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How to Write an Action Plan

Updated February 21, 2017

Writing a good action plan can take a well-intentioned idea and give you the courage and drive to see it through to completion. Sometimes just putting something down on paper makes it more concrete and actionable. Your plan may also bring about issues that you wouldn't have otherwise thought of, and give you a path toward fixing those issues. After creating the document, moving ahead should be much easier than before.

Consider what you wish to accomplish, and whether or not your ultimate goal is a reasonable one. Don't limit yourself too much, but it is important to first determine the likelihood of your plan so as to not waste time or energy.

Write out the main goal in succinct, simple language once you've decided your idea is actionable and reasonable.

Break down the bigger idea into smaller steps, which can then be handled more easily. This is where your plan will begin to take shape more clearly.

Include tangible issues such as budgetary concerns, timeliness, potential concerns, and similar issues. Come up with various ways you can overcome these issues.

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Bob Dobbs has been working as a freelance writer since 2005. His work has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Think+Up and Travels.com. Dobbs earned his Bachelor of Arts in English in 2006.