The Importance of an Action Plan

When was the last time you actually said you were going to do something, and then actually did it within a reasonable time and felt a great sense of accomplishment? If it feels like it has been a while, or maybe you’re a bit less motivated than usual, then you’ve come to the right place.

An action plan is an awesome way to get out of your own head and better organize your thoughts. An action plan is a way to have a better sense of how you can best use your time, and it can be a very effective means of motivating you to accomplishing your work, or at least getting started on it.

In your own head, you may have some really awesome ideas, but you may also have some subconscious fears that you may or may not be aware of that are currently holding you back. Getting all of your thoughts down on paper (what do you want to do, when do you want it done by, what is the best way of tackling this, etc.) is a great start and can make something that seems so daunting actually not so bad after all.

What does a great action plan have?

  1. It lists what you need to do. Even if it’s something that’s not due until a month from now, that is something you need to start working on now. Keep it short and specific.
  2. It has specific due dates. What are the small steps that need to be considered and when should those be done?
  3. It needs to have your absolute commitment. You need to commit yourself to your plan and not let any distractions get in the way.
  4. It needs to have rewards or incentives. If you accomplish X by 2:00pm, maybe you’ll reward yourself by booking that trip.
  5. It helps you kick your own ass. The plan motivates you to get all your work done, while at the same time reminding you of how strong you are and that you are capable, by setting expectations that are do-able for you.

Simply put, a great action plan can be your best friend when it comes to getting sh!t done and making the most out of your time. It can help provide greater clarity and focus since you can have it in front of you, and not just in your own head. YOU GOT THIS.

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