How to work on your dreams when you have limited time

Make time for what you really, really, really want to do.

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From 10 in the morning up until midnight — that has been my usual working hours for the past three months.

I love my work. I love what I do and the people I am working with.

But with limited time to spare to work on my dreams, I have to come up with a solution. (Not to mention, I also have my own share of household chores. I also try to squeeze in as much quality time as I can with my wife and daughter.)

To get back on track, here are some ideas that I’ll be trying to be able to work on my dreams with my limited time:

  1. Make time for what I really, really, really want to do. That is, writing and sketching. Even just 15 minutes a day.

  2. Break what I need to accomplish into the smallest chunks that I can work on each day. So, if I wish to write a short book that is around 20,000 to 30,000 words. I can do that and more in one year by writing even just a hundred words per day.

  3. Start small to start now. I also wish to be able to write a blog post daily again. Writing 500 or a thousand words can be paralyzing. But if I start with just 100 words a day, I can get started again.

  4. Take away what’s stopping me from doing what I have to do. Remove the obstacles. Reduce the friction. I had been writing my thoughts on my journal for the past few months. But I hadn’t posted them on the blog because I had to write them again by typing them on my laptop. It added an extra step for me to be able to post. So, why not write my thoughts directly on my laptop instead?

  5. Do it imperfectly. Do it afraid. This post is unpolished. Probably unfinished as well. But if I don’t publish this imperfect post now, when will I be able to post again? I’m taking an unsure step. But at least I’m going somewhere.

I guess that’s it for now. Let’s see how this goes.

Write to you on Wednesday, if time permits.

No, I’ll write to you on Wednesday. I’ll commit to it.

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