Although it runs counter to what many life coaches believe and many counselors had hoped, making lists does not result in increased self-confidence and greater self-control. In fact, if you aren’t already feeling pretty good about your weight or budgeting acumen, making a food plan or budget is likely to backfire instead.
A study that was published in the Journal of Consumer Research reveals that conventional wisdom regarding planning doesn’t appear to hold true under examination. According to co-authors Claudia Townsend and Wendy Liu, planning is a great way to enhance self-control in those who are already doing well in pursuing their goals. However, those who believe they are not on track with their goals actually demonstrated less self-control after they engaged in planning.