If you are involved in any kind of project, you’ll know that managers want to see regular reports.
Today I’ve got something for you to make your life a bit easier! It’s a free status report template that is based on one I use myself for weekly updates to my manager and team. You can adapt it as you see fit to ensure it covers things your colleagues would like to hear about.
What’s This Template For?
This is a really simple progress update report. It’s designed to showcase what you’ve accomplished over the last week and what you are working on going forward. There aren’t lots of boxes to fill in. I send my reports out on an email, so you can copy and paste the text into an email and schedule it to send on a Friday.
It’s a light-touch way of keeping your management team – be that your line manager or project sponsor – up-to-date with the work you are doing. I find that regular reporting allows people to back off a bit. Once they trust that you have everything under control, and you do, because you’re showing them the status weekly by sending them a brief report, then the managers who have a tendency to hover at your shoulder find themselves giving you a bit more space.
How Do I Get The Template?
Enter your email in the box at the end of this article to download the template. It’s a PDF. You can either copy and paste the text from the PDF or if that doesn’t work for you, use the layout as a prompt for your own report. It’s so super-simple that you’ll find yourself using it over and over again, and in my experience people love this kind of status update. There’s nothing too complicated in there and if they want to see more information or for you to deep dive into some detail then they’ll ask for it.
What If This Isn’t Enough?
If you need something that goes beyond this simple reporting, I have a whole ebook on how to report project status, which comes with other ideas for how to present your reports. There’s so much information in here: everything from how to identify what your manager wants to hear about through to using the right language to talk about your work to make the best impact. Find out more and get your copy here.
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