Actionable Steps: Your Key for Accomplishing Your Goals

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Actionable steps help…

Setting goals with actionable steps opens up all kinds of doors.

And creating and managing your to-do lists so that they break your tasks into small chunks that don’t overwhelm you is really worth the upfront investment. 

Creating actionable steps for your goals and tasks takes practice and commitment. No one system is going to be a perfect fit for everyone.

In fact, one of the keys is certainly to listen to the advice of the experts.

But the bottom line is developing a process that works for you. There’s no right or wrong about this. Your solutions will be unique to you, and you will know when you have them in hand.

A question from a reader:

Along those lines, I had a question from a reader the other day that was spot on, when it comes to the need for actionable steps. Wendy J. e-mailed the following about working with BIG goals.  Here’s part of her e-mail:

I understand about being aware and flexible when I develop goals. My problem is an inability to figure out where or how to start working on a long range goal. How do I find a place to start?

What a great question. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by a very big task. The biggest challenge when working on a long-range goal is getting started. 

4 Tips to create actionable steps:

Here are four tips, to help you break your big goals — and really ANY process — into actionable steps:

  • Begin by brainstorming all the tasks involved in your goal or project.  Be as inclusive as you can, and don’t censor or judge the ideas that come.  Jot everything you think of down on a list.
  • Next, categorize all of the items you’ve listed. For example, if you wanted to build a house, you would put all the site development tasks into one category, and all the activities involved in obtaining permits in another. As you do this, you’ll begin to see order emerging from what may initially have felt like impenetrable chaos.
  • After you have identified tasks that go into a specific category, prioritize them. Adjust as needed.  Plotting out a timeline might be helpful as you do this, too.
  • In order to be most effective, break down each activity into the smallest pieces possible. That way, the tasks will be doable, and you will experience immediate success as you take each step.

Your list is an important base.

Especially when working with big projects, it’s vital to know that you’ve covered all of the bases with an inclusive to-do list. 

And it’s equally vital to not overwhelm yourself with that all-inclusive list every day. So, breaking down your goals into smaller steps allows you to also created more specific, targeted to-do lists.

Working with these more specific lists gives you the positive feeling of completing things. And, you are chipping away, step-by-step, on your really big goals.

Some more help for you…

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It includes time-tested tips and action steps separated into 11 common categories to help you find just what you need in the moment you need it. You know, transforming your life is all about transforming your time.  It’s within your reach, and these 101 Time Tips give you 101 stepping stones to your time success. 

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