The plan to realisation

Hi Dreamer,

We now have all the fact on paper. Your WHY, WHAT and HOW have been written out, you know what to do.
If you are not sure, go here.

You have all the information you need to get started on your plan. Your plan will be the biggest step to realising your dream. Keep reading

Your plan

Setting up your plan is the biggest step. You can write down all the reasons why you want this. You can come up with your perfect end goal and you can think of reasons how to get there. But the fact is, as long as you don’t have a plan, you might never start actually DOING.

A plan makes it possible for you to see the fact that you have to take action to get to your end goal. There are a few things we need to establish to create your plan.
Below the set up I will include how I worked out below so you have an example.

Time frame

The first thing you need to work out is how much time you have to get to your end goal. It wouldn’t be useful to create a plan for 2 years, when you need to get this done by next month.
It is important to take time to think about your deadline. A few questions to answer are:

Am I setting the deadline? Or is someone giving me a deadline?
What would be a realistic time frame to do this?
Don’t be hard on yourself, but also keep in mind that you need to get started. You have wasted to much time thinking about this, so don’t put the deadline too far out as this might cause you to not start.
Do I have any big events planned from now to my deadline that I need to take into account?
This could be a holiday that’s planned or maybe work trips that require your full attention. Make a note and take into account that in these periods you might have less time to work on your dream.

Budget

The second thing to look at is your budget. Your budget might tie back to your time frame as well. You might be able to get the work done in a certain time, but you need to make sure you have the funds to do so. Helpful questions for this part are:

What costs will I have during this plan? Do I need to save up for something?
There might be costs for certain tasks or to get required documents. Or you might need to have X amount at a future time that you need to save up for.
What is my current financial situation? How much can I save every week/month?
It is important to have a realistic look at your current situation. You might be able to cut back on some costs so you have more money available to use for your dream. Or you want to give yourself an amount that you can use to do other things, like dinners, so you know you have the room to do these things while you are realising your dream.

Priority

Now you know your time frame and your budget it is time to priorities your tasks. The HOW will be taken apart in this part. How you are getting somewhere will be divided into steps and to-do’s and these will be ordered on priority. How do you prioritise? Ask below for every task and mark it with a level of priority.

Does it need to be done by a certain date other than the deadline?
Prioritise and schedule as required
Do I need the task to be completed before I can start other tasks?
If this is the case, the tasks needs to be prioritise, because otherwise your whole plan will come to a stop when this tasks hasn’t been done on time.
It could even mean you miss your deadline, so make sure you start with tasks that lead into other tasks
Can I do it within half an hour?
Yes? Do it in your lunch break at work, after dinner or first thing in the morning with breakfast
Can I do it within a day?
If so, plan a weekend day/day off work to dedicate to this tasks

Requires action from third party

The last step is the hardest as these are the tasks that require others then yourself. This means you can’t plan these with just your calendar, you need to make sure the other party is available as well. This can mean opening hours from businesses to a friend that promised to help you.
Write down the tasks that require a third party
Work out the availability from this third party
Plan the task

My answers

Below are my answers to these questions. I thought is would be useful for you to have an example to be able to see what it looks like. My answers are based on my emigration plan. I moved from Europe, The Netherlands to Australia and here is a tiny snippet of my plan

Time frame

Am I setting the deadline? Or is someone giving me a deadline?
I was able to set my own deadline. It is important to set a deadline for your main goal. Throughout planning you will have halfway deadlines, but you start with your main deadline. For me it was December 2016 (when I set the deadline it was February 2016) when I would move to Australia.

What would be a realistic time frame to do this?
I sat down with a consultant who advised and helped me through my emigration process. This was extremely helpful to work out what was possible. In my situation, it meant that I could move to Australia before finalising my permanent visa, therefore the time frame of 10 months was realistic.

Do I have any big events planned from now to my deadline that I need to take into account?
I had one main thing that could throw off my moving and that was finishing my Post Bachelor Degree. This was a factor that could influence the time frame and therefore an important fact to keep in mind (comes back with prioritising as well).

Budget

What costs will I have during this plan? Do I need to save up for something?
I had a very long list of costs, but I found it super helpful to have an overview. I wrote everything down from flight tickets to the costs of translating documents to the costs to receive these documents.
Use the tasks at hand to see what the costs per tasks would be.
Tip: always plan for unexpected expenses as you don’t know everything, things can change along the way, so it’s good to have some back up in case you need it.

What is my current financial situation? How much can I save every week/month?
For me this meant writing down my current salary, current cost and access what I could save. In combination with the costs ahead I worked out how much I would be able to save until the moving date to have money when arriving in Australia. I also had to plan on unemployment at arrival etc, so savings were a big focus for me.
One of the main things I did was move back to my parents to save on rent costs and be able to free that up for savings.

Priority

Does it need to be done by a certain date other than the deadline?
I had a few tasks that needed to be done before leaving The Netherlands, so these tasks had priority over tasks that I could do while already being in Australia.

Do I need the task to be completed before I can start other tasks?
This was very relevant for me. For me to apply for my visa I needed documents. To be able to send in these documents I needed to gather them and get them translated. Or in some cases I needed to do something in order to receive the document, like a medical test.
It is so important to realise this as this made me focus on gathering all the documents first, then get them translated and send them in.

Can I do it within half an hour?
For me, this is the biggest secret. You sometimes feel overwhelmed when you are working on things like these and everything seems too much. Asking this question allows you to do all the little tasks that take time, but not too much. The tasks that are annoying but don’t actually require a lot of effort. For me this was sending an email to an office to request a document to be sent out, call my uni to see if they can provide me with my study curriculum or a quick email to my consultant for an update.

Can I do it within a day?
These are the bigger tasks that are the easiest to leave till the last. Looking at them can be overwhelming and can lead to avoiding to get it done. When you schedule it in or even break it up in 2-4 steps, you will finish them. And you will finish them on time.

Plan it out. Do it. Tick it off. GET TO YOUR DREAM

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