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Failing to plan, planning to fail- the importance of planning to be successful in your studies

Failing to plan, planning to fail- the importance of planning to be successful in your studies

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Nobody sets out planning to fail, but sometimes priorities or time or self-discipline results in failing to plan which can make all the difference between being successful in your studies or not. Remember as a teacher planning is going to be a key activity in your profession so learning to plan now can only be beneficial.

Have you asked yourself this?

Have I created a study plan that will allow me to sprint over the finish line at the end of each semester or year? Or, am I continuously playing catch-up and need some additional focus and serious intervention?

You are probably familiar with Benjamin Franklin’s quote: “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail”.

Maybe you have imparted this piece of wisdom to a fellow student or a colleague.

Or maybe you have simply read the statement and thought: “Yes, that is obvious, it makes sense” and left it at that.

Remember that in the first 20 pages of your CLG you will find a table that assists you to plan when to do your activities. Consider using a diary to plot out the time between when to start a task and when it is due. This will allow you to pace yourself and adjust your plan as life happens.

Mind-set vs. Strategy

You see success is 80% mindset and 20% strategy. The key here is all about mindset!

Yes, adopting a winning mindset will get you far in your studies! Thus, planning is not a minor aspect of your studies – it is the biggest, most important aspect. A winning mindset will empower you to get back up after you have fallen, it will give you that determination to succeed at your studies, and it will help build your resilience to keep going when it gets tough.

But let us not underestimate strategy and planning.

Having a strategy is about making sure you are in the driver’s seat with a clear vision of where it is you want to go, why you want to go there, and how you are going to turn your vision into reality a.k.a your PLAN!

If you plan your studies, you will ease the bumps in the road, allow you to consider choices, but it will also force you to sit down and think about your future as a QUALIFIED TEACHER!

Sound easier said than done right?

But with sheer determination and dedication – NOTHING will or can stop you!

Here are six fundamental tips to help you plan to ensure that you are successful in your studies:

  • If you set yourself up for failure, the possibility that you will not succeed exists. Always remember nothing beats a failure, better than trying again!
  • There is more than one way in which something can get done. Remember, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet if plan A fails.
  • Improvement, growth and success need direction and a sense of purpose. They won’t happen on their own.
  • A clear roadmap forces accountability and responsibility, which sometimes may lead to a change in route (how you go about your studies). This is OK. Accept this and follow another path or direction to achieve your final goal!
  • Take the opportunities when they arise. Do not wait until the last minute to submit your assessments, otherwise, these opportunities will turn into a crisis. In turn, this will just cause you to stress.
  • Your results are directly aligned with the quality of your planning. What you put in is what you will get out!

Ask yourself these questions…

  • Do I have a clear goal in mind and will I take action?
  • How can I ensure that I meet submission deadlines,
  • If my plan fails what is my backup plan?
  • Do I understand that my studies are a choice I made and I owe it to myself to not fail!
  • Am I failing to plan or planning to fail?

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