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Setting Priorities and Action Plans

Preview Points

  • As part of self-management skills, it helps to know how to set priorities and create action plans for goals.  
  • Setting priorities is about identifying what is important to pursue.  
  • Action plans are the specific steps you’ll take to achieve certain goals.  


  • Brainstorm ways that you can achieve your goal.  
  • Break larger goals down into smaller, manageable steps.  What are the most important steps you need to take to achieve your goal?  
  • Choose a reward that you can give to yourself for accomplishing steps toward reaching your overall goal.  
  • Review your goal regularly, and monitor the progress you are making toward the goal.  

Concluding Points

  • These are some simple steps to take to start making progress toward a goal.  

Setting Priorities and Action Plans (pdf)