I like to dream big. I figure that if I am going to daydream, I might as well go all out. But that also means that the things I dream about are a little... difficult to obtain. If I want to achieve those goals, I need to do a lot of work and a lot of learning. I originally started on the learning curve (I love to learn) but started losing sight of my goal when life started getting in the way. I lost the desire to learn, and I didn't know how else to progress.
When New Year's Day came around, I decided that my resolution was to finish said project by the end of the year. So here is how I planned it out:
Set a Goal Date
Decide on when you want to see your project come to fruition. You don't necessarily need to start with this step, but in my case, I had decided that by the end of the year, I wanted to see it done.
Divide Your Goals Into Milestones
I spent less time figuring out what the different aspects of this project were needed than I did sitting there wondering what I should do next without seeing the big picture. Once my work was defined more clearly, I felt more focused on the tasks. I alloted a specific amount of time to each and divided the milestones themselves into several sub-milestones that took at most a few days of work to accomplish. Sure, there may be a lot of things to do once it is divided in such small pieces, but steady progression is better than feeling like you have fifty different things on the go.
Vary the Milestones
If you have a variety of things to accomplish to achieve the overall goal, alternate the different types of work. If some creativity is required, whether it be character development, art creation or website design, alternate it with some more logical tasks When inspiration is lacking, I can work on the next task until the ideas start to flow. Or, if inspiration hits while you are working on something else, why let it go to waste? I like to look ahead and get my mental wheels turning ahead of time, in case the ideas trickle very slowly. Also, the more creative areas can be worked on mentally while commuting to work, while eating lunch, cleaning the house, and a number of other things.
Sprinkling the learning needs throughout the process is a good idea as well. This way, information overload can be avoided. I have found myself sucked into the trap of research, spending days looking things up but never actually doing anything with this information, or just focusing on too many details. Better to do some progress and refine it over time (assuming you're not building something such as a house) instead of trying to get everything right on the first try.
And some hard work!
Dividing my goal into the steps mentioned above really helped me gain focus on my project. I hope it helps anyone who has had similar issues working on their dreams.