So, you've got all the tools you need to hop on this crazy train known as a Bullet Journal. You've got your monthly spreads, your weekly spreads, task lists, habit trackers… And now you're looking at the rest of your notebook and wondering what in the world you can use up all those empty pages for? What else can you do with your Bullet Journal Well, one thing you can do with a bullet journal creates a bucket list. This is more than a simple list of short-term or long-term goals you want to achieve. A bucket list is an inventory of experiences you strive to accomplish in your lifetime. This might include something from the mundane to the extravagant. The items listed don't matter so much as the experience attached to them. For many people, the fun is in including things that seem impossible to achieve. It gives you something amazing to strive for.
Dedicate a Large Section of Your List
Bucket lists can get long; especially if you regularly update yours. And chances are, you will be adding to your list for a while as you think of new experiences you want to have. So make sure you don’t just have it on a single page. It helps to dedicate several pages of your bullet journal to the bucket list, including front and backspaces.
Think about how much you might want actually to do in the future. It's hard to imagine how many experiences you might want to have. Now imagine how much room you will need to document an ever-growing list of aspirations. Setting those pages aside now will help allow you to keep your list organized. Work on it Slowly
If the idea of creating a bucket list feels a bit overwhelming to you, that's probably a good thing. A bucket list contains — quite literally — your wildest dreams. There's no need to feel as if you need to create the entire list right now. Unlike a to-do list, you don't need to know all the important tasks at one time. It should be slow and gradual, something you are consistently adding to as you think of things. Today, just start the list and put on it a few things you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. They can be anything, big or small, that you want to experience within your lifetime.
Consider Creating Different Categories for Your List
Because a bucket list can house anything from personal dreams to lofty aspirations, you may find it helpful to create different categories and split your list items among those groups. For example, you can have a family section to include events like marriage or children, a travel section with the different places you would like to see and visit, and a personal section with fitness goals.
Peek at Other Lists for Inspiration
Having a hard time trying to figure out just what to place on that list? Don't fret. As I said before, these are your wildest dreams. It makes sense that you wouldn't be able just to sit down and start zipping off items. For many of us, if we want to keep the list as something attainable (even if they are wild dreams), we have to give it some serious thought. What do we really want to accomplish? Is it something that is realistic?
It might seem counterintuitive to consider the realism of our dreams, and in some cases, it might be. It might feel unrealistic ever to be able to visit Ireland and kiss the Blarney Stone, but perhaps having it on the list may give you motivation to finding out how to make it happen despite how remote the possibility is. On the other hand, adding “to take a flight on the US Space Shuttle” would require a level of training most of us will never be privy to. Adding that to your list may leave you feeling discouraged and unfulfilled if you can't find a way to make it happen.
If you're struggling to come up with things for your list, start by having a peek at other bucket lists. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Other people may have similar goals and dreams as you (and why wouldn't they?), and looking over their lists may spark some ideas for your own. Pinterest is filled with bucket lists, take an afternoon and start going through some of them.
Start With Something You Can Accomplish Soon
One of the biggest motivators is that feeling of accomplishment we get when we can cross something off our list. And even though your bucket list doesn’t have to include things technically within your reach, the same rules apply.
Being able to cross off that first item makes you motivated to start crossing off the other items. Perhaps something you've always been scared to try, but with minimal cost or physical risk: asking someone out on a date, going on a roller coaster, taking a ride on a ferry. These are perfect activities to start your list off with and get the motivation flowing, so go ahead and add it!
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