Ideally, there is excitement and anticipation once you share your plans for the next night out, the holiday, or even your future. You may be headed out with friends or visiting your parents on vacation, and the question is - " so what's the plan?" They want to know your next steps, intentions, or ideas.
Goals and Plans Go Hand In Hand
Here we are, nearing the end of January. Recently, many of us have created goals for the new year. Looking at the benefits of having a plan will help us stay true to this year's goals. The question is, how do we stay on track to achieve the goal?
The next step is establishing a plan. Whenever we have a plan, we experience purpose. A purposeful plan brings hope to each day and fulfillment to life. Need to be convinced? Take it from the experts.
College and Career Benefits
It's well-documented that planning can have a significant positive impact on your life. Here are five findings showing the change planning can bring to your success goals.
According to a study by the University of Southern California, people who make detailed plans are 25% more likely to achieve their goals.
A study by the University of Illinois found that individuals who plan ahead report being 31% more satisfied with their lives.
An article published in the journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice states that those who make detailed plans are 50% more likely to work harder and achieve more than those who don't.
According to a survey of over 2,000 people conducted by the University of Denver, 93% of those who plan their day report feeling more productive.
According to a survey conducted by the Harvard Business Review, 74% of successful executives said that having a plan and setting deadlines was critical to their success.
The benefits of creating a plan continue beyond college and career. Planning can have a significant impact on our lives, personally as well as professionally. According to research conducted by the Harvard Business Review, planning can improve our lives in the following ways:
Increased efficiency – Planning allows us to set goals and prioritize tasks so we can get more done and accomplish our goals more quickly.
Improved mental health – Planning allows us to reduce stress and anxiety by setting realistic goals and expectations.
Improved relationships – Planning can help us manage our time better, leading to enhanced relationships with others.
Better decision-making – Planning allows us to weigh the pros and cons of different decisions and make informed decisions.
Increased happiness – Planning helps us to set achievable goals and gain a sense of accomplishment when we reach them.
Time Pays Off
Sometimes, we feel like keeping a plan in our heads is enough. Or some may be nervous about taking the time to draft a plan and fail to get it all done. The truth is we take the time and care for so many other formal life matters. Spending some extra time to plan for those life matters: our responsibilities, dreams, and goals will produce incremental growth and success. Every step is something to celebrate.
Could you use some accountability or partners in your planning journey? The Focus & Flow Collaborative provides a virtual welcoming space to plan your days and weeks through goal setting, action planning, reflection, check-ins, and work sessions. Join us this week, and let's get started creating and living your plan.