Project Planning

Project planning often involves several tasks that must be performed. They also typically have a deadline of some kind, which implies a timetable. Therefore, you should schedule the time to complete the project. Scheduling a project is both complicated and simple. You have a project. You need to find the time to do the project. Take a calendar and write it in. That’s the simple part. The complicated part is that you really can’t do the simple part. There are things that you need to do before you can enter the project into a schedule. It’s helpful to break the project into its tasks before trying to schedule the time for the project.

You must determine what tasks that need to be done to complete your project. Once you do that, it’s time to figure out how the tasks run. Can they be done together? Or does one need to be completed before the next one starts? This is where projects can become complicated. Often you will find that you have a mixture of tasks that can be done together and those that are sequential in nature. If one task must follow another, you should figure out how long it will take to do the first task and then how long to do the second. Even if they can be done together, you still must figure out how long they will take to complete.

After you determine how many tasks comprise your project, and how long each task takes to complete, you should construct a time line of the tasks. List them in the order that they need for completion. Enter your start date and the deadline on either side of your list of tasks. Then you can block out the time to do each task. If you don’t have software that can do this for you, you can use a calendar or spreadsheet. Be sure to include some time to fix any issues that might, make that will, crop up. Don’t make your schedule too tight. Leave yourself some wriggle room. I would add time to each task for issue-solving. If you don’t get issues, great, but if you do, it’s always good to know that there is some time to fix them.

Having a plan can make all the difference in the world. A schedule of project tasks is just a plan. that’s it. that is why I say that project planning is both simple and complicated. If there are a lot of tasks or steps involved in completing the project, you will need to plan the execution of those tasks carefully, leaving room to solve any problems that undoubtedly will arise over the course of the project. A little planning beforehand will make the tasks much easier to complete. Plan ahead. You’ll be glad you did.


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