Action Planning

“If you really want to do something, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse.” Jim Rohn

A goal without a deadline is a dream.” Napoleon Hill

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Sainte-Exupery

As these quotes intimate, without a plan and deadlines your ideas and goals will remain just that. To realize the outcomes associated with achieving your goal you need to create a plan, allocate deadlines and take action as set out in the following key stages:

The exercises provided below offer ways of performing stages 2 to 4, stage 1 is covered in the defining your destination section.

Work on turning your ideas into actions to:

  • Achieve your goals
  • Fulfil your purpose
  • Enable you to perform the actions today that will get you to where you want to be tomorrow

Next steps

Having worked out what you want to achieve, take the first step towards realising it, explore the exercises, create your plan and start taking action!

Complete this life balance action plan exercise to establish a plan of action to achieve your goals that takes into account the priorities in all areas of your life.

How do you eat an elephant? Answer: bite by bite. Use this plan for success exercise to break your goal down into manageable chunks making it more achievable and less intimidating.

Review this procrastination exercise to explore whether your procrastination habits are helping or hindering your progress.

Being busy has somehow become a badge of honour but could it be affecting your productivity? Explore the healthy action habits exercise to understand the impact of your busyness and create healthier action habits.

Important activities have an outcome that leads to the achievement of your goals. Urgent activities demand immediate attention and are often associated with the achievement of someone else’s goals. Complete this urgent important exercise to see whose goals you are working on.

When planning how to complete tasks and approach goals, it is easy to take advice from others and implement recommended methods without sufficient tailoring to our own individual styles of behavior and working. Reflect on this productivity exercise to increase your productivity.