Chuck it list far better than a bucket list


Looking for a new way to live to age 100?  Skip the bucket list.

After Vicki Weinke read about “turning over a new leaf” and setting goals in the January issue of Senior Life, she shared thoughts from the December 2019 newsletter BottomLine Personal. In brief, stop doing — chuck it! Free yourself of stuff you’ve always thought you must do; focus on what is important to you.

We carry over goal setting from our active careers to our senior life. It’s a common thread in successful long lives.  We all need goals. They give us a reason to get up in the morning and smell the roses. Weinke went on to write, “Have a bucket list! But also have a “chuck it!” list — the things you want to stop doing.

I stopped working as a volunteer for a group where I felt I had value with face-to-face interactions with people. They moved me to a task of computer entries and paperwork. I quit — I chucked it!

Chuck It! might be a good theme for your spring house-cleaning activities. If you haven’t used an item in recent years, donate it, share it, recycle it or give it away.  My late wife often commented, “I hope I die a day before you, so I don’t have to deal with all your junk.”

I had treasures — she thought I had junk. Get rid of unnecessary stuff. Chuck it and move on!

You have dreams of a trip abroad. After looking at the expense, the challenge of long-distance travel at your age, your health and safety concerns, you may chuck it! Look up the daily offerings on the National Geographic channel. You can travel the world as an arm-chair voyager.

Daily news often is depressing. Television news sometimes ends with an upbeat story. Tune in for the last few minutes.

The daily edition of the local newspaper is now so thin, readers comment, “I don’t get enough paper to line the bottom of my bird cage.” Chuck it! Read the electronic edition. Program what has your interest. Read what has value — Senior Life!

Focus on what has value to you. Change your mindset! Chuck negative thoughts. Look for the best in people, places and things. Remember: “I Am; I Can; I Make Things Happen!” What’s on your “Chuck It” list? 

Ed Baranowski is president of Topics Unlimited, a Melbourne-based education, seminar and consulting company.  He can be contacted at