How to draw a Gantt Chart

How to draw a CPM chart

  1. Word, new drawing canvas.
  2. Draw a square text box (remember, use shift key)
  3. Type random text in the box so we can see it.
  4. Right click, format text box » Text Box tab » set internal margins to zero and set vertical alignment to middle.
  5. Make sure rule is visible.
  6. Create a left tab just inside text box boundary.
  7. Create another just inside the right hand box boundary. Double click tab in ruler to change the tab to a right tab.
  8. Put in three numbers on three lines (with carriage return between them)
  9. Reduce font size, add tabs to get top and bottom number on right and middle number on left.
  10. Draw a circle that's about the same size.
  11. Make the border of the square and the fill of the circle invisible.
  12. Overlay them just so.
  13. Group
  14. Now copy and paste as many as you like.
  15. Connect by arrows, layout and align.

How to Make a Logic Model Chart

  1. Word, new drawing canvas bigger than you plan your actual diagram to be (to give you some work space).
  2. Think about basic structure: problem, goals, environment are horizontal rectangles; assumptions, resources, activities, outputs, outcomes, etc. are vertical.
  3. Make a single horizontal rectangle of about the right size. Add text. Format as you like.
  4. Make a single vertical rectangle of about the right size. Add text. Format to taste.
  5. Make a single fat arrow of about the right size.
  6. Copy and paste (note that you have to unselect after copying a text box or else you will get an error for trying to paste a text box inside a text box) to get as many rectangles as you will need.
  7. Change text in boxes. Usually best to start with just the labels (e.g., ACTIVITIES) and then put in further text later.
  8. Rough layout and then use align to get them just right.
  9. Color systematically (that is, don't mix bold with muted, pastels with crayons, earth tones with plastics).
  10. Copy arrows and place and align.
  11. Fill in remaining text as needed.
  12. Titles and footnotes and captions.