What to consider when thinking of bucket list ideas

Do you ever get stuck coming up with bucket list ideas? Do you even have a bucket list? If you’ve followed me for a while, you’ll know I’m hell bent on everyone having a bucket list, or at least whatever their version of a bucket list looks like.

Some have theirs in their head, but I’m more of a fan of writing your bucket list down, either physically or digitally so that you can see it and actually tick things off. Feel the satisfaction. I’ve also found that ticking things off my bucket list motivates me to do the rest of the things on my list.

Your bucket list is just that – YOUR bucket list. You don’t have to live someone else’s life, choosing things just because you saw it on someone else’s bucket list. You do you. You choose your own life and choose things that are important to you.

Here are some things you should consider when coming up with bucket list ideas

Something that pushes you out of your comfort zone

Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone doesn’t mean that you need to go from zero to ten in a second, or jump in the deep end when you don’t know how to swim. It just means having a little faith in yourself and believing that you can do something that scares you.

For example, it could be that you’ve been in the same job for the past ten years and you know that you could do better but you’re comfortable there. You’ve always thought about moving to the next level but it’s not possible in your current role.

The unknown is scary so it would be easier to just stay in that job, right? But what if you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and started looking for a new job? You’re not quitting your current job just yet, you’re just looking.

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Then you get an interview. Each step is a little scarier than the last but you managed to get through the last step, so why not go to the interview and see what it’s all about. You’re not making any rash decisions, you’re just going to an interview.

They offer you the job! So now you need to start making decisions. But look at what you’ve already accomplished. You’ve taken the step and pushed yourself to start looking for a new job, to move up a level in your career. You’ve gone to an interview (which you haven’t done in over 10 years) and the new job is yours if you want it.

For me, pushing myself out of my comfort zone was moving abroad by myself. I had already moved county from one side of Ireland to the other, three hours from home, so I had taken the first little step. Moving to Dubai by myself was the next step and pushed me out of my comfort zone – which was a good thing!

Something you’ve always dreamed of

Everyone has a dream. Something that may not always seem possible but somewhere in the back of their mind, they think about it and wonder if it could be possible someday. Whether its to have a family, write a book, climb a mountain, travel, study.

By putting something you’ve always dreamed of on your bucket list, you are saying “it’s possible!”. And once you make this dream a reality, you will feel like you can achieve anything you put your mind to.

My dream is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. It’s a little far-fetched, I know. Not everyone would be able to do it, not everyone would want to do it. Not everyone wants ME to do it!

You may already know that I suffer from two autoimmune disorders so this may or may not have an adverse effect on the climb. My dream is not to reach the summit, as strange as it sounds. My dream is to attempt the climb and of course I would LOVE to reach the summit. But I want to give it my all and that’s my dream.

FYI I do have my Kilimanjaro trip booked with Kandoo Adventures but have had to postpone twice already due to travel bans. Watch this space for further updates!

Something that pushes you physically

For me, I wanted to be able to run 10k. I was up to 7k in March and it all went downhill from there! But I’m back at it now so hopefully will get up to the 10k. But 10k isn’t for everyone. For you it might be to get 10,000 steps done a day for a month, or you may even want to complete a full marathon!

I think that everyone should choose something that pushes you physically because, as we grow older, the fitter your body is, the fitter your mind. This doesn’t mean that you need to be running marathons into your 80s! While it may only seem like something small to you, everyone has their own limits, and it will make a difference in the long run.

Something that’s just for you

Now this is the most special of them all. This one is just for you, to do in your own time, with only you in mind. That can be difficult, right? When you have family and friends to think of? But don’t forget that even if you are a mother, father, friend, sister, brother, you are still your own person.

What to consider when thinking of bucket list ideas

Travel is one thing I do for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love a group trip, or a trip with my mum, or a girl’s holiday, but I feel so many benefits of travelling alone that I always keep at least one trip a year just for me.

So now that we’ve looked at what you should consider when putting together bucket list ideas, does that mean you have four new things to add to your bucket list? Perhaps not! You don’t have to have a separate item for each of the above categories.

Take me for example. Something that has been a dream of mine for a very long time is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. This will push me physically, it will push me out of my comfort zone and it’s something that’s just for me.

Bucket List Ideas Diagram

This diagram indicates that this bucket list item can be in all categories or just a few.

So now it’s time to start thinking of things you want to accomplish within your life. If you need any help coming up with bucket list ideas, check out my ever-growing one here.

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Do you have a bucket list? Do you have any bucket list ideas that you think are unique? I’d love to hear them!

Ellie-M

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8 Comments

  1. I love this Ellie! I am a big fan of bucket lists, and I like that you include not just adventure stuff, but also general life goals. I have done that as well.

    I like the 4 categories you put on here – especially the comfort zone one. On my bucket list I have start my own business and write a book that I think would fall under this catagory as well as the dream and maybe even for me list. Lots of things are in the category of challenge yourself physically on my list. I’d love to do Mt. Kilimanjaro as well, but for some reason I’m feeling very drawn to the Machu Picchu trek right now.

    1. Thanks Clarissa! Oh Machu Picchu is also calling my name! I was to do Kili this year and was then planning Machu Picchu next year but it will probably be a few years now.
      That’s fantastic that you aim to start your business! It’s something I’ve been thinking of this year also.

  2. Great post. I have a mental bucket list, which since I’m sitting in a managed isolation facility for the next 2 weeks I could write it down. I tend to have flights of fancy thrn once I research it a little more I become intrigued and start to make a plan to make it happen. One of my bucket list wishes was to live in s foreign country and become a resident…mission completed this year ✔️
    Justine @ the Tea Chest Blog

  3. This is a great post, thanks for sharing. I’ve not made a bucket list before (only a travel one) so this is a fab starting point., 💜

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