As a business owner, you know that everyday you’ve got what seems like a million and one things to do and it always seems like you never have enough time. And if you’ve got several projects on the go, you might wonder how you’ll keep everything organized so that you meet your deadline and have more happy (and repeat!) clients. And this is where a project plan template can come in very handy.
Consider for a moment that in order to run a successful business, whether it is an affiliate marketing business, web development, writing, MLM or even an “offline” service business, you have to keep things organized and scheduled.
If you don’t not only will you not get things done that need it, you’ll soon find yourself having a severe lack of motivation to reach your goals. And this, more than anything, can cause you business to fail. Once you lose focus, it can be incredibly hard to get back on track. Having a daily schedule helps. As does having a project plan template.
Now, I can almost hear you saying how complicated that sounds. But really it is only as complex or complicated as you want it to be. So, what’s the best way to come up with a project plan template? Pick your most complex current project, list everything in bullet point form such as specifications (measurements, page or word counts, etc.) as well as time lines and milestones.
Then, with this done, take the outline and simply rewrite it so that it is in a “blank” state. It is always easier to take things out of the outline depending on the project then to try and put them in, which is why the first time you create your project plan template you should use the most complex project you have as a sample.
Now, here again you might be thinking that the best way to go is to immediately jump into a new project and you may see the extra step of using a project plan template as a waste of time. But, consider the fact that with this type of template available, you can quickly and easily figure out the major and minor requirements of the project in question and be able to effectively schedule milestones for yourself, which is important especially if it is a big project. Once you’ve finished the tasks for that day, set the project aside and do something else.
Remember that a project plan template not only allows you to break a project down into chunks, it will also ensure that things go smoothly and will help you keep your sanity intact.