Writing an annual report for many people is a big chore done over a stressful month or two just before it is due to be released.
I have suggested before that the process is better spread across the year by keeping notes so that the actual preparation is easier.
Another way I work on an annual report throughout the year is to copy chunks of text into an annual report document as well. This is content worked on during the year for a specific topic or use – for example, descriptions of a new service or product launched during the reporting year.
When it comes to writing about those topics in the annual report, I can pull out the existing, correct content and adjust it to need. It is much quicker than reinventing the wheel with new text or wasting time searching for that text “I know I wrote back then”.
Although a style guide often includes sections of useful text to be reused, it doesn’t always include text about specific events or external factors.
Can you imagine how organised you will feel and look when you pull out a page of pre-prepared text when you start writing your annual report content?