If bucket lists make you feel a bit overwhelmed, then you might like this 20 minute version I found. The idea is to help you find direction in life and get in tune with your true goals. It’s worked a treat for me.
You’ll need a timer, a piece of paper, a pen and some peace.
Set the timer for 20 mins and write down 100 things you really want to do, be, achieve, places to go, people to meet, things you want to feel, anything goes. I know I instantly thought, I can’t do that, I need more time, I need to research, but you do know the answers really, you just have to trust yourself. By putting a timer on it, aka the Pomodoro technique, you free your subconscious and stop your concious self from censoring itself. You will hopefully find that instead of looking at other people’s lists and goals for inspiration, or writing what you think you should write, you write what’s really important to you.
Leave the list for a couple of days, go back to it and then make a note of things you might do to achieve the goals.
I realised a couple of things that surprised me. Currently I would say my furthest away goals are to write something for The Guardian, or finish my novel, yet I spend no time actually moving forward on these two goals currently.
It’s also helped me to see that most of my things that make me happy are very easily within grasp. My favourites? Keep chickens, bake beautiful stuff, float, make theatre, curl up with a book, dance, refurbish my doll’s house, climb a mountain, camp lots, welcome people, blog what I like, be in forests. I’ve even ticked a few off already.
I’ve also just noticed I have claimed climbing a mountain is easier than getting published in The Guardian, which I think is pretty revealing about my inner demons given I write stuff all the time, but rarely get the chance to climb more than a slight incline here in the flat Midlands.
Since I made my list my priorities are also on my radar, helping me prioritise and make decisions, something I have been struggling with. Now when faced with a choice I am finding I think about my list, and whether I am moving towards my goals, or towards somebody else’s. Although it’s not all about me, random acts of kindness and nurturing friendships are amongst my goals. And sharing the good stuff…hope someone else finds this as helpful as I did.