Personal Project Planner

Individuals who are not naturally talented at organization often find it difficult to complete tasks which require a number of steps. Dr. Cooper has found that there are two underlying problems that many people have with completing tasks: 1) their limited skills in doing task analysis (identifying all of the steps involved in a project) and 2) their poor planning skills. He has designed the Personal Project Planner as a simple tool to assist individuals to learn how to identify the steps or parts of a project and schedule the work for each step. Two copies are included in this newsletter: one is blank and the other is completed to illustrate how to use the Personal Project Planner.

The person using the PPP fills in the Project Title, the Date Assigned and the Due Date. Then he or she places one task or step of a project in each box. After all the steps are listed, the person places times for the completion of each task on the line under the boxes. The Planner should be placed in a location where the person can review it often to check that he or she is on schedule.

Many individuals need to make a couple of drafts of the planner because the first time through, he or she might miss some steps of the project. If you review the example page which is included, you can see that the person may need to combine two pages to expand the number of times the person needs to rewrite a written assignment. By taping two or more pages together the student can plan all the revisions that might be needed to write.