Task Progress Tracker Update: Monochrome “Power User” Edition

Task Progress Tracker Update: Monochrome “Power User” Edition

For the most recent version of this form, go to the Productivity Tools page

As I wrote earlier, I’m going to be using the Task Progress Tracker to provide continuity for the various project folders I have going. As I was looking at my old version of the form, there were a few improvements I wanted to make:

  • I recalled an email request lay May about creating a Power User Version, without the description at the top, more lines, and an area for an outcome near the end. Sounded like a good idea.

  • There was a person (unfortunately, I can’t find the reference) who mentioned he had used the TPT as a kind of project summary sheet for new projects at his company. A more streamlined sheet, I thought, might help him and others out.

  • The recent comments about problems with laser printers has been on my mind, so I figured I would make my new version laser printer friendly.

  • There were unused areas of the form that I didn’t use, nor have I heard of anyone really using them, so I wanted to strip them out for a cleaner look.

  • The visual vocabulary for the various Printable CEO forms has been refined somewhat since the very first forms, so why not clean up the overall look?

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p>So I spent about 90 minutes cleaning up this form, and it’s now available for download. If you’re not familiar with the TPT, you might want to read more about the philosophy behind the design. The basic idea is that this is a form of To Do list that takes time-spent into account, allowing you to have a sense of progress even when you can’t check off that DONE box right away.

Notes: Designing for Laser Printers

For those of you using laser printers, I’d like to know if this form appears usable to you. In general I made all the text use 100% black, and used finer line weights instead of tone to control visual contrast.

Where I’m using tone is in the halftoned 25% gray backgrounds. This shouldn’t bug too many people, though on lower-resolution laser printers some of the label text may look a little ragged.

I may not have chosen exactly the right value for a decent halftone—the ideal value depends on the halftoning algorithm and the default line screen that your laser printer uses—so short of spitting out a giant 1-bit TIFF file this will probably have to do.

One nice thing about laser printers is that you can generally print black & white detail much smaller and still retain sharpness. Yay!

Download the Power User Edition of the Task Progress Tracker

» Download Task Progress Tracker TPT02 Power User Edition » PCEO-TPT02-PowerUserBW.pdf

Feedback is, as always, most welcome! Enjoy!

11 Comments

  1. Tyler Weir 13 years ago

    Using a normal Dell laser printer results in perfectly usable trackers.  Looks great.

  2. Dave Seah 13 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback, Tyler! I’ll start adapting the other forms on an as-need basis.

  3. Dave 13 years ago

    Wow, I’d LOVE to have these on a 3×5 index card to fill out my Hipster PDA!

  4. Alex 13 years ago

    Thanks these forms are incredible!

    Working from home as a freelancer makes it absolutely critical to properly track the time spent on various tasks. This allows me to bill more accurately and visualize what still needs to be completed. Once filled-out, I can almost use these as an invoice lol.

    I noticed one small problem though, the fixed YEAR at the top right corner… 2007 is arriving soon :P :P

  5. Tim Foreman 13 years ago

    When I try and download the files I get an access denied error.

  6. Auron 13 years ago

    I was at the forums on the DIY planner site and was lead here. This template will work great with the new letter sized planner I am customizing.

    Thank you!

  7. Gordon 12 years ago

    Hi Dave, for use in my letter sized planner, what would be the change of getting the power user version laid out to handle the holes punched in the left hand margin? Or, laid up like a DIY Planner template for hole punches on front and back?

    Thanks,
    Gordon

  8. Nathan Buehler 9 years ago

    What program do you use for layout and formatting… is there a definitive program to open pdfs and edit with preexisting tables and anchor points?

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    Dave Seah 9 years ago

    Gordon: I’ll try to address the hole punching space in an upcoming release. Thanks for mentioning the problem!

    Nathan: The definitive program would be Adobe Illustrator, which is the program I use to create all forms to date.

  10. .... 9 years ago

    Too bad year’s “hard coded” in the forms…

  11. Author
    Dave Seah 9 years ago

    Oops, you found an old post. The updated versions are under the Productivity Tools menu item.