When does planning interfere with achieving your goals?
Specific plans make it easier for you to achieve a single goal.
Specific plans make life harder when you’re trying to achieve multiple goals at the same time.
“We found that specific planning helped people who had a single goal on their to-do list, but not people with multiple goals,” the authors write. A second study, which involved a computer task, yielded similar results.
Why is specific planning less effective when applied to a number of goals? The authors believe that planning reminds people of all the obstacles and constraints that stand in the way of achieving goals.
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