We’ve all got dreams and ideas that we want to make happen. Especially us creative types. (That’s you, right?)
However, I also know making our dreams into reality can be a struggle. These days we’re pulled in a lot of different directions, especially by our own brains which won’t stop generating ideas long enough for us to do something about them!
Short bursts of concentrated action have become my ‘secret weapon’ for getting stuff done. Rather than waiting for big blocks of time to open up (which almost never happens) I look for 15-30 minute windows in my day. Sometimes it’s while I drink my coffee after breakfast or before I turn off the light. Those short time snips are a whole lot easier to find than big blocks of dedicated time. (Although admittedly, some days more than others.)
Make this work for you by being honest with yourself about what kind of time windows are available to you. They may be shorter or longer.
But what to do with those snippets of time? You have to be prepared to use them. Here’s how.
Choose an idea, dream or goal to pay attention to over the next 3o days.
Funny, but this is often the one people seem to have the most trouble with.
Afraid of making the wrong choice? Let me put your mind at ease. There is NO wrong choice except choosing not to choose. The truth is, once you choose, the rest is pretty easy.
Make no mistake. Avoiding a decision is still a choice. More importantly, not choosing is the only choice everyone regrets.
I think of my choice as an experiment. I try it on for size, take a couple of actions and review the results. It’s the nature of an experiment to find new information. If it’s not working out, it’s okay to change course. After all, it was only an experiment, not a life commitment!
Dreams require action to make them real.
I ask myself what are the next 5 things that need to happen? Then I try to break them down to fit my 15-30 minute time frame.
Each time I take action I’m one step closer to making my dreams a reality. It also means I’m not stuck dithering while I wonder what to do next. And when my list gets down to 1, I list the next 5 actions until I’m done.
If I’m working on a painting that first action might be to work on a sketch. Then I’ll prep my paper. Next I’ll transfer my sketch. Do some colour experiments. When the weekend comes and I have more time, I’m ready to start painting.
Nothing is more motivating than accomplishing something.
Make the actions to achieve your dream important
I actually schedule my list of actions in my Bullet Journal because creative time is just as important to me as my clients and blog.
If you have trouble showing up for meetings with yourself , I suggest you put your action list into your schedule or planner in ink. Consider this a sacred appointment with your future.
Always letting other people’s priorities trump yours?
When I first starting putting these activities into my calendar I labelled them “Meeting”. If someone wanted that slot of time I answered truthfully, “Sorry, I have a meeting at that time. What other time works for you?” They always had an alternate time.