The Benefits of Having a Plan

Growing up we’ve all heard it before: You’ve got to have a plan! No matter in what language or what country or at one point in our lives, at some point growing up, usually by our parents, these six words, and the benefits such a goal could achieve, have been uttered to us at least once. Whether or not we’ve chosen to listen, however, is an entirely different matter.

So, what’s the deal? Is having a plan and setting goals really all it’s cracked up to be or is it just a bunch of hype concocted by parent’s in an attempt to get their children to listen. Well, actually, there does seem to be some truth in these words. In an article entitled What are the Major Benefits of Planning? states, “Planning helps allocate limited resources like staff, materials, and time in an orderly and systematic manner,” (Power).

These traits are ultimately imperative for the overall success of a person in regards to life goals, especially if that person wishes to continue on and succeed in college or one day hopes to start their own business. Jobs markets, especially those searching for individuals that know what they’re doing and can do so in a successful, efficient manner, especially strive for these traits in employees.

Planning also helps people balance out their schedule in regards to successfully managing their personal schedule with that of work, in order to get whatever it is they wish to achieve completed in a timely manner. One of the most pressing challenges a person faces when project planning is a lack of foreknowledge on how to proceed. Making a person accountable for their actions helps minimizing these difficulties and “requires the team to consider what resources it needs to finish the project and eliminate the potential of discontinuing the project for lack of resources” (Adams).

Yet another reason it is vital to set goals and keep a list throughout life is that more often than not the human brain is not a steel trap and mistakes and miscalculations are bound to be made. Personally, I suffer from this greatly myself, following the age of moto of “out of sight out of mind,” while wishing all the while that this wasn’t the case.

Writing things down and keeping a checklist of things I need to accomplish is very beneficial to me as, “Keeping a list of tasks you need to perform is like taking notes when you’re reading a book or listening to a lecture. When you take notes, you need to filter external information, summarize it in your head, and then write it down. Many studies have shown that note taking helps us distill the information we hear and remember it better than we would if we’d just heard or read it” (Markman).

Whether or not one ultimately chooses to follow these forementioned suggestions in entirely susceptible to a matter of choice, but one must admit there is some wait to these examples, whether we listen to them or not, and in the end perhaps the tedious motif of You’ve got to have a plan! is a lot less unrealistic than first thought.  

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