The GANTT chart is an important part of PhD which every PhD student needs. However, it’s a bit difficult to prepare one. Here I am explaining how a research student can prepare a GANTT chart in a Google sheet.
The GANTT chart is a representation that shows your work planning. By enlisting tasks and giving a specific time frame one can investigate their work progress. Using tools like Google Sheets, one can also add others to their GANTT chart.
Here I am explaining how PhD or research students can prepare their own GANTT chart in a Google sheet.
How to Prepare a GANTT chart in a Google Sheet?
Go to Google and search– Google sheets. Once you land on the destination page click on >> ‘Go To Sheets’.
Now to add a new sheet click on the ‘+’ or ‘blank’ (the first thing that appears on the sheet) icon and a blank new sheet will open.
First, name your Sheet, let’s say >> GANTT chart for PhD.
Now label each column and prepare your plan. For example, column first for goals, consecutive columns for years and quarterly planning. Take a look at the image below.
Now your header for the chart is ready. Add months below years. To make it more readable, give each row a specific color. For that select a color from the taskbar.
Now add a task to the first column.
Depending upon the time you have chosen to achieve a specific goal, give it a color code.
Now the GANTT chart is ready. Note that this is just an example. You have to add many other goals, specific ones to the task column and give them a strict timeline for completion. You can also add your guide to this.
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This is how you can prepare a GANTT chart in a Google Sheet. The GANTT chart is mandatory for every PhD and universities ask for one. In addition, it also helps students arrange, monitor and assess their progress. To learn more you can read this article: Benefits of GANTT chart for PhD.
Dr. Tushar Chauhan is a Scientist, Blogger and Scientific-writer. He has completed PhD in Genetics. Dr. Chauhan is a PhD coach and tutor.