The goals you wrote and ordered in your journal are the beginnings of your “action plan.”
Action plans are lists of responsibilities that tell a person to carry out elements of short-term goals on a day-to-day basis; they will have a great deal to do with your daily scheduling.
Action plans show the minute steps, the individual points between A and Z. They center your attention on the goals immediately needing achievement.
What Does An Action Plan Look Like?
An action plan is a list of the most logical steps you need to take to achieve a short-term goal in the order you need to take them.
Behavior is made up of the specific actions or reactions taken within our daily environment. Regardless of our capabilities, behavior describes what we do. It answers the question: what am I doing? What are my actions?
This has to do with the external context in which behavior occurs. It answers the question: when and where does this behavior occur? Where? When? With Whom? Where, when, and with whom do you display your behaviors? What are the external influences on you?
An action plan is a detailed plan of specified actions needed to achieve a goal. It can also mean a series of steps that need to be carried out in order for a particular strategy to succeed. Furthermore, such a plan identifies the resources needed to achieve a (SMART) goal, and how and when they should be deployed.
An action plan thus ensures that the vision or objective of you or for instance an organisation becomes concrete. This has the advantage that the various parties working on the strategy are on the same page.
An action plan is an extension of the well-known ‘to-do list’. That these lists can be useful is well known; they are used by many people in everyday life. However, the disadvantage of such to-do lists is that they can quickly become overwhelming when one person, for example, a project manager, has to take on several responsibilities.
An action plan is a strong version of the task list that includes short-, medium- and long-term goals. This makes it easier to delegate certain tasks and can save time. An action plan also encourages you to think carefully about priorities and to concentrate on the things that matter. Again, this can save valuable time and increase the effectiveness and productivity of a company or individual employee. What was previously experienced as overwhelming now becomes clear and controlled.
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Write an action plan:
Choose one of your critical long-term goals to work on. Read through each of its short-term goals, beginning with the first one you must carry out, and determine the minute steps you must take to achieve that goal in the order you must take them.
Write in list format the minute steps you must take, in the order you must take them. This list is your action plan for that goal.
If you find it motivates you, include a time frame for carrying out each step. Be realistic, so you neither over- nor under-challenge yourself.
- Begin with the first step of your action plan,
- Check off each minute step you accomplish.
Do the same for all your medium and short-term goals so you may see the swiftness of your progress toward achieving your dream.
Congratulations! You have learned to focus your effort and energy to become a successful goal-getter!