Plans fail without good advice.
The difference between humans and other animals is our ability to design our future. We make plans ahead of time.
However, most of the time our plans fail. Disagree? Did you keep your new year’s resolutions? Had you written them on your bucket list? Have you achieved most of them?
If not, did you ask yourself why? What do you think the reason(s) for your failure?
Most of the time we have no idea why we failed in our goals. But plans fail due to certain reasons.
Why plans fail
One of the most credible reasons why we fail to achieve certain goals is procrastination. For centuries, procrastination is the basic problem of humanity.
In ancient times, people had already given this phenomenon a name. During Plato’s and Aristotle’s era they called it Akrasia.
Akrasia is a human behavioral tendency wherein an individual draws an action plan but does something else instead. In other words, plans are not followed.
This phenomenon happens because we lack self-control. In addition, we easily divert our attention to many things.
Lack of self-control means lack of self-discipline. The inability to regulate oneself creates several problems in many areas of life including relationships, business operations, etc.
Procrastination is the basic hindrance to our success. Why? Because we all procrastinate. But the ones who could control Akrasia, are the only ones who achieve their goals.
It is simple to schedules things, but implementing them is difficult. Below are some of the useful tips to beat procrastination.
1. Make plans.
Plans are really important in terms of achieving goals. It is not enough to say that you want to finish college, you need to make detailed strategies on how you achieve it.
But the problem is that people make clear goals in their minds but they have no idea how to execute. As a result, they easily get strayed from their plans.
So whatever you do, make a list of your execution strategies. This will keep you guided along the way.
2. Start executing your plans.
As I’ve mentioned, plans are easy to make but the execution is hard. People who procrastinate have plans too. But guess what, they never become successful.
Why? Because they found that executing their plans is too hard to do. As a result, most of the time, they abandoned those goals – another wasted dream.
But you can avoid procrastination by taking actions (following schedules). Whatever it is you want to accomplish at a certain period of time, make it happen no matter what.
In my personal experience, I found it easy to write a daily entry in my diary every time I arrive home. My technique of doing so is keeping my diary within my reach.
What I mean is that I deliberately put my diary on my study table. Every time I enter the room I am automatically reminded that I need to write what has happened in my entire day at work.
And most importantly, it is easy for me to grab my diary without considerable effort. Studies show that keeping things you want to do near you saves you from becoming procrastinated.
3. Be specific.
Give your plans a specific time and place of execution. If you want to write a story (which usually takes time), include in your work plan where and when you exactly do it. Write down a specific date and place. This helps you build urgency and mindfulness of your project.
Plans fail when and if you let it. You are capable of defeating procrastination by being honest with your self. Just make plans and execute them without excuses. That’s it. You are in your own way of achieving your biggest goals in life.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.