Thursday, 27 July 2017

50 Achievable Bucket List Ideas

A long time ago, when I was about 14 years old, I started to compile a yearly list of things I wanted to complete within that year. Sort of like a New Years' Goals list, or a miniature bucket list. I called them 'fifteen by fifteen', 'sixteen by sixteen', etc. As I got older, the lists grew longer, and eventually I stopped because there were so many things that I simply couldn't complete. They were either too unrealistic, or uninteresting. After much trial and error, I've decided to add my own ideas into the mix. This list is ideal for teenagers, and I've kept things that cost too much money off the list.

So, without further ado, here are 50 things you can add to your to-do list!

1. Fill up a Notebook

2. Climb a Tree
This is something I haven't done since I was little- it's nice to feel like a kid sometimes!

3. Make Pasta from Scratch

4. Read X Books
If you're doing a yearly list, choose the amount that corresponds to the next age you'll turn.

5. Take up a new sport
Examples: yoga, running, soccer, crossfit

6. Make a New Friend

7. Find Your Personal Style
Look on Pinterest and YouTube for inspiration and look books

8. Use Up an Entire Perfume Bottle or Body Lotion
Maybe it's just me, but I can never seem to use these up, and they usually end up going to waste.

9. Do an Exam
Examples: music exam, drama exam or driver's license

10. Give up chocolate/ice cream/sweets for a month

11.Start a Creative Journal
Examples: wreck this journal, bullet journal, art journal

12. Go Geocaching

13. Bake a Loaf of Bread

14. Write X Letters
Example: write a letter to a different person every week for the summer months

15. Tidy Out Your Attic
You'll be surprised at what you find!

16. Do a Photo Shoot with your Friends

17. Take Up a New Instrument
The ukulele is very easy and very fun for a first instrument, but you could also consider instruments like the banjo, piano, or even the didgeridoo! 

18. Write a Book
examples: a YA novel, picture book, recipe book

19. Travel Alone
Be it going to the shops alone for the first time, or going on a solo day trip, learn to love spending time in the company of yourself

20. Volunteer at a Charity Event
Examples: charity disco, charity shop, money collection

21. Write a Letter to Your Future Self
Examples: create a time capsule and bury it in your garden, film yourself and don't watch the clip until a specified future date, write it with a friend and promise to keep each other's letters safe until sometime in the future

22. Go Swimming at Night

23. Invent a Recipe

24. Do X Good Deeds
Examples: mow your neighbour's lawn, offer to babysit for your aunt, pick up the groceries for your parents

25. Try a New Water Sport 
Examples: learn how to swim, windsurf, dive

26. Have a Sleepover in your Garden
Alternative title: Camp Out in Your Back Yard

27. Go Out in an Outfit You'd Normally be too Afraid to Show
We all have fashion ideas and makeup ideas that we'd love to wear, but are too afraid to. For one day, forget about potential judgement of others and go out in the craziest, most out there outfit you can muster!

28. Public Speak
most of us are terrified of this, but it's such an amazing thing to feel that you've done your best at it

29. Join your Local Library

30. Get Rid of Clothes You Never Wear

31. Start a Blog or YouTube Channel

32. Read an Entire Series of Books
Examples: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, CHERUB

33. Tell your Friends and Family that you Love Them

34. Save Money
example: save €2 every week, save €100 in a year, save half of your pocket money

35. Learn How to Cycle

36. Reach Out to an Old Friend

37. Watch the Sunrise
Or the sunset

38. Explore Your Town
It can be so easy to wish you were abroad, seeing everything new for the first time. Make it your mission to find a new coffee shop in your own town, try to imagine you're a tourist, look up at buildings, and see your environment with fresh eyes

39. Get Some Photos Printed
So much of my own portfolio is purely digital. Getting photos printed is a lot of fun, whether you're a photographer or just want to have tangible copies of memories you've made with those you love.

40. Face a Fear
I'm not asking you to overcome anything - I know how hard that can be. But, if you're afraid of spiders, for example, walk up a little closer to one than you usually would, or try not to freak out as much when you see one. The feeling of pride you'll get when you manage a mini victory will be a confidence boost.

41. Bake Cupcakes for A Group of People
who doesn't love surprise baked goods? Bake a batch for your close friends, your class or your church to add a bit more fun to their days

42. Go to a Botanic Gardens or a Nursery

43. Check if your Local Park has Exercise Equipment... And Use it
Joining a gym can be expensive, a lot of public parks provide exercise equipment such as bars and cycling machines for free. exercising outdoors is a great feeling.

44. Watch X Movies

45. Host a Dinner Party

46. Treat a Friend to a Day Out
Suggestion: tell your friend that you're going to take them on a day out filled with surprises. Bring them to their favourite place, take them out for lunch, or take them to somewhere you two have never been before. It's a sweet way to show them that you love them!

47. Register to Vote
Check your rights and responsibilities as a citizen of your country. You might be of age to vote, or close to. Make sure your opinion will be heard!

48. Go to an Art Gallery
in many countries these are free, in some a modest fee is asked. Get out there, it's so interesting to be aware of culture and art, especially local work :)

49. Master a Flexibility Skill
Either you do dance or gymnastics and are looking to improve a difficult skill, or are totally inflexible like me! examples: master a back-bend, learn how to cartwheel, master a press handstand

50. DIY an Item of Clothing

click here for a printable, check-list version of this list!

What's on your bucket list?

Anna x


  1. Oooh, I like the idea of making pasta from scratch! I should probably give up sweets for a month, but I always struggle with that one during the hot summer months. Ice cream and gelato call my name xD

  2. Thank you! Yess #31 in the bag ;)

  3. You have a nice list going on for bucketlist ideas! I became good at using up all of my lotions lately XD. My skin needs all of the moisture possible *o*. You definitely got #31 down with starting a blog XD. Some of the stuff like registering to vote is easy to do but some people gotta overcome the laziness and take initiative XD. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ah gelato is so so good <3 Thanks for your comment!

  5. Great list! Swimming at night is a blast.

  6. This is such a fantastic list with lots of things to do that have caught my eye! I'm really bad at not finishing notebooks and have many that are partly filled - I'd love to have the satisfaction of having every page written on. I'm also a huge fan of writing letters and want to devote more time to that, for friends and family and for myself. Writing a book is also up there as one of my goals but for now I suppose writing a blog will suffice! Registering to vote is also really important so it's nice to see you've included it.

    Thanks for sharing, Anna! New reader here and look forward to reading more from you!
    Beverley | word drift

  7. I'm loving this list! I've done a few of these (#49, #39 and #42 among a few others), but you've given me tons of new things to add to my own bucket list! Making homemade pasta is the one thing I never realized I wanted to make lol! :)

  8. Thanks Alexandra! I think all of these things are just a bit of fun- something to spice up a day or afternoon!

  9. Thank you so much Beverley. I'm glad this list has appealed to you! Thanks for joining me :)

  10. I love this list! I love how it's achievable but something outside one's comfort zone at the same time!


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