Free Project Plan Template for Excel

Free project plan template

Whether you’re a project manager in an agency, or a consultancy, or you just want to make sure your organization’s projects are planned efficiently, you can use our simple spreadsheet project plan template to quickly get an overview of the project’s key tasks.

Each task can be assigned to a person, has start and end dates, and a status. While no template is likely to be immediately perfect for your needs, this will hopefully serve as a good starting point from which you can customize your ideal project plan spreadsheet.

Get your free project plan template (direct link).

Get started with the project plan template in 3 simple steps

Getting started with our project plan template is easy:

  1. Go to “File” and choose “Make a copy” and save it to your own Drive. You can also download it as an excel file or in your chosen format.
  2. Delete the sample data on the template.
  3. Replace the sample data with each of your task’s names and assign them a person, start and end dates, and status.

Note: The Total days field will automatically calculate from the dates that you input. The Status field will automatically change color based on the task’s status, making it easy to keep track of the performance of the tasks on the project plan.

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