I am a big believer in bucket lists and have created several of them on this blog for you to get inspired by (one about Japan, Great-Britain and Winter Activities). I really believe that writing down and saying out loud what you want to achieve in life contributes to the success of actually having these dreams come true.
That’s why I dove a bit further into the reasons why a bucket list can help you get ahead in life and share 3 simple steps to get started fulfilling your own dreams right now. I do agree that life is not a competition and you shouldn’t create one of these lists simply to try and tick everything off as quickly as possible, but by focusing on what is important in your life you have a much better chance at doing the things you love.
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How Creating a Bucket List Can Help You
A bucket list is, simply put, a list of all the things you want to try, goals you want to achieve and life experiences you want to have before you die (“kick the bucket”).
While not everyone is a fan of the term itself, and rather call it a ‘life list’ or don’t think we should do any activity just to ‘cross it off a list’ in general, a bucket list can be a great tool to make your dreams known to the universe… and to finally take action and actually achieving those goals!
Having a bucket list can make you stop for a moment and think what you actually want to experience in this lifetime. What is important to you? What do you wish to accomplish? What are you curious about? These type of lists can remind you that life is short and you should live it to the fullest.
By coming up with things that align with your passions, you think out of the box and create a system to break away from routine and old habits. Writing down your goals will help you with committing to them as you are able to clarify on what is important to you.
Create Your Own Bucket List
Here are 3 simple steps to get started (and keep going) with your own bucket list:
Step 1 – The Brainstorm
Take a piece of paper and give yourself 10-15 minutes to write down anything you wish to experience that comes to mind. No matter how impossible it might seem, this step requires that you have no filter and dream BIG!
Some general suggestions:
- visit a new neighbourhood, city, country
- attend a new festival
- set a fitness, yoga or meditation goal
- set a reading goal
- learn to play an instrument
- learn a language
- take on a new creative hobby
- see a play, musical, concert or other show
- volunteer for a good cause
- …whatever you want!
Step 2 – The Details
Organise your ideas into different groups, such as: relationships, career, physical health, emotional health, living, finances, creativity, travel, religion/spirituality, education, fun and leisure, etc.
Give yourself a clear time frame on when you want to achieve your goals. Is your goal is short-term (in 3 months, when you visit a specific city, etc.), long-term (new year’s resolution, next year, in 5 years, etc.) or for a special occasion (before your 30’s, on your graduation, in summer/winter, etc.). Get a clear focus on what is most important to you.
Once your goals are broken down in rough time frames, see if you can narrow it down even more. What can you work towards achieving in the next month, or even next week?
Remember that for bigger goals, such as learning a language, it might take a while before you reach that goal. See if you can break up that goal in smaller pieces that are more achievable sooner.
Step 3 – The Accountability
There are likely a lot of items on your list, so to make them more achievable it’s recommendable to pick your top 3 to focus on and to take away the overwhelm. Think about what excites you the most or what has to be done before a certain time, for example.
It’s also easy to write down your goals and then just forget about it, so make sure to find a partner in accountability, a real “Bucket List Buddy”. Perhaps there are items you share and can tick of together!
When you go out to experience the activities on your bucket list, you will realise that these type of lists really aren’t ever finished, and that is the whole point. Life is not a competition about who can tick off as many experiences as possible, it is about doing the things you love and focusing on what is important to YOU.
Keep on dreaming about those things you’d like to achieve in life and keep on adding them to your list. Save a copy on your phone, so you can update it when inspiration strikes and update it when you’ve accomplished something. You can also create a Pinterest board to keep track of your wish list and inspire others to do the same.
Let us know: Do you already have a bucket list? What are the top 3 things that you’ve written on your list?