Tool Box- Action Plans

What is an action plan?

  • An action plan outlines the details, and acts as a framework for achieving your goals
  • Action planning is an important tool for setting and achieving your goals
  • An action plan provides structure and direction

S.M.A.R.T. a review

  • S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym used to help guide you when setting your goals. Learn more about goal setting by viewing the “Keeping on Track” education presentation. Each of the following S.M.A.R.T. principles plays a role in the action planning process.
  • S- Specific
  • M- Measureable
  • A- Achievable
  • R- Relevant
  • T- Timely

Making an action plan –what can I do?

  • Think about some small changes or adjustments that can be made to help you achieve your goal(s)
    • What can I do today?
    • What can I do tomorrow?
    • What can I do next week?
  • Write your answers/ideas down.
  • Be sure to check your answers against the S.M.A.R.T. principles

Making an action plan –when and how will I do it?

  • Next, take your answers/ideas from your ‘what’ questions and make them more specific.
  • Some things to consider may be:
    • How long will my suggested action take?
    • When can I complete this action?
    • How will this action affect my current routine?
    • How do I measure success?
    • Do I need other tools or resources to take action?
    • Do I need the support of another to take action?
  • Be sure to write the details down; in a notebook, on a calendar, on your phone or computer.

Making an action plan –Staying on track

  • Plan for obstacles. Time and energy are two common barriers to change. Keep this in mind when you are answering your when and how questions.
  • Schedule a time and day for reflection. Look at the plans you made and measure your success.
  • Ask yourself:
    • What went well?
    • What went wrong?
  • Adjust your plans accordingly
  • Seek out help/support
  • Don’t forget to celebrate your success

Want more information?

  • Speak to an Exercise Therapist.
  • For a review of goal setting and how to build an action plan, visit our Keeping on Track section.