Goal Planning: Creating an Action Plan

Now we’re getting to the bit you’ve been waiting for – the action plan.

Oh! But where to start?

You need to know all the things that you might need to do to be able to achieve the goal and create smaller monthly and quarterly goals.

Depending on your overall goal, these might be in the form of mini-projects or milestones.


Look at your big goal – what might you need to achieve first before you get to that final end point?

Let’s take an example of writing a book. There are several stages to writing a book (assuming you aren’t “pantsing“):

  1. Choosing what kind of book you want to write (although this may already be part of the goal)
  2. Drawing an outline plot for the story and characters
  3. Writing the book
  4. Editing
  5. Publishing

If you can break your progress down like this, then you can see that there are some goals to be met along the way and each one can be treated as a mini project, completely independent of the other.

Other examples where mini-projects can be employed range from emigrating to another country to sorting photo albums both digital and analogue.


Other goals have progression milestones. For example, if you are aiming to lose weight, there will be milestones that you want to reach.

This might be a particular weight or measurement, or a visible change in shape ( it’s good to take pictures at the start so you can see the physical changes that might not be obvious as body composition changes).


Regardless of the type of goal, you will want to assess what tasks will need to be undertaken in order to complete the projects or reach the milestones.

Write down everything that will need to be done and then work through the list to determine the priority of each task.

For example, you can’t book a decorator for the lounge renovation until you’ve obtained a few quotes after researching decorators in your area, and chosen your colour scheme.

If you want to take up martial arts, you would likely have tasks to research teachers, join a class, purchase appropriate clothing or equipment and create a plan as to how often you would practice.


The final step is to work out how often and when you are going to spend time on your tasks and projects.

Will you be doing a little everyday or will it be a once a week focus session?

Later in the month we’ll be looking at how to set a more detailed day to day and weekly plan so don’t worry if you can’t get to that point just yet.


Work out your quarterly then monthly targets for your goal.

Then list all the things you’ll need to do to reach that first milestone.

Highlight the first three tasks that will need to be done so you know exactly where you’re starting from.


Working out what is going to stop you meeting those goals.

How can you break your big goal down? Is it a series of mini-projects or milestones? Can you see what your first three priorities are? Share in the comments so we can cheer you on

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

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