The Use of Action
The use of action plans is different from making
a what to do list since in the latter, you are just making a list
of what to do for a particular task or project. You must give focus
on what you need to do in a period of time to reach for your aim.
Action plans will give you concentration and a clear line on where
you would start and how you would utilize your effort/energy to
become an achiever. In making an action plan consider the
1. Go back to your goals, what are your
2. Go back to your strategies, how will you do
3. What are the most logical ways of doing
your tasks or plans? What are the points between A and
4. How will you do you plans within a period
of time? One day, a week, a month or a year? How realistic are you
in getting the desired result?
The most important and valuable insight of an
action plan as a strategy or tool for time management is how it
gives you focus and motivation in finishing your task in less time.
It will also give you an organized feeling of finishing a
You need the list of your possible moves and the
time frame that will require you to achieve such actions. For
example, if you are making plans and you are still confused on how
to execute your theoretical framework, try solving the basics
first. In organizing an event, you may compartmentalize the
different sets of tasks that need to be finished within a period of
time. List down the necessary actions you need to do on each of the
Then try to picture the situation in a more general
manner and you would realize that you are actually defining the
blueprints of your move, and therefore becoming more organized in
your attempt to achieve success.
Remember to make plans in every important aspect
that you do, either for complicated projects or mundane activities.
Just keep in mind that you are here for a purpose and that is to be
positive as much as possible, everyday of the week, every minute of
every hour. Mental plans will give you a feeling of security
especially in facing scenarios like meeting new people or your boss
or your parents-in-law.
However, do not become slaves of your plan since
this will make you obsessive and anxious. Just make sure that if
your plan doesn't work or you are not able to achieve your
expectations, go for your next move. The more choices you have, the
better planner you are.
Scenario: You feel unmotivated because
every move you make seems futile. You think that you are not
getting any younger and your achievements are as tall as the newly
cut grass of your lawn. You don't seem to be getting anywhere, you
are a floating ship and your sail is broken. You feel sick and
tired of your routine inside the office. You feel that time does
not cooperate with you since it became wicked, forcing you to
finish things and tasks beyond schedule or boring you with a slow
Solution: Now what you can do is scrap
this kind of life and start with a leap of faith by changing your
destiny. You can start this by getting a pencil and a paper and
listing down your past and present, and highlighting what you want
in the future.
Motivate yourself with aims that will give your
heart a different and cheerful smile.
Remove the dread by having positive projection
and by thinking of what you want as an individual, as part of your
family, friends, and society.
Write the word SUCCESS in bold letters
and take action!