If you’re like most people, you have loads of things you’d love to do if you only have time. When those rare moments come, you simply can’t remember what they were or are totally unprepared to do. That’s why you should have them written down on your winter bucket list. If you need extra supplies for them, pick them up and store them so you’re ready when the time comes. The list can contain anything that you want to do, whether it takes two weeks or two hours, it doesn’t matter. These are all things you want to experience at least once in your life.
Break down the items to the amount of time it takes.
If you never painted a room before and would like to make this one of the things on your list, but you don’t think you’ll have time, break it down to smaller steps you can do sporadically when there’s time available. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to be your own decorator, start by painting a room and sewing curtains. That job can be broken down to four steps, painting the ceiling, then walls and finally woodwork, with curtains being created at another time. List each step according to the time required.
List the challenges in the order they must be completed.
If you have a task that has several steps, list them in the order they need to be completed. Using the above example, you’d start at the ceiling, go to the walls and then paint the woodwork. Even if the jobs aren’t related, you should prioritize them according to their importance. If you definitely want to take the polar bear plunge, but only half heartedly want to make a gingerbread house, the plunge should be close to the top of the list.
Your list should be things you get excited about doing.
While I used the example of painting a room and decorating, it may not be at the top of most people’s lists. The list isn’t about getting tasks accomplished, unless it’s something you really want to do. Have you ever ridden a horse in the snow, gone snowboarding, ice fishing or skiing? These could be top priorities on your list. Plan a whole day for these endeavors and work them into your weekend this winter.
- If you want something invigorating and relaxing at the same time, soak in an outside hot tub or a hot springs and run—don’t walk—through the winter snow back into the warmth of the closest building.
- Take a healthy cooking class. You’ll benefit for the rest of the year from the knowledge and have fun in the process.
- Clean out your closet and donate the good clothes to a homeless shelter or free clothing store for the poor. You’ll get two benefits. One is a tidier home and the other the good feeling of helping another.
- Bake up a storm or make pots of soup and take your bounty to shut ins and elderly neighbors that might have trouble cooking for themselves. You’ll keep your house warm and toasty while you’re doing something nice.