If your goal is cutting down there are two areas where planning is important to stick to your goals. Research shows that people with gambling problems tend to gamble impulsively. If you want to gamble safely it is a good idea to make a plan each time before you gamble. As gambling tends to be driven by impulse, planning is helpful. Before going decide:
- how long you will spend gambling; and
- how much money you will spend gambling;
It is important to consider your actions before you gamble and at the venue while gambling if you are to stay in control.
Most gamblers say that it is difficult to walk away when in the venue. No-one knows the best time to pull out of a losing machine and often don't leave when they do have a win. Planning for the time when gambling is also important in sticking to your goals.