I’ve taken all the precautions they told me to. I’ve filled the tub, the cupboards, and the refrigerator. My cell phones are charged. My library is full. My to-do list is long.
And I can’t go anywhere.
It’s my vacation week and I’m snowed in.
The Big Plan
Imagine having a week to do nothing but chase your biggest dream.
What would you do?
How would you spend your time?
What will it look like when the week is over?
Well, I had some big plans.
In fact, they were really too big.
So now what do I do?
Facing the Giants
When you have something big to accomplish, you’ll met with several giants.
Giants are scary. They’re threatening. They look like they can kill you with one arm swat.
They will turn your dreams into nightmares—if you let them.
Here they are, and here’s what you can do about them.
1) The first giant is poor planning.
When the week starts, you think you can change the whole world with all the time you have.
But then you remember you have to set aside time to eat, sleep, and be with your family.
Sometimes it’s hard to tell how long a project will take. A better approach is to set aside an hour or so before the week begins and ask yourself these questions:
Exactly what do I need to do to make this dream real?
How long will it take to do these things?
When will I do each of these things?
If I need help, can I get it in time?
What is my backup plan?
Your answers to these questions will make all the difference in how your week ends.
2) The second giant is the temptation to work too hard.
Boy, it’s tempting when you have a large block of time to charge full steam ahead. You feel like you’ve been given a blank check to spend as you please, so you do. Then when your energy bottoms out, you feel like chucking your dream so you can watch reruns of Gilligan’s Island and eat Bonbons.
Attack this giant with regularly scheduled breaks. You’ll stay fresher. You’ll have more stamina. And you’ll do better work!
3) The third giant is wanting everything to be perfect.
The problem is, it won’t be.
Schedule time to screw up. Set limits on how long you’ll work on something. Decide at what point you’ll ship – then do it.
Perfectionism is a prison cell. You can stay out by embracing your work when it’s good enough. When is it good enough? It’s good enough when it does what you intended. It may not be perfect, but hey, nothing really is. Deal with it.
Then ship it.
Set Up Your Own Ultimate Dream Chasing Environment
There are a few things you need to set up your dream chasing room.
First, find a place where you can focus.
If you’re working in a place full of distractions, you won’t get as much done. Find a place where you can spend some time to charge ahead distraction-free.
Second, set time limits for everything.
This is the key to avoiding burnout. Remember, these limits aren’t set in stone. If you need more time, just schedule more on another day. Since you only have so much time, force yourself to spend it doing the most important things. You can either delegate the rest or leave them undone.
Third, take the risks that will open the doors of opportunity.
It’s not enough to sit at home and dream. It’s a waste of time to develop talents if you don’t share them. The door of opportunity won’t open unless you knock on it. You knock on it by taking risks.
Sure, you might fail. But you might succeed. Either way, haven’t you learned something?
Do This Now
Maybe you don’t have a week to chase your dream. That’s okay. You can do this any week. If you can devote an hour a day to make your dreams come true, won’t that be a great investment?
So go ahead and face those giants. You’ve got the weapons now. Chase your dreams every week and it’ll be your best year ever!