Now, I assume that a person who is attempting to plan their actions has a good understanding of the foundation of “action”. Let’s examine the relationship between thought and action a little more closely. No action can occur without first having conceived of the action. This means that thought always precedes action. Thought consists of elements like desire and planning. There is, however, something in between thought and action.
Where does intention come into play? I suggest that first there is a thought (an idea or a condensation of foggy desire), then an intention, and finally an action. Intention stems from the notion of will, or willpower. A close relative of will is motivation. A philosophical difference aside about whatever you call that which lies in between, there is a definite sequence from thought to action. For the purpose of this discussion, let’s agree that Intention is a good word to use as a handle for the complex relationship of closely related notions of will, willpower, motivation or what have you. For purposeful action we can then simplistically say the sequence is thought, Intention, action. Notice that all of these are controllable.
So, a good start to successful (satisfying) action would be to list the thoughts that do and should precede the action. Another departure from traditional thinking is to write down Intention. Not a list, just one Intention per outcome. This is really the willful purpose of the action. Then the series of mini-actions leading to completion of the planned result could be predicted and recorded. Consider that even if the subsequent contemplated actions are incomplete, Intention may still be satisfied.