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Make the Plan Even If You Know It Won’t Happen

Just the act of making a plan has huge benefits

Illustration: Andrea Chronopoulos

I’m supposed to be at a music festival in Germany right now, not at home writing this column. My friend and I made the plans months ago. For obvious reasons, that festival isn’t happening.

My kids should be preparing for camp right now. Back in January, I created a camp…

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Laura Vanderkam

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Laura Vanderkam is the author of several time management books including Off the Clock and 168 Hours. She blogs at

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