The importance of a flow chart is to have a visual guide to show you your process or plan to action. This can be very effective process when created but if you don’t know how it can sometimes be misleading or confusing.
Have an Objective:
What is your purpose in creating a flowchart? Identify the main objectives such as, explaining the process, finding loopholes in the process or even understanding how a process works. This will give you structure in running your business or goals.
Make sure that the process fits all on one page because it makes it most useful when you see everything on one screen. You can adjust font size and box size to make it fit on a single page. If the flowchart is too large and cannot fit a single page it’s recommended to divide the charts and then connecting them together so that they align with each other.
Keep Everything Consistent:
Keep all fonts, lines and shapes sizes consistent throughout the whole process. When doing this it makes it easier to follow and makes it look more professional. It also eliminates all unnecessary distractions.
Utilize Your Colors:
Color-coding the fonts, lines and shapes will make the process easier to understand. It is important to limit the amount of color because you want to only divert the process when it comes to a different action or objective. Make sure that each color change made only when necessary.
Review With Team:
Before you finalize your flowchart, review the process with your team or colleagues. Extra eyes on the flowchart can give you room for improvement. It important that you keep the flowchart as simple as possible and make sure that there’s an end result. The flow chart should start from the left to right as if you were reading a book. Implement your process in your daily lives and whenever your stuck in a situation just refer back to your guide.