The least helpful timelines I’ve ever seen are these:

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where time is basically bulleted, as if each of these intervals is equidistant and as if a bunch of text is the best way to communicate something inherently not based in narrative. You are basically saying, this journey is going to be really confusing because I’m not willing to help you see what’s really going to happen when. Buckle up! And that’s probably not the vibe you’re trying to give off.

Read more about interesting alternatives to developing timelines (useful in reports! useful in project management! useful, all around!) over at Stephanie Evergreen’s humorous and enlightening blog.