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The Kettle List – Remember the little wins.

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Have you noticed the change around here? I have discovered colours taken from my favourite photo and based the blog around it – Canva is literally the best thing my friend Rin has ever introduced me to (I am still waiting for her to introduce me to a rich and eligible K-pop star who has a thing for older women, but I am willing to wait for that one).  Think of it as a ‘New year, New me’ thing.  One other blog based task I have intended doing was a Saturday post purely about the Kettle List – as distinct from my 40 x 40 or all the other Bucket List’s I seem to continuously compile!

Today I want to look at the cumulative things on the list – and how having them can encourage you get more of your list completed.

If you are new to the world of Kettle Lists – let me explain.


Kettle on
Any time is time for a cuppa…

It is like a Bucket List – but it is not stuff I intend doing before I ‘Kick the Bucket’.  These are things I plan on getting done by 50, when I will start a new phase in my life, although what that will be remains to be seen. It is a Kettle List because ‘Polly put the Kettle on’ – and also, I generally sit around with a cuppa while writing these posts.

You can check out what is on the list by checking out the link above, or indeed here if scrolling up is too much effort. Today I want to look at a few of the items that will take a while to tick off because they involve doing a number of things, whether that is making  something in the case of  my cranes, visiting places such as 50 places of worship or finding 50 cool public clocks, or carrying out 50 Act of Random Kindness.  Each little act adds up to create a whole task.


The Cumulative Tasks

One of the reasons I wanted to add this series to my weekly blogging was because it feels like I haven’t even looked at my list for a while.  I made a conscious decision for  the New Year to focus on a selected few items from the list to increase the likelihood of them being achieved, and now that I have picked them opportunities for items I hadn’t chosen have arisen! Always the way!

Here are a selection of a few of the tasks on the Kettle List that could be done a bit at a time – not including ‘Complete the 40 x 40’, although that is on there…

Visit 6 continents – this will take at least 6 trips – although I have ticked off Europe and Asia already.

Stay in 5 unusual accommodations – I really want to stay in a yurt or an ice hotel..or a tree house!

Visit 50 places of worship – I am 14 in. Many of these were in Japan, but I need to find photos and start a page to document this properly.

Carry out 50 Random Acts of Kindness  –  only 8 left to go, but I want to start doing something a bit more substantial.  Potential future Saturday post right there!

Drink 50 Coffees in 50 Cities – this is a pretty important part of my list! I have tried coffees in a few different cities and even countries now and find this is a great way to get a task ticked off every time we visit a new place.


Why you should consider adding cumulative tasks onto your list

The benefit of having these kind of tasks on your list, is that even if you are busy, or are a bit short of money, an act of kindness costs nothing, a visit to a local church or temple is free. If you add a craft based task – I intend to make 1000 cranes, and that is what I have done towards the list this week! – you can make things one night while watching Netflix.  This way you can always be working towards completing your list even when you can’t go on expensive foreign trips, or you are building up the courage to finally do that sky dive (you could just do indoor sky diving, it’s loads of fun and less dangerous!)

If you don’t have a list yet? Check out my post on why you should and what to consider when writing it.

Are you ready to up your list game? Check out this post on how to make yours even better.


Let me know how your list is going – what is on there and how are you planning to get the tasks done?











Mature (technically) graduate, vlogger, blogger, dreaming of travelling, mum of 4, K-pop addict, Japanese culture fan, and wannabe minimalist. And that is what this is all about... I am clearing, decluttering and "minimalising" with the long term aim of travelling and completing the adventures on my #kettlelist (Bucket list seems a bit final!) Come visit me on twitter and instagram @Pollyplaits , or on Youtube for my Polly put the kettle on (#PPTKO) weekly vlog that is DEFINITELY #NOTa50x50

3 thoughts on “The Kettle List – Remember the little wins.

  1. You could look on Airbnb for unusual places to stay. Also the National Trust holiday homes are often in castles or other different places. Don’t forget boats as well. Sheffield has some floating hotel rooms 😊

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