Here’s a simple guide to begin implementing action plans instead of to-do lists, increasing your odds of success.
Gather Information: Begin your action plan by writing down all the tasks that require your attention and a resolution, which allows your ideas to become concrete and organized.
Synthesize the Information: Action plans are designed to increase efficiency; editing your list helps put your goals into perspective in terms of what requires your attention and what does not.
Breakdown, Organize, and Prioritize: Break your responsibilities down into smaller action steps, then organize and prioritize those steps further based on the project or goal to which they relate.
Evaluate Your Plan: Before you begin your process, take time to ensure that your actions are S.M.A.R.T: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.
By implementing action plans into your work routine, you’ll make achieving goals more realistic.