The Action Plan Canvas allows you to turn your solution or goal into action! This template was created by Ayoa CEO and creative thinking expert, Chris Griffiths, and is featured in his book, The Creative Thinking Handbook.
Once you’ve decided on a solution, goal or innovation project (using the Smart Goals Canvas or Building Solutions Canvas), it’s time to put it into action! Our Action Plan template will give you a useful framework to help you define the steps you’re going to take next, as well as enable you to track your progress and results – so you can clearly see what worked.
By proactive planning with the Action Plan Canvas, you’ll be able to break down your goal into smaller, more manageable steps. This will help you and your team to overcome the tendency for reactive thinking by ensuring that everyone’s responses and daily tasks are in line with your ultimate overarching goal. By involving others in the planning process, you’ll also be able to give them a chance to buy into the project and claim some ownership.
To access the template, sign up to Ayoa for free. Once you've signed up, navigate to the homepage to create a new whiteboard, mind map or task board and choose this template from the library.
Identify and map out all the tasks you’ll need to complete to achieve your goal, then group your tasks into the ‘Now’, ‘Next’ and ‘Soon’ columns by order of priority. Use sticky notes and lists to easily add these actions to the template.
With these tasks in mind, consider what resources you’ll need in terms of people, money, facilities, time and expertise.
As you communicate and implement your plan, it’s important to gather feedback and data to help you evaluate the project progress and success. As part of this review, you’ll need to judge the effectiveness of the process (the plan) as well as the output (the solution).