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August 18, 2014

Retirement Living: How to Start Tackling Your Bucket List

You know that list you’ve been creating for most of your life? That list of all the things you want to do and accomplish? Some call it a bucket list, some call it a life list—whatever you call it, we all have them. And there’s no time like your retirement to start checking items off.

However, this can be intimidating. Sometimes bucket lists are so daunting, people spend more time thinking about them than actually experiencing them. Your retirement is the perfect opportunity to start changing that—all you have to do is begin. Here are some tips to start tackling your bucket list right away!

5 Tips for Achieving Your Bucket List

    1. Break it Down: Some of the items on your list are probably smaller than others. Make it more accessible by breaking items down into short-term and long-term achievements. That way, you’ll know which items to strive for and which to check off on a rainy day.
    3. Start Small: Since you probably do have some smaller items, start there. Seeing portions of your list checked off will likely motivate you to tackle some of the bigger projects down the line.
    5. Make your List Public: There’s no greater motivation than a little peer pressure. Talk about your bucket list to your friends and family so they’ll be aware of your quest and can hold you accountable for some of your more challenging items.
    7. Create a Plan of Attack: For your larger bucket list items, come up with a plan that makes them attainable. Break them down into smaller steps you can check off one by one to get you closer to your overall goal. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to write a novel, list out the steps you need to achieve your goal: Create your characters, outline your plot, draft each chapter, and revise.
    9. Make use of Small Pockets of Time: Even in your retirement, it’s easy to get caught up in your day-to-day routine and forget the goals on your bucket list. Stay on track by taking small chunks of time that contribute to your overall success. Pull out your list whenever you find yourself with nothing to do and make small amounts of progress.

Bucket lists traditionally represent everything we want to do with our lives, but rarely get around to actually doing. Retirement gives you the opportunity to actually address some of the loftier goals you might have for your life. So, what are you waiting for?

What’s on your bucket list? Are you using your retirement years to check items off your list?

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