Without a plan it’s just a wish

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I’ve always been a spontaneous person and enjoy living life in the moment. Taking the time to sit down and physically set plans used to bore me to tears.

However, recently I’ve learned a valuable lesson: things (usually) go better when you plan it out before. Why it’s taken me 21 years to learn that simple fact, is baffling, I know.

Albert Einstein once said: “Insanity [is] doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

I’ve realized that if I don’t give myself the time to do my homework, it probably will never happen. This new goal I talked about in my last post will never happen if I keep doing the same things over and over again.

I’m turning over a new leaf. I’m going to become a planner.

As a college student, I already have limited time. To help others who want to travel but are on a time crunch, I’m going to write what I’m going to do/plan in order to accomplish my goals and dreams.

I read an article by an author named Vanessa Van Edwards called: “The Science of Goals.” In that article she shared a study on the importance of writing down the steps that you need to take to achieve your goal.

“Researchers wanted to see if they could get more students to get their tetanus vaccinations. So they printed up two different leaflets and measured the success of each one. The first had scientific explanations on why students should get vaccinated. The second had gruesome pictures of the effects of tetanus. Neither worked.

They made one more trial. They added a map to the leaflet showing the location of the campus’ health center and its opening hours. THIS trial worked like magic. Why? The researchers added process and steps on exactly how to get the desired outcome.

I applied this point to myself – my own personal situation, and I encourage you to do the same.

How I scheduled the steps into my life:

  • I made a detailed calendar of all of my assignment due dates.
  • I made a second calendar of when I would complete all of the assignments. I organized all of my assignments in a way that would leave my weekends free to get out there and explore.
  • I made a plan for where I would go each weekend. I invited friends so that I could be more accountable.

I’ll post my plan next week and report on my first trip that I take.

In the meantime, I encourage everybody to join the movement! Get your affairs in order so that you can see something amazing this weekend.

 

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