I am so proud that you have decided to begin the process of taking action in your life. When creating an action plan it is absolutely essential that you are specific. So to get started lets imagine a specific situation that you want to advance in your life. Once you have decided exactly what that is, we can get started.
Follow the steps below to create your action plan! You absolutely must write it down. I prefer pen and paper myself, but if you would like to type it up on your phone, tablet, or computer you can do that as well!
1. Brainstorm! Write out a list of goals that you want to accomplish!
These can be long term or short term goals or both. You may not make an action plan for each of these goals today, but it would be great to jot down a few extras that you will tend to in the future. The sky is the limit! Don’t hold back here 🙂 You should write down at least 3 to 5 goals.
2. Decide on a specific goal that you want to make a plan for today!
Keep your goal list that you created in the first step handy, and map out 1 or 2 of those goals today in your action plan process. Save the other goals for another day. This could be about your personal, romantic, professional, or spiritual life. Be as specific as possible. This will not be effective if you make it broad and general. This process is meant to be very detailed and specific.
3. How will you get there?
To determine how you will accomplish your goal, you are going to first write an over-arching statement.
For example, if my goal is to become a veterinarian, my overarching statement would be, “I will complete veterinary school and receive the degrees, certifications, and experience necessary to start working as a vet.”
4. Plan it out step by step.
Now that we have our overarching statement we are going to write small and measurable short term goals that are specific to our overarching statement(long-term goal). This should be a very long list of steps. If you have less than 10 you are definitely not writing enough steps. You should have between 10-30 steps here at least.
5. Decide on what parameters you will utilize to determine when and if you have accomplished your goal.
Here is where you will decide, at what point your goal has been accomplished. As you work toward your goal you should celebrate the small victories that you encounter, but once you reach your long term goal you should be able to recognize it! If not, you were not specific enough and your parameters were not distinct.
6. Map out the amount of time that you want to accomplish it in!
If you aimlessly make a goal without a time frame, your goal setting process takes on the shape of an elongated process that may or may not have a conclusion. Sound familiar?
Therefore, if you want to make this happen in a timely manner you have to plan it that way.
7. Make your steps work for you!
It may be helpful to begin this process by writing the day that you plan for your long term goal to be accomplished in a calendar or daily planner.
Then, record the short term goals that you planned out in Step 4 in your planner or calendar. In this step you will map out exactly when your long term and each of your short term goals will be accomplished. This will officially make you an action plan star!
And that is it! You have created your action plan! Good for you. It is quite a process, but it is well worth it. It gets the job done! Happy Planning! Be sure to let me know how you do with your goals! I want to here about it!