This week finally sees me having to concentrate on the future of the business. Why? Because it’s finally arrived! The letter that I have been waiting almost two years for: my planned surgery date. I know the NHS is overstretched but personally I think I have been a very patient patient …
Creating The Perfect Action Plan
Over the past two years, it appears that there have been a number of administration problems which has resulted in the delay. Way back in September 2011, the operation was discussed with the Registrar to the point where I even signed the consent form and was told that at max, I would have to wait about 18 weeks.
Time went by; and after 6 months I was asked to come into see the consultant. I knew something was wrong. Further discussions ensued and again I was given the options and as there was only really one option, I was informed that the surgery would have to be carried out at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. Needless to say, I would now have to be referred to their consultant.
More time went by; until finally, in January 2013, as I still had not heard anything I went to see my GP, explained the situation, then was advised that he would chase “the system”. A few weeks later, the appointment came and it became apparent that due to some poor administration procedures, referral letters had not been completed. When they were, the system broke and forgot to send the appointment letter!
I was always under the impression that a system is only as good as it’s operators. It appeared to me that no one really knew what the referral procedure actually is and if there is any sort of a back-up system in place – in case the things do go wrong – then they should be able to send appointments manually. Not the case apparently.
So, now I know when my surgery is planned. I can start to put my action plan in place so that the business continues during the 3 months I need to recover. I mean, if it was up to me, I’d be back to work within a few days, but I know that following this procedure, it’s going to be a slow, painful recovery.
Now it’s time to write the action plan and consider what I will need to do while I’m in hospital and also what can I do when I recover at home. I mean, I am not going to be able to drive for 8-10 weeks – can I really put up with the wife’s driving?
Put it down on paper Here are my thoughts on how to Write an Action Plan:
Writing a good action plan can take a well-intentioned idea and give you the courage and drive to see it through to completion. Sometimes just putting it down on paper makes it more concrete and actionable. Your plan may also bring about issues that you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of and give you a path toward fixing those issues. After creating the document, moving ahead should be much easier than before.
Consider what you wish to accomplish, and whether or not your ultimate goal is a reasonable one. Don’t limit yourself too much, but it is important to first determine the likelihood of your plan so as to not waste time or energy.
Be clear on your goals
Write out the main goal in succinct, simple language once you’ve decided your idea is actionable and reasonable.
Chunk it down
Break down the bigger idea into smaller steps, which can then be handled more easily. This is where your plan will begin to take shape more clearly. Include tangible issues such as budgetary concerns, timeliness, potential concerns, and similar issues. Come up with various ways you can overcome these issues.
Until next time …My own personal action plan is to keep my company running efficiently whilst I’m in hospital and during my recovery until I’m back at work. With the right amount of detail, the correct resources, and a whole heap of determination, everything is going to run smoothly and my absence won’t even be noticed by my clients.Writing an action plan is like taking the first moves in a chess match whilst coordinating the overall game. Setting a plan in process can harness the enthusiasm and ideas to improve operations and overall productivity. Use the action plan as a way to achieve your goals and objectives.