Goal Setting

5 Step Checklist For Taking Effective Action

Written by Rob J. Temple

We’ve all heard the phrase a billion times before, “you have to take action to get results”…

However, it still amazes me that the phrase is so popular yet RESULTS are not. Why is this? Do people just think of it as a cliche and nothing more?

In order to achieve anything in life, we have to take action. Otherwise we either stay at the point we’re at, or worse, move backwards.

I took at look at what motivates and “pushes” me to take effective action, and I realised the area can be segmented into a 5 step checklist.

Therefore, today, I wanted to share this checklist with you, as I’m 100% certain that it will help you to achieve more of the results you wish to see in life.

So without further ado, here’s the 5 steps to my checklist for taking effective action:

Planning –

Before taking any action or moving forward with your goals, it’s important to come up with a plan. As stated in previous blog posts, this plan should be reviewed every so often, and change with the times and results that you see.

However, having a plan is essential to your success. You must know what your goal is clearly, and how you can reach your targets, otherwise the whole venture becomes a guessing game.

I’ve written detailed blog posts on planning before and how to create them, so be sure to review those posts if you want to know either:

  • How to create a plan


  • How to stick to a plan

But in a nutshell, your plans need to tell you how you’re going to reach your desired result. If they fail to do that, they aren’t plans, they’re estimates at best.

Accountability –

Having someone to share your journey with will make it FAR easier to venture off into your journey to success. Humans love company and fear being alone, therefore, why not include others on your quest for life satisfaction?

Find others who are either interested in achieving the same goal as you, OR, that are willing to hold you accountable for your actions on your road to success. The fear of “letting others down” or making yourself look silly through not taking action will PUSH you to achieve measurable results.

You can also use your accountability partner or group to create your plans, as having another persons insight can often broaden your awareness and help you reach your targets more effectively.

Also, it’s worth mentioning that if your accountability partner IS pursuing the same goal as you, they could be viewed as “healthy competition”, which will give you the motivation and determination to reach success before they do.

Deadlines –

Deadlines are INCREDIBLE motivators, and they work on us at a conscious and unconscious level. For example, “Parkinson’s Law” states that if we set ourselves a deadline, no matter what we do, we’ll end up finishing our “work” or “tasks” on time. BUT, what’s incredible is that we’ll stretch or compress our time spent “working” to match that of the time we allocate ourselves for a task.

I.e. if “Bill” sets himself three hours to write a short story, he’ll pace himself to write at a rate that means he finishes in just about three hours time. BUT, if he set himself the deadline of 30 minutes, he changes his pace to work harder, faster, yet still professionally to produce the same quality results in a quicker time frame.

Set yourself deadlines for the day, week, month, and year so that you pace yourself to achieve real, measurable results!

Daily Routine –

You may have heard me say this before, “success lies in your daily routine”…

It’s VERY true. If you want to achieve success, it’ll never happen overnight, or through one big session of action taking. You need to take advantage of “momentum” or the “snowball effect” to reap in large results over time.

As time goes on, your results will appear in a manageable and healthy fashion. But the “trick” is to devise a daily routine where you dedicate time to taking action on your plans to achieve your goals. Failure to do this will knock this entire checklist out of balance and dare I say it, cause you to “give up”…

Your “Daily Routine” is possibly the most important point on my checklist.

Review –

The “reviewing” phase is where you look over your actions and results to see whether you’ve been effective enough. Are you happy and satisfied with your work? Are your plans working out? If not adjust them and take the necessary “action” to create more contentment and satisfaction from your efforts.

Reviews should occur daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly to keep on top of your plans and previous efforts. This point is merely a way of seeing if you’ve been doing well or not, and whether things need altering here and there.

Nevertheless, it’s still a VITAL point on the checklist!

Wrapping things up…

So there you have it! My 5 step checklist for taking effective action. It’s an essential piece of kit for anyone who wants to seriously reap in the results they so desire.

Through planning, accountability partners, deadlines, your daily routine and reviewing everything, you will find it hard NOT to take effective action.


Because this checklist is designed to show your “faults” AND “strong points”. It’s essential to your success to plug all the holes in your plans and efforts, so that you can take “effective” action, that being the keyword for this blog post. Anyone can take action, but that doesn’t mean it’s the BEST way to take action.

My checklist helps you to review your actions, and really show you up if you’re not “cutting it” or “getting things done” so to speak…

So now the ball is in your court! Use my checklist and see how your results begin to change and become far more measurable.

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About the author

Rob J. Temple

Rob J. Temple is a hypnotist, mindset coach and the founder of Evolution Hacks. He specializes in helping ordinary people around the world to create extraordinary lives!

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