the layout and not according to the titles.
Free Checklist Template Word
- Click on “Word” to open the Microsoft Word checklist template
- Click on “PDF” to open the editable PDF checklist version.
Daily Checklist Template
These are blank checklist templates that can be used for any purpose. You can type the list of items in both the Word and the editable PDF version. For example, if you want to make a task list template, you can type your list of tasks before you print it. You can also print a blank list template and fill in the list of tasks by hand.
Weekly Checklist Template
This template has one section for each day and one section for weekly tasks.
This weekly checklist will keep you focused and balanced. Each day you set three tasks that you must get done and three tasks that you would like to get done. It also reminds you to focus on your accomplishments and draw conclusions for the future. We often set too many goals and land up getting nothing done. This weekly task list will help you prioritize and be effective.
Monthly Checklist Template
To Do List Template Word
If you want to change the titles then select the Word to-do list template and edit the text.
Why Use a Checklist
A checklist lists everything that you need to get to done so that you don’t forget anything and it helps you prioritize your tasks.
When you check off a task you get a feeling of satisfaction which inspires you to complete your list of tasks and check them all off.
A checklist is one of the most effective tools to get organized, to be productive and to get things done. However, if your list includes tasks that do not align with your goals then it might have the opposite affect and actually cause you to be ineffective. The following tools will help you use a to-do list to become more productive and to reach your goals.
One of the biggest advantages of offloading your task list onto your checklist is getting it off your mind. Your mind should be used to process information and not to store information. When you store your list of tasks in your head instead of paper you create a mental load that disturbs you even if you are not aware of it.
How to Create a Checklist
Decide how often you want to start a new task list. We have generic blank checklist templates and those that are for specific periods such as a day, week, month or even year. Decide what will work for you.
Instead of dividing tasks per period you can divide them according to specific areas in your life. For example, we offer the following:
- Grocery List
- Camping Checklist
- Travel Checklist
- Party Planning Checklist
- What to Pack in Hospital Bag
- Baby Registry Checklist
- Marathon Checklist
- Triathlon Checklist
Select any template and print it.
If you have tasks that are required to complete assignments that you repeat often then create a new checklist for each assignment. For example, to publish an article you will need to conduct research, write the article, get images, edit, etc. Create a checklist which will include a list of tasks for each stage required.
Checklists can be very effective in the workplace if certain tasks repeat themselves. For example, in a restaurant you might want to create a checklist with the list of tasks required to close, clean and lock up each day. This will ensure that nothing falls between the cracks.
How to Make a Checklist in Word
If you are not sure how to create a checklist in Word, you can use any ready-made checklist in Word format on this page and adapt it to your needs.
Select a layout that you like and click on “Word” to open the Microsoft Word version.
If you prefer to start from scratch or you want to add the list to another document, then open any layout and copy the list you want. To copy, select the list and then click on control and C. Go to the place where you want to paste your list and click on control and V to paste the previously copied list.
This page is for people looking for a printable blank checklist. If you prefer to use a printable checklist template with any of our 101 backgrounds then please check these checklists.
If you prefer to use a digital checklist then check out our online checklist. If you register then you can access it from any device.
How To Use a Checklist
Once you have selected your template you will want to add your task list. You can either type your list before you print or write it after you print.
- Start with a brain dump. We offer a free printable brain dump template to complete this step. A brain dump is basically a process to get all tasks off your mind and onto paper. Write down as much as you can and you can always eliminate items at a later stage.
- Take out your list of goals and reread them. If you don’t have a list of your goals then you will want to print our free printable goal planner. This will help you set goals for each area in your life.
- Go through each item on your checklist and decide if it is aligned with your goals or not. If completing that task will bring you closer to reaching any of your goals then keep the task on your list. If the task is not something that has to be done and will not bring you closer to any of your tasks then this goal is simply a distraction and should be taken off your task list.
- Once you have a list of tasks that you want to get done see if there are any tasks that can be completed in 2 minutes or less. If you can complete any task in this time frame then do it now. I read this rule in David Allen’s bestselling book “Getting Things Done,” and it has made me a lot more productive.
- Move your final to-do list to the to-do list template that you chose to use. Add the list in your order of priority. If anything needs to be done by a specific date then add the due date. I personally like to distinguish between tasks I must get done and tasks I would love to get done (but usually don’t 😊). If you like this distinction, then select a template that offers similar sections. We have a few of those on this page. Remember, if you are using a Word template then you can always change the titles to make it perfectly meet your needs.
- Keep your checklist manageable. Don’t add more than you can actually do to your weekly checklist. Add a reasonable number of tasks and get them done. If you add too many you will become overwhelmed and land up getting less done.
- Now start completing your tasks and marking them off on your list. Structure your list logically. For example, if you have three things that you have to do at the mall then put them all together. You don’t want to get home only to find that there was one more thing that you didn’t get done there.
- When you add new tasks to your list, don’t forget to check if they are aligned with your goals to ensure you don’t waste your time being unproductive.