Bucket lists are a popular concept these days. They come in many shapes and sizes, but even the simplest list can be really helpful for living a more proactive life. A bucket list is also a great way to measure your progress over time. So with that said, we want you to know it’s never too early or too late to start your own bucket list! We’ve shared some tips for doing just that, so you can get started today.
What’s a bucket list?
Bucket lists are just simple goals that you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket.” The first time you wrote out that phrase (which for us was in 2001) you probably thought it was a catchy way to remind you to accomplish something before you expire. But, many people have since adopted this phrase to mean something more significant. The truth is, bucket lists are great things to work towards, but they are not a guarantee of success. If you go into something expecting it to be easy, or even fun, you’ll likely end up disappointed. Instead, think of this phrase as a check-in when you feel like you need to make progress towards the goals you’ve listed. Why are bucket lists important? Bucket lists are just that – a list.
Why you should have a bucket list
Bucket lists can help you accomplish more in life. Your list has the potential to keep you inspired, satisfied and energized, and to keep you moving forward. In fact, many people have found that starting or revamping their bucket list has helped them make progress in a number of areas, including helping them move toward their life goals. Sometimes, however, people assume their bucket list is not complete, and that they should not put things off any longer. This assumption could be misguided. The main thing holding you back is the fear that you will never actually get around to doing those things you’ve put on your list.
Create your own bucket list
Start with your "why." What keeps you up at night? What question, or challenge, constantly drives you? If you can't answer that question, create a list of accomplishments you would like to achieve within the next year, and determine what that would mean for you in terms of accomplishing something big, or something seemingly small. What's one thing you have always wanted to do? What’s one thing you have done once and want to repeat? What’s one thing you would like to do that you have not yet done? Start small, and ask yourself the tough questions. Start with the simple questions and use this process to fill in the gaps. What’s one thing you need to do in order to feel like you have a successful year? What's one thing you can do to feel better about yourself?
Budgeting for your bucket list
Like most bucket list items, time management is a great way to save money on your bucket list projects. Let’s say that you decide to spend your time chasing a big dream. For starters, plan your finances for the month in which it will happen even if you don't currently know when that will be. You’ll need to invest in new skills perhaps, materials, and equipment, as well as time off from work to complete your project. How will you manage all that? Expenses are not to be ignored! Plan your approach.
Planning and saving for vacations to fulfill your bucket list
There are many benefits to taking trips. They give you a sense of accomplishment, they allow you to appreciate something new, and they help you discover new things. Taking a big trip is a great way to see things and live in different places. But unfortunately, very few of us can afford to take a year or two off from our jobs, and booking such a trip involves a significant investment. So why not save up for a few years and take several smaller trips to fulfill that wanderlust? This will take you out of your normal routine and allow you to live on the go for a while. You will also be able to add some new destinations to your bucket list. Now you’re getting some of the benefits without giving up your whole life.
Budgeting for experiences on your bucket list
It can be difficult to save money when you want to have fun. It might even be detrimental to your health to save money for the future or to ensure the survival of your family. Of course, the reality is that you can’t save enough money to have a perfect life in every detail. But you can start creating a life you’re comfortable with, so that you can save money for your bucket list activities if they are realistic. There are two key components to your bucket list activities: experiences and lifestyle. Your bucket list should make you feel awesome, feel free, be full of adventure, and fulfill your dreams. To achieve that feeling, consider this important tip: Book experiences only in the time frame you have available, and save the rest for later. Not everything needs to be done at once.
How to find time for your bucket list
According to Gaby Dunn, author of Girl Meets Best, “Making a bucket list is also a great way to ensure you don’t procrastinate and inevitably never accomplish anything. A well-constructed list of life goals can help motivate you to do something about them instead of putting them on the back burner.” So what makes a good bucket list? When it comes to making a bucket list, it’s hard to pick the perfect agenda. But the best advice we can give you is to try to complete it within the years of sufficient stamina. As you get older, some items on your list simply won't be possible. You should be able to look back on a lifetime of accomplishments and know that you were living your best life while you were working towards that bucket list goal. Most likely, not everything will be accomplished, but you will be surprised how many things you CAN accomplish if you have a plan and a goal that is doable.
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