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Pro: Planning ahead for the future

Planning may seem tedious and completely arbitrary for some, but others see it as a step in the right direction, a way to achieve otherwise out of reach goals. Preplanned long-term goals set up a foundation that can help as a rebound or as guidelines to reach an otherwise, hard to reach objective.  

It emphasizes the necessity of knowing what we want to accomplish. This allows individuals to develop firm academic or career-oriented foundations, allowing them to cater their life around a goal to obtain their intended outcome. That structure will help keep them on track by setting up miniature goals that will ultimately complete the bigger picture. It forms a reliable system that, with the addition of hard work, will eventually lead to success.

A set of high expectations for progress subsequently elicits a good work ethic. The expectations drive a student to work harder to meet what is expected and, at the same time, allows them to rely on their set plan to guide them through, without difficulty, step-by-step. As a student growing up in Walnut, the most common goal I see my peers setting for themselves is to get straight A’s in school. The simple plan acts as a solid mindset that helps determine the outcome for them because they know exactly when and what needs to be done.  Each small step achieved, such as an A letter grade or praise from a teacher, builds and solidifies the structure of the plan. It therefore motivates students to work harder.  For those who do not have higher expectations for themselves, they have less motivation to do well. Without some type of support system, students, especially those who have several AP classes, tend to burn out.

In addition to hard work, planning establishes a set development of time-management skills. Without planning ahead, individuals often lack the discipline or ability to remember what their responsibilities are. This forges a lazy attitude that encourages procrastination. But the set structure within a plan allows an individual to follow his schedule and eventually reach the goal that he has set for himself

Valuable experiences are developed in the process of planning ahead. Time management and work ethic are essential skills that can only be honed through a rigorous and well kept schedule.

By Brian Wu, Opinion editor