WU Plan

Your Willamette Plan

The importance of planning is so well accepted that the point hardly needs making. That being the case, it is surprising that how seldom we engage in planning the most important parts of our lives:  Our careers, our families, our finances.

Fortunately, planning is a skill, and like other skills it can be learned through practice.  At Willamette University, the ability to plan is considered to be a fundamental component of success, something that Kenneth Burke called “equipment for living.”

The Willamette Plan has been designed to serve as a prototype case, one in which you are asked to plan a year of your life.  It aims to help you create goals and achieve them, and in the process build the habit and capacity of planning in other contexts.

You will be using an application called Digication that lets you build a simple web site to display the elements of your plan. The basic template is set up and ready to use, but you can add additional header sections or pages within sections to create a more expansive plan. You can share this website with as few or as many people as you like. Use the Documenting Your Plan link on the left to go to the help pages; in addition, each of the plan pages has a link to specific help for completing that part of the plan.


Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
--Mary Oliver

Introduce YourselfIntroduce Yourself

Create a landing page to introduce yourself and provide links to the rest of your plan. Think of it as the doorway to your WU Plan, through which anyone who wishes to know your intentions must pass.

Take StockTake Stock

Where are you now? If life is a journey, this stage amounts to finding your starting place.

Identify GoalsIdentify Goals

It turns out that goals are good for things other than soccer and water polo. In this section, you get to create them for the next year of your life.

Create a ScheduleCreate a Schedule

Planning doesn’t stop with creating goals. You also need to achieve your goals, which, it turns out, requires more planning. In this section you’ll plan how to succeed with your plan by scheduling your objectives.

Execute the PlanExecute the Plan

Finally, the section in which you make this process matter by putting the plan into effect. You’ll find surprisingly useful tips on how to maintain focus and bring your plan to fruition.