It’s Friday Night. What’s Your Thing?

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Bucket list masters The Buried Life (photo credit: MTV)

Unless you are working at your dream job, the weekend is your the most time you will consistently have to work on your goals.  Unless you’re self-employed and living the 4-hour workweek, it’s

  1. Nights
  2. Weekends
  3. Vacation

That’s it.  That’s all there is.  And it’s really easy to let it slip by.

Wanna be a black belt in jiu-jitsu?  Want to learn Mandarin?  Or how to cook Indian food?  Those are weeknight things.  You don’t accomplish these goals by working on them once a week.

Want to visit every state?  Or start a business on the side?  Maybe you want to do a solo skydive.  These goals are weekend tasks.  They take big investments of time, but they can be done in 2.5 day stretches.

Your 9 to 5 is great and I hope it’s what you always dream of, but I hope it’s not all you dream of.  All your other dreams are for your 5 to 9.  How well are you using yours?

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Pick one thing on your bucket list that you will make progress towards this weekend.

Yes, I know, you may have dozens.  I’ve seen lists with hundreds of items.

But you don’t accomplish something by thinking of a 100-item list.  You accomplish it by thinking of one thing and working towards that.

So for this weekend, pick one item off that list– or make the list if you haven’t already– and start working towards that thing.  It was only because I started tonight that I’ve done anything on my list.  Now, a year and a half later, I’ve climbed Kilimanjaro, read the Bible cover to cover, started a small business (we’ll see where that goes), and launched this blog, among other things.

What are you going to start tonight?

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For a bit more inspiration, check out The Buried Life.  These four guys started with nothing but a bucket list and an old van five and a half years ago.  To date, they’ve done 81 of the things on their bucket list, including:

  • 1.) Open the 6 o’clock news
  • 8.) Ride a bull
  • 25.) Capture a fugitive
  • 41.) Make a toast at a stranger’s wedding
  • 74.) Deliver a baby

It turns out they have a show on MTV too.  Check out their very first trailer.

These guys mean business.  Want to hear more?  Check out their YouTube channel (to see one of them ask out Megan Fox, among other things) or buy their book ”What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?”.

Absolutely sick.

It’s Friday night.  What are you doing this weekend?

 

  1. May 16, 2012

    Hey there Erik! I randomly came across your site this afternoon, it’s quite impressive. I run a bucket list blog as well. I can’t wait to read more about your goals!

  2. June 4, 2012
    Boris Taratutin

    These guys are awesome – what a crew..

    Just wonder how they found the financing to start, and to keep going..

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