For example, I have "Visit China" on my Bucket list. I also have "Saving for Kids' College Education" on my list as well. For me, allocating funds to my kids' education is definitely more important than traveling. Therefore, I put China lower on my priority ranking. If I end up doing both, great - but if there comes a time when I have to decide, I know what's most important. Assuming you don't have unlimited funds (and time), sometimes you have to assign things priorities to ensure the really important things get done.