You know the feeling and sense of accomplishment that comes from crossing items off a list. However, this isn't the kind of list where you're just "getting stuff done." Rather, with each item crossed off you'll know that you have enriched your life with experiences. So make good use of the precious time that you have.
Why do you need a bucket list? I mean, isn't it just a list?
Much like anything else, it's about the approach and what you put into it that makes it unique. But a good bucket list has a few key elements.
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4 Elements to Creating a Good Bucket list
1 - There is a sense of time to accomplish them by
2 - Requires self-reflection to dig into what you want to do, and what's important to you.
3 - Is created before you need it, so when the moment strikes, you don't have to think.
4 - Is documented and easy to access, to review, add and cross off from.
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Bucket List Ideas for Common Ruts
RESTAURANT BUCKET LIST
Fixes: "Ordering from the same 2 places nearby, AGAIN?"
RECIPES / GROCERY BUCKET LIST
Fixes: " I am so bored with the same 5 dishes I make. "
TV/MOVIE BUCKET LIST
Fixes: "I can't believe we are watching this crap" syndrome.
NAUGHTY BUCKET LIST
Fixes: "Let me guess. I know exactly how this is going to go down."
PARTIES/GATHERINGS BUCKET LIST
Fixes: "I haven't seen "so and so" friends in forever!"
THINGS TO LEARN BUCKET LIST
Fixes: "I am so uninspired lately."
WEEKENDER BUCKET LIST
Fixes: " There's nothing to do."
JUST A TUES NIGHT BUCKET LIST
Fixes: "I haven't felt spontaneous in a long time."
Tip: Going specific can be a really helpful way to focus when feeling overwhelmed by options. Bradford and I started a "Fireside Chat" List which had us hunting out the coziest spots in Chicago with fireplaces to sit by.
Tools: I use Anylist, a checklist app that makes it easy to create shared lists. This way, all the lists are in one place and you can be alerted when someone adds something new...which just means more things to look forward to. Yay!
Which kind of bucket list would be good for you? Let us know!
Photos by: Mu-Hsien Hsieh