For the past few weeks, we have been using a Gantt chart to track our progress in our project and to make sure we stay on track to be able to complete our projects by the end of January, we call this our timeline. You may be asking yourself, ‘what is a Gantt chart?’. Google defines a Gantt chart as a chart in which a series of horizontal lines shows the amount of work done or production completed in certain periods of time in relation to the amount planned for those periods.
This is my timeline using a Gantt chart template. I have my milestones (all the major things I need to finish in order to complete my project) along the left side of the chart. Following my milestones on the right are the days in which I have to start that specific milestone and the approximate amount of days I will need to complete it. When I put in that data, it plots a rectangle on the chart that coordinates with the day you are set to begin working on that task. The yellow numbers on left side represent the amount of tasks you need to complete in order to finish the ultimate milestone. As you’re working on those steps, you fill in how many you have completed so far and it will fill in the rectangle with a dark purple color to show how much you still have to do. So, in my chart the dark purple rectangles are the milestones I have finished and the light purple rectangles are the ones I still have to complete.
The yellow bar that you can see in the middle of the chart right now, represents the current day and where you should be in your project on that specific day. As you can see from the bar, I am currently two days behind on my project because the dark purple stops 2 days before the yellow bar. Nonetheless, I would say the majority of the time, I am on track.
My timeline is mostly just ‘do this, then do this, then do this’. My project runs on a week-to-week schedule, meaning each of my milestones take one week and I then move on to the next one, there are little overlaps with my tasks.
In the next few weeks, I will be continuing with this pattern. I will be working on uploading my posts every Friday. Using Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week to draft, edit and finalize each of my blog posts.
You can check out what I’m working on for my project at https://easyentity.wordpress.com/.