I have always loved the concept of creating a bucket list from my teenage years. I remember writing one when I was 21. After just having graduated from University, I had no idea what my life might have in store for me. I was a young woman with no direction (and no income!) so naturally my bucket list consisted of lots of material possessions, with a few pricey experiences.
If you were wondering what a Minimalist’s Bucket List is and how you can achieve it, it’s easy! By focusing on your own values, using long term goals to make you more focused on your short term actions, and breaking them down into achievable steps you can conquer your list in less time than you think!
How to Achieve Your Bucket List
Once you begin working and start a family of your own, the responsibility piles on and your list falls flat. But don’t worry, you have your whole life to somehow accomplish those things, right?
Wrong. When you get older and revisit your goals a sudden realisation hits.
‘Wow. It’s 10 years later and I haven’t accomplished one damn thing from that list.’
A whole decade of not accomplishing what I truly desire. I knew something had to change.
Time really does fly by, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you might wonder where it all went.
Surely if you can appreciate everything in your present, you don’t need a bucket list?
Hmm, I can see your point. But no matter your lifestyle, everyone has dreams.
What if I said you can make everything on your bucket list actually achievable.
Break it down
With a different mindset, you could look at your list as a selection of goals, rather than dreams or wishes, which make them sound unattainable.
You can create actionable steps towards your goals, so little by little, you can experience the things in life that you value so much.
I have decided to revisit the idea a bucket list and break my list down into a achievable chunks.
Goals can be achieved in monthly, yearly, five yearly or ten yearly or longer increments. This may sounds like a long time, but planning for long term wants makes it easier for you to focus on the short term. It becomes easier to make the best decisions towards those goals and keeps you motivated.
Once you have written your own bucket list, take each goal and break it down into achievable outcomes.
For example, if one of your goals is to ‘Visit Australia’, ask yourself these questions.
- How much will it cost? Can I afford it? How can I save up enough money? Set up a savings plan per month.
- When can I go? Can you plan a date for purchasing your plane ticket? Give yourself a deadline, it might be months or even years from now, but know how long you have to accomplish it.
- Who else might be coming? Can they afford it? Agree a date?
Do you have someone in your life that shares some similar desires in life, like a spouse or best friend?
What not combine your bucket lists to make couples or family bucket lists? Make memories with your loved ones whilst combining your finances to make your goals more achievable.
A Minimalist’s Bucket List?
The concept of Minimalism allows you to enjoy every moment by living simply and within your means. You appreciate the present, practice gratitude and what you want to achieve in life has more clarity.
Material items have vastly less significance in my life now than they once did. My goals and ideals in life have changed drastically. Whether this is with age, circumstance or both, I don’t know. But discovering a simpler way of living has had a huge boost in my new mindset.
I have decided to rewrite my bucket list in levels of attainability, and the length of time I expect to achieve them.
- Start a Vegetable Garden
- Give Blood
- Become Self-Employed
- Visit Old Friends
- Earn £500/month blogging
- 3 Random Acts of Kindness
- Join a Peaceful Protest
- Learn a New Skill
- Be Debt Free (Excluding Mortgage)
- Family Holiday to Disney World
- Write a Book
- Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary
- Be Debt Free (Including Mortgage!)
- Have Multiple Streams of Income
- See the Cherry Blossom in Kyoto, Japan.
- See the Floating Lanterns in Hoi An, Vietnam.
15-20 + Years
- Own / live in a Tiny House
- Own a Plot of Land
- Travel Europe in an RV
- Be Time Rich
I will be reviewing this annually to see my progress and to tick off anything accomplished on the list!
Circumstances and desires change from time to time, so I will add and alter this as and when.
I hope this post has inspired you to try and make your own bucket list more of a reality.
It’s always important to look to the future and not live for the moment. But planning ahead shouldn’t always mean hoarding cash for retirement (though obviously imprtant to an extent).
Make memories whilst you are still able to, and if you are being responsible and intentional in your everyday lives, there’s no reason why you can’t make your dreams a reality. Don’t make your bucket list a ‘some day’ or ‘one day’ list. Make it ‘next year’ or ‘next month’ list.
You might also like my post on achieving your New Year’s Resolutions for more inspiration on goal setting.
I would love to challenge you to make your own bucket list. Have you already started your journey to achieve your goals? How did you do this?
Leave a comment below, and thanks for reading!