Project management is at the core of pretty much everything I do. Whether I’m developing a business idea, working on a side-hustle, or creating content; I’m always working one project or another.
Managing a project is the process of realizing an idea; it’s the what, when, how and why of getting something done.
I’m by no means a “project manager” but it’s a set of skills that I want to continue to build upon and improve in myself.
I look at project management as having three distinct phases;
Every project should start with a plan.
A project plan is your first step towards completing a project; it describes and details what you are doing, why you are doing it, what you want to achieve and how you will do it.
The best way that I’ve found to manage my projects is by creating a one-page project plan.
The One-Page Project Plan
Your one-page project plan collects everything you are going to do in a single document. I like using them because they giving me a roadmap to realizing my ideas and launching products.
My planning phases and project plans differ depending on what I’m working but in general, my one-page project plans consist of 5 main sections: title, description, objective, phases, and resources.
I use these sections as the primary template for creating most of my project plans.
Title - the name of your project
Description - a brief description or tagline
Goals - what you want to achieve (end results).
Roadmap - breakdown of phases, tasks, and due dates.
Resources - list of required tools and assets.
Your project plan is your guiding compass. It lays out everything you need to do in a single document. It paints the broader picture so you can dig into the details.
Once you have a plan, you can separate out your tasks and to-do’s into a PM app like Asana, Freedcamp, or Trello (which are all free by the way). I also like to keep running lists and use sticky notes to organize my tasks.
I love working with these types of tools and creating project plans for my ideas. If you’re thinking of starting a project -- you need to have a plan and some way to manage your project.
This is especially important if you're working with a team.
I want to stress that the planning phase doesn’t need to be complicated -- rather, it should simplify and breakdown your project to it’s most essential parts: what you are doing, why you are doing it, how it’s going to get done and when it will be completed.
Use this free Google Doc template for creating your own one-page project plans! Just click "File" > "Make A Copy".