7 ‘bucket-list’ items you can stop worrying about completing in your 20s

  • If you have a bucket list for your 20s, it should be personal to you.
  • You don't necessarily have to include experiences like running a marathon or quitting your job.
  • So if you haven't lived a life of adventure and become your happiest, most successful self by age 30, it's OK.

Everyone's got regrets — the countries they should have visited, the people they should have asked out, the boss they should have told off.

And if you listen to those regrets, it can make you feel like you've got do everything now — before it's too late and you're burdened with kids, or debt, or creaky knees.

Slow down. If you're drafting a bucket list for your 20s, it should be personal to you — not littered with experiences that other people wish they'd had. Below, find seven items you shouldn't feel obligated to include on that list, and why.

SEE ALSO: 17 things to start doing in your 20s so you don't live in regret in your 40s

Traveling the world

If you're planning to have kids, and/or pets, and/or a mortgage, then yes, it will be harder to book a last-minute flight to Australia when you're older.

But there's no point forcing yourself to create experiences that aren't meaningful to you. INSIDER's Kristin Salaky reported that, at 24, she's never been outside North America, partly because she's anxious about flying and partly because she prefers other kinds of closer-to-home excitement.

Travel is supposed to be fun — not a burden — so don't let that list of places you haven't yet been stress you out.

Networking with everyone in your industry

Workplace experts extol the virtues of networking — forging mutually beneficial professional relationships by showing up to events like conferences and happy hours.

Wharton psychologist Adam Grant shared a slightly different take in The New York Times: Instead of focusing on schmoozing, focus on working hard, and let those relationships form naturally. If you develop a reputation for being one of the most knowledgeable workers in your field, other people will necessarily be drawn to you.

Quitting your job

For most people, telling your manager you're leaving is a lot less exciting than it is in the movies. Even if you're incredibly frustrated at work, and long for the sound of the door slamming behind you for the last time, you might not be in the position to be able to leave. Since you're there anyway, consider seeing how you can tweak the job to suit you better.

Stanford professors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans recommend keeping a "Good Time Journal." The first part is an activity log, where you list your primary activities and how engaged and energized you were while doing them.

The second component is reflection, which involves reviewing your activity log and noticing any patterns or surprises. See if you can eliminate those tasks you don't enjoy — and maximize the amount of time you spend on the ones you love.

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