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17 Project Plan Templates: Simple & Quick to Use

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17 Project Plan Templates: Simple & Quick to Use

Project plans are difficult to conceptualize. Let’s not make them difficult to put together. Pick one of these professional project plan templates and have your project plan write itself!

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John McTale

Editor-in-chief

Sep 27, 2021

 

 

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There’s both art and science behind successful project planning. You need thorough project understanding, deep research, smart prioritization, and multi-level management. And few things in life are as daunting as trying to make your project plan visually appealing and easy to understand for everyone involved.

The solution? Use a fill-in-the-blanks project plan template. One that lets you plug in your information and makes sure the final document will look just right. Of course, you could spend hours looking for a perfect project plan template that fits your needs. Or—

You can spend five minutes reading this guide: it features a carefully-curated collection of the finest project plan templates you can find online.

 

Storydoc project plan templates

 

Starting out with our very own templates for project plans. What’s so special about them? They’re not just boring, static documents filled with rows of data. Storydoc templates are scroll-based and fully interactive, helping you add some flair and excitement to your project plans.

Just see this example:

Here's an example of a project plan template transformed in our tool:

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Slide decks are a relic of the past. With Storydoc, you’ll get interactive content you never thought you’d have. Wow your audience, make a lasting impression, and land more deals with investors. Ready in a flash.

 

Looking for other business document templates, too? See one of our dedicated guides:

For "standard" project plan templates, read on!

 

The best project plan templates to download (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more)

 

simple project plan

Simple project plan

A very straightforward Excel template for planning and tracking your projects in a spreadsheet. It allows you to conveniently break up a project into tasks, manage stakeholders, and monitor deadlines.
 

Download here
project timeline

Project timeline

This process-oriented project plan template from Venngage emphasizes milestones needed for a successful project rollout. Based on a timeline, it easily lets you see if the project is progressing as it has been designed.
 

Download here
agile

Agile

“Agile” is a more advanced template for a project plan, created with Dev teams in mind. A very good pick if you’re working in a Scrum environment, letting you easily integrate your team’s sprints with the overall project goal.
 

Download here
time plan

Time plan (free download available)

Available on Adobe Stock, this Illustrator project plan template will help you place tasks within a visually presented timeline. Clear, legible, and very easy to edit.
 

Download here
tracker

Tracker (free download available)

If you need an elegant printable project plan template, this one should work great for you. Makes tracking small, daily tasks for you and your team easy and will look great pinned to a corkboard.
 

Download here
simple planner

Simple planner

Cute, versatile, and very modern, this Google Slides and PowerPoint project planner is focused on following a calendar. Not great for advanced projects with complex dependency chains but a solid pick for a semi-personal project plan.
 

Download here

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personal planner

Personal planner

The only one on our list centered around your personal to-dos, rather than business needs. It’s a simple, printable project plan template that lets you monitor everyday tasks as well as weekly and monthly goals.

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printable

Printable

Another project plan template designed for analog, rather than digital use, created by Sophie Marie design studio. The cool thing about this one is that it lets you break each task down into smaller, digestible chunks. Oh, and it’s very reasonably priced!

Download here
tracker

Tracker #2

A very neat project plan and tracker template brought to you by Yours Truly Printables. Available in PDF only so it’s not a perfect choice if you need digital access to your project plan. Will work great for printing, though.

Download here
classy

Classy

This one, designed by Leaflove Space, is a perfect project plan template for when you need to send over the description of your project to external stakeholders. It lets you tell a compelling story around your project, present the most important goals, and a timeline without overwhelming your reader with too much information.
 

Download here
minimal

Minimal

Another project plan template created for printing, this one by the Wise And Wonder design studio comes with placeholders for various elements of your plan: the summary, task list, weekly calendar, and some space for meeting notes.

Download here
gantt chart

Gantt chart

A fantastic project plan template for Excel created by Someka studio. It’s based on a Gantt chart but much, much easier to use than dedicated Gantt chart software such as Microsoft Project. A great template for managing complex workflows and long-term projects (plus, it has 2,000+ stellar customer reviews behind it).

Download here
to do spreadsheet

To-do spreadsheet

A simple one-page project plan template making it easy to monitor all that matters: the deadlines, task statuses, budget, backlog… Wrapped in a nice-looking layout with eye-catching colors, elegant fonts, and enough white space in between items to not overwhelm the viewer.

Download here
PM's bundle

PM's bundle

EasyXL created this impressive project planning bundle with some neat features such as automatic deadline calculator, week-to-week calendar, and delays tracking. It might not have the most modern look or feel to it but it’s highly functional and easy to use.

Download here
action plan

Action plan

Another one designed by Leaflove Space, “Action plan” is a great MS Word project plan template ideal for the more advanced stages of a project. Its main purpose is to allow you to map out and describe specific tasks your team needs to complete to successfully deliver the project.

Download here
project plan presentation

Project plan presentation

Last but not least, a PowerPoint template for a project plan presentation. A very good choice for sending over your project plan for acceptance by your higher-ups or external stakeholders. It features 30+ well-designed slides for all typical parts of a project presentation: summary, team introduction, lifecycle, risk tracking, and so on. Plus, a lot of really nice data visualization options.

Download here

And that's a wrap!

 

When picking a project plan template, always make sure to match it to your specific project requirements and make it only as complicated as it absolutely needs to be. Good project planning and tracking is about making complex processes easy to navigate through. Hopefully you’ve found a template that will allow your team to achieve just that!

John McTale

Hi, I'm John, Editor-in-chief at Storydoc. As a content marketer and digital writer specializing in B2B SaaS, my main goal is to provide you with up-to-date tips for effective business storytelling and equip you with all the right tools to enable your sales efforts.