Concrete Plans Curb Creativity
Do you have a plan to save money, exercise more or call your mother? Making those plans concrete might help you achieve those goals but at the cost of some flexibility, according to a study published in the journal Social Cognition.
E. J. Masicampo, a psychologist at Wake Forest University, studies implementation intentions. Masicampo thinks being blind to alternative solutions â€œfrequently results in people expending more time, energy and resources on tasks than is necessary.â€ But that should not stop people from making plans, he says. That may be the only way to juggle multiple goalsâ€”as long as one remembers to keep an open mind.