Describe a time that you had to change your plan/ you changed your mind.
You should say:
When this happened.
What made you change the plan.
What the new plan was.
And how you felt about the change.
Well, I once changed my mind when I was about fifteen years old. It was spring Festival at that time, and I decided to travel to Tibet by myself. However, when I told my plan to my parents, both of them disagreed with my idea. They told me that it was not safe for me to travel alone and they wanted me to stay at home during the Spring Festival. In this case, I had no choice, but gave up my original plan and stayed with my family during that Spring Festival.
To be honest, I think it is a wise choice to change the original plan. What I want to mention firstly is that it is not safe for a young girl to travel alone. Although the scenery in Tibet is very beautiful and traveling in Tibet is a good chance for me to broaden my horizon, the transportation in Tibet is not very convenient since it is located in the remote area. I was only fifteen years old at that time, and I suppose that I was too young to guarantee my own safety while traveling alone. Secondly, I think it is better for me to stay with my family during the Spring Festival. During the weekdays, I was always busy with my study and I seldom had the chance to communicate with my family. Since my parents and I wen; all on vacation during the Spring Festival, staying with the whole family and enjoying the happy family time with them would be a better choice. All in all, I think it is a wise decision for me to change the plan.
1) Do old people often change plans?
Compared to young people, old people are less likely to change their plans. They always are often less flexible and sometimes a bit too stubborn. Like my grandparents and some other old relatives, they always insist on their original plan and allow very little room for adaptation in many situations as they think sticking to the original plan makes them feel secure and organized. But sometimes it can also be a good thing as they can always finish what they had planned to do which I think many young people are not able to do.
2) Do young people like to change plans?
I think they do, and actually, young people change their plans a lot nowadays. I think we are in an age where everyone is procrastinating. When I have some appointments with my friends, it just happens a lot that they asked me if it’s ok to postpone a little bit, as they are ‘still on the way’. And I myself sometimes change my plan, too. When I am originally planning to do something and something else just popped out, so I have to abandon my original plan and do the more prioritized things.
3) What are the common reasons when people need to change plans?
Part of the reason is the lack of information in the future. Sometimes the situation is too fast-changing so we change our plan too. It’s becoming increasingly hard to stick to what we have planned to do, as it happens so often that something else just pop out and needs our immediate response. For example, if I plan to study IELTS for the whole night, and one teacher texts me, asking me to fill out a form or do something else, I have to stop working as that is the priority. Secondly, it is also because it happens when the cost of changing plan is low, like planning for a different appointment, it is not that troublesome to make those alterations.
4) How would you tell your friends when you must change you plan?
If I have to change my plans, I will firstly make a sincere apology. I will tell him or her that I am sorry for messing up their schedules and I will explain the reasons with absolute honesty. I understand the alteration of my plan will definitely cause trouble to my friends so I will try all means to make up for him or her. And then I would make some new plans. I would try to figure out a more appropriate time that works for both of US and try not to make any changes in the future.
5) What kinds of plans are practical?
I think the plans that are practical has to be achievable and measurable. First of all, it has to be within the range of m capability. Before I make any plans, I have to ask myself one more time, ‘Am I able to do that?’ Avoiding overestimation ourselves and starting with something small can be very effective tools in making plans. Secondly, we have to make sure that there are practical measurements for the plans. For example, if I want to lose weight, I can’t just make into my to do list, with words like ‘Lose weight’. Instead it has to be something like ‘lose 5 pounds within one month’.
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