It was in the spring period of 2016, back when I was in year 10, that I learned to plan ahead. A major academic catastrophe was the motivation behind this internal change inside, I do not want people, students like myself or adults, to have to go through such crushing experiences in order to change and start planning. So, with that perspective in mind, I write this essay.
My root idea is "Planning is the only way for success to occur". Many will say that they plan their days, construct intricate diet regiments, workout schedules, you name it and people have planned it. But many do NOT follow this plan they set for themselves. Planning does not mean to simply sit down and write up a table of action and timing. No, planning is the act of deciding, with full honesty, that you are committing yourself to whatever activity you had set out to do. This means you MUST start every plan you make with clear, concise aims.
The setting out of aims in front of you guides your efforts so that minimal time and energy is wasted, and it also helps motivate you when you set out your routine. Take a business plan as an example, the owner first sets out his business objectives and aims, for example survival. He then is able to structure his actions in such a way that is bends to this aim, by trying to improve cash flow, or reduce costs for example.
An aim alone however is like a verbal deed of partnership, fickle. Then next critical part is being pragmatic. Here is where your plan truly becomes something useful and directive, or rubbish. Being realistic starts when you set your aims, you cannot aim to write a thirty-chapter fanfiction when you are in exam season and barely have time to sleep as it is! Being realistic also means setting feasible timings for each activity that you set out, this must be evaluated by yourself, and for the evaluation to be as reliable as possible you will have to be honest in your decision to start planning in the first place. This links with the first point I mentioned earlier.
Now you must decide deadlines for yourself, but you must segment your plan into parts first in order to motivate your self. An example is shown below:
WRITING TABLE PLAN
ACTIVITY TIMING CHECK
Set out main theme
Transition to body
Timing and Deadlines
This example shows the basic ideas I followed when writing this essay. Notice how the table is split into sections, such as Introduction and Body. This motivates you since you feel you have made progress when you tick of each section and move on to the next. You need all the motivation because should you quit, all you have done will be for nothing. Visualize a man who worked out and dieted for three months, then lost motivation and returned to his old habits, viscously. He would lose all the progress of those three months in less than and a month, and would return worse than when he started the first time round.
Motivation not only comes from the physiological satisfaction of completing a section in your plan, but also from seeing results. However this is variable. I, for example, can only see results when I publish this and receive reviews, but someone working out would be elated to see a previously unnoticed bulge in their biceps, for example. Set certain dates in your plan to check up on your progress, but this might not be possible in some ventures.
Always focus your efforts on the plan you set. Tell yourself I chose this with my own free will, I WILL follow through to the end. Setting that realistic plan in the beginning would greatly benefit you when you feel demotivated.
Your plan is like a tight rope spanning a vast, deep chasm. Stick to it or fall.
/I should publish another essay later on this months. Please rate and favourite if you benefitted from this.
Note: tables don't work in this :(