So, I'm in the business of helping you delete and subtract excess stuff from your life.
Getting rid of excess is good because you can make more room for stuff you enjoy, e.g., more time for your hobby.
But removing things sometimes makes you sad, too, because there is now space where it was once occupied by stuff even if it was just clutter.
In today's post, I wanted to focus on filling that void left by decluttering. I'm proposing to make a fun-to-do list.
It is a list in which you enter things you like or want to do with the time and energy you now have. It is sort of like a bucket list; except, you don't always need to cross out items because you'd want to do at least some of them again.
Here are some examples of what you could include on your fun-to-do list.
Movies, TV series, books, and music you want to check out
Have you ever encountered situations like below?
- You're reading celebrity gossip on the internet and come across a list of movies this particular actor was in. You spot the name of a movie that you wanted to watch ten years ago but never got around to it.
- You're chatting with your colleagues during lunch break, and one of them mentions a book she is reading right now. It sounds interesting.
- While watching a show on TV, you hear beautiful music that you don't know what it is. You start Shazam, Soundhound, MusixMatch or any other music-identifying app to find out what you're hearing.
Add anything that piques your curiosity to your list. The list of movies etc. is particularly useful when the weather is not ideal or when you're recovering from a cold.
Recipes you wanted to try
The internet is rife with cooking recipes. I don't particularly enjoy cooking or baking, so I mainly just look at pictures of decadent desserts and drool. But, if you like to cook, why not make a list of dishes that you want to try?
You could organize your list by season, type of dish, time it takes to cook, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack...
You may want to create another list for the ingredients. You can use this list as your shopping list.
Take pictures of your creation and share it on your blog or Pinterest board for others to enjoy, too.
Cafes or restaurants you want to check out
I don't like cooking, but I love eating! It seems as if new and exciting eateries are popping up everywhere.
I have two lists under this category: home and away.
I further subdivide the home list by the type of cuisine and price point. I also separate dessert places from regular restaurants.
Once I try a new place and if I rated at least 4/5, then this place moves into the permanent category; the ones didn't make the cut get deleted from my list.
The away list includes restaurants outside my city and country I most likely won't go, but like to dream about. Who knows, I might be able to stop by someday.
Can you tell that I love eating? This list is different from the restaurant/cafe list; it focuses on the food item rather than the eatery.
I'm really into snacking and especially love sweet ones. I'm also gluten-sensitive which severely limits the choice of cakes and pies and all the yummy stuff I can eat. (I hate my gut.)
The list includes food items, where to get them and the place's hours of business. Because nothing is more frustrating than running to a store to satisfy your craving and find out it is closed.
From my actual list:
- macaron (lemon is the best!) & chocolate, Rousseau, Tue-Sun, 10-6
- donuts, Robie St. Station, Sat & Sun, 8-3
- cheesecakes, Sweethereafter, Mon-Sat, 12-10
- the best chocolate cake, The flying apron, seasonal, check
- pineapple & apple tart, Eliot & Vine, Tue-Sun, 5-10
- ice cream, Dee Dee's, 10-6
Parks, trails, and other nature destination to check out
Do you like nature? Are you into hiking?
Make a list of hiking trails, national and provincial parks, and points of interest such as beautiful lakes and waterfalls to visit. Not sure where they are? There are a lot of resources on the internet. Just type "hiking in______ (your city, state, province)" to get started.
You might want to sort the list by distance from your home, distance and difficulty level of the hiking trail, etc.
If you like, use an app like My Tracks to record your trip.
Arts & Entertainment
Check your local entertainment weekly to find out the time and venue for the following events. Make sure to note when they're happening on your list.
- live music
- film fest
- Fringe Fest
- Busker Fest
- food fest
- art gallery
- free lecture series
For annual events, like Fringe, note in which month they are happening so you won't miss it. Museums and art galleries usually have either a free evening or admission by donation day. Make a note of those days.
Self-care and indulgence
Sometimes, it's really good to get pampered. List activities that will lift your spirit up.
- pedi & mani (either at home or done by professonal)
- relaxing in a sauna at a local rec center
- epsom salt and essential oil foot bath
- black tea foot bath
- have your favorite cup of tea or go buy some
- relaxing bath
- dry brushing
- make some smoothie
- get a hair cut and or color
- scalp massage
- have a glass of wine
Day road trip destination
I live in an area where there are so many beautiful places within an hour of drive. There are beaches, lakes, parks, cute and quaint little towns, lighthouses, etc. that continue to delight me. I have a list of such places to suit every weather and mood.
- Clam Harbour Beach
- Crystal Crescent Beach
- Hirtle's Beach and Gaff Point
- Summerville Beach (Can you tell I love beaches? Too bad they're not warm enough for swimming.)
- Shubie Park
- Mahone Bay
- Peggy's Cove (yeah, it's run down by the tourists, but it's still nice.)
- Victoria Park in Truro
- Visiting wineries in Wolfville
- Bay of Fundy
So, hopefully, you have more items on your fun-to-do list than on your regular boring to-do list. I certainly do!
Now go and do some of the fun stuff you've just written down.
You deserve it.