let’s gantt to it (a non-trad to do list)

A (traditional) Gantt chart is a type of bar chart, developed by Henry Gantt in the 1910s, that illustrates a project schedule. With the chart, you are able to see the tasks that need to take place for a project to be completed. With this chart, as timelines change, you can adjust the project and take advantage slack time to maintain the course. Or in the event that the project is challenged based on critical due dates not being met to recalculate when the next expected date of completion is. (Wikipedia)

Now, many of us have daily to-do lists that are scattered from a messy pile on the desk corner, sticky notes on the pc monitor, and the Microsoft Outlook task list. I do not think you can remedy every one of those 6-22-2013 11-43-08 AMas there will always be the quick “do it” reminders. I really like the Outlook task list (and reminders option) to accomplish those. For the 30 day plans, 60 day plans and 90 day plans I have found that a modified Gantt Chart works very well for this.

Consider that a normal work month has several smaller projects. I take each activity and the tasks associated with it spacing them out for a mini time line. Then, skipping a line I start a new task set. When it is complete I hide the rows. Each day I also know what items I have to get done to stay on task vs. several scattered agendas. At the end of the period, or year I then have a list of things that I accomplished throughout the year.

You can download a template that I have set up here: Gantt To Do List1


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