Most of us overestimate what we can do in a day, week, month. But here’s the thing: we also drastically underestimate what we can do in 3, 5, 10 years. This is because we rarely stop to think about our goals that far down the road.
If you don’t know where you want to go, how are you supposed to make a plan to get there?
Enter this dreamlining exercise (adapted from Tim Ferriss). It’s key to planning out your ideal future and identifying the milestones you need to hit to get there. So, put on some music, take a deeeeep breath, and get out your journal. Now answer the following:
1. In ten years from now, you are how old?
2. When you wake up, what time is it?
3. What is the first thing you feel / see / smell?
4. Is anyone in the room with you and if so, who?
5. What’s the first thing you do when you get up? Write out a day’s worth of activities mentioning how you feel, who you encounter, what’s included in a normal day 10 years from now.
6. What are you doing for work and what does work look like? (ex. Do you go into an office, do you have a boss, are you the boss, etc.).
7. How do you wind down the day?
8. What is your nightly routine?
9. Who is the last person you talk to before bed?
10. What's your last thought before shutting your eyes?
Come back to this often to remind yourself of your long-term goals. And then thank us later, when all your dreams have come true.