There are many ways to fulfil ones dreams. When you work a 9 to 5 job or a 9 to whatever-time-job, one might not see it that way.
However, I’m here to tell you that yes – there are possibilities to take steps towards doing something you always dreamed about regardless your current circumstances. Either it being creating something, like writing a book or taking a longer trip somewhere. Its about time management, determination and having the guts to change things around. These are my X steps/questions to you, to help you achieve your dream – which I have used – you have the benefit of getting my knowledge added and updated/ outline a plan
What is the goal – what is your dream exactly? Define it in as much detail as possible.
Make a plan – what do you need to achieve your dream? Break it down to smaller steps, more achievable chunks that can be done in a couple of hours over a couple of days. Add a time limit to each task, i.e it will take 3 hours to get initial research on a subject, 2 hours for writing draft proposal, 1 hours to email a list of people etc.
If you need more time for a task, then just give it more time. This is just an exercise to get you and your brain to realize that your dream can be achieved.
What temporary changes can you make to your life and how long?
Can you stop watching TV for a while? maybe cut down on the hours you work in the office either to normal hours or ask for a temporary period where you can work less days in the office?
Do you need to browse and spend time on the internet every day? or can you work 2 hours each evening to achieve your dream?
Which days will you spend resting and re-charging? this is important. You don’t want to brun the candle at both ends and also make your dream into a nightmare. Rest and recharge is equally as important as working on achieving your dream.
What can be delegated? and who within your gang of friends can help you? and is there anything you can give in return? can you swap services with each other?
What tools can make your life easier? for example get Evernote on all your devices if you want to have access to your book manuscript from absolutely anywhere? Small, nifty tolls like that can make a big difference.
What do you need to create around the primary dream/subject? a website? marketing? social media profiles?
Can you do this yourself or should you partner up with a friend who shares your vision? it’s easier if you are more then one. You can motivate each other, support each other through the hard times but also share the work a head.
Motivation helpers – get someone to hold you accountable - if you don’t have a partner, can you have regular coffee/lunch dates with a friend, and talk about what you have done, what you will do – that can hold you accountable? and/or are there any conferences or meet-ups anywhere with people who are on the same path as you or what you are trying to do? The subject for the conference/meet-up doesn’t have to exactly match what you are doing. What you want to do is to get inspiration and motivation by observing others doing something they are either passionate about or fulfilling their dreams. And you want to meet and get to know other people sharing similar ideas around life, passions and dreams.
Unsure on where to start? have a look in the project management column to get some ideas on how to break something into smaller parts/phases and manage your time.
If you are looking to go into another direction entirely with your life – I have heard about the “overlapping technique” over at seanwes.com.
Fabulous photo credit: Auriane Photographies – Dreams, found on Flickr. She has a Facebook page over here where you can view more of her work.