How to get past the template monster

3 years ago, in a former job... "Can you please make an implementation plan for the new communication tool?" was the question I got from my manager. Not used to writing this kind of stuff, I opened an existing plan, copied it, and started to try to make it right for my project. After a while the words started to dance before my eyes because I just wasn’t able to fit my thoughts into the format on my screen. Feeling a bit stupid I just tried to write something in every chapter and at some point I was writing sentences I myself didn’t even understand. The formats were really strict and following the project planning principles was not a choice but a command. It took me ages to write the plan,