Bucket lists are sometimes known for being outlandish or unattainable. Other times, as something that only exists in movies. In reality, bucket lists are a healthy way to evaluate your priorities and set goals to trigger positive behaviors and personal growth. There are numerous benefits to creating one, especially if your slogan seems to be, “I don’t have the time.”
WHAT IS A BUCKET LIST ANYWAY?
Bucket lists are checklists of things you want to accomplish in your life. The term comes from the popular idiom “kick the bucket,” meaning you want to do these things before you die. And as much as no one wants to think about their eventual demise, doing so can offer perspective. As poet Emily Dickinson said, “That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.”
Earning a living, adulting, and the ridiculously face pace of life puts travel at the top of most bucket lists. Escaping from the monotony and stress of routines to experience what the world has to offer beyond our small place in it is a common and relatable goal of many. To see the expansive glory of national parks, behold the miracle of the wonders of the world, and allow our senses to engage in the sensual vibrancy of food destinations teeming with cultural diversity.
But, not all bucket lists have to be about traveling. Other bucket list items are more achievement-based, such as learning to play an instrument, run a marathon, or complete a long-desired creative project. Your bucket list tasks can be anything that brings you joy and gives you a sense of accomplishment. It could be as small as reading a book or as extravagant as skydiving.
REASONS TO MAKE A BUCKET LIST
EVALUATE YOUR PASSIONS AND PRIORITIES
Making a bucket list can potentially be a self-affirming and therapeutic practice. Growing up, becoming one of a couple, career focus, children, age— life has an uncanny way of making us forget who we are, or maybe, who we wanted to be. When you take a moment to reflect on your life and desires, you can find out a lot about your passions and priorities, old and new.
Do you care about a luxury lifestyle, or would you rather live humbly with many good experiences? Also, when pushing yourself to think of bucket list items, you may stumble upon an untapped hobby or passion, leading you to leave your comfort zone, even if only to say, “I did that once.”
Goal setting is a great way to keep yourself accountable to complete the tasks you want to do. Making goals, short and long-term, can give you something to look forward to and improve your day-to-day mindset. Checklists are great for establishing productive habits.
WORK ON YOURSELF
Along with self-examination, bucket lists can be a great tool to improve your mental and physical health. Given that time is a finite commodity, investing in yourself by pursuing bucket list goals has an incredible return on investment potential. Whether it is the actual achievement of the goal itself or the personal growth in striving for it—you gain either way.
ENJOY YOUR LIFE TO ITS FULLEST
It is easy for responsible adults to settle into daily life and let those bigger dreams become just that—dreams. Making a bucket list is a realistic way to turn them into reality. Plan once in a lifetime vacations. Make lasting memories by achieving what you consider impossible. Push your comfort zone to the limit and do things that scare you. And enjoy life to the fullest extent with each bucket list item you mark as completed.
BENEFITS OF GETTING IT DOWN ON PAPER
There are plenty of benefits to writing your goals down. It urges you to record what you want to accomplish, determine a clear focus, and hold you to a higher level of accountability.
Writing with pen and paper helps retain information, organize thoughts, and achieve goals. To begin the process of transforming your dreams into reality, write them down.
IS SCREEN TIME GETTING IN THE WAY?
Screen times have rapidly increased over the last decade, especially for teens and young adults, with no indication of slowing down as the world adapts and changes with new technological advancements and an onslaught of global and national crises.
Just imagine what goals, short-term, long-term, or bucket list, could be achievable if we translated even a portion of our screen time into an actionable pursuit of them? Don’t relegate your future memories behind junk flow screen time, turning them into should’a could’a would’a conversational pieces.
Define, set, and track your goals. Turn them from insubstantial dreams into the motivational success of reality.
Fight the suck. Planournal.