My To Do list is massive. So I have developed an action log to control my tasks. I copy and paste actions from conference calls, team meetings and those chance conversations you have in the corridor into this. I can filter it by task owner when I am talking to someone and want to chase them up. I can filter out the closed tasks without having to delete them – it’s simple, but it works for me.
“Very simple and effective.” Tadeu, Brazil
And I’m giving it to you. If you want it. This free action log template is the one I use on all my projects. This spreadsheet will help you stay on top of your tasks.
How To Use The Action Log
Think of this as your amazing To Do list.
You record the task, who is responsible for it and what the latest updates are. You can add more updates as and when you need to, so that you keep the whole history of what is being done on that piece of work. I like to record tasks that other people are responsible for as well. As a project manager, I’m responsible for checking in with others and making sure that they are doing the work that needs to be done. In fact, making tasks transparent is one of the ways to get other people to take responsibility for their work. Writing it down and sharing the list before each meeting makes it difficult for others to say that they didn’t know they had taken away an action from the previous meeting.
What’s In the Template
This task tracking template is a really simple spreadsheet. You could probably come up with it yourself, but why bother when I’ve done it for you?
I designed it with project managers (me) in mind but actually it works well for anyone who needs to keep track of multiple actions. That makes it great for people who attend a lot of meetings and want to consolidate the actions in a single place. You can adapt it as you see fit to make it work for you, add colour coding or whatever you like.
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What If This Isn’t Enough?
If you need a more comprehensive project tracking spreadsheet that includes a way to record actions, issues, risks, changes and more, my Project Workbook is perfect for you. Click the picture below to get more details.
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