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A few weeks ago I wrote and released a blog detailing my bucket list for 2020—before the war on Charmin and Chef Boyardee all brought on by the uncertainty around the coronavirus. This got me thinking…with all this social distancing, quarantining and straight panic going on—what is the best way for dreamers to keep chasing their dreams and how do these uncharted waters affect the everyday dreamer?
The first part of this blog post is strictly for my dreamers, so listen up.
Right now with all the uncertainty surrounding us, it’s easier than ever to put your dreams on hold and get swallowed up in what the daily updates are on the coronavirus. Now, I’m not saying don’t be informed or turn a blind eye to the news, but choosing to focus all of your attention on the chaos around you does nothing but take you further away from turning your dream into a reality—am I right?
I say all of this to say, if you’ve ever wanted to write a book, a screenplay, a blog, or hell, a paragraph, now is the time to do it. This is exactly what sets dream chasers a part from those who simply dream.
“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” –Sarah Ban Breathnach
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with dreaming. We’re human and we all do it. The point is, if you want to turn that dream into reality, that idea into a novel, memoir, blog, song, etc. then you have to put action behind it. Because if not, those dreams will just continue to sit on the shelf of your mind and collect dust long after we’ve survived this pandemic and are back to living our normal lives.
Now, this next part is for my dream chasers. Heyyyy boo!
So, what’s the best way for dream chasers to stay motivated and keep chasing the dream (and the bag) during this pandemic? Again, it’s easy to get swept up in all of the ambiguity that surrounds us regarding this virus. So much, that we may get easily distracted. However, there are a lot of things we can do to boost our productivity. Below are five ways that help me stay motivated while being on lockdown in the house.
Creating a Daily To-Do List: I live and die by my to-do list. I’m one of those people who have to write down a task, complete it and physically mark it as completed or I won’t feel like I’ve completed anything for the day (Blame it on my Type-A personality).
Setting a Daily Alarm: Some days I’m more productive first thing in the mornings, while other days, I’m way more productive after the sun has gone down. Set an alarm for whatever time works best for you and make that your time to sit down and focus on making your dream a reality.
Outlining My Content: Whether this is a blog post, chapter or an entire article. This helps me stay on track if I can open up my word document and not only see where I left off, but know exactly where I’m going.
Start Writing, ASAP: The key is to make every minute count—so if you’ve already outlined what you’re going to write, don’t waste any time. Pop open that laptop and start plucking those keys!
Taking Much Needed Breaks: There is nothing wrong with taking a break to refuel, whether that means getting a bite to eat, decompressing by watching a few episodes of your favorite show or taking a nap. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: ROME WASN’T BUILT IN A DAY!
What’s the moral of the story here? First and foremost, I hope you’re staying safe and practicing safe health practices. Secondly, if you know deep down that writing has always been a dream of yours, then take this time where you’re stuck indoors trying not to go stir crazy and turn that dream into a goal and that goal into a plan.