A bucket list can be a great way to track all the things you want to accomplish in your life, but it can also generate a lot of pressure that you don't need. You can balance things out by creating an "anti-bucket list",
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When you break it all down, a bucket list is essentially a to-do list, and for a productive person that likes to cross things off of their to-do lists, that can backfire when things don't happen. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits suggests you remove that pressure and focus on the here and now with an "anti-bucket list" instead:
Life isn't a big to-do list, nor is it about optimising all the things we do in life. The most amazing things are right in front of us, right where we are. Right now. We don't have to go anywhere or see some incredible sights or do daring activities to experience the wonder of life. And we can do meaningful work, right where we are. What would a shorter list of meaningful activities look like? What would your anti-bucket list contain?
Chances are most of the things on your bucket list are extraordinary or possibly abstract. Take the weight off your shoulders and focus on what you can enjoy and accomplish now. Who knows, that might lead you to what was on your bucket list faster. Goals are good to have, but if you really look, the life you have right in front of you can be pretty great too. Sometimes you just need to adjust your perspective. Check out the link below to read more.
The Anti-Bucket List [Zen Habits]