Prioritize your dreams
Curt Rosengren on Passionate Work
In my work helping people find passion in their careers, one of the most common obstacles I see is time. There never seems to be enough of it, and it's easy to let the go-go pressures of modern life push aside the nuts and bolts work of turning your dreams into reality.
The question I always ask is, "Are you giving yourself and your future the priority you deserve? How are you spending your time? Is it moving you forward? Is it keeping you stuck? Moving you backwards?" This applies both to the ways people choose to spend their own time and the time they commit to doing things for others.
If your dreams are taking a backseat to a jam-packed calendar, try this. For one week, pay attention to how you spend your time. You could make an ongoing record through the day, or simply get an approximate picture with an end of the day review each day. For each activity you identify, ask yourself, "Is this moving me forward? Is spending time on this where my priority should be?" (Hint: your television will almost never qualify as moving you forward.)
Your time is a scarce resource. Getting a picture of where your time is going, and making prioritized choices on how you want to spend it is an important step in making the most of it and turning your dreams into reality.