Six Steps to Achieving Any Goal using a Working Plan
I keep getting questions from young managers regarding how to build a good work plan for achieving results. This is a great question coming from people who really do want to achieve more and actually take control of their own destiny. Taking control is all about achievement – and the old saying of “Hope is not a Strategy” is very truth today.
So how do you construct a work plan to achieve results?
Here is a simple six step process of designing and implementing a success work plan.
And, the six steps of the work plan are as follows…
- The Goal
You need to begin with a goal in mind. However, since about half the population are problem solvers rather than goal achievers – the goal can be stated as a problem to be solved. Your vision of the future result is a key to achieving at high levels.
- List of Tasks
Think of this as a large focused to do list of things needed to be accomplished. The more specific and detailed the list of tasks the higher the probability your goals will be accomplished.
Here you are thinking about who else will be involved in the process and will be responsible for attaining certain steps in the process. Here you want to include competent individuals who are capable of successfully completing their segment of the process. Remember the chain is only as strong as the weakest link so improve your odds.
If you have no timetables there is no positive stress to complete the project. No one knows when the project should be completed or when things need to be done for successful completion. Procrastinators love a timeless goal since any excuse will do for non-completion. The only way you and others will feel the need to focus work on the project is with definitive timelines established up front.
In order to measure progress, you will need to have milestones or guideposts to mark critical points in the process or project. Major account sales people definitely understand the role of critical milestones in the “sales” process and actually use their milestones in tracking accurate forecasts or projection for their sales results. Other areas can use these same strategies to mark successful progress points to measure both success and time until completion. These milestones are also great time management or project management tools.
- Review Process
The old saying of start with the end in mind is very useful when determining how and what measurements you will use at the end and specially along the process to measure progress and at the end – results. Having excellent matrix will allow for fine tuning future projects or repeatable projects for others to follow. Always think about how you will measure both progress and the end results.
There you have the basics or fundamentals for developing any work plan or goal you need to accomplish. Follow the process and you will achieve at a higher level than others who prefer to wing-it or just “follow their gut.” These people can achieve sometimes within an acceptable timeframe – however, I would not want to bet my career upon chance.