How many times have you set a goal, but failed to take action? Failed to hold yourself accountable? Failed to see results? Did you also fail to create an action plan?
Teachers create lesson plans.
Coaches create game plans.
Doctors create treatment plans.
Intentional goal setters create action plans.
It would be nice if we could simply ‘set it and forget it’ when it comes to goals, but that’s just not how it works.
Today I want to share with you how I am holding myself accountable to take action and get results with this year’s set of goals.
THE EPICENTER: PowerSheets Goal Planner
The PowerSheets Goal Planner is the scouting report of you. It takes you through a journey of analyzing and assessing different areas of your life. A good scouting report makes you feel educated on the subject. This equips you with information that allows you to determine when and where to attack in order to best set yourself up for success.
This is the place where all of my worlds collide. It’s the place where I can get messy (which is encouraged) and write down every little random thing I want to give attention too. It’s a place to explore and then prioritize. It asks poignant questions in a dedicated order really helping to hone in on what’s important for you.
THE EXECUTOR: Erin Condren Large Hardbound LifePlanner*
A great scouting report is only as good as the game plan that follows. There are few things worse than getting to know your opponent and NOT using that information to your advantage. A game plan is very much live and flexible, but you cannot adjust something that is not in place to being with.
The monthly side bar is where I write out my monthly goals. These are tasks that I will typically work on in my free time and aren’t necessarily time sensitive. They tend to be bigger tasks that correlate to my bigger dreams. Once completed, I will feel like a BOSS. To motivate, reward and acknowledge these accomplishments, I also write down a “reward” that I can indulge in at the end of the month should I accomplish all of my monthly goals.
I am now diving into the world of vertical layouts! The top section houses time/day specific tasks, such as meetings or appointments. The middle section is my running to-do list for the week. They don’t have specific times/days for completion, so I can work through them as time and temperament permits. This is also the perfect place for my weekly goals! In the bottom row, I recap what I accomplished each day.
The bottom-lined section of this weekly spread is saved for my daily goals. I simply write “yes” or “no” at the end of each day to denote whether or not I completed the task. Seeing “yes” a bunch of times is like giving yourself a high five while seeing “no” “no” “no” provides a much needed kick in the you-know-what!
Lastly, I am using the weekly side bar to constantly challenge myself to take a step toward my dreams. I try to come up with three answers to the following question, “what could you do this week to foster your future or advance one more step toward your dreams?”
I strive to do one of these things every week. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day, week-to-week tasks of life that we often neglect to nourish our big ideas and hopes for the future.
THE STATISTICIAN & LOG: Large Kikki K Ring Bound Planner
The proof is in the pudding! But, your memory can be a tricky beast. We often fail to have an accurate perspective on things because we are solely relying on our memories. And this is often to our disadvantage, because we dwell on the negative and forget just how much progress we’ve made. This is why I love trackers and keeping records.
I find that a six-ring binder does this job perfectly. It is extremely flexible and customizable. And, it just lends itself to this sort of thing. It holds everything from my monthly wrap-ups to mood trackers to finances to working ideas and projects.
Just like your goals, your action plan is personal. It might take some trial and error to find what works for you, but I hope this gives you some inspiration!
Leave a comment below to let me know how you plan on working your goals.
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