Mid-year Bucket List check

I can hardly believe it’s July already!  And unfortunately, as we get older time seems to speed up.  It feels like just the other day that I was in Mozambique for my December holiday, sitting on the beach re-evaluating my bucket list.  It’s a ritual I do twice a year; in December I look back on the past year and plan for the year ahead.  And in July I like to check myself to see what I still want to do.  On both occasions I make a point of celebrating what I have enjoyed and what I have accomplished.

This time of introspection really helps me to pinpoint what I’m spending my time doing.  In Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People I learnt about the importance of evaluating my time.  He teaches us that most people spend all of their time doing those things that are urgent and important – those day-to-day activities you need to do, like paying your bills.  We can get bogged down with these activities and they can become all-consuming.  What we need to do is make time for things that are important but not necessarily urgent, like exercise, meditation and goal setting.

My clients are all very familiar with bucket lists and in our meetings we discuss the return on life that their money is affording them.  I encourage you to think of your bucket list in the same way.  Bucket list items are very personal and don’t always need to cost money.  They could include books you want to read, places you would love to visit or people you want to meet.

Putting pen to paper offers you an effective way to figure things out.  Being able to see your goals in front of you keeps you focused and inspired.  Becoming a more effective thinker on paper is a proven way to becoming a more effective and balanced person in practice.

“Vision without action is merely a dream.  Action without vision just passes the time.  Vision with action can change the world.” – Joel A. Barker

Many of us have lost track of the goals we set at the start of the year.   Time flies, as they say, and some of us may have lost sight of our best made plans.  For others, a loss of momentum is the culprit.

Whatever the reason, it’s now time to for a quick mid-year goal review that will get you back on track, and happily ticking items off your bucket list.

Forgive yourself

You may have fallen behind, or even temporarily stopped working towards achieving some of your goals, but procrastination isn’t going to achieve anything.  So take a deep breath and simply recommit yourself to accomplishing your goals.

Re-evaluate

A lot can change in six months; you may not be interested now in pursuing some of the goals you previously set out to achieve.  Nothing is set in stone, and if you feel you have outgrown some of your goals, cross them off your bucket list.  Think of it as a bucket list clean-up exercise.

Make additions

Just as you need to cut goals from your list, you may want to add new goals too. Take a moment and include the new dreams that you have for your life.

Make your goals actionable

With your revised and improved bucket list in hand, take the time to scrutinize it.  The aim is to remove any ambiguous goals – goals that do not correlate to a specific action.  Take each bucket list item and make sure that you have action points you can cross off.

Schedule it

Structure a time line for each of your goals and clearly record the deadlines for accomplishing them in your diary.  It might even be a good idea to set aside time for yourself, perhaps on a weekly basis, so you can continually track your progress.  By making the commitment now, you avoid losing the motivation later.

Now to really seal the deal, choose someone you trust and send your revised bucket list and plan of action to them.  Often sharing it with someone can be a real motivator.

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