How To Work On Your Dream When You Don’t Have Time

Guest Post by Adam Rico

You have things you need to do every day.

It feels like too many things to do in a given day.

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Likely, you think you don’t have enough time to do everything you’d like to do.

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all b-u-s-y.

As a result, we don’t believe we have enough time to work on our dreams.

However, let me tell you what the real problem is.

It’s where we put our focus.

Our hours are soaked up by the varied responsibilities and priorities we have in our lives.

As a result, we live our schedules and we talk ourselves out of doing anything even remotely related to our dreams.

We’re just trying to get through the day.

So how in the world can you squeeze in dream time when you have no time?

The solution?

Focus on the tasks and not on the amount of time it will take.

It’s a subtle shift, but when you begin viewing your dream as a series of short term tasks and not a huge, overwhelming mountain of a dream you will give yourself the gift of hope.

Some days, you will only be able to take a baby step toward your dream.

Other days you’ll be on fire with your amazing productivity.

Either way, you’ve had a victory.

String together enough victories and you’ll find yourself moving forward one small step at a time.

Here’s four suggestions on how to shift your thinking to accomplish your dream:

  1. Clarify your priorities. Michael Hyatt’s Creating Your Personal Life Plan is an excellent resource to help you get clear on your priorities. You’ll need this when life gets crazy and you have to choose between your dream time and the necessities of your daily reality.
  2. Set yourself up for success. Have a way to capture those ideas you come up with for your project tasks. Then when you sit down to focus on those tasks you can hit the ground running. You may only have 30 minutes on any given day. Start with task one and go through your list with the time you have allotted. It may take you a week or 6 months to finish. However, you’ll finish your project if you just focus on completing one task at a time.
  3. Cancel your cable. Read that again. Yes, call your provider and drop the “c” bomb on them. The first 30 days will be hard. After that you will wonder why you ever watched TV. On average, you’ll give yourself an extra 2.7 hours every day by not watching TV. You can either watch actors perform a good story on TV or you can choose to live an interesting story yourself.
  4. Embrace the tension. You will never figure this out completely. You won’t find yourself achieving perfect balance with your schedule. That is the beauty and chaos of life. Some days you will quit on your dream. Then you’ll realize your dream is what makes you feel alive. You’ll start the balancing act again.

You’ll still be busy. You may become busier than is comfortable. However, it’s your dream and it’s your life. You just might find you have time for both.

Question: What would you do if you felt like you had more time?

Adam Rico is a fellow 48Days.netizen and life coach. Check out his blog by going to


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