The Time & ToDo Planner – 5 Years In the Making!


One Sunday night back in 2010, I picked up my notebook and started to draw. The new school year had just started, and I found myself suffering from that feeling of “too much to do and not enough time.” So I started sketching out a planning template that would allow me to organize everything that was in my head into my notebook. With everything on two facing pages, I could see my weekly schedule, priorities, and to-dos at the same time. I wanted everything together, not spread out between screens, sticky notes, or different pieces of paper.


It was around this time that my journey into design and creation began. I wanted to learn the design skills I needed to bring my planner sketches to life.  So I signed up for a few classes on how to use Adobe Illustrator, then Photoshop, then InDesign and worked away on creating different planning tools after school and on weekends.


In March of 2013, I decided I would share one of the weekly planners I had created on my blog thinking other teachers trying to juggle everything, may like to use it too. Turns out, lots of teachers found it helpful! Three years later The Peek at the Week post was still one of my most popular, and the weekly planner was downloaded by 1,000’s of educators.

I took this as a little sign that maybe I wasn’t the only one trying to figure out the “too much to do, not enough time” feeling. Maybe I could make an upgraded version of the Peek at the Week planner, designed especially for teachers and other busy, creative professionals to help them manage their hectic weeks.

It was here that the Time & ToDo Planner really started to come to life. For the past nine months, I’ve been designing, tweaking, and testing….little by little, week by week.


After lots of drafts, I finally found a design to run with. A weekly layout that has helped me manage my time with my to-dos, providing a balance of flexibility with structure, and some style.

So now, 5 years later, I am super, super excited to share the culmination of this work: The Time & ToDo Planner.


A planner designed for the busiest of busy professionals…you!

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close up blank week view


Take a flip through!

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Here, let me show you!


Map out your TIME on one side…

And your TO-DOs on the other side!


Want one?!

In an effort to bring this project to life, I launched a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. Now, you can order your planner at


If you’re not familiar with Kickstarter, it’s super cool and super easy to show your support.  Just click on the amount you’d like to “pledge” towards the project.


When my funding goal is reached, production will begin and planners will be shipped!


My goal is to have your planner in your hands by early July, so you’ll be ready to plan and prepare for the new school year.

The foundation of being at the top of your game as a coach and/or teacher, is being planned, prepared, and organized. And I’m confident this planner will help get you there!

Whether it’s with a pledge or a share, your support at any level would mean so much.

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Thank you!

11 Responses to “The Time & ToDo Planner – 5 Years In the Making!”

  1. Gina Kelly April 29, 2015 at 9:30 am #

    Will there be an option to upgrade. I just did a kickstarted donation of $10 but now that I see the color version, I’d really like to upgrade.


  2. Marchele April 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm #

    Thank YOU for making this!! I have been searching for a good planner before I found your website. One question, will there be another planner with extra documents for coaches? Similar to the ones found in your 2014-2015 coaching planning kit. Thanks again!

    • Kristin Houser April 30, 2015 at 5:04 am #

      Thanks Marchele!! I appreciate your support. Yes, I will be releasing an updated Simplified Coaching Kit within the next two weeks, that is intended to be used with the Time & ToDo Planner, as a complete coaching and planning system. Stay tuned!

  3. Kate May 4, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    Hi Kristin!

    I just submitted my pledge for your Kickstarter! Thank you for making such a practical planner! I am currently a 2nd grade teacher and will be transitioning to school counselor next school year. This planner will be perfect for me next year! Thanks! :)


    • Kristin Houser May 5, 2015 at 7:37 am #

      Hi Kate!
      Thank you so much for your support! I think it will be a great planner to support you in your transition next year.
      Thanks again and have a good end of your year :)

  4. Nicole May 15, 2015 at 10:50 am #

    Hi Kristin,

    Will you be releasing an editable digital version? I like to start my week with some things pre-filled and then write things in as they come up.


    • Kristin Houser May 16, 2015 at 6:22 pm #

      Hi Nicole,
      The form fields within the planning kit are editable, so you can pre-fill then print!

    • Kristin Houser May 18, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      Hi Nicole!
      Thanks for checking in. I don’t currently have an editable digital version available. That will definitely be something for me to consider however going forward :)

  5. Amy Stewart May 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    Okay, I have totally been asleep for a month (I think), so I missed out on this fabulous offer. Will you be selling these in July or was this a once in a lifetime chance (for those who didn’t put you into their automatic RSS feeds in their email)? I have been using the 2014-2015 Coaching planner and was getting ready to purchase the 2015-2016 when I saw this and I’m so envious of those who will be getting one in July.

  6. Tisha July 13, 2019 at 7:17 pm #

    Is there ever an “deal” or percentage off or free shipping? Having a hard time justifying the cost right now.

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