Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Goals Setting: How to Set an Action Plan

No matter what goal you are trying to achieve you will need to develop up an action plan to achieve success. Whether you are trying to lose weight, become financially secure, or improve a certain aspect of your life, then the action plan will be what takes you from where you are now to where you goal is. To help you out we provide you with a simple plan to help you set your action plan. The three steps are detailed below.

Task 1: Identify what you have to do: While this may sound like an obvious step a lot of

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people over look this. I am guilty of this as well! Grab a sheet of paper, and work out what tasks you will need to complete in order to reach your goal. This step will also involve some research, and possibly checking with a mentor to make sure you are on the right path. Ground truthing or a reality check are both very important aspects of this task..

Tasks 2: Develop a plan based on your tasks: This can be as elaborate or as simple as you want it to be. If you are a computer buff you could use MS Project or equivalent shareware software. If you prefer hand writing and you think better with a pen in your hand, then use paper. The trick here is to objectively look at your tasks and ascertain how long each one will take, what needs to be done within each, and what order they should be undertaken in. Once you have developed this you have your plan of action in place.

Task 3: Transfer your tasks into your to-do-list: Once you have your plan of action in place you need to make sure you undertake each task. This is where your to-do-list comes in. Your to-do-list is important because it covers all of your tasks for the day not just the tasks for your project. Place the relevant items on this list (based on your plan) and then work on them...simple.

The above process is quite simplistic, but simple is often better when it comes to goal setting. There is no need to over complicate things. So for each of your goals identify what you have to do, develop up a plan, and they put the relevant items from your plan on your to-do-list. Do this and your will dramatically increase your chances of success.

Article by Rusty O'Connor

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