Project planning is to provide a long term goal with motivation and focus.
Planning provides an avenue to focus on the acquisition of required knowledge and help you to plan and organize your resources and time so that you can get the best out of your project.
Project planning sets clearly your defined short term goal and long term objectives.
It will provide you to measure your progress and gives you a sense of personal achievement once you have successfully met your milestones.
Charting your progress will also enable you to actually see the completion stages that lead you to the actual realization of project achievement. This also eliminates the feeling of a long and pointless grind towards achieving your project goal.
Your self-confidence and level of competence will also improve as you will be more aware of your capabilities as you complete or achieve your project objectives.
The basics of project planning will involve deciding what you really want to do with your project and what short term and long term goals you need to achieve it. Then you have to break down major block of activities into the smaller and manageable targets that you must complete in your way to achieving your project milestones. Once you have your list waste, no time in tackling your project goals.
A good way to have a manageable list is to have a daily and weekly set of goals. By doing this you will be always in the position of going towards your project goals. Everyday will give you the opportunity to fulfill a certain goal giving you the feeling of accomplishment.