What is the word for the person who only plans for something? Or the person only starts something and then forgets it or does not complete it.

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    Welcome! Do you mean a someone who thinks about something a lot but never does it, like a daydreamer? Or someone who simply lack the ability to execute what he or she planned?
    – RexYuan
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 8:23
  • @RexYuan, No, I mean someone who wishes and dreams aything, he plans about it, he starts it and then left it in the midway and never completes it.
    – Sachin K
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 8:59
  • In that case @Raj's answer is correct
    – RexYuan
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 9:47
  • A person who only plans is different from a person who doesn't complete things. Decide what you want to ask about, then edit this so that it's only asking about one thing. Commented Jun 18, 2015 at 6:35

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A quitter?

a person who gives up easily and does not finish a task they have started


To me they're not so much a quitter as a dallier, which is one who has a dalliance with a specific plan or commitment, that is, they daly: "To consider or occupy oneself with something in a careless or unserious fashion." This not quite the same as dilly-dallier, which implies pure time wasted, instead of the time spent on plans abandoned of a dalliance. (In terms of people who start things and do not finish them, dalliance is most commonly used for unserious romantic liasons, but it's by no means only that.)

Similar is dabbler, though it implies less commitment.

If it's a new area of interest for the person, you might call them a dilletante, which is "a person who cultivates an area of interest, such as the arts, without real commitment or knowledge."

In general that person is irresolute, in that they are hesistant to follow-through their initial plans, though I know of no term specifically for an irresolute person.

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