Lack of planning!

Living carefree, sort of

Indonesians are known for their love of living in the moment and their carefree attitude toward life. However, this has led to a tendency to live day-to-day without much long-term planning. In contrast to the culture of North Americans, who are known for their meticulous planning, Indonesians tend to be more laid back and spontaneous.

One of the main reasons why Indonesians don’t plan ahead as much as North Americans is because of their culture and upbringing. Indonesian society is generally more communal and family-oriented, with an emphasis on social relationships and group cohesion. This often means that individual goals and ambitions may take a backseat to family obligations and responsibilities.

Immediate needs.

Another reason why Indonesians don’t plan ahead as much as North Americans is because of the pace of life in Indonesia. With rapid urbanization and the growth of cities like Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya, life in Indonesia has become increasingly fast-paced and hectic. This means that many Indonesians are more focused on meeting immediate needs and deadlines rather than planning for the future.

The rise of quick online platforms like Go-Jek, Grab, Shopee, and Tokopedia has only exacerbated this trend. These platforms have made it easy to order food, hail a ride, and shop online with just a few clicks. While convenient, they have also contributed to a culture of instant gratification and living in the moment.

However, there are downsides to not planning ahead. Without a clear plan, it’s easy to get sidetracked and lose sight of long-term goals. This can lead to financial instability, missed opportunities, and a lack of direction. In business, not planning ahead can lead to missed opportunities, poor decision-making, and financial struggles.

Could use North American planning.

While it may be challenging for Indonesians to adopt the same level of planning as North Americans, there are steps that can be taken to incorporate planning into daily life. This could include setting aside time each week to reflect on long-term goals and create a plan to achieve them, seeking out mentors or advisors who can provide guidance, and being open to feedback and constructive criticism.

In conclusion, while the culture of Indonesia may be more laid back and spontaneous than that of North America, it’s important for Indonesians to recognize the value of planning ahead. By setting clear goals and creating a roadmap for achieving them, individuals and businesses can increase their chances of success and financial stability


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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