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How to Create an Action Plan?

Updated on June 7, 2020
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Vikram Brahma has over a decade of corporate working experience. By profession, he is a Digital Entrepreneur, Blogger, Writer and YouTuber.

Introduction

We make goals and we try to achieve those goals. For accomplishing our goals, we need to take actions. Some people are good at making goals whereas some are good at executing them. But if you want to become successful in life you need to learn both of these arts.

Smart people who can make action plans and execute those are highly rewarded. Because whatever may be the situation people always talk about the final results. No one cares about what goes in between.

So, make sure you are good at making plans and excellent in taking actions. In this article, we will see step by step method of creating action plans. And I will share one example to make it more clear. So, let’s find out what steps are involved.

Decide Exactly What You Want To Accomplish

If you want to accomplish anything in life then first you need to be sure about your goals. Without being sure what you want from life, it will be difficult to make an action plan. Keep your vision focused and clear so that you can see them inside your mind.

For achieving your goals you need to develop daily action plans. This will give you a better direction and you can even check the progress. So, to create action plans the first step is to decide the exact goal.

Make A Habit To Write Them Down

In the second step, you have to bring those visions and goals out of your mind and write them down on a piece of paper or in your journal. So, start writing your goals along with what actions you would take to reach your goals. Those daily actions will guide you in forming your action plans.

For example, I have a goal that I want to create multiple sources of income from online activities in the next three to four months. So, I have some goals and to achieve the goals I like to do the following activities today.
a) Write two English articles for Hubpages and publish them
b) Need to revise the contract and need to prepare an invoice. Then I need to email them to client
c) Write one content for my YouTube channel
d) Read five pages from the book - how will you measure your life?
e) Open Amazon affiliate account and share affiliate links on my Hubpages articles

By following the above procedure, I know exactly what actions I need to take to accomplish my goals. That’s why it’s important to write your goals along with the exact action plans.

Set a deadline
Set a deadline

Set A Specific Deadline For Each Task

What will happen and how you will react if someone tells you to come and attend their marriage. Well, the next obvious question you will enquire about the date. Same way, you have to put some deadline against each task.

When you start giving a deadline to accomplish any task then it becomes easy to follow up with an action plan. For example, if I want to write two English articles then I can decide that one article should be completed by 11 am. So, the goal is set, an action plan is set and then I decided the timeline to accomplish that task.

Set Priorities

We cannot start and complete all tasks in one go. So, we need to decide and give priorities as per it’s importance. One of the best ways to complete your daily task is to start with the most important and urgent work. Because it is said 80% of all tasks can be completed if we focus on 20% of the most essential work.

It is better to set priorities to get the maximum results. For example, whenever I start my day, I see what are the most important tasks and which task is going to take the most of my time. Then I just go ahead with those tasks first.

To know whether or not you are taking the right actions and achieving your goals for that you can review your progress. If you find anything lacking then set a new deadline or extend your work for another hour. But don’t change your target.

Conclusion

When you make your goals and action plans make sure to include health, relationship and travel goals along with the financial goals. We need to grow as a complete all-rounder person.

In simple words, our whole idea should be to reach our goals. For this, we need to build a bridge between the starting point to the end goal. And in this case, only predetermined goals and detail action plans can come to our rescue.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Vikram Brahma

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