A study published in Psychology & Health on February 18, 2011 has shown that planning to do things makes you a whole lot more likely to do them.

Researchers came to that mind-boggling conclusion after challenging 177 McGill University students to eat more fruit for seven days, and then analyzing the results for about seven minutes. While all of the study participants ended up eating more fruit, those who had an actual fruit consumption strategy that included writing down a plan, visualizing themselves eating more fruit, and possibly reading The Secret, consumed twice as much as those lazy jerks who decided to wing it.
Here’s what the study’s awesomely-named lead researcher, Bärbel Knäuper, had to say about it:

Telling people to just change the way they eat doesn’t work; we’ve known that for a while [...] But research has shown that if people make a concrete plan about what they are going to do, they are better at acting on their intentions.

Whoa, maaaaan. Whoooooooooa. For those of you who are curious or could use some easy money, this ground-breaking research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.