Do you have a bucket list? Did you really just say no? I think it is time for us to remedy that situation. There are so many things that I want to do but have not gotten around to doing yet. Some of them are basic things like a local restaurant that I would like to try and some are things that will take some planning and saving to accomplish like going on a cruise to the Bahamas.
You’re never too old to dream so why not dream big? I talk about this in another post: Set New Goals ~ Dream New Dreams. I feel it is very important to have dreams and to do everything you can to make those dreams come true. Making a bucket list is a great way to help you do that. If you don’t know how to start then I will be happy to help!
Start Your Bucket List Now
Just get out a pen and a piece of paper and let’s get to work. Let’s start simple. Think about some local places that you keep meaning to go to but just haven’t yet. Maybe there’s a restaurant you’ve been wanting to try or you have heard the botanical gardens are beautiful but you haven’t found the time to go. It can be anything that interests you. Nothing is too big and nothing is too small for this list. It just needs to be local or something you can do in a day.
Start writing anything that comes to mind. Remember, keep it local for right now. We will move on to bigger things later. I bet you can think of several things without even trying! What you have now is your rough draft. Now you need to organize it.
Getting Your Thoughts Together
I am going to share with you how I keep my local bucket list organized and accessible. I hung a white board on my kitchen wall and used a dry erase marker to divide it into 4 parts. They are labeled as follows:
- Wanna Go ~ These are all the places near me that I want to go to but haven’t been yet.
- Wanna See ~ This list includes singers, comedians, movies, etc. that I want to see while they are in town.
- Wanna Do ~ Here is where I put things that I would physically do like dancing lessons or ice skating.
- Wanna Do Again ~ These are the things that I have done that I enjoyed so much that I wanna do them again!
You can label yours how ever you want. I use this because it reminds me of when my children were little. I wanna seemed to start most of their sentences!
Whenever you have an open day or evening you can look at your board and pick something! This keeps things exciting. No more doing the same thing over and over because you don’t know what else to do. As you do things erase them off the list. If you really enjoyed it add it to your do again list. Keep adding to your other lists as you think of things you would like to do.
What I really love about putting this on a whiteboard in the kitchen is that my list is where anyone can see it. My friends have not only suggested things to put on mine but they loved the idea so much that they have made their own!
Your Long Term Bucket List
This is the list that takes a little more planning and depending on your budget may require you to start saving for. Get out that pen and paper again and start thinking of all the places you would love to go and all the things that you would love to do. These are things like go to Norway or ride in a hot air balloon.
Everyone is different and the things that excite them are so varied that it is impossible to copy someone else’s list so make this personal. Your list should contain all the places and things that you have only dreamed of seeing and doing.
How to Use Your List
If you don’t use your list it is worthless. Looking at all the things on it can be overwhelming so again let’s break it up. You will need two notebooks. These should be sturdy notebooks because they need to last. I use a loose-leaf notebook so I can add or replace pages as needed. Now recreate your list on the first page of the notebooks dividing them by places in one notebook and things in the other.
Whenever you have an hour or so with nothing to do just pick a notebook and get started making your bucket list dreams come true! For your first one start with something easy. Look through your notebooks and pick something that doesn’t seem that far out of reach. Got one? Good! Now write that at the top of the first empty page of that notebook. Remember I said these are things that take planning so let’s get started.
Start by thinking about what it will take to make the thing you have chosen doable. Remember when you were in school and they taught you how to write a good story? You have to answer the questions who, what, when, where and why. Let’s say you have chosen a cruise. Let’s write the story of your bucket list cruise!
- Who ~ Who will be going on the cruise?
- What ~ A cruise
- When ~ Pick a date that you will be able to take time off work like your regular vacation or make it for a special date like your anniversary. Pick a date far enough in the future that you will have time to properly plan it.
- Where ~ To the Bahamas
- Why ~ Why do you want to go or do this particular thing.
Now that you have the background of your story you can start the real planning. You know you are going on a cruise to the Bahamas. Now you have to find out what cruise line offers that kind of cruise. Does it correlate with the time you are able to go? Where will you go to board the ship? How will you get there? Is it close enough to drive or will you need to fly? How much will it cost? Do you have that amount available or will you need to save up for it? If you need to save then how much a week do you need to put away?
I know this sounds like a lot but it is important that you plan for everything so your dream doesn’t turn into a nightmare! Just write all the questions that you need answers to down and as you figure out the answers write those down. Believe me, once you start planning and you get a couple of things worked out it all seems to fall into place.
Write everything in your notebook. Keep detailed records of what you have done so far. Every time you add money to the savings write it down. Every time you plan a new detail write it down. Seeing it on paper makes it more of a reality than a dream. It is so exciting seeing it all come together.
Dreams Do Come True
Once the planning is done there is nothing left to do except to actually make that dream come true. When that dream is realized just start working on the next one. You can actually work on more than one at a time. Some will take a lot of planning while others will take hardly any planning at all. You can be planning one for this summer while planning another for your 50th anniversary 10 years away.
When you make a bucket list and fill it with your dreams then they are more likely to become reality. What are you waiting for?? Get out that pen and paper and make those dreams come true!
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