An action plan is a course of action that outlines the steps that an individual or organization will take to achieve a goal. A written action plan is helpful because it will provide a quick reference of the main goal and list each step within the process, clarify who is responsible, and determine what resources are needed. To get started, consider following the steps below:
Step 1 – Define the goal. For best success, make the goal a SMART goal: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound.
An example of a goal that is not a SMART goal is: “I want to improve my running time.” This goal lacks specificity and a measurable outcome.
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