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Turning Your To-Do List into a Bucket List (and vice versa)

posted by Jennifer E. Jones

I was out Tuesday night and ran into a friend of mine who is on a quest worthy of blogging. He told me that his friends chide him, because he never watches the news. And why would he? He’s too busy with his to-do list.

Let me say that his to-do list looks nothing like yours or mine. My list includes:

1) Pick up an onion at the farmer’s market

2) Get car serviced

3) Attend birthday party on Friday

His to-do list looks more like:

1) Learn judo

2) Go paperless

3) Do a handstand and walk on my hands 10 feet

I told him that his to-do list was infinitely cooler than mine.

He had all kinds of exciting, soul-inspiring tasks that he had already accomplished and still had more to conquer. They were even broken out by month so that he knew exactly what he wanted to do within a 30-day cycle. He’s kinda my hero.

It all got me thinking about our to-do list vs. our bucket list. You remember the bucket list phenomenon from a few years back when the movie came out. We were all inspired to write down everything that we ever wanted to do before we kick the bucket. I think where it all went wrong was that the goals were too easy to put on the shelf. When your bucket list includes massive undertakings like “travel the world” and “write a novel”, it’s overwhelming. So, the dreams and ideas get left on paper and never come to life.

So how do we make sure that doesn’t happen? Well, first of all, break down your big dreams into smaller manageable pieces. You want to visit Machu Picchu in Peru? Develop a savings plan where you put money aside every month until the trip is paid for. Want to be a vegan? Try a “Meatless Monday” once a week. Remember, it’s all about baby steps.

And jazz up your to-do list. In between the daily maintenance of life, mix it up with “take a yoga class” or “go to a fondue restaurant”. Try something new and see where it takes you.

Who says that life has to be mundane? Look at the things you need to do and begin to add what you want to do. Little by little, you will expand your universe, and before you know it, a simple to-do list has turned into a daring adventure.



  • sbrown

    Very inspiring! I’m going to add start a bucket list –and work them gradually into my to-do list! Thanks.

  • http://Greatidea! Liz Ogden

    50 years ago I made a list of 100 things and have done some. Two years ago when the movie “The Bucket List” came out, realized I actually needed a short list. In May went on a tour to The Kentucky Derby and it was fantastic. Kentucky is a beautiful state. I will go back and see the rest. Next time will go closer, like Monument Valley to follow Tony Hillerman stories to their sites. It’s a beginning! Liz

  • http://ItistheBabyStepsthatCountfortheMilesofSmiles! Robin Whitcomb

    I was frequently overwhelmed as a child by my Dad’s Taskmaster’s List of To Do’s so I chose to follow my mother’s example instead, she loved babies, and enjoyed their smiles and when they learned to walk and take their first steps, that’s what I do with my Dad’s overwhelming Tasks Lists, destructure them into smaller footsteps, one first, then the other, leading to a journey or path which I am always meandering until im on the top of a mountain of accomplishments all done with baby steps and smiles, one footstep at a time!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Javier

    I like your idea. Mundane and boring but necessary tasks need to be done, however, there is always several things I would like to do. Such as: walking on the beach, fondue is good, explore more japanese cuisine. Learn a new language, dance, fun with my two daughters. Vegas again, write something everry day.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Claire Horner

    In my 70′s I still have many things I’d like to do and I have to hurry because the days are flying by faster than ever.

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