Start making a bucket list, now!
A bucket list is something most of us have thought about making, but during these times of lock down, probably a really important thing to do at the moment as it will give us purpose for our future and something to look forward to. Because of the times we are living in, we are probably going to have times of restriction for a while and we don’t know when we will be back to living “normally”, so I propose that we make three bucket lists, a short, medium and long term bucket list of our goals. You could also have bucket lists for business, family, summer or your teenagers, break your list down and divide them up into different categories if that helps you achieve them. A bucket list can work like an accountability list of all the things you want to do, achieve or accomplish in a specific time period or stage of our life or before we die or “kick the bucket”.
Bucket list terminology
long term bucket list
The long term bucket list will be the full comprehensive list that will take us through for the rest of our lives and takes all of the overseas adventures we want into consideration. It may be all about the future and go into our retired years. It will include all the dreams that we haven’t been able to fit into our lives for various reasons and will maximise your life experiences.
medium term bucket list
The second bucket list that incorporates all of our medium term goals and takes us through our own country for holidays. It is about all the things we could fit into our life over the next five years. It could be the “maybe we could do ….” List.
short term bucket list
The short term bucket list is a “now” type of list of the things we could do now, it is the easy and fun stuff to achieve. We often don’t think of these things even when we do have free time, so it is really important to write them down so we can reference our list and doing these things gives us a sense of achievement. The short term bucket list is the list of things we can start working on immediately once we are let out of lock down. This list can be the most fun to work through and it is the list that gives us direction and satisfaction in our daily lives.
Bucket List techniques
Where and how to Write your bucket list
You can buy notebooks with dividers in them, this is a great idea so you can divide your ideas into the appropriate categories. Let’s not forget the trusty spreadsheet for computer based people. Either method is valid, but dividing up into categories will help your clarity. There is no point putting things like driving around Australia into the short term list, or attending a live show in the long term goal bucket list when you could do that in a few months. You can work on all three lists at the same time because there won’t be any order in the list you are making. When you think of things you can open the book and put the suggestion on the list. Don’t be afraid to cross things off if you change your mind about wanting to do them.
What to put on your bucket list.
It will take you a while to compile your list of dreams, life time goals and aspirations for your life and it is something you will be adding to for the rest of your life, which is why it is important to have a great book you can record all the dreams, adventures, places you want to visit or places where there is something you want to do will happen. Don’t be afraid to add the simple things in life that you want to do, books you want to read, movies you want to watch as well as places you want to go to. Make some of the goals big and audacious, add in crazy and sensible things too, adding unrealistic things to the list can give you motivation to step outside the comfort zone and try something new.
Where to get Bucket List Inspiration
Television: Television travel shows can give you fantastic suggestions on what to put on your bucket list. They describe areas that of interest to you and give you suggestions on what you can do there. The local area TV shows also describe local areas, raising awareness of the tourist attractions we often don’t visit in our own cities, also great local restaurants and cafes that are good for our short term bucket list. I often watch Postcards, a Victorian based show that gives me suggestions on local cafes, little country towns, craft displays and exhibitions that I can visit and put on my short term bucket list which I then transfer into my diary to make sure it happens in my life.
Google hobbies and interests: Google is a great source of information for places to visit, you can search all sorts of topics on interests you have, you might find great walks with fabulous lookouts, or incredible art galleries, specific museums on topics you are interested in that you won’t find in your local area. If you have a hobby you will often find exhibitions and classes on google that are all over the country that you can attend, so take the trip to the little country town and support a craftsman who can teach you a skill, often these classes aren’t as expensive as classes in the main cities too, so spend the money and stay the night at the same time.
Google Maps: Explore countries and regions using Google Maps to work out where you want to go and what you want to see. You can work out agendas for trips and mark places you want to stop.
- Books you have wanted to read.
- Movies you have always wanted to watch
- TV series you were always going to watch
- Cafés and restaurants you always wanted to go to
- Bike rides you have always wanted to do.
- Run a marathon or do a fun run
- Join a yoga class, Pilates class or some other type of exercise class
- Beaches you wanted to visit
- Make your own jam
- Bake your own loaf of bread
- Brew your own boutique beer
- Sew a patchwork quilt
- Golf courses you wanted to play on
- Live performances you have wanted to go to.
- Little country towns you want to explore.
- Make a list of the countries and continents you want to visit and all the things you want to do there.
- Sporting events do you want to see
- Walks and climbs you want to do
- Hotels you want to stay at
- Road trips you want to take
- Festivals you want to attend
- Ancient temples you want to visit
- Modern Wonders of the world
- Natural wonders of the world
- UNESCO world heritage sites
- Adventure activities
- Hot air balloon rides
- Sky diving/bungee jumping
- Ride in a race car
- Have tennis lessons or play with a professional
- Attend a rodeo
- Go to the Olympics
- Cities around the world
- Art galleries and museums to visit
- Donate blood
- Volunteer somewhere
- Re-kindle a friendship
- Visit an old aunt or relative
- Buy some shares and learn about the stockmarket
- Wineries to visit
- Walk in your ancestors footprints
- Waterfalls, rivers and lakes you want to see
- Animals you want to interact with
- swim with dolphins
- swim with wild turtles
- ride camel or a horse
- go whale watching
- cage dive with crocodiles
- go shark diving
- Music you want to learn or listen to.
- Places you want to swim, sail, ski
- Tropical Islands you want to visit
- Plane trips you want to take
- Design and build your own home
- Write a song
- Buy some jewellery from Tiffanies
- River and sea Cruises you want to take
- People you want to visit or travel with
- Skills you want to learn
- Join a bridge group
- Learn to play chess
- Ride in a helicopter
- Flight simulator experience
- Take a cooking class
- Go on a food or wine tasting tour
- Do a gin or rum masterclass or tour
- Have a glamping experience at a zoo
- Spend a day at a health spa
- Things you want to make
- Plants you want to grow
- Businesses you want to start
- Languages you want to learn
- Get a tattoo
- Charities you want to donate to or support
- Donate blood
- Have a high tea in an old famous hotel
- Cars you want to own or drive
- Stand up comedy or karaoke
- Do a chocolate walking tour
- Go to a country retreat
- Go go carting
- Take a quad bike tour
- Hire a motorbike
- Take a trike ride
- Try a different massage type
- Paintball or clay target shooting
- Meet someone famous
- Write a book/blog
- Public speaking or present something in front of a large crowd.
- Be on TV or interviewed on radio
- Visit all the theme parks in the world
- Walk on fire
- Courses you want to attend
- Learn how to pan for gold
- Try bungee jumping or abseiling
- Jet boat ride
- Hire a house boat
- Hire a jet ski
- Parasailing or white water rafting
- Organise a group for an escape room adventure
- Have a photo shoot
- Do an advanced driver training course
- Go shopping with a stylist
- Go to an oxygen bar
- Go skinny dipping
- Buy a bottle of Penfolds Grange or any other collectable wine
Now you have your list the challenge is to make things happen. Give yourself a deadline or a date to achieve somethings on your medium and short term bucket list. Use your diary to forward plan these things so you can cross them off your list, mark your diary with your future holidays and start planning them now, or, if you have a restaurant you want to visit, write the date you will have done this by on your bucket list and also pick a time in your diary you can do this and actually enter it in to the diary so it does happen.
Having a purpose for the future, something to look forward to, the seasons ahead, a bucket list of people, places, actions or achievements is important in any normal year, but particularly important during these times of restriction and lockdown. Including long, medium and short term items on your bucket list will help you to stage your actions. Whatever the season, have fun with your bucket list and create an amazing life that you are excited to live.