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What is a PUKKA list?

Well, it’s not a Bucket List, that’s for sure.

Bucket Lists are lists created to set intentions of what you’d like to accomplish before you die (kick the bucket). A Bucket List is a mega version of a To Do list. I have yet to create a Bucket list of my own, but I have To Do lists up the wazoo and, I’m telling you, it’s quite uncomfortable.

You see, it’s not always about getting something done; sometimes it can just be an expression of who you are, what you’re thinking right now, what you see in this moment, etc. A PUKKA list is a list unconcerned with long-terms, stuff you wish you had, or places you hope to travel to in the next five years.

“Pukka” means genuine, authentic, sincere. I didn’t make this up. It’s in the dictionary!

A PUKKA list is meant to satiate your craving for creating lists without the added burden of guilt and shame, typical side effects that are often onset by the end of the day (when you look at a To Do list or a Bucket List and still see so much yet “unaccomplished”). 

Save the empowering checkmark for dentist appointments and getting your oil changed. PUKKA lists are intended for pure fun, self-discovery, and mindful observations.

Having a set number of entries allows you to approach the list in a casual manner. You don’t need to write a novel about “which trees you’d plant if you were suddenly made a land baron;” you just need to write three types of trees down.

Easy. Simple. And you probably discovered something about yourself that you didn’t know before (and also had a chance to daydream a bit about what a land baron may wear on the weekends).

One of my mottoes is “Creativity without limitation is imagination.” As in, if you had to consider the color blue, your imagination could run wild through fantasies of birds, the ocean, your first girlfriend’s favorite hoodie, Smurf ice cream, on and on and on.

But deciding on three things that you think of when you see a rich blue – that’s where creativity comes in. You select three objects (or whatever) and group them together.

That grouping, now set down in a list, is unique. Yours. It’s like inviting three friends from different walks of life over for a drink.

It’s your party!

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About pukkalists

I used to suffer from list love. Now I've found a way to embrace my obsession with listing and make it fun! My name is Joy and I live in Southern Maine. I am an avid reader (so many books - too little time!) and a practicing writer. My higher aim is to be kind, compassionate and mindful. I believe in "being" more than "doing." One of the greatest blessings in my life is my exposure to like-minded people. I relish sharing (had I gone to preschool, I would have been a hit!) and I can't wait to read your own unique PUKKA lists!

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