Explain the Internet’s effects on planning by how it influences 1) the motivation for planning, 2) the processes for planning, and 3) the outcomes of planning. Be sure to give complete explanations of each effect, using examples.

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One of the most salient benefits of the advent of the Web 2.0 is the instant access to tools that provide feedback, organization, and many other easy-access applications. 

The result of this is that the Internet will positively affect the motivation for planning, as it offers the most easy to use, instant ways to create lists, organize files, store information, retrieve information, and use the information to connect to other sources. All of this is done at such speed that there is no pre-planning needed. Moreover, the products are always kept on the online cloud with easy access for future use.

Therefore, the motivation will be there because, as the theories of motivation in Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs states, motivation springs from the ability to complete tasks and accomplish goals. Planning is the best way to accomplish goals. If you can plan easier and more productively there is no stopping to all that you can do.

The process of planning is also positively affected because the Internet offers a variety of tools to make the planning happen in every aspect.

  • Countdowns
  • List writing
  • Categorizing
  • Micropinning (Pinterest, Reddit, Delicious)
  • Task listing
  • Reminders
  • Calendar and event entry
  • Short term and long term goal planning
  • Websites dedicated entirely to feedback upon goal completion
  • Applications that track progress and dash out planned events that are over

The saving of time and effort is so tremendous that there is no doubt even the most conservative and least progressive individual would want to at least attempt to learn how to use any of the new planning tools.

The outcome of the planning comes also easy in the Internet because, as stated previously, most applications are designed to provide instant feedback upon each step being taken. This is instant gratification in the form of motivation, which is proven to help you move forward in your goals. The Web is awesome at providing tools for breaking tasks into milestones and short-stop goals. It has all that you need in one same place and, to make it even better, a vast majority of the tools are not expensive, or free.

The best part is that those who have a knack for it can also create their own planning apps and suit every one of their needs. In turn, they will feel extremely accomplished once their goals are met so quickly.

There are a lot of great tools that aid successfully with planning, and it is clear that the Web is able to meet the needs of all of its users when it comes to this particular type of activity. More on Maslow included in the link below.

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