In examining ideas on action planning for simple or small tasks, I've posted recently on how to manage the plans using Outlook and Project in conjunction with mind mapping software. To draw this to a conclusion here are some ideas for using Word and Excel as well as the inbuilt timeline view within some mind mapping software (in this case MindView).
As before, the assumption is a quick planning exercise has identified what needs to be done and the tasks to achieve it. These ideas have been captured, reviewed and refined as a map using software such as MindView.
Many people are comfortable working with simple lists. The first thing we can do with a mind map entered into a mind mapping application is to use the outline view to create a simple list.
If the preference is to work with the list using MS Office, the map or outline may be exported to Word. The advanced export dialogue will allow you to select which task attributes to export, such as start and end dates and completion status.
An option many people may prefer is to export to Excel.
A final option, and perhaps one with a more unusual and appealing visual style, is to use the inbuilt timeline view. This gives a good feel for the loading of tasks over time and is often received better by those not familiar or comfortable working with Gantt charts.
The trick with timelines views is to filter or focus on just a few tasks at a time or the timeline gets to busy. here the example just presents the key information for the garden shed project - the main delivery steps. Sharing a timeline view is easily done using a PDF export or print.