Action planning

Once you have written a task sheet, detailing all of the tasks in the order in which they will need to be done, you can develop an action plan by assessing how long each task will take and giving each task (or stage) a deadline for completion.

Action plans can cover a range of time periods from a matter of hours to weeks, months or years. They only take a few minutes to construct but will be invaluable in helping you plan your time. Your ability to break down a key activity into tasks, and subsequently to accurately estimate the time needed to complete them, will develop with time. However, you should always be realistic; be wary of allowing too short a time which will only result in your missing deadlines, or too much time which is simply a waste.

Mindtools have more in depth information on action planning.

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