What’s a bucket list? Simply put, it’s a list of things to do.
Why make a bucket list? According to scientific and psychological studies, the best way to get something done, is firstly to write it down.
You can create one massive bucket list of everything you want to do before you die.
Or you might prefer to create different lists for different aspects of your life. For example, a ‘work’ bucket list will have a list of things you want to accomplish in order to get ahead in your job, such as learning a new language or a new skill. A ‘personal’ bucket list would include things that give you personal happiness and satisfaction. This may include working in the slums of a 3rd world country or climbing Mt Everest or whatever it is that makes you smile.
Whichever list(s) you choose to make, what’s important is that you write down all the things you want to do. Once you have done this, you will have a plan of action in your hand. There will be things you need to do today. Other things you’ll need to complete by tomorrow, or next week, or next month.. With this list of things to do, you will become well-organized, and on your way to achieving many of your – big and small – goals.
A bucket list can be as simple as this:
Or something like this:
So, let’s get writing:
1. You don’t have to write everything down at one go
Creating a meaningful bucket list is not easy. If needed, take time off before coming back to it. Spend time to think about what matters to you.
2. Get out of your comfort zone
Be creative. Your bucket list should not include only serious things, like business goals or school objectives. Include unusual, even silly, or funny things you want to try in your life. Maybe swimming with dolphins? Definitely!
3. Read other people’s lists
If you hit a road block while in the process of creating your list, don’t worry. You can always read other people’s lists online. 43things and Project 183 are great sites to visit.
4. Include big and small things
When creating your bucket list, be sure you include both easy and difficult accomplishments. Why? Because you’ll feel motivated and confident after solving an easier task. Then you’ll be ready to hit the tougher ones.
5. Include something you can do today
Your list starts today, so include something to do for today. Whether it’s a dance class or a haircut, start doing something.
6. Set your personal goals
Your bucket list is a list of your goals. So, come up with a realistic time-line and before you know it, you’ll have accomplished many of your goals… And remember to have fun along the way.