IELTS Speaking Part 2&3 #28 Describe a plan you haven’t done yet

Describe a plan you haven’t done yet You should say:
What it is about When you plan to do Why you want to do it
And explain why you haven’t done now.

Sample answer:

And explain why you haven’t done now. The plan that I haven’t done yet is my intention to study overseas. When I was a young man who has just turned 22 and just graduated from my university, I’ve always dreamt of pursuing my postgraduate education in another country.

Moreover, with my very high GPA of 3.5/4.0, I was offered a great chance to gain a 100% scholarship to the University of Huddersfield, a highly ranked university in the UK. This even further fueled my desire to go and realize my dream. However, I’ve encountered tons of obstacles, one of which being the financial conditions. I as supposed to spend as much as
20.0pounds to pay for the living costs there, and this was not something that my parents, a teacher and housewife, could afford.Another trouble is that I didn’t manage to get a Visa because the procedures were too complicated and required many papers and documents that I failed to get them all at that time.

Now I am 25 and fully prepared both financially and spiritually, I hope that in the next several months, I will re-launch my plan.

Follow-up questions:

  1. Do you think it’s important to have realistic goals?
    Well, in my view if it’s not realistic – then it’s not really a goal – it’s just a dream. A goal is something which is achievable, something you can actually work towards, whereas if it’s not realistic, like you could never achieve it, then it’s just a thought, or a dream, as I said – it’s not something which is actionable so you’ll probably never achieve it.
  2. Do you think people should talk to others about their goals?
    It’s not necessary in my view, although if someone wants to share their goals then it’s okay. I mean, if me and my best friend had the same goal – then it would makes sense that we talk about it with each other. But If I had a personal goal, whatever it was, and it didn’t affect anybody else but me, I probably wouldn’t bother sharing it with others. For example, if I made a goal to lose weight, read more, or learn a new skill, I’d probably just keep it to myself.
  3. What is more rewarding, working towards the goal or achieving it?
    Personally, I found both are just as rewarding. It’s sometimes difficult to working to achieve what you want to do, especially if things don’t always go as planned, and sometimes it can take a long time, as in my case, but actually looking back at the steps I took to get where I am now, it was a good journey, and I enjoyed it. I met other people with the same goal and made some new friends, and it really was like a journey – not all of it was exciting, but there were some important and memorable moments.
  4. Is it always necessary to have something to aspire to in the future?
    No, not always; not in the same way as having a goal that will change your life. There are plenty of people who don’t really have any big goals for the future, and that’s okay. Many people just want to be happy with their family or job, and that’s enough for them. I guess those are goals which most people could say they have.
  5. It’s not always necessary to be working towards something big, or constantly trying to improve yourself, or learn new things. Some people are like that naturally and others are more relaxed and seem happy doing the things they do and are not very ambitious about achieving other things in life, and that’s fine for them, as long as they’re happy about it.
  6. What is your general day to day plan?
    My general day-to-day plan typically involves working, playing with my baby, cooking for my family and taking care of some other household chores. Of course every day is not the same because my baby is very small and, no matter how hard we’ve tried, we just can’t get him on any fixed routine so we have to follow his schedule instead. Basically, I wake up when he wakes up and between the meals I would play with him until he gets tired and naps and I would take advantage of the quiet moments to work on my lesson plans or post something on my teaching page. When it’s sunny and dry we would take a walk in a park nearby but if it’s cold or wet we would spend the whole day inside snuggling and playing and reading together.
  7. Why do some people hate planning ahead?
    I myself am not a huge fan of planning ahead so I can totally relate to this question. There are people like me who prefer to live impulsively, make decisions on spot and just be in the moment. We find that way of life more interesting. We believe that when we spend too much time planning for the future, we miss out on the great moments that are happening in front of us, to us. Prior planning may sound like a wise thing to do but, more often than not, it turns out to be a total waste of time because you simply can’t predict the future.
  8. What are the advantages and disadvantages of planning?
    The biggest advantage of planning is that you always know what you’re gonna do next. Planning ahead is important for us if we desire to achieve some certain goals in our personal and professional lives. Prior planning can be a powerful tool which helps you manage your time more effectively and increase your productivity. Having everything planned out may make it easier for some people to go through their day. Having said that, too much planning can distract us from the now. We all want to be happy in the future, eventually, but what about now? Isn’t it much better if we can be happy right here, right now? Too much focus on the future can lead to stress and negative thinking.
  9. Other possible questions:
    How parents encourage their children to achieve goals?
    What’s the difference between dream and goal?
    What kinds of goals do young people usually have?
    How do you achieve your goal?

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