Dreamlining: Turning Future Dreams into Tomorrow’s Goals


If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time you’ll know that I’m a big fan of planning and goal setting. So when I came across the idea of Dreamlining in The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss I found it both interesting and useful, and worth sharing with you.

The first step in turning a dream into a reality is to move from abstract goals to specific objectives and the idea of Dreamlining is about doing just that.

In the book Tim Ferris Break’s this process down into 3 key areas:

  • Things you dream of having
  • Things you dream of being
  • Things you dream of doing

I found the process more difficult than I thought, it’s funny how you think you know what you want until you’re asked to specify the dream in detail. Another thing I found difficult was to set goals without limits i.e. current income, circumstances etc. and it’s quite liberating to do so.

I really found the process useful, even though I think about my goals often, the Dreamline template made me think about them in a way that I hadn’t in the past.

Ferriss states that he’s not into long-term goal planning and this is evident throughout the book,  I really like that the template breaks down the goal from 12 months, to 6 months and then to what you can do to accomplish it today and tomorrow. It’s so easy to procrastinate and put off for tomorrow what we can do today and this idea of Dreamlining is all about overcoming that tendency.

What’s also useful is that the template doesn’t just address what you need to do in order to make your dream a reality, but causes you to think about the means you’ll need to do it.

I’m still reading The 4-Hour Work Week and so far I don’t agree with everything that the book promotes but it does have some useful ideas, dreamlining being one of them. If you’re considering starting your own business and relinquishing the 9-5 it’s definitely worth a read.

If you do decide to try the template or read the book I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Speak soon,

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