You hear all the rhetoric, even from me, telling you to follow your dreams, use your talents, let out the book that is inside of you. What if you don’t have time to follow your dreams? What if your life and your responsibilities get in the way?
They are going to.
It’s the nature of life. There will always be too much to do, and so little time in which to do it.
I just accepted a full-time job outside of the home, which means that the time I have available to do this and to help my clients was just whacked by 50 hours a week. That is a major change. I still have to spend time with my children, and the time I have available to do that also just got whacked by about 50 hours a week. I still have to clean my house, because no one else is going to do it, and that normally takes several hours to do. I cleaned the toilet at fifteen minutes past “Hell no (it’s too early)” this morning, just because it had to be done and I know I won’t have the energy to do it when I get home later today.
So how do we follow our dreams when life gets in the way?
By cutting the crap and increasing our speed.
This job is not a detour from my dreams, even though it may seem like it is.
Do what needs to be done and do it faster
I’ve heard tell of a cleaning fairy, but I don’t know anyone who actually gets visits from him. The kitchen still needs to be cleaned up, the bathroom still needs to be disinfected, kids still need to be dressed and taught and cuddled and squeezed.
Decide what has to be done and what doesn’t.
Sneak in a few minutes here and there each day working on your goals.
Decide what can be done less often or less thoroughly (I don’t recommend making the bathroom one of those things). Then, after you’ve pared your list down as small as it can get without exposing your family to deadly bacteria, speed through it as fast as you can. Divide and conquer, if you have any willing family members. Set a timer, perhaps, and when it dings you’re done. Then love on your family and relax, knowing that you are making progress toward your dreams. Even if you only take one step forward each day or each week, that’s still progress.