Step 4: Run with it
People seemed to love checking the Gantt chart for open projects, and fought over who got to black the squares in. It was lovely, and seeing the columns go dark makes it feel like you're accomplishing something.
Since we had so many dishes in the works, it was nice to double-check against the spreadsheet. Forgetting the stuffing in the downstairs chest freezer or the trifle in the back of the refrigerator would have been sad, but was easily prevented by comparing against the master list.