DIY Bucket List Jar

Don’t let January get you down!

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your new year’s resolutions, it’s time to make productivity fun again! Treat your goals like a game with a bucket list jar.

This easy craft can be completed in about an hour, and you probably have all the supplies lying around your house right now. Plus, you’ll create a beautiful piece to display on your bookshelf or in your office.

Watch this video to learn how to make your own bucket list jar.

The video transcript is below for your convenience.

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Video Transcript

Hey there! I’m Sage Grayson, a former book editor turned life coach. I help ambitious career women edit their habits, routines, and mindsets to balance their happiness at work and home.

I’m a Life Editor…and so are you!

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a Bucket List Jar so you can make a game out of achieving your goals. Plus you probably have all the supplies lying around your house right now. Let’s go!

I’m recording this in January, when most people are stressing out about their new year’s resolutions.

We want 2017 to be different!

We want to accomplish things!

We don’t want to let ourselves down…again.

As your coach, of course I want you to get out of your comfort zone and work your butt off. But my ultimate goal is for you to be happy this year. We’re Life Editors, and that means we have permission to mess up, to keep trying, and especially to have fun.

I want to show you a fun way you can inch forward on your goals every week without making your head explode.

We’re going to make a Bucket List Jar.

You probably know what a bucket list is. It’s a list of everything you want to do and accomplish before you kick the bucket, as they say.

For this project, I want you to think smaller and first write a bucket list just for 2017. And each item that you write down must be something you can complete in a week.

Consider things like read a bestseller or send 3 thank you notes to people telling them how much I appreciate them. Avoid things like vacation in Italy or pay off all my debt, which probably require more than a week’s time and effort.

Make your bucket list items a mix of fun things to try and things that require you to be a bit brave. If you can accomplish it while sitting on the couch watching Netflix…then what’s the point?

It’s up to you if you want to keep all the tasks free or inexpensive. If you choose things that cost money, see if you can make it something that helps you be the ideal version of yourself. Maybe you’ll buy a new outfit that makes you feel super confident and capable.

Next get some colored strips of paper (I like scrapbook paper) and make sure you have 52 of them, one for each week of the year. On one side of each strip, write a single bucket list task.

Roll the strips around a pen for a smooth spiral, but you could also just use your fingers. Finally, seal the scroll with some washi tape.

Place the bucket list scrolls into a mason jar that’s big enough so they can move around a bit. When you’ve added all 52 scrolls, decorate the top of the jar and seal it.

In your calendar, make a recurring appointment for when you’ll choose the next scroll from your bucket list jar. I like to choose mine on Sunday morning so I can make my plan for how I’ll achieve the task before my week starts.

That’s it! But you don’t have to limit yourself to bucket list items.

Here are some other ideas:

  • Make 52 date night ideas so you and your partner stay connected all year.
  • Choose 52 recipes you want to try and write the title of the cookbook and the page number on each of the strips of paper.
  • Write 52 things you love about your best friend and give her the jar on her birthday.
  • Find 52 quotes, song lyrics, or inspirational messages to motivate you in 2017.

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Thanks for watching. I’ll see you soon.

This post focuses on Step 5 of the Life Editing Process, Make White Space for Personal Self-Care. For more about life editing and what it can do for you, click here.

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