Working 7 Days A Week? Try These 7-Day Work Schedule Templates

7-day work week schedules

Do you work seven days per week? Maybe you just started your own company and need all the time you can get to make it work. Or, you operate a business that is open seven days per week. In this article, we’ve built 10 seven-day work week schedule templates organized by categories: employee schedules, shift schedules, and entrepreneur schedules.

Use the links below to jump to the section you need. Then, click to customize a seven-day schedule example to fit your business in whatever design tool you need (Canva, Excel, Google Sheets, or Excel).

 

7-Day Weekly Work Schedule Templates For Employees

Use any of these templates to schedule employees by day or week for a seven-day work week.

 

Weekly Work Schedule Template

Weekly Work Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | SheetsPDF

How to use this schedule: Add employee names for the full work week. This is a simplified, seven-day schedule for all employees. Customize the colors, logo, and number of employees. Print out the blank version of the template as a PDF to fill in the schedule by hand and post at work.

 

Monthly Work Schedule Template

Monthly Work Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | SheetsPDF

How to use this schedule: Add employee names by day for the full month of work (including weekend work days on a seven-day schedule). Edit the days of the months so they match with the current month’s calendar. Print out the blank version of the template as a PDF to fill in the schedule by hand and post at work.

 

Weekly Staff Schedule Template

Weekly Staff Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | SheetsPDF

How to use this schedule: Add employee names, days they work, and total work hours for your full staff. The template has space for 10 employees, but you can add rows for more employee spots. Print out the blank version of the template as a PDF to fill in the schedule by hand and post at work.

See Also: The Ultimate Work Schedule Template Library

 

7-Day Work Week Schedule Examples For Shift Work

Use any of these templates to schedule 24-hour, seven-day shifts for multiple teams. You’ll see work shift schedules based on 12-hour shifts, 10-hour shifts, and 8-hour shifts.

 

24-48 Shift Schedule Template (24-Hour Shifts)

24-48 Shift Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | Sheets | PDF

How to use this schedule: In this 24-hour shift schedule, three teams each work one 24-hour shift followed by two days off. Use this template to cover 24/7 work schedules with multiple teams.

 

2-3-2 Rotating Shift Schedule Template (12-Hour Shifts)

2-3-2 Rotating Work Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | Sheets | PDF

How to use this schedule: In this schedule, employees work 12-hour shifts to provide 24/7 coverage. The schedule is organized over a four-week (28-day) period in which employees rotate from day shifts to night shifts in a pattern:

  • During a two-week period, each team works two day shifts followed by two days off, then three day shifts followed by two days off, then two day shifts followed by three days off.
  • During the other two week-period, each team works two night shifts followed by two days off, then three night shifts followed by two days off, then two night shifts followed by three days off.

 

4-3 Shift Schedule Template (10-Hour Shifts)

4-3 Work Shift Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | Sheets | PDF

How to use this schedule: With this six-team schedule, employees work overlapping 10-hour shifts to provide 24-hour, seven-day coverage. In this three-week rotating shift schedule, each team works…

  • Four 10-hour first (morning) shifts followed by three days off
  • Four 10-hour second (swing) shifts followed by three days off
  • Four 10-hour third (night) shifts followed by three days off

 

5-2 Shift Schedule Template (8-Hour Shifts)

5-2 Shift Schedule Template

Template downloads: Canva | Excel | Sheets | PDF

How to use this schedule: In this four-team schedule, employees work eight-hour shifts. This schedule provides 24-hour, seven-day coverage. In this four-week rotating shift schedule, each team works…

  • Seven 8-hour first (morning) shifts followed by two days off
  • Seven 8-hour second (swing) shifts followed by two days off
  • Seven 8-hour third (night) shifts followed by two days off

 

7-Day Work Schedule Template For Entrepreneurs

Use any of these templates to set your own work schedule for seven days per week. These are designed for individuals, entrepreneurs, and freelancers who are looking to organize their own work weeks differently.

 

7-Day, 45-Hour Work Week

7 day work week

Template downloads: Canva

How to use this schedule: In this schedule, individuals work a standard 40-hour work week with an extra five hours of work on the weekends (three on Saturdays, two on Sundays). This schedule is used by entrepreneurs who are looking to add in an extra bit of work time to maximize success without removing weekends completely. This is a 45-hour, seven-day work schedule for entrepreneurs.

See Also: 29 Alternative & Compressed Work Week Schedules

 

7-Day, 68-Hour Work Week

7-day work week (68-hours) template

Template downloads: Canva

How to use this schedule: For entrepreneurs who are looking to work long hours, this schedule is designed to maximize work time during normal hours and add weekend hours without wiping out free time completely. This is a 65-hour, seven-day work schedule template for entrepreneurs. In this schedule, an individual works…

  • Weekdays: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Weeknights: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Weekends: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

See Also: Working 60 Hours Per Week? Try Out These 21 Schedules

 

7-Day, 76-Hour Work Week

7-day work week (76-hours) template

Template downloads: Canva

How to use this schedule: In this work schedule, individuals work close to an 80-hour work week. This is for entrepreneurs looking to work full tilt for a short period of time to maximize the success of the business. In this schedule, individuals work…

  • Weekdays: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

See Also: 80-Hour Work Week: Schedule Options & Advice

 

Is it illegal to work seven days per week?

It depends on which country and state where you operate your business. Generally speaking, the US federal government (through FLSA) does not have a cap on the number of consecutive work days, however, overtime has to be paid out over 40 hours over a seven-day period. Some states do forbid seven-day work weeks, but you must consult with a legal expert in your state to determine the local laws.

Important note: This site is advice for running your business as an entrepreneur. Nothing on here should be taken as legal advice.

 

What is it like working seven days a week with no days off?

From personal experience (working on my own digital business), you can burn yourself out without days of rest. If you are growing your own business and the growth accrues to you, you’ll be able to sustain it for awhile. However, it’s important to have certain days with much lower work hours than others to get mini breaks.

 

Is working seven days per week unhealthy?

Not necessarily. If you work a normal amount of hours, like 40, but stretched over seven days per week, it might not be detrimental to your health. It’s more common for long work hours to be unhealthy as you sacrifice rest, exercise, social and family time, and other activities that help your mental and physical health.

 

How do you work 7 days a week without burning out?

Set a schedule and build in healthy elements to your day first. For example, start with a time to go to bed and wake up so you get your sleep in. Build in weekly workouts so you can stay physically healthy. Build in time for friends, hobbies, or family so you can stay mentally and emotionally healthy. Then, build your seven-day work schedule around those activities. You’ll most likely need a few days with much fewer hours (like 2-4 hours on weekend days, for example). By setting your schedule this way, you’ll be able to sustain longer without burning out.

About the author

Henry OLoughlin

Hi, I'm the founder of Buildremote. I have worked from home for a decade and run a fully remote, four-day work week company for eight years. I've made all of the mistakes running a remote company. I hope if you read my site, you'll be spared.

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