This summer my son wrote a bucket list of what he wanted to do before school started. He wrote places he wanted to go, things he wanted to do, books he wanted to read, friends he wanted to meet up with. It was a great way to help him focus on his priorities, and it helped keep him off screens. Every time he started to go down the rabbit hole of scrolling through his phone, he checked his list to see what he could be doing instead.
His bucket list was a perfect example of goals. Each item was distinct and specific: finish reading these books. Meet up with these friends. And there was a time limit: before school started. It really helped him prioritize his time.
By the end of the summer, he completed almost everything on his list. Those checked-off items became a record of fun things he did over the summer, and things he accomplished. He learned some coding. He had fun outings with friends. He went to new places.
I had never written a bucket list before but now I’m convinced.
Do you write bucket lists?