We all know a “Bucket List” is a list of all the things you want to accomplish, see, experience before you die and kick that bucket!
Some of the things that currently sit on my bucket list include
- Travel to Australia and watch the British Lions on Tour
- Learn to Kite Surf
- Complete Route 66 in the USA
It is however that time of year where everyone has been thinking about or making New Year Resolutions. Now if you’re like me I always make a resolution but come the end of January it’s all but forgotten and a distant memory as life returns to normal following the Christmas festivities.
My typical new year resolutions always have something to do with my appearance and usually goes like this
“New Year, New Me. This year I am going to lose weight and get fit “Me – Every New Year since time immemorial
Why am I so poor at sticking at my new years resolution?
Truthfully, it’s my own poor excuses and lack of motivation that gets in the way. Other reasons include:-
- Life or work priorities
- Unrealistic goals
Realistically however I believe it is possible to make a New Years Resolutions and stick to them. The key I hope is to carefully consider your reasons for the resolutions, write them down and keep them close to you as a reminder and motivation not to fail.
So where does the Bucket Lists come in?
At the end of 2020 I turn 40. A particularly scary thought when I think about all the things I want to do and achieve during the rest of my life. The scary part is that I may never get to fulfil all my hopes and dreams because I am so overweight and unhealthy.
So for 2019 rather than make a single new years resolution to lose weight I want to create a Bucket List which includes both long and short term goals to achieve in 2019. The idea is to maintain my motivation throughout the year as I tick off the short terms goals which will fingers crossed mean that I achieve my long term goals.
So what’s on the list? Well there are so many things I want to do that to put down everything at once would be overwhelming and therefore unrealistic. So the intention is to have one long term goal and numerous short term goals which can be changed or added to each month throughout the year.
Long Term Goals
So the long term goal surprise, surprise is to lose weight and get fit. I’ve failed so many times before that I’m determined to succeed. This time is different, I am determined to succeed and I have a supportive partner who has promised to kick my ass when my motivation is lacking.
Short Term Goals
Some of the short term goals will feed into my long term goasl but I will also use these to kickstart some of the things I want to do but never get around to doing such as reading and writing more.
- Join a gym and attend a minimum of 2 days a week
- Increase water intake to 2 litres per day
- Read a minimum of 2 books
- Spend 10/20 minutes a day doing some creative writing
- Spend less time on social media
The above I feel are realistic and achievable goals. If I can fulfil and achieve these short term goals by the end of January then I truly believe I will be able to succeed for the remainder of 2019.