Dare to Dream Through Your Schedule

We all have our “traditional” goals related to work and family responsibilities. But we also have aspirational goals that often cross our minds and are rarely explored. No other line kills our hope of achieving these entrepreneurial ambitions, booking that dream trip, or learning a new language like:

“I’m just too busy.”

Blaming your schedule is simply passing the buck onto a tool that you control. Your schedule is a device meant to help you organize your time, but sadly it suffers from a serious misunderstanding of its proper usage.

What is a schedule? Is it just a calendar? Well partly, in the way that it ensures you do not double book appointments, but this is not the full story. A schedule is what allows you to allocate and prioritize your time, which is a precious commodity in limited supply. Practically speaking, our schedules are how we use the valuable resource of time.

A number of successful people have achieved their goals by figuring out how to work time to their advantage. Some do this by using discipline to stick to a rigorous routine that breaks down how much time they spend on every activity. Others exploit an understanding of when they work best to do all their focused work early in the morning and save their networking for the evening.

This may be helpful to you – hearing how successful people structure their day is wonderful. But more importantly, how do you dust off your ideas that have been sitting on the shelf and get started? The answer is simple: schedule time for all your dreams.

It sounds obvious, but it is rather important to make time in your calendar for the tasks that will move you forward to achieving your aspirational goals. We are firm in our commitment to our work time or family time, but let the time for our dreams get lost in the shuffle of daily responsibilities.

We adapt our lives for unexpected moments, so why not adjust for our “dream” goals?

Think of your impossibly busy day for a moment. Now consider all of life’s interruptions that force you to adjust even on your busiest day. If you get stuck in traffic for half an hour longer than you expected or you get pulled into a meeting you cannot brush off, somehow you still manage to continue on without the rest of your day coming to a halt. Unexpected events and obligations pop up all the time and we make things work. If we can make our day work around the unexpected, why not find a way to make it work around our goals as well?

Injecting your life’s dreams into your schedule is like giving your day-to-day routine a shot of adrenaline.

The people over at Entrepreneur describe this forward-thinking use of your schedule perfectly:

“Any activity or conversation that is important to your success should have a time assigned to it. To-do lists get longer and longer to the point where they are unworkable. Appointment books work. Schedule appointments with yourself and create time blocks for high-priority thoughts, conversations, and actions. Schedule when they will begin and end. Have the discipline to keep these appointments.”

This does not require a drastic schedule adjustment. More a shift in thinking and some patience. To quote Bill Gates, “Most people overestimate what they can do in one year and underestimate what they can do in ten years.”

So what is the difficulty with using this strategy? Getting started and staying committed. How long have you been saying you would start that non-profit? Run a marathon? Write that book? Begin by breaking your goal down into manageable tasks. Block off an hour a week to research the industry you want to start a business in. Attend networking events within this industry. Schedule a personal trainer to get you in the gym and prepare for that marathon. Book your next vacation at a writer’s retreat to start drafting your novel. Be fierce in carving out time for your dreams.

Block Off Time with MeetVibe

MeetVibe works perfectly to set aside time and reinforce the off-limits nature of this time to others. Simply schedule an appointment with yourself. Your contacts do not see the details of your schedule, only your available time (green) and your unavailable time (grey). This encourages meeting requests during your available time and avoids interruptions. Start using your “dream time” as serious “work time” and develop the routine of prioritizing the things that are important to you.

Harness your time and transform that unexplored goal from an idea into a reality. Make yourself available for your dreams. Join MeetVibe today!

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Also published on Medium.