Life planning: Anticipating future life goals and managing personal development

This chapter describes 4 general organizational skills assumed to be associated with the planning of life goals: time management, resource management, interpersonal management (the ability to use a social network to achieve goals), and self-management (the capacity to arrange a motivation system geared to working on goals). Smith sets out a framework for examining beliefs about the use of these 4 components of life planning, and proposes that the effectiveness (or success) of planning in terms of achieving or avoiding life goals or minimizing the stress of challenging anticipated events depends on 2 aspects: (1) selection of the appropriate mix of these 4 components for the life task context and goals, and (2) the skill of the planner in recognizing, creating, and implementing the mix. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2007 APA, all rights reserved) (from the chapter)