How To Put Your Dream On A Schedule

When it comes to my own dreams, I am the queen of procrastination.

I need deadlines and milestones to keep my dreams on track.

I’ve had milestones on the calendar for a year – small, medium and large milestones all neatly set up. However, the infernal calendar keeps letting me know how quickly time is whooshing by.

One of my favorite business guru’s , Seth Godin reminds us “It’s the perfect problems that keep us stuck.”

Here is my perfect problem: I don’t have a ton of time.

How do you keep your dream on track?

Here’s an example that needs planning. I have a weekly meeting that gives me the opportunity to talk about my business. Every week I need to come up with a sales message.

I heard a great idea at a recent business networking event: plan your sales message every week for a year.

Yes, a year.

My first reaction sounded like my teenager – thhhpttt, whatever!

I love the sound of deadlines as they go whooshing by...

Then I thought about about the reality of that. How much time do I spend coming up with a sales message each week?

How hard is it to always come up with new things at the last minute?

Do I have a theme for what I’ve been focusing on?

I sat down and started looking at the next couple months. What events can I promote? What type of projects do I want more of?

What business do I really want an introduction to?

The ideas started flowing, and I mapped out the next 3 months of sales messages I can use at my meetings. I gave the idea a structure to work with, and POOF!

Results.

I did create a spreadsheet to get organized. I know, super boring and anal, but I have an example of what I used in PDF format if you are interested in doing something similar.

I was wrapping up this exercise when it hit me. Why can’t I apply that idea to my weekly dream updates here on 8 Women Dream?

I’m being brave and sharing my new monthly posting plan:

Week 1 -  book review of a topic that kicks my dream into gear. Business, speaking, income streams, etc.

Week 2 – what are the main ideas this book recommends? Test them in the reality of my business ventures.

Week 3 – The application of ideas continues. How did they turn out for me? What did I implement that changed my course?

Week 4+ – How are the results stacking up? This may take longer than a few weeks to confirm, but a couple week test is a great way to look at new ideas.

Spreading your self, or your calendar, too thin can seriously impact your ability to get to that next dream step.

Lord knows I’m consistently fighting to find time to work on dream tasks.

Now, your turn.

Take a good, realistic look at your calendar. What are you doing now that you really shouldn’t or don’t want to be doing?Where will you find an extra hour this week?

Comment and let me know – you probably have an idea we all can use!

~ Heather

Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her. Her newly launched sites are couture jewelry available through For Your Adornment, and Twitter background designs on Twitter And Beyond Dot Com. She also teaches Social Media tactics for business, besides being CEO of her own web design company. Heather’s post day is Thursday.

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  • Remy G

    You are finding time to work On your dream rather than just be ‘in’ your dream…like work on your biz rather than in your biz.

    Measure twice cut once…means – spend twice as much time planning as you do doing. Give it a try, you will be excited to see how easy it is to do things when you have a plan for doing it.

    But Im preaching to the choir, my friend!! I am proud of the work you have done for your business and your life. I’m confident you’ll take every little step needed to make the big dreams work.

    Thanks for letting me be a part of that!
    xo R

  • Heather I’m proud of you… Was thinking today that I want to do this more with 8womendream – plan out some ideas ahead and not be scrambling to write every post on deadline Monday night! (uh, not that I ever do that… ;)

    I already have my ideas sketched out for August (just did that today!) and am working on next week’s post now…

    I also wrote down a list today of the remaining scenes I need to write in my book – still needs some tweaking, but I’m working on really mapping it all out. Last night, I sat down and calculated what I need to do to get my book manuscript done by 10/10/10. That’s 75 days from now (!!) so I mapped out how many pages I need to write each week, and each day, writing 5 days a week.. And giving myself time to edit at the end.

    I still have a ton of work to do to get the book in the shape I want it to be in by 10/10/10 – but I WILL make it happen! Am so far along! (229 pages into it which in and of itself feels pretty miraculous…)

    And Cath – I love, love, love the contract idea! Am going to do it! THANK YOU!

    Love to you both – you inspire me so much!!!

    xoxo
    Lis

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  • Catherine, Site Admin

    Calendaring items is a great way to move along on a plan for your dreams.

    Start by writing down each of your goals in categories of six months, one year, two years, and long term.

    Then list all the things you are willing to give up in order to create the time needed to accomplish the goals.

    It can be giving up TV, sweets, adjusting bedtime or waking time, going out to eat etc.

    Write down why this dream achievement means to much to you in great detail.

    Create a contract out of this information and sign it.

    Give it to someone like Remy who will hold you accountable to your goals.

    Every night before going to bed and every morning when you wake up – look at your contract.

    Celebrate the milestones.

    Cath