Action Planning

One of the pitfalls organisations often fall into is failing to action their good intentions. Putting down an action plan, and ensuring it is used as a key monitoring tool, will help your project to succeed.

The precise format of the action plan depends on the nature and needs of the organisation. The plan for the organisation, each major function, each manager and each employee, might specify:

  • The goal(s) that are to be accomplished
  • How each goal contributes to the organisation's overall strategic goals
  • What specific results (or objectives) much be accomplished that, in total, reach the goal of the organisation
  • How those results will be achieved
  • When the results will be achieved (or timelines for each objective)

Here is an example format for actioning your plan:

Strategic Goal/activity Strategy Target Responsibility Timeline
1. (Goal 1) 1.1 (first strategy to reach Goal 1) 1.1.1 (first target to reach while implementing Strategy 1.1) (who is going to accomplish that target) (when the implementer is going to be accomplish that target)


Here are other action planning templates you can use or adapt to your specific needs.

Here are some Dos and Don'ts of planning.