We all have goals we're working toward, and at some point, you may come to a financial plateau with those goals. During that time, it's easy to get impatient and lose sight of what you already have. A "reverse bucket list" can come in handy during this plateau. Photo by Laurelville Mennonite Church Center
Over at minimalist personal finance site Want Less, writer Claire explains:
You might start, as I did, researching different ways to live. You might start reading about people who retire in their 30s after saving like mad and drastically cutting their expenditures. You might start reading about people who sell almost everything they own and start travelling around the world...You fantasise about every life but your own. Wanting to make big changes to your life is a worthwhile goal. But it can have the effect of making you even less happy with your day-to-day reality.
At some point, even if you're working toward those goals, you reach a point where all you can do is keep working toward them. You might feel uninspired and less driven. You might start to feel dissatisfied with your current life.
Claire suggests a reverse bucket list -- a list of awesome things you've already done in life. It's a simple exercise, and you might feel a little boastful or silly doing it, but it goes a long way toward feeling more grateful. As Claire puts it:
it was a reminder that life isn't something that starts when I've got that dream job, or I've quit the rat-race, or I've moved abroad, or sold all my stuff. It's happening now and it can be bloody awesome.
Feeling grateful can go a long way toward improving your finances, too, and that can keep you on track with your goal. For the full post, head to the link below.