It’s official…the cold, damp, GREY winter is upon us here in England. I struggle with this time of year. I get down, lethargic, depressed… When you feel like that, feeling motivated and upbeat seems nearly impossible. I have found a great way to break through the wall of doldrums, particularly if I need to get some writing done. A while ago, I found out about the fantastic idea of a REVERSE BUCKET LIST.
It’s simple to make one…all you do is:
- Think about the things you’ve accomplished and interesting, noteworthy things you’ve experienced.
- Write them down.
So instead of focusing on what you still want to do (a bucket list), you focus on what you’ve already done. I found that sometimes traditional bucket lists can become a negative experience because you’re focused on what you don’t (or can’t) have. A Reverse Bucket List turns this around.
When I wrote my 50 Fab Things, I looked back on my whole life, but you can also use this technique on a yearly, monthly or even weekly basis. Most of us are familiar with making To-Do lists to stay productive and keep on top of what we need to do. I have found that sometimes, my To-Do list can get overwhelming, which at its worst, leads to completely withdrawing and doing nothing at all. Which then leads to guilt, which then leads to more overwhelming feelings….and….well, you get the picture. This happened to me today…rainy, cold Monday. Hard to get motivated. So I thought I’d try a Reverse Bucket List for the last week. Here’s what I put on it:
- Went trick or treating with the kids.
- Attended Rainbows as part of Girl Guides Leadership Training
- Went to Coffee Club and got a new book for Book Club
- Joined and started NaBloPoMo
- Managed to post on the blog every day
- Published a newsletter to my BritMums Big Sis Mentoring Group
- Commandeered the family into an organising/cleaning session (see Do You Pay Your Kids for Chores?)
- Had Bonfire Night festivities
As you can see, it’s a fairly short list, but it was enough to get me focused back on the positive and find some motivation again. This is actually the first time I’ve used this method for a weekly list, but I think I will be doing it much more often. It really worked to help me out of my funk.
How about you? Have you ever made a Reverse Bucket List? Have you used it to motivate yourself? Leave me a comment below and let me know!