It’s important to go small steps, this is the firstrule of creativity, I get it, but what if you have too many steps to go again and again? Because the second rule of creativity is to repeat and repeat and repeat. Practise makes perfect.
Obviously I learned this in Dance Schools, but not only there. It’s inherent in all creative processes: writing, singing, playing an instrument, drawing, acting – everywhere!
The latest addition to my creative daily routine is writing poems. That could only take 5 minutes, but where do I find 5 minutes for a poem, if I can’t find 7 minutes for morning yoga?
Other creative tasks include morning pages, writing blog posts, playing guitar, researching for my book, vlogs and now poems! (Which should eventually translate into songwriting some day.)
I WANT to do all of this on a daily basis, but on 10 out of 10 days I fail. I can do some of these things on a good day, on a bad day I do morning pages and that’s it. I haven’t ever caught up on all in one day.
Pushing myself makes me feel stressed and stress is the enemy of creative flow.
This is the third rule of creativity: Be relaxed and the muses will find you!
A bucket list can be many things. It can be a list of activities that you want to try, a list of goals that you want to accomplish, milestones that you want to reach or simply wishes. Ideally you set a deadline for finishing the bucket list.
A bucket list is a fun way to bring more adventure and excitement into your life. It is fun to make the list itself, but it is even more fun to schedule actions to fulfill it.
Of course you will want to tick all the items on your bucket list, but if you are unable to finish it. That is fine, too. Goals and wishes change and maybe you notice after a while that your current bucket list does not server you anymore. In that case you can archive it and make a new list!
Bucket List Types
Life Time Bucket List
This is the original type of bucket list. You create a list of goals that you want to achieve before you die.
30 before 30 / 40 before 40 / etc.
The deadline for this type of bucket list is your next round birthday. If you are under 30 you make a 30 before 30 list, if you are under 40 a 40 before 40 list etc.
21 for 2021
This bucket list is scheduled for one year. At the end of last year many people made a 21 for 2021 list. I suppose it will be 22 for 2022 the next year.
Seasonal bucket lists
There are bucket lists for summer, spring and winter. Not to forget autumn / fall. Every season gives you the great opportunity to set new challenges for yourself.
Travel Bucket Lists
There are two types of travel bucket lists. The first one is related to the life time bucket list where you collect all the places in the world that you want to see in your life.
The second travel bucket list type is a list of places and activities in a certain area, e. g. Things to do in Berlin, Places to visit in Europe, etc.
Couple or Family Bucket Lists
Tackeling your goals is fun, but doing it with your loved ones can be even more exciting. So why not make a list with couple or family goals & activies?
Frequently Asked Questions
As you can see there are many types of bucket lists. But maybe you are not sure whether a bucket list is the right thing for you? It encourages you to think creatively and come up with an exciting perspective of the future. To remove your last doubts I will answer some questions about bucket lists that you might have.
Why should I make a bucket list?
A bucket list is a great way to make your life more creative, exciting and fun. It might lead you out of your comfort zone and make you grow as a person.
If you choose to make a bucket list together with another person this might strengthen your relationship and give you lots of stories to share with others.
Ticking something of your list gives you a strange feeling of satisfaction and will make you proud about yourself.
How do I make a bucket list?
Schedule some time to brainstorm and think about the type of bucket list you want to create. If you need some short time fun in your life then a seasonal or yearly bucket list may be right. If you feel like you want to change your entire life try the lifetime bucket list.
Think of the time span that you have chosen for your bucket list and ask yourself some questions:
What do you want to see, try and experience in the future?
What is something that you always wanted to do?
How can you challenge yourself to leave your comfort zone?
What sounds silly but would be actually so much fun?
What did you like doing when you were a child?
Write down everything that comes to your mind. This first stage is just about collecting all ideas and not missing one. I suggest that you take a break after and let the ideas sink in.
In the next stage you will organise your ideas. You might not want to use all of them for this bucket list. Or maybe you came up with some things that are impossible or not in the right format, so that you have to amend them.
When choosing items for your bucket list you should have them in a form where you can easily see once it is done. For example becoming rich is not a good bucket list item whereas having one million euro on my bank account is.
Where can I find ideas for my bucket list?
The internet is full of bucket lists and you can easily find many ideas that you can use for your own list. Of course I suggest that you brainstorm for yourself as well, but it is always helpful and entertaining to see what other people put on their lists.
The best places to find bucket list ideas online are Google and Pinterest. Once you have decided what type of list you want to create you will find many ideas that you can steal.
Can I change my bucket list?
Your bucket list is yours and you can do with it whatever you want.
Generally I wouldn’t recommend to change your bucket list all the time, but if you have a list with life time goals, it might be a good idea to check it once a year to see whether you can still identify with these goals.
But if it is just a short time bucket list it is not worth the effort. Just leave some things unsolved and enjoy the other activities.
Nobody is going to punish you if you are not able to fulfill all tasks.
I am a person who has great problems with setting boundaries. I never know where my limits are. I only find out when it’s too late.
It is easy for me to put my feelings back and ignore them until a certain point. But then it becomes quite problematic.
Tonight I had a dream that I was in the hospital because I kept having black-outs, phases, in which I had no memory. It was frightening! I really wonder what this dream was trying to tell me.
I once said “Today’s limits are tomorrows comfort zone.” and by the time I said it I definitely meant it. I was looking at exercise for example. If you keep on training the moves that are your challenge now, they will one day become your warm up. But I guess you shouldn’t use this saying for mental wellbeing or other personal areas. There might be a certain place of comfort that we should never leave. Too much stress can be really harmful.
I like my comfort zone. Like we all do. And after all the failures of the past I am really shy to leave it. It has also become immensly difficult.
It is always easier for me when other people push me out of this zone. But this has great dangers to it as they might go too far since I am unable to set my boundaries in a proper way. So I keep struggeling. As usual.