Project management applications like MS Project can be great if you are trying to do very detailed planning and need to calculate specific critical path timelines, but sometime you just need a simple way to convey a high-level plan. You can use this simple one-page template to communicate your top three priorities for the year and to demonstrate that you have thought through the main work break down activities that will be required to deliver on them.
A lot of people fall into the common trap of becoming overly focused on what they need to deliver in the short term (that day, that week, that month).
They might think about the upcoming year, but rarely commit pen to paper to truly plan it out.
The good news is that this problem is very solvable. Here is a simple template you can use to demonstrate that you have identified your priorities and thought through the major work streams. By communicating this in a single page that is easy to understand and visually appealing, you have an opportunity to stand out in way that will impress your boss and even help your colleagues feel inspired to think longer term.
Here is an example of using this template for an upcoming regulatory work plan.