It’s time to create an action plan for your goals. By now you should have one SMART goal ready to go, but what do you do next?
If you haven’t read my post on setting SMART goals yet, go do that now.
Before we start I want to say, don’t be intimidated if your goal seems like a giant, unattainable task. That’s normal!
Setting goals can feel overwhelming and I think that’s why people who aren’t intentional about action plans don’t achieve theirs.
Not you though. You’re going to learn how to crush your goals!
To make it easier and more achievable, we’re going to break it down and tackle it a little bit at a time.
Let’s take a look at how to create an action plan for your goals:
- Write your major goal down in a notebook or my favorite Productivity Pad. You can also use an app like Wunderlist if you prefer digital.
- Give yourself a deadline on when the goal needs to be completed by.
- Break down the smaller parts of the goal. What needs to happen to achieve it? For example, if you want to write 6 blog posts in May you’ll need to jot down ideas, research the subject, write the copy, edit the copy, make graphics or take photographs, finalize and schedule the posts.
- Schedule each task depending on your timeline. What must you do today, tomorrow, and the next day to meet your deadline?
- Choose your most important tasks and do them before anything else. Don’t check your phone or your email or Facebook until you finish these.
- Check off your smaller tasks and watch them add up to achieving your big goal!
If you do this every time, goal setting should feel easier and more rewarding. You will achieve more goals if you write them down, make an action plan, and refer to it often.
This only works if you do! You have to keep it in front of you every day and work your small tasks in priority.
Once you master this, you’ll be on your way to being a goal crushing machine!