TF’s Example Dreamlining Worksheet

Here’s the example dreamlining worksheet that Tim Ferriss uses in “The 4-hour Workweek”.  The worksheet is adapted such that the cost calculations are done differently for recurring monthly cost and one-off costs.

What’s probably most important is:  Tim develops 11 dreamlines in total, but he chooses only four to first work on.

DREAMLINING WORKSHEETIn ... months I dream of:   
STEP 1: HAVING
DESCRIPTIONCOST (Monthly)ONE TIME COST
1Aston Martin DB92003
2Go Board from 1800s
3Personal Assistant$5/hr x 80400
4Full Kendo armor
5
TOTAL $24030
STEP 2: BEING
DESCRIPTIONTO MAKE IT HAPPENCOST (Monthly)ONE TIME COST
1flexiblefull side splits
2best-selling authorsell 20,000 per week
(3 free interns for media
calls & own time)
0
3fluent in Greekhave 15-minute conversation
with native
4excellent cookmake Thanksgiving
dinner for six people
5
TOTAL $00
STEP 3: DOING
DESCRIPTIONCOST (Monthly)ONE TIME COST
1sell a TV show
2visit Croatian coast$514 roundtrip airfare
$420 rent
934
3find smart & georgeous
girlfriend
4
5
TOTAL $0934
GRAND TOTAL $2403934
Timeline (months)6
Monthly Expenses $2000
Monthly Expenses (w/30% buffer) $2600
Target Monthly Income (TMI) $5159
Target Daily Income (TDI) $172

The four selected dreamlines are: the Aston Martin, the Personal Assistant, being a best-selling author, and a visit to the Croatian coast.
After selecting the four dreamlines, Tim puts in their costs and defines the first steps needed to realize the dreamlines. These steps are:
DREAMLINING TODOSteps to take:
Now
1Find showroom, schedule test drive
2Post bullet-point job description on major sites
3Sent top 3 questions to five bestselling authors from 2 - 3 years ago
4Visit Virtual Tourist and determine best season and to-do top 5
Tomorrow
1Take test drive
2Assign 1- to 2-hour task to top 3
3Formulate plan around responses (marketing/PR)
4Research tickets & housing for 3 weeks and invite friend to go
Day After
1Decide on desired details and extras
2Choose top 1 for 20 hrs. per week
3Send intern recruitment e-mail to nearby college English departments
4Reserve tickets (for yourself even if friend refuses)

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