Every year, my summer bucket list gets shorter and shorter, but this year I’m finally facing the facts: it has to be super short or not done at all. It’s obvious that I don’t do too many things on a summer bucket list.
Although I’ve had my full list since 2003, I’ve only been making summer lists the last three years.
- 2014: the first year, with a whopping 25 things (I did 7)
- 2015: again, 25 things (but this time I only did 3)
- 2016: last year, trying to be realistic with “only” 15 things (I did 4, and learned a 5th was illegal, so I didn’t do that one)
I’m all for ambitious goals, but I also like to balance it with some progress, which usually comes from a solid understanding of reality.
My reality is that I’m not willing to eliminate all other summer activities just to do the things on this list (this is in line with my overall goal of having non-obsessed bucket listing life balance and allowing space for spontaneous activity).
However, I still like the idea of having a smaller subset of my existing list (plus a few special things added just for summer), because it makes summer feel special in a way that’s somewhat challenging to do, now that I’m out of school and don’t have summer break anymore.
So… my much abbreviated (and way more realistic) 2017 Summer Bucket List has all of… 7 things on it!
(This list will be updated throughout the summer using the same key as the full list: bold = completed; linked = link to the post about it; * = in progress.)
Summer Bucket List 2017
- Ride a motorcycle
- Learn to make paper flowers
- Look out the window of a room in the top floor of a downtown skyscraper
- Have a picnic
- Eat rabbit
- Write 3 posts for this blog on previously accomplished bucket list items
- Organize my bedroom so it’s a restful space
What do you think of choosing fewer goals in order to get more accomplished? Do you have a summer bucket list? What are some of the things you have on yours?
An achievable plan is a realistic plan
I agree! I think it’s great to have big dreams and goals but they need to be broken down into achievable parts. Momentum and small wins are important for consistent progress.
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