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Planning abilities


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I use To-Do lists, calendar reminders, sticky notes etc.

I regularly evaluate progress and adjust accordingly.

I plan how to do stuff rather just starting and seeing what happens.

When faced with a big task I evaluate possible obstacles.

I evaluate different options for how to reach my goals.

I evaluate if tasks should be delegated to others.

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      Planning (also called forethought) is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.

      People who plan ahead or plan for the future have higher life satisfaction[1][3][5]. The ability to plan ahead is associated with higher household income and larger social network[2][3]. People who are better at planning experience less stress because they perceive greater control of the situation[4], they also tend to age better and be happier later in life[5]. People with planning abilities are better at implementing positive health behavior change[6]. People who plan for a future with experiential growth have higher levels of well-being than people who plan for materialistic or extrinsic reasons[7].

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      • [1] Orville Gilbert Brim, Carol D. Ryff, and Ronald C. Kessler, eds. How Healthy Are We? A National Study of Well-being at Midlife. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005. (page 341) View
      • [2] Hébert, S., Gyarmati, D., Canadian Electronic Library (Firm),, Ebrary CEL - York University., & Social Research and Demonstration Corporation. (2014). Financial capability and essential skills: An exploratory analysis. View
      • [3] Prenda, K.M. and Lachman, Margie, E. 2001. Planning for the future: A life management strategy for increasing control and life satisfaction in adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 16(2), 206-216. View
      • [4] Occupational well-being: the development of a theory and a measure. (Dissertation 2008) Schultz, M.L. Department of Psychology, Kansas State University. View
      • [5] Vaillant, G. E. (2002). Aging well: Surprising guideposts to a happier life from the landmark study of adult development. Boston, Little, Brown and Company.
      • [6] Ziegelmann, J. P., & Lippke, S. (2007a). Planning and strategy use in health behavior change: A life span view. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 14, 30-39.
      • [7] Bauer J.J., McAdams D.P. 2004a, Growth goals, maturity, and well-being Developmental Psychology 40: 114–127 View