5 Year Master Plan

 

After years of making short to long-term goals and not reaching very many of them, I set out to create a plan that would be more tangible, and more effective. This led me to different Gantt Chart project management software (which I didn't care for the looks of) before I figured out how to get creative with Google Sheets.

 
 
Master Sheet

Master Sheet

 
 

As I have mentioned here-and-there, I have four projects that will be unveiled in due time. But figuring out when to do what and which project I should be funding the most at any given moment has always been quite the headache. Even well- defined budgeting would run into snags as one of the other projects would need something unexpected.

It's not hyperbole to say that just mapping this out has been a tremendous help. Now, instead of revising my plan constantly, and losing that precious time to work on the projects themselves, I have it all in front of me. All I have to do is my best to follow it. If the plan needs revision, I can review it at scheduled times.

So what are you looking at? The master sheet (above) is a stage-based timeline with a lot of merged cells to declutter things. It spans five years with each year being broken up into quarters.

The year sheets (below) have each month split into four weeks. A little simple math and you'll realize, as I did, that four random weeks are missing. I haven't solved this, and I probably won't. This plan isn't meant to be a calendar. It's just a general overview of when things should be getting done. 

 
 
Year 1

Year 1

 
 

Year one is all about doing everything for myself and by myself. The sheet itself is pretty boring with all one color and not much variation among the tasks. It's like running drills when learning a new sport or the basic movements of martial arts.

 
 
Year 4

Year 4

 
 

Year 4 sees the most variation at one time as projects transition from personal to small teams and small teams to full teams. This transition is so pronounced mostly because things with full teams take more time to get off the ground and have more moving parts.

Frankly, I can't really fathom this stage yet and the thought of getting a team of people to do anything I tell them to induces a headache. But it's nice to have a rough estimate of what it might look like and when I should start thinking about it.

My sheets themselves are actually in full color using intersection traffic light colors, which is more helpful visually. They also use more specific labels for everything.

I was thinking about sharing the link with all of you here, so you could quickly and easily make your own. But, it was a lot of work, and I'm over working for free.

Maybe I'll include it in a mini-project. 

 
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