Firstly, let’s start by answering the question of what even is a bucket list? The idea came from a 90’s, fun-filled, feelgood film* starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. It tells the tale of two complete strangers, who find themselves sharing a hospital room together. The two discover they share a common goal. They have a burning desire to complete a list of things to see and do before they ‘kick the bucket’. They escape the hospital and run away for one last big adventure – to complete their ‘Bucket List’! So now you know what one is, let’s explain why you need one and help you work out some bucket list ideas.
Now, neither myself or Paul are in any danger of kicking the bucket just yet. But if you have a busy life, tell me if the following scenario looks familiar to you. Don’t you find, you often spend weekends rushing around but never feel you’ve done anything you actually wanted to do? If you spend your weekend running around after everyone else, you need to work out two things:
- You need a weekly schedule for getting things done
- You need to work out some weekend bucket list ideas – AKA weekend goals!
Is Setting Yourself ‘Weekend Goals’ Not Just Extra Work?
OK, let’s turn this the other way up. Let’s consider the scenario we mentioned above; you’ve spent all weekend running around like a total loonie but you haven’t done anything you wanted to do. Have you enjoyed yourself or have you just spent the whole weekend working your arse off to please other people? OK, so setting goals sounds like seriously work-related stuff. But if we don’t set personal life goals, we’re in danger of never enjoying ourselves!
So now that we know why we need to create a bucket list, where do we get ideas from? Well, here’s the one we created.
When most people talk about their bucket list ideas, they usually list lots of stuff they’ll never get around to. Our list may not be filled with once in a lifetime ambitions but they are achievable within a weekend. Even if, we only tick off one thing every weekend, by the time Monday comes, we know we’ve had fun! So where do you start looking for weekend bucket list ideas?
Where To Get Weekend Bucket List Ideas From?
Are you the kind of person who spends their weekends running around trying to please other people? If so, chances are, you’ll have no idea what to put on your list because you forgot what even makes you happy! We get it, we’ve both been there. If that’s the case, try this plan:
- Brainstorm for two minutes – set down a timer and write down all the things that make you happy
- Grab a map and find a point that’s two hours drive away – or however far you’re prepared to drive. Draw a circle with your house being the centre
- Look for places of interest or events that are happening inside the circle
- Write your list, type it or create it in Canva as we did. Stick it on the wall, fridge or somewhere you’ll see it every day
- Get things booked in your calendar and start enjoying weekends!
So for us, we like animals, art, music, walking and food. We’ve also bought a new camera recently so finding interesting things to snap at is pretty high on our agenda. Also, we’re both studying so we don’t have a lot of spare time free. Whatever we do, we need to keep it fairly local. We already had a fair idea of where to find some of our favourite animals. For the rest, we searched in Google maps. This showed us a load of cool places to go alpaca trekking, which presents cool photo opportunities! Some of the farms even do afternoon tea so we can check off a few of our goals at once!
Here’s How We Did It
We have a good mix of stuff on our list of things that we both like to do. Some are completely free, whilst some are quite expensive. A few of the things we want to do need to be booked in advance. Others can be slotted in when the weather permits. So now we know all this information, we can start planning things in our calendar. When we’re out doing stuff, we will undoubtedly find more things to add to our weekend bucket list ideas.
We hope this will help you start planning your weekends so that you get more enjoyment out of them! If you need help working out where to find the time to do all this stuff in the first place, check out our guide to extending your weekend.
So do you think this will help you get more enjoyment out of your weekends? Or do you have any tips you’d like to share with us? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments.
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