Many people create a bucket list because of an illness, retirement or because of a big life change. However, you can write a bucket list for any or no reason!
Admittedly, I started my “bucket list” after a break-up but it wasn’t a list of things I wanted to do before my life ended, it was more of a list of ideas of things I could do to make me feel better at the time. Things like opening a savings account, finish Grand Theft Auto 5 story mode, join the library and watch a stripper (yep- that was on the list!)
It grew into its own thing over the last 5 years and recently, I’ve personally realized that if I don’t start pushing myself to complete what’s on this list, it will be too late. You can’t predict the future. In 5, 10 or 20 years’ time, you may not be in the right frame of mind to do all the things you want to do.
Let’s Start Making Your Bucket List Today!
Today is the day you should start writing your list, regardless of your current situation and start living life to the fullest.
Choose A Name
I always think naming your list is the best place to start. You don’t have to call it a bucket list and I have read that people get very antsy about calling it that due to the fact that it’s associated with death. Think about the nature of your list and your intentions and go with that. You could call it; The Dream List, Life Goals, The To-Do List of Life, Dream Life List, Amazing Aspirations, Life Achievements – the list is endless! Name your list something that will inspire you to stick to it.
Where and How Are You Going To Keep Track?
This is a crucial step as you need to keep your list somewhere you can keep a track of it. It also shows a commitment that you are taking the steps to actually fulfil your dreams!
I started my bucket list in my iPad notes back in 2014, which then moved onto a double-sided sheet of A4 paper that I kept in my purse. As my list started to get bigger, I could no longer keep it in my purse so the list was then printed and stored in a folder.
I now keep my list on this blog and a paper copy for when I’m planning content and activities. Which is great for me, as it’s easy to track what I’ve done (and not done) and it holds me accountable as it is now out in the open. It also inspires me to write as it would be a very boring blog if I didn’t be proactive about it.
There are some good apps out there that you can use to keep track of your list, record new ideas and share it to the world. The top 3 I recommend is;
I also use an app called Wunderlist which helps me breakdown certain bucket list goals into manageable to-do list tasks. I mainly use this for TV shows, movies, music album lists that I have on my list so I can track which ones I’ve seen and what I have left. It also helps me breakdown big bucket list goals into small manageable goals.
How Long Is It Going To Be?
There is no set length that your bucket list should be. It can be as long or as short as you want it to be. However, I think it’s a good idea to have at least 20 – 30 items to get you started. These can include short term goals too. Adding goals that will be quick and easy to complete will give you a sense of achievement and give you the boost you need to complete some long term goals.
Now that my list is starting to get longer (and longer!), it may be a good idea to breakdown your list into smaller lists to help you manage your goals easily.
For me, I break my bucket list into a yearly list. I look at all the things I want to achieve and pick what I want to achieve in the next 12 months. You can do this too or breakdown your list into a seasonal list, 30 before 30 or This Month bucket lists – pick one that keeps you committed and on track.
There are so many AMAZING bucket list resources out there! My absolute favourite has to be Anette at Bucket List Journey. I fell in love with her blog and was also the inspiration behind categorizing my bucket list into sections (hope you don’t mind Annette!)
I was also inspired by Eat Pray Love and Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. Cliché I know but it was the trigger that made me realise that I needed to start getting stuff done!
You can find inspiration almost anywhere – TV, Books, Youtube, Instagram (but be careful with this one), Magazines, Networking – there are so many resources about.
Reflect On What You Have Already Achieved
When writing your list, it can be a bit daunting seeing all the things you haven’t done – yet! Therefore, it’s good when creating or adding things onto your bucket list to remember all the things you have achieved in your life so far. This is a great gratitude exercise that will put you in a positive mental space when tackling your bucket list.
Just Start Writing!
Time to let the inspiration flow and writing your list. Your bucket list is a chance to dream big – bigger than you ever have before. It’s important that your list reflects you and the experiences that will be meaningful for you.
Don’t exclude things that you might find too hard to achieve or impossible. The bucket list was designed to expand your mind and push you out of your comfort zone.
Never underestimate what you are capable of! Just because you have giant goals doesn’t mean you are not capable of achieving them. Look at what you’ve already achieved (see the previous step) and then go for it. You are capable of achieving and experiencing all that life has to offer!
Tell The World
This is the scary part as this is where it gets real. Telling friends, family, colleagues and the world means you have opened yourself up for accountability. You can post your list on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat – anywhere where your friends and family can see it and support you in achieving your goals.
Sharing your list will give you the push you need to get things done and give you the accountability you need. It also gives you a chance to buddy up with someone who wants to do the same things as you. Partnering up with someone will bring new ideas to the table and will help you connect with like-minded people who will provide a support network when things get tough.
Need Some Inspiration?
Check out my bucket list that has over 200+ ideas that you can add to yours!0