IELTS Speaking Part- 1(Plan)
1. Which do you prefer? Having plans or having no plans?
I have an inclination for becoming organized and prepared for upcoming challenges. Drawing up a plan in advance can equip people with some knowledge when something unexpected comes up, or when everything just doesn’t go according to plan. Without a plan, people can feel at a loss and have nothing to fall back on when they are in the face of adversity. However, it should be pointed out that we shouldn’t get into too much detail, instead, just getting the picture as to what’s gonna happen and how a plan can be developed is enough for us to tackle it. I mean that plan there are a lot of external circumstances which preclude our detailed plan from coming true; as a result, there is no need to be too precise.
Have inclination for (phrase) have a feeling that you want to do something
Draw up (phrasal verb) to prepare and write something such as a document or plan
Equip somebody/something with something (phrase) to provide a person, object, or place with the things that they need for a particular purpose
Come up (phrasal verb) if a problem comes up, it happens and needs to be dealt with immediately
To be at a loss (phrase) unable to know how to act or what to do
Fall back on (phrasal verb) to depend on something after a loss or failure
Adversity (noun) a difficult period in your life in which you have any problems
Point out (phrasal verb) to tell someone something
In detail (phrase) including many facts or aspects of a situation
Get the picture (idiom) understand something
Preclude something from something (verb) if one thing precludes another, the first thing prevents the second one from happening
Precise (adj) exact and accurate
2. In general, do you think planning is important?
To be honest, I am a great planner and can hardly stick to my original plan. Yet, that’s what planning is all about. They say “plan to fail and fail to plan” for a reason. Even though I usually end up ruining my schedule, I make a habit of noting my thoughts and what I have to do the next day, next week, and next month since I think it’s one of the best ways to organize my mind and my life as well. Without a plan, even a generic one, you’re just going around without making any progress towards your goals and advance in your career. Therefore, making sure to keep track of my schedule and personal goals through planning is my top priority.
Make a habit of: to do something so often that it becomes a habit
Generic (a): not specific
Make progress: to move forward in one’s work or activity
Keep track of: to continue to know what is happening to something or someone
3. Why do people make plans?
Some believe planning is not for everyone since many want to live spontaneously without thinking too much but others have different opinions. People are into planning since many benefits it may bring. Planning helps you clarify your goals, strategize your tactics, and stay on track. Even if sometimes you mess it all up, you will eventually get back to your ultimate destination. Without a plan, you are simply lost in a maze of inconsequential decisions.
Spontaneously (adv): n a way that is not planned but done because you suddenly want to do it
Clarify (v): to make something clearer or easier to understand
Strategize (v): devise a strategy
Stay on track: to stay on the path that one is on
Ultimate (a): most extreme; best, worst, greatest, most important, etc.
Inconsequential (a): not important or worth considering