A timeline is a document that displays the items that are needed to be done in chronological order and specifically addresses the time when these items are needed to be done or finished. A timeline may be written in different forms, depending on how it is to be used.
If it is for an event, it can be a day-to-day activity lineup or even a listing of activities that are to be done per hour. It is very important to have a timeline as it lets the person who have planned it to follow a schedule that will allow the output of the process be finished at the right time.
Aside from our timeline chart templates, we also have other samples of a Chart Template available for download.
The details within the bounds of the timeline lets someone know the work that he or she has already done and if those were done at the right time. Also, it makes him or her aware of the things that are still needed to be done before an expected output can be finished.
Without the details in the timeline, it will be hard to keep track of the things that are involved in the process of finishing something. Hence, some important factors may be forgotten or the output may take a longer time to be done.
As much as we all wanted to be efficient and fast with the things that we are to do, we should also consider factors that will affect our planning processes. Setting a realistic time frame for the timeline that you are making will allow you to truly keep up to the schedule and do tasks and duties at the realistic time they are needed to be done. It is a way of setting expectations that can be met when the actual implementation of the plan is being done.
In any transactions, we have what we call a buffer, or the extras. It is also needed in terms of creating a timeline. Be sure to not put things at the most constraint time as it may affect the quality of what you are doing or it can also lead to frustration whenever it is not done at the right time.
Extra time will help you to bounce back and do items that you have not done because of different instances that is out of your control. You need to always be ready about what is to happen so adding extra time to every activity in your timeline will always go handy.
It is not easy to follow a timeline. Hence, you need to be disciplined enough and know the things that you need to prioritize and the items that you need to do at a specific time. Keep track on every aspect that is in the time line and make sure to always follow your schedule religiously.
If you already have an idea about how a timeline works and how it can be done, try learning about process flows through our Process Flow Chart Templates and see if it will be of use to any of your functions and activities.