I've tried creating a 101 Things in 1001 Days list as a way to track the big things that I'd like to try out someday and to encourage more of the little things that I get too busy or too rushed or too lazy to include in my every day life.
At the outset, 1001 days seems like an incredibly long time period in which it is perfectly reasonable to do yoga 60 times, read 300 books, get to the top of the Eiffel Tower and save truckloads of money. But it's not. It takes a lifetime to do those things.
Some time ago, I discovered the Chookooloonks blog and have been inspired in so many ways, particularly relating to art journaling, photography and general life perspectives. The first thing I wanted to do was to make my own Life List. This felt like a much freer way to approach the whole process, and to make sure I didn't forget about the one-time aspirations as well as the mundane things that make my life more pleasurable.
Of course, life gets in the way. That's a common theme for, well, everyone. I am currently taking an online course with Karen Walrond, the mastermind behind Chookooloonks, called Path Finder. The course works through journalling and other techniques to help identify your passions, give clarity on what you want more in life and help give you tools to work all of it into your life. It sounds a little cheesy written out, but it has really been inspiring and encouraging.
One of the tasks that Karen asked us to do was to create a Life Menu or a Life List. Aha! Here was my chance. The goal was close to 100 items, or whatever would come, big and small that I'd like to have happen in my life. The key for me is that it doesn't matter if I don't cross them all off. And there is no deadline (other than the big metaphorical one, of course).
So I've made a list. It was a bit of a struggle to get to 100 at first, even with the 101 Things process under my belt. But today my brain exploded with ideas and now, if I get even a portion of these things under my belt, it'll be a pretty good life.
(If you're interested in creating your own, I highly recommend looking at Karen's blog for inspirational post on creating a Life List.)