The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 31, 1998 · Page 44
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 44

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, May 31, 1998
Page 44
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Are you gripped by A passion for plannin ^B •> n.ii r*i i By Patricia Edmonds gariello has a plan, . The 23-year-old pub- count exec has daily pack lunch), weekly plans (network with co-workers) and monthly plans (attend cultural events). She has a yearly plan (save for a computer) and a five-year plan (marry, start a family). She has a 10-year plan (go to law school) and a 20-year plan (leave lucrative law practice for volunteer work). She also has a gift for understatement, as in: "I love to get things in order. I need the security of having my to-do lists." Whether the Manhattanite's plans are impressive or obsessive — and she has heard them called both — they are typical of Americans' growing desire to blueprint the future. In Birmingham, Mich., real estate manager Brian Dietz keeps master lists and sub-lists, office lists and personal lists, and once wrote a seven-page memo to plan a 2'/2-week vacation. In Armonk, N.Y., Edward Woodyard made his hotel reservation for New Year's Eve 1999 — in 1983. "Planning ahead didn't use to be a mania," says Arnold Brown, Alayna Tagariello plans her life with the help of a color-coded calendar and hand-held computer. a business and planning consultant. "But it's becoming one." On a practical level, planning ahead is simply what many Americans do to snag some rare commodity (enrollment in the best schools, cabin reservations at the Grand Canyon) or to manage their complicated schedules. But in a larger sense, analysts say, hyper-planning represents a desire to wrest order from a chaotic world. "The main issue for people who do a lot of planning is control," says Linda Sapadin, a psychologist who works with over-planning fanatics as well as under-planning procrastinators. The trick, Sapadin says, is to plan enough to feel somewhat in control "without letting the planning control you." "Planning ahead didn't use to be a mania. But it's becoming one. How do Americans plan? More than half chart their lives on calendars, while about a third use notebook-style organizers, finds a recent survey by Day-Timers Inc., one of the largest manufacturers of personal planners. More than four out of five Americans plan by making lists, says the Day-Timers survey. Nearly three out of four say they "always or frequently" know what they want to accomplish in life, nearly two in five have written financial goals, and about one in three have written career goals. Real estate manager Dietz, 32, says his elaborate planning lists serve as "a place to put my worry. I may not get everything done today, but if it's on the list, I'm not going to lose track of it." 4 USA WEEKEND • May 28-31,1

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