Make your bucket list a priority with Microsoft Calendar

Most people have a bucket list. It’s often a list of things they want to do but may not have time for right now. Over time, as your schedule takes on more responsibilities, you may find that you have a very long bucket list and no real way to make those activities happen.

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Making a solid plan and then taking the time to complete these tasks is an uphill battle, but completing it will definitely add value to your life. It’s worth putting in a little more work to get the results you want. you can use Microsoft Calendar to help you prioritize the things on your bucket list and truly embrace the world around you. Here are some tips to make that possible.

Set aside time blocks

Perhaps one of the most important decisions you can make is planning bucket list activities. Instead of brushing them off as something to do later, you may want to embrace them now. Plan for them as you would for any other activity on your calendar.

For example, you can drop off every Sunday as a day for an adventure. You could block only a few hours a week – but make sure you specifically select hours to do so – so you can participate in an activity you want to do.

The key here is to make it non-negotiable. If it’s on your calendar, and time is set aside for it, you are going to do it. Do not allow anything else to be put in those time slots. View them as valuable and as important as a business task or school play.

Share your calendar

With a few dates of activities you plan to do, it’s time to bring it all to life by sharing your calendar with those likely to be interested. For example, if you want those adventures to be something you do with a certain loved one, they too need to make time in their schedule to get them done.

It’s super easy to share your bucket list or to-do list with someone else with the Calendar tools† That kind of collaborative planning makes it more likely that you’ll get things done. Who might want to know what you’re up to? Who else is involved? Even if it’s a private task that you want to do on your own, you may want to share it with a close friend who will hold you accountable.

Let the people who need to know know

Another important function when it comes to sharing your calendar is to involve everyone who needs to know. These are not people who go with you, but those who can stand in your way. For example, if you share your calendar with your employer, they will know when you are unavailable.

You can block as much or as little information as you need to keep things quiet. However, if you share your calendar with them, there’s no way they’ll know you’re taking time off to do what’s important to you.

You may also want to make it clear to others when you are not available to them. That includes children, parents and others who usually take up some of your time. For example, you plan to set aside a few hours every Saturday morning for a walk.

If you know that your parents always need your help at the last minute that day, you can show them you’re not available by sharing your calendar so they know you have other plans. You may want to set aside a few other hours a week to show other people (like parents or siblings) that you want to spend time with them.

Set Reminders

It’s easy to get caught up in everything you need to do on any given day. One of the best ways to make sure you don’t forget your bucket list activities is to set reminders on your Microsoft calendar throughout the week. That keeps these tasks central, meaning you’re less likely to overlook them, and you can work on planning the details throughout the week.

Make sure your Calendar tool facilitates this for you – you can schedule them as often as you want and for different types of tasks. For example, have them send you a notification the day before so you can be sure.

Larger bucket lists require planning sessions

You don’t want a day to come when you set aside a block of time to do something off your bucket list, only to find that you never planned or planned that activity. To avoid this, schedule an hour or two in the weeks leading up to the more important activities that give you time to plan them.

For example, it may be on your bucket list to go fishing on the lake. At the beginning of the week, take an hour to rent a boat to go out on the lake. You may want to set aside some time to go through your gear to make sure you have everything you need to get out and fish when the day comes.

For larger trips you need more time for this. That trip through Europe, for example, will require several planning sessions. Appreciate this one. Don’t push them off because something else has to be done. Put them in your scheduling app so you can easily and effortlessly step away from your day to get work done. By using an app like this, you can very productive

Manage your time wisely beyond your bucket list

You may be thinking something along the lines of, “I wish I had time to do all this.” One of the most powerful things you have right now is tools to better manage all the tasks throughout your day so you get more done. For example, how many hours a week do you spend getting things done that are late or just not on time? You may be in a rush and not be able to accomplish much. Your productivity is way down.

In many ways, your calendar tool becomes a indispensable productivity tool† Not only does it organize daily tasks, but it also increases your productivity, giving you more time to do the things you want to do, like that bucket list.

Set up recurring events

You can use your tool to help you set up not just one event but recurring events† For example, from now on you want to set aside three hours on Friday evening to meet friends and relax. You can use the tool to set this up for you. That means it’s on your schedule every week and it’s time that’s blocked off from everything else you need to do.

This could be time used for planning purposes for your bucket list events or even time set aside for specific tasks. You can also set items to occur on the same day every year, for example if you want to remember a specific day.

Your bucket list should keep growing. It should contain anything and everything that puts a smile on your face or things that take you to the next level. Go out and live your life. With a calendar tool, it can be super easy to find time to do just about anything.

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