Today may be a light day for you. If you are like me, setting my one year personal life goals was fairly easy and depend on your effort in other areas of your 10 year plan. Back on Day Seven, you created personal life goals for your 10 year plan. A guide I asked you to use is a bucket (or life) list. If you didn’t before working on your 10 year plan, you should now have a better idea of what things are on your bucket list.
First Thing is First
Actually write your bucket list down. Put it on paper. Make it real. Like I’ve mentioned before, my bucket list is so long, I have a binder devoted to it. If you are finding that your list is also long, consider creating a binder yourself. It helps to have the list categorized by type (i.e. travel, family, career, etc.).
Analyze and Prioritize
Once you have your bucket list written down, you will want to prioritize your list. Much like we did on Day Three with relationships, you are going to label each item in the following way:
- L – Long term
- These are the items on your bucket list that will take awhile to accomplish. For example, publish a book (unless you’ve already started this process) or travel to Africa. It should be fairly easy to identify the long term items. If you need further clarification, ask yourself if you could cross this item off your list within the next two years.
- S – Short term
- Short term bucket list items may consist of things that are completely possible within the next two years but they require additional planning or saving to make them happen. Examples are “see a MLB All Star game” and “work on a political campaign”. Since both of these don’t happen all the time, it requires planning, yet they are both achievable within the next two years or sooner.
- N – Now
- You guessed it, these are the items you can do now. There is little planning or money saving required for your “now” bucket list items. These are the things you will focus on this year. Perhaps the only thing that has stopped you from crossing them off your list is that you didn’t have time. With your 10 year plan, you are now taking time to make these things and your life the priority. Examples of “now” items are “buy an avocado tree,” “watch every Steve Martin movie,” and “crash a wedding”. Yup, you read that right. Crash a wedding. Anything you mark with an “N” is something you can achieve within a year.
Pick Some “Now” Items and GO!
During the first year of your 10 year plan, you will want to choose at least two bucket items that you can achieve NOW. Carve out time. Make the plan to cross it off your list. MAKE YOU A PRIORITY. After I did this with my bucket list, I realized there were a number of things I could work on immediately. “Watch every Steve Martin movie” is actually on my list. That is something I can easily start doing now. I won’t be able to cross this off my list right away because I do have a life but it certainly is something I can complete or bring up-to-date within this next year.
What are some of your “Now” items?
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