The Plan. The first step to building an action plan template is to outline the final goal. Write down you final objective including the time to completion and cost of the project. Next break down the path to that goal in several consecutive steps. Assign a cost and time to each of these steps. Take not if multiple steps can be completed at the same time of one step must preclude another.
The template itself provides guidance and milestones so that you can measure your progress. If you are not achieving the results you want, you can revisit the template to check that you have not overlooked something or misinterpreted what is required.