A Gantt chart is a very useful tool for an Excel spreadsheet. In the past, this chart was thought to be an antique piece of software that would never see the light of day. But technology has changed in the last twenty years and today the Gantt chart is not only very easy to use but it’s easy to manage as well.
The Gantt chart is made up of many boxes that give the information to a company or individual. For example, one box would be labeled “coming soon” if the product or service is coming soon. The same may be done with a website.
Another box would be labeled “available” if the service is currently available. If this service is not available then the box may be labeled “temporarily unavailable”. Now imagine these same boxes could be put on top of a person’s Outlook calendar.
Each time they find a new service, business, or project that they want to work on, they would be taken to the appropriate box. Each line on the chart represents a single week of work in this specific service. Each month would be represented by a column and each week is represented by an arrow. And the top left is where the customer would see the next box or arrows to be worked on.
When a client needed more time or needed more funds to complete a task, they would call the next person on the list who would then send them back to the current box in the timeline. By using the chart this way, the person’s job would be tied to those directly under him or her.
When money was tight or another factor such as relocation occurred, this tool could be used to help manage the time frame in which the project or service was handled. The best part about the Gantt chart is that all the time that was not allocated for a project could be used to make better decisions on what needs to be done.
With all of the online courses available that teach basic Excel functions and using Gantt charts, you can get the tools to create your own Gantt chart for any professional business. This is not only easy to understand but very user-friendly and easy to use.