Do you have dreams and goals in your heart you want to accomplish but don’t think you have the time? Dreams are not simple things, so they are going to take some effort and time, both of which become hot commodities as we get older. I mean, who dreams of mediocrity and normalcy? I’m going to step out on a limb here, but I don’t think that most people fantasize about grocery shopping, doing the laundry or doing other household chores.
Dreams should be bigger! When I first started getting entrepreneur-itis (the condition that hits those of us that want to start a business), I thought HUGE! I wanted to get thousands of people to like my Facebook page, make a comfortable living, and even have an employee hired within the first year of starting this business. It’s two and a half years later and I’m not there… not even close.
BUT, the dream has to be big, otherwise I wouldn’t bother. If I was told I would reach status quo by having a business, I wouldn’t even bother.
That was when I realized that I am a visionary, but I can’t always make things happen because I become so consumed with everything that needs to be done. I will become just as exhausted as that puppy in the picture from thinking about this huge picture before I even start anything.
As an over-analyzer, I want to make sure that all possible scenarios are imagined. Then after I have thought through everything, I get tired or bored and then I stop. I become so overwhelmed that I don’t want to do it anymore.
If I’m the only one who does that, stop reading. Otherwise, keep going.
So how do I accomplish anything at all? The answer is so simple it is scary: spend five minutes on something to make it happen.
The hardest part of doing anything is starting, so you have to make it do-able. Everyone can spend five minutes on something. Are you thinking of going back to school? Take five minutes a day to research requirements, school, and financial aid. Are you itching to start a new business? You don’t have to dedicate 80 hours a week to it; just start out with a few minutes of visualization and planning.
Anything worth doing is going to take a big chunk of your life. But did you know that if you only work on something for five minutes a day for 365 days a year, you end up with 30 hours of quality time to achieving your dream?
Five minutes isn’t that long, which is a good and bad thing. No matter how you see it, it helps you start to do something and that is the toughest part. Just by starting and spending five minutes on your vision will be much more rewarding that trying to get it all done at once.
You would be surprised how much you can get done at the end of the day by working in five minute increments. To try it out, I decided to spend only five minutes pulling weeds in my yard. For anyone who feels my pain knows that it takes hours of hard labor to get rid of weeds. It is a task that I get overwhelmed thinking about so I before I wrote this, I tested out this five minute theory. I pulled weeds for a few minutes (five to be exact). At the end, I had a huge pile of pulled weeds on the sidewalk and our landscape looked a lot better.
It felt so good to have that accomplishment under my belt that I decided to work on the kitchen next. Same thing happened there: I was surprised at how much I could get done in just a short amount of time.
These tasks are regularly done, so they may not seem significant but they have proven my point: even if you only have five minutes, you can still accomplish great things. You no longer have the excuse that you do not have time because NOW YOU DO!
We are not made to multi-task but yet we are forced to everyday. Take time to focus and be entrenched with one thing and one thing only for five minutes. Turn off your phone, zone in on your task, and avoid distractions. You’re not asking for much; it’s only five minutes.