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Published on November 20, 2017

Ditch Your Bucket “List” and Create Your Own Bucket “Map” Now

Ditch Your Bucket “List” and Create Your Own Bucket “Map” Now

When you wander around your city, you might find interesting places you’d like to try. Perhaps you’re travelling, and your friend gives you lots of recommendations for your destination. It’s common practice to bookmark the restaurants and attractions you want to check out in the future.

As you plan your next adventure, you may have a list of must-try places on your phone. Unfortunately, having the addresses for these places in list form makes it hard to visualize your route. You need a map of places you want to go. Instead of making a bucket list, you need a “bucket map.”

You need a personalized adventure map

    Instead of spending all your time trying to sift through notes with recommendations, you can use Mapstr to make a map of attractions for yourself. Mapstr allows you search for places on your bucket list and pin locations that interest you. You can categorize the places to make them easy to find.

    This app not only helps you stay organized, but you can also share maps with your friends.

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    Why Mapstr is a must have on your phone

    Whether you’re going on a trip and want to make the most of your time, or you’re exploring your city, Mapstr makes it easier than ever to decide where to go next.

    1. Add places that you want to visit

    To add a new place, click the plus sign at the bottom of the page. You’ll have the option to search a location’s name or drop a pin. For this example, my friend has just recommended a place where I can buy comic books and gaming items. If I know the location, I can pin it. Otherwise, I’ll need to search for the name.

      After typing in the name of the location, Mapstr took me to a page with the address and some pre-existing information about the location, such as pictures and a phone number.

      The space below the address allows you to tag this business as a specific type of service. I categorized this as a shopping location and included the brief description so that I could remember my interest in the location.

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      2. Create custom tags for faster search and organisation

      In addition to the preset tags, “shopping,” “friend,” “hotel,” “restaurant,” and “to try,” you can use the space below those options to create your own tag. For example, if I loved going to comic book stores on the weekends, I might want to create a “comic books” tag so that I can find similar stores quickly.

        Type the name of the custom tag where it says “create a new tag.” You can even select a color to distinguish your custom tab from the presets. As you can see, I have tagged this place as an area that is good for shopping and comic books.

        When you’ve settled on the tags you want to use, hit the check mark in the top right corner to save your location.

        After you’ve added locations, you can search them by either clicking on the map, or checking the list. In the top left hand corner of the app’s home page, you will notice a menu button. Clicking on the menu button gives you a list of categories.

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          You can select one or more of those categories to display the places of interest. If I wanted to go hiking, I could filter my map to only show locations I have labeled as hiking trails. This is so much easier than searching through pins.

          3. Share your map with friends

          One of the coolest features of Mapstr is that you can share your maps with your friends. You can also make custom maps to share with your family when they come to visit so that they know where to find the best spots in town.

          To share your map, click on the icon that looks like two people in the top right corner of the screen.

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            This opens the “My friends” tab. You can add new friends by clicking on the plus sign icon to find people, share your profile with others, or invite friends.

            You can also share your map on social media by clicking on the sharing icon with the arrow on the bottom right.

              Using Mapstr makes planning easier

              When it comes to creating a personalized map of places you want to see, Mapstr offers a much better interface than Google Maps.

              Mapstr lets you tailor and share maps from Google to meet your needs. The customizable tabs and photos make it so much easier to sort through attractions and plan your trips.

              Download Mapstr to organize must-see locations

              Mapstr has the functionality you’ve been wanting in Google Maps but didn’t realize you were missing. You’ll never have to worry about forgetting an amazing recommendation again. Now you just have to make time to try all the places on your map.

              Mapstr is available for free for iOS and Android devices. Get it today and start planning your next outing.

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              Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

              Have You Fallen Into the ‘Busy’ Trap? Here’s Your Way Out

              Do you find yourself constantly feeling busy? Or, maybe you feel like you have too much on your plate? Perhaps you have a to-do list with no end in sight, or many responsibilities to juggle on a daily basis at work. When you get home, you have household responsibilities to take care of, too, and it just seems like you never have much time for a breather.

              Being busy is good, it’s better than not having anything to do and letting time slip away. But, what many people don’t realize is, being busy doesn’t always mean you’re being productive. The more time you take to complete something does not equal to more success. Many people end up falling into this trap as they pack their day with tasks and errands that may sometimes produce little outcome or output for the effort that they’ve put in.

              For example, let’s say that your washing machine at home broke down and you need to fix it. Instead of calling the handyman to come, your husband decides he’s going to fix the machine. He ends up spending half a day figuring out the machine, and does eventually fix it. He did however have to make a trip to the tool shop to buy some extra tools and parts for the machine. Now, if you had called the handy man, it would probably have taken the handyman much less time, and he would have all the necessary tools and parts already, because that is his job. So in this instance, was your husband’s time and effort worth it? Oh, and because he took half the day fixing the machine, you now had to take over his duties of dropping the kids off at soccer and swim practice.

              We Need Not Be That Busy

              I hope you would agree, that it would have been ideal to delegate this task to the handyman. That would have saved you time and effort, so that you and your husband could focus on doing other things that were more important to you, like being there for your kids or spending time with each other. This is just one example of how we often impose busyness on ourselves without us even realizing it.

              But, I’m going to show you just how you can gain quality time from external sources. Whatever big goals or ambitions that you may have, it’s normal for them to involve a lot more of your time than you first expect. I’m talking about things like starting a new business, changing careers, perhaps even moving to a new city. New challenges often involve things that are outside of our experience and expertise, so covering all the bases ourselves is sometimes not feasible as it takes too much time to learn and do everything.

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              You Are Just One Person

              At the end of the day, you are just one person, and you have a limited amount of time. So, you have to do things that are meaningful to you. While an overall goal may be meaningful, not all of the milestones needed to get there may be meaningful. Because we all have our strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes, not every task will be enjoyable or all fun & games. Some simply require pure willpower and discipline to grind through. And that is where delegation comes in.

              What is Delegation?

              You may hear this term a lot in the business or corporate world; it’s an effective way for managers to distribute (or sometimes avoid!) work. But, that’s not what I’m referring to. Instead, delegation means leveraging time from an outside source to give you opportunities to increase your quality time. By outside source, we simply mean that it’s not your own time that you’re spending.

              What Should You Delegate?

              To delegate effectively, it has to be done with deliberate intention. So the aim of delegation is to create more quality time for yourself. There are 3 types of tasks that you should generally delegate, called the Delegation Triangle.

              The first are tasks you don’t enjoy doing. These are things that you know how to do, but don’t enjoy. Second, are tasks you shouldn’t do. These are things you know how to do and may even enjoy, but may not be the best use of your time. Third, are tasks you can’t do. These are things that need doing, but you don’t have the skills or expertise to follow through with them at this moment.

              Have a look through your daily tasks and responsibilities, and see if you can fit them under these 3 categories.

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              Pitfalls of Delegation

              Using the Delegation Triangle, you can decide which tasks are worth delegating. In theory, it might look easy to sort actions at first glance; but often, it’s actually harder than you think! 

              One such example, is diverting time on tasks you shouldn’t do. Let’s go back to the washing machine example. Your husband decides to fix it on his own instead of simply getting an expert to fix it. Why? Because it’s probably a challenge he enjoys, and it’s an accomplishment that would bring him satisfaction. However, if the value of the task is too low, you really ought to delegate it to others.

              Sometimes, when you have a larger goal in mind, you might have to sacrifice some actions in return for making progress. Always think about the bigger picture! One thing that can help you avoid this pitfall is to keep your deadlines in mind whenever you set milestones for a project or task.

              Deadlines are a commitment to yourself, and every bit of time is precious. So if an activity you’re focusing on is taking time away from progress towards your goal, it may be time to let go of it for now. You can always decide to pick it up again later.

              Then there’s the other extreme of delegation. And that’s when you start delegating everything you dislike doing to external sources.Sometimes it’s tempting to abuse delegation and get carried away outsourcing everything on your “don’t like doing” list.

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              Some people are too picky on what they’re going to do. But sometimes, if you don’t like doing so but you’re the only one who can do it, you still need to finish the job. At the end of the day, it does take your own hard work and effort to achieve the success you want.

              So if you find that you’re constantly running into this problem of over delegating, then it may be time to re-evaluate your motivation, or reason for doing whatever it is that you’re doing.

              Ask yourself, “Is this task contributing towards a meaningful objective that I want to achieve?” and “what kind of progress do I make each time I carry out the task myself?” If the task is both meaningful and creates progress, then the next step is to ask yourself questions that can help you create actions.

              What obstacles are causing you to avoid this task? Is it because of low confidence in your ability? Do you think someone else can do a better job? Is it your level of focus? Or is there an alternative action you can take that can produce the same results?

              Take Action Now

              Take a look at your current tasks or to-do’s that you have planned this week. Which tasks are possible candidates that fall under the Delegation Triangle? Are there any that fall under the pitfalls mentioned above? Which tasks can you immediately identify that should be delegated out right now?

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              I hope this exercise helps declutter your tasks and responsibilities a little and allows you to see how much more time you can be saving for more important things. But, this is not the end of delegation. After you’ve sorted out the tasks that can be delegated, the next step is to determine who it should be delegated to. Besides people like your co workers, or spouse/family members, did you know that there is a whole delegating industry out there?

              If you’re keen to learn more about this delegating industry, and find out how you can decide who’s the best fit to do your delegated tasks, subscribe to our newsletter today. We will help you discover many more skills that will boost your productivity by leaps and bounds!

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