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We all have mental health and finding time to look after it is a key part of maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Creating a time organiser chart may not sound super appealing at first, but it can actually be an extremely fulfilling way to make the most of your time.

It can help you to find an effective balance in your life and develop a sense of personal achievement along the way. There’s plenty of opportunity to get creative with the design too!

Tips for younger organisers – Ask for a parent or family member if you’re struggling to sort out the initial plan.

Creating a time organiser chart

Making a time organiser chart doesn’t mean making a strict timetable of activities. Trying to do exact things at exact times in the day will likely prove boring and difficult to keep on top of. How much time you spend on things is more important here than when you do them.

Instead, we’re creating a chart which allows for flexibility in how you manage activities. Change of plans? No problem, just put in the time for an activity later or even on another day!

The specifics are up to you, but if you need help you could use the pictured example below as a template (printed or copied), or, if you’re feeling confident, get started on a blank sheet of paper.

Time Management Template

Click to expand and then select ‘print’, copy the template by hand or create your own!

First write your name, the month – or split it across two months if that’s a better fit – apply your very own title, and then at the top of the columns start writing activities to share your time between (as in the example).

What should these activities be exactly? That’s up to you! Just try to keep in mind a good balance between things like exercise, family and making time for yourself – doing something you enjoy or find relaxing. Need some ideas? How about some of these:

  • Exercise or physical activity – such as kicking a ball around your garden or in a park with friends.
  • Playing video-games, watching TV or online videos – set yourself a sensible amount a week and maybe consider limiting time each day..
  • Reading a book or maybe even doing a bit of your own writing.
  • Playing with toys – perhaps action figures, dolls, models or lego.
  • Learning something new or practising a skill – such as playing a musical instrument.
  • Contacting friends online or by phone – to see how they’re doing.
  • Time spent with members of your family – this might include activities such as board games or a walk outside together.
  • House chores – no one’s too excited about these, but a basic plan could make them more manageable and help you to get the job done.

Have too many activity types to fit on one sheet? Create two and stick them together side-by-side.

Once you’ve planned out which activities you’d like to manage you can move on to allocating time.

Allocating time and filling your chart

Once you’ve decided on some key activities, try setting yourself a weekly goal for how much time you’d like to spend on each in hours or perhaps in half-hours if needed.

You could write this number within each activity’s week box as shown in the completed example below.

Time management chart complete

How a completed time management chart might appear at the end of the month.

Remember, be realistic with your goals! Unexpected things tend to happen in a week so leave plenty of spare time for things you didn’t plan and try not set a ridiculous amount of time in any one category. For example, setting yourself 25 hours of exercise in the week is unlikely to be enjoyable or even possible for that matter!

You may also wish to discuss your plans with a parent to decide what would be fair in terms of time spent on house chores or generally helping them out.

How will you mark off the hours for each activity? How about some stickers? Or coloured felt tip pens? Either way, make it vibrant and see if you can fill in the entire chart across a month! You might also choose to tick each column once you’ve filled it to confirm you’ve done as much of that activity as you planned to.

Don’t forget to put it somewhere you often look at, as it’ll make it much harder to ignore or forget! Perhaps you might hang it over your bed? On your bedroom door? Or – if you want to show off – stick it to the fridge!

A few more ideas

Filled out your chart across a month or week?

How well did the balance of activities work for you? Did it make things easier to manage?

You may find you need to adjust it, either by changing how your time is spent or adding different activities. Don’t be afraid to shift around time either if things don’t quite go to plan!

If you’re ambitious and have a large number of activities you want to manage throughout the week, you could draw up your chart on a larger A3 piece of paper.

Want to make your design more striking? Transform your chart into a work of art! Decorate the margins, add pictures of the activities you will be doing to each column and colour it in.

Show us your awesome charts

Our Time would love to see the exciting charts you create, especially if you manage to fill them in!

Younger readers can ask a parent or older family member to share a photo of their creations to our social media: Twitter @ourtimecharity or our Instagram @ourtimecharity.

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