The key benefit of coaching is in helping you to create new strategies, behaviours and perspectives. Your coach asking you to take action is critical in this process, and setting homework is the perfect way to make taking action concrete.
Your coach will set homework assignments that are specific and measurable, and which relate to the work you are doing in your coaching sessions. You will report on your homework progress, and your coach can view and comment on your entries.
This creates accountability, giving you the push you need to follow through on your commitments and take action towards reaching your goals. Comitting to action items and following through by responding to homework assignments is a proven way to reach your goals faster.