Having a goal in mind without a plan to get there is probably the single best way to not achieve that goal. If you’re floating around just doing what you think needs to be done next, you’re not being efficient. To be wiser about how you allocate resources, time, money, and manpower, you will have to start using a good Work Plan Template.
Many people decide that Microsoft Excel is a great tool to manage their project plans. The spreadsheets you can create effortlessly can keep keep track of every step on the way to your goal.
Still not sure where to start? Check out these project plan templates you can download for free and tinker with in Excel right away.
This depends on what the goal is and how long you can realistically get to it.
Preparing for an exam or training for an athletic event is going to require something to keep you on track on a day-to-day basis. You will need a Training Plan Template or something with a more rigid control over time more than activity.
See the Daily Work Plan Template in Excel above.
For plans with recurring goals or a wider scope, and especially when you are managing a lot of people across many departments, you will need something covering a wider area of time and reach within the organization. You will need something like the Employee Action Plan Template.
See the Annual Work Plan Template in Excel below.
A work plan is basically a road map toward a goal. Any project that has a goal at a distinct point in the future will benefit from a work plan. Daily routines aimed toward achieving something will also need work plans, since there is a definable end goal that gives the work plan its structure.
But work plans are also used for recurring projects, or projects with end goals that need to be accomplished on a routine basis.
See Workplan and Performance Appraisal Planning Template below.
As long as you have a goal, you will need a work plan to get there.
If you’re not already using Microsoft Excel to draft, outline, and manage the details of your project plans, these examples should show you why you should start doing it.
The best thing about an Excel template is its infinitely modifiable nature and the elasticity of its scope. Any kind of plan outline, be it a Weekly Work Plan (template provided above) or a Performance Improvement Plan Template, can be drafted in this way.
Whatever your goal, download any of these templates and see how they can help you reach it.