Posted by: Cathy | December 17, 2012

Goals III – Commit! (Action Steps)

Last week, we talked about strategizing how to meet your goals. Today we’ll figure out how to turn those strategies into reality with an action plan.

An action plan is just a collection of steps you need to take to achieve your goal. You can make these steps as granular as will help you. Having lots of little steps may help to break down an overwhelming project, or having a long list of baby-steps may seem too simplistic, depending on your personality and work style. I’ll explain below with our example from last week.

Our sample goal is to have a travel savings fund of $5,000 so you can spend two weeks in Paris.

Taking the example strategies (*) from last week, here are some possible action steps (+):

* Set aside 5% of every paycheck in a travel savings account
+ Sign up for a direct deposit directly into my savings account
(Granular baby-steps would include “talk to payroll to obtain a direct-deposit form,” “find my account routing information in my checkbook,” etc.)

* Reduce grocery budget by 10% and put the savings in a travel account
+ Switch to generic brands
+ Look for coupons online
+ Stretch leftovers and avoid letting food go to waste

* Get a part-time job on Saturdays and save all the income for travel
+ Ask friends if they know any job opportunities
+ Go to my favorite shops and ask if they’re hiring

* Hold a garage sale and save the proceeds for travel
+ Make a list of things I could sell
+ Set a date and make flyers for the neighborhood

* Set up an etsy shop and create handmade goods for sale with the income for travel
+ Brainstorm what I could sell and how to make my items unique and desirable
+ Sign up on

Coach Blog 121712 Once you have a list of action steps, decide which of them you could tackle this week and write them in your planner. Perhaps rank each one depending on how long it will take so, if you only have 15 minutes to work on your goal one day, you can easily see what step you can accomplish in that time.

After you cross an item off the list, pick a next action and commit to it in your planner. Continue until you’re done!

I want to share one to-do list management tip I got from my friend, Angela: using her SmartPhone, she writes a to-do list on her notepad app, takes a picture of it, and uses it as her lock screen to remind her of tasks. I think that’s a great idea! But it’s most important to use whatever works for you – automatic calendar reminders, sticky notes, a list on the fridge or bathroom mirror. Experiment until you find a system that works for you to manage your action steps.

Then take action! You can meet your goals in 2013; you just need to do a little preparation first.


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