Bucket lists are great because they give you a list of goals, adventures, and accomplishments you would like to achieve in your life, allowing you to visualize them and start crossing them off your list at your own pace. Bucket lists can be for shorter periods of time, like seasonally or monthly, or they can be of things you want to try in your lifetime.
Here are some ways you can use your journal to get started on your bucket list.
Get Ideas From Your Past Journal Entries
Look at some of your recent journal entries, especially those related to dreams, goals, or aspirations. Do you notice trends where you keep bringing up one type of activity you have never done before? This is a good indication that you have found something to add to your bucket list.
A lot of times, you don’t really know WHAT you want to do, even if you have some ideas. This is why it helps to start with a broad list of interests, focusing more on what you haven’t done before, or haven’t done in a while. Then you can start going down the list and thinking what really caught your eye.
Write a List of What You Have Never Done
Another way to use your journal for creating your bucket list is to spend some time making a list of everything you have never done. These items might not all make it to the official bucket list, but this is a good place to start.
Most bucket lists consist of small and big things you have not experienced, for whatever reason. This might be a place you have always wanted to visit, never having been on a cruise or gone scuba diving, or maybe it’s just getting through a really long book you have had your eye on. Not everything has to be big and expensive, either. It can be hiking a local trail you are interested in or going to a movie alone if you have never done that before.
Make it Monthly, Seasonally, or Annually
Remember that you don’t have to just have one lifetime bucket list. You can also have certain things you want to do each season, in a year, or maybe even monthly.
If you are a little overwhelmed by the lifetime bucket list, start with a month. Choose a month with interesting activities or events, then make a list of what you want to try or go to that month. Then you can start adding to other bucket lists in your journal.