Planning Bucket List Items So That You’ll Actually Complete Them
We don’t know how it happened, but somehow, 2016 has passed us. We don’t know about you, but so much has happened. Many things have made us laugh. We have made so many memories. And we have cried for the sad things that have occurred. But there are also a lot of things that haven’t happened; a lot of things simply never got planned, and some plans just fell through. Things don’t always go the way that we wish they would. However, we can play a part with that.
We can put things on our bucket list, and make sure that they actually happen before we up and kick the bucket over. Here are some of our suggestions to make sure your bucket list items actually happen.
Plan realistic fantasies.
We have to face it: our bucket lists are fantasies of the lives that we wish we had. We wish that we could travel the world, meet cute boys or girls, and have delicious food all day long. Let’s say that one day, you want to run away to an island and be a beach bum for a month. However, when is that actually going to be possible, if ever? That’s why, if you ever want to complete the items on your bucket list, you have to make your bucket list fantasies realistic. Maybe you can’t be a beach bum for a month, but perhaps you could plan a shorter trip to Hawaii.
Find space in your existing calendar.
If you’re anything like us, you write a bucket list, imagining yourself in a world completely different from the one you are in. However, if you’re ever going to cross anything off on that bucket list, you have to actually schedule it in, sometime in your lifetime. Find things that you want to do in the next year and find a place in your calendar. See when you can realistically get work or school off. Put a tentative date in your calendar. Perhaps you could even schedule out when you plan on booking flights or hotels, if needed. Set alerts on your phone so that your fantasies can become reality. Cure that wanderlust.
You’re not a millionaire; so don’t write a millionaire’s bucket list.
If you are a millionaire, then just discard this. For the rest of us though, it’s important to remember that we aren’t millionaires, even when it comes to planning such a thing as a bucket list. What’s the fun in a bucket list if you can’t ever cross anything off because you couldn’t afford it?
Plan things that you can reasonably afford as the years go by, and hopefully as your income goes up. Remember that memories are an investment, and your bucket list may require some saving.
Be honest with yourself.
If you aren’t ever going to actually sky dive, or swim with sharks, then don’t put it on your bucket list. If you’re not ever going to do it, why write it down and pretend like you will?
Even if it’s just due to fear or certain impossibility, be honest with yourself. Write down a bucket list that you can actually check off.
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About the Author
Lauren Kutschke is a freelance content writer and social media manager. She loves to hike, ski and spend time with her husband and dog. Lauren has a passion for photography and is currently learning German.
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