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.