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As I previously wrote (1 2), I’m a big fan of Timothy Ferriss’ Four Hour Workweek approach. Just a few chapters in he mentions what he calls a Dreamline, which is a chart designed to calculate how approachable and within reach your ideal lifestyle is, in terms of finances and time. On the book’s website there were online calculators for filling out the Dreamline, but I didn’t find them to be as helpful as I’d like…so I’ve come up with my own.
I emailed with Tim to get his thoughts on this, mentioning that my company frequently creates attractive and functional reports in Word & Excel, and he figured it’d be worth a try if I could improve on it. As such, all the prose in the spreadsheet I created is directly from his example and used with permission. Anyhow, here it is (with assistance from Keith, SET’s awesome designer) as a Microsoft Excel download:
Dreamline Worksheet 1.2 [old version]
Some usage notes:
- It was tested on Windows Excel 2002, 2003, & 2007 as well as Mac Excel 2004, and should work fine on all versions of Excel as it doesn’t use any macro code
- To begin using it, use the Tab key or the arrows to navigate through the cells. It behaves like an ordinary form
- There are two pages of the workbook–a “Dreamline Worksheet” and a “Monthly Expense Calculator.” The total from the Expenses is entered automatically at the bottom of the Dreamline. You can switch between them by clicking “pg 1 of 2″ or “pg 2 of 2″ at the top right of the worksheets:
- Both worksheets should print well to 8.5×11 in B&W / Color (the stars may be a bit dark in B&W)
- In addition to calculating the total cost of all your items on the Dreamline Worksheet, you can also keep a running total of your highest priority items by “starring” them. Simply choose ‘Y’ in the Star? column to keep a second total:
Please feel free to leave comments and questions below. Thank you, and I hope this proves helpful to you all!
You can subscribe to this blog to find out when new versions come out and discover other 4-Hour Workweek hacks/lessons-learned. One other thing: I put together a web tool that helps people to spend less time with email. It helps me tune out email distractions so I can check my inbox twice a day, but still get notified of urgent stuff via text message. It’s my other project (called AwayFind), you can check it out here (it’s also free).