Climb Mt. Everest. Join the Peace Corp. Write a screenplay. Have any of these crossed your mind as something you’d like to do . . . when you have time? NOW is the time to get clear on what you want to see for yourself. You only have one life. Start living it.
I recently read a great book, 168 hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, and have been on a mission to reframe my use of time ever since. Let’s do a little math. We have 168 hours each week. If you sleep 9 hours per night and work a 50-hour work week, you have a little over 50 hours left of free time. Where is that going? Begin tracking it and you will be enlightened.
Instead of relaxing over late night TV, pick up a book that tells you how to write that screenplay you’ve been pondering for years. Getting clear on our time usage will help with the next, exciting phase of this post . . . creating a bucket list. A bucket list is a list of what you would like to be, see, do in your lifetime. Many of which you may already have completed!
Pour a cup of tea, light a candle, and pull out pen and paper. Take a few deep breaths and ask yourself, “What do I want to experience during my time on this earth?” This is a BIG question and one worth giving lots of space. Begin penning your dreams and be sure to include ones you’ve already accomplished. Let this list be a guide for how you choose to spend your 50ish free hours each week.
The above image shows how I’ve incorporated mine into my art journal (future post to come on this fun project) and written them with colorful pens.
Next: a sampling of my bucket list