(Last Updated: 10/17/13)
For those of you who are not familiar with a bucket list, it is the term made popular by the movie ‘The Bucket List’. Released in 2007, this is a very entertaining movie about two cancer stricken men (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson) who escape from their ward and embark on a road trip to accomplish their things to do list before they die. So, what is a bucket list? It is a wish list of all the desires, goals and experiences you want to accomplish in life before you die.
Why a bucket list?
Bucket list helps inspire and clarify the meaningful things in your life by reminding you to act on those things that are important to you. In order to live a happy life, you need to get the utmost satisfaction out of your life. This satisfaction can only be achieved if you accomplish the tasks that really matters to you. Instead of wasting your precious time in activities which are not important in life, focusing on what matters most leads you to happiness. A bucket list helps you achieve that satisfaction by maximizing your potential so that you can live your life to the fullest.
By jotting down your goals and dreams, you move one step closer toward achieving your goals in life. It helps you to be the action taker instead of a procrastinator. It stops you from putting off your dreams of doing things you always wanted to do. I don’t know about you but I don’t want to look back on my life wishing that why the hell I didn’t do this…, when I still had a chance or when I could do it.
I higly recommend you to create a bucket list if you already don’t have one yet. Whether you are young or old, it’s never too late to create a list of your goals. Don’t postpone it saying ‘I will make the list tomorrow or later’. To clarify and focus on what you want in life is very valuable in exchange for a little bit of your time.
How to create an effective bucket list?
To create an effective bucket list, you really need to make this an enjoyable experience. Take some time out of your hectic schedule and sit down to brainstorm and plan your list. Think about the things that reflect your true desires, wishes, dreams, interests and passions. Ask yourself what you want to do in life?
Just think about it this way – If you had a year to live, how would you spend that time?
Learn to prioritize the things that are important to you this very instant. Review the list frequently to add new items or cross out items that you achieve. Remember, it is all about living a fulfilling and happy life.
If you are stuck and don’t know where to start, use the following points as your guide to get your list started:
- What are the things you want to accomplish in life?
- What are your dreams and goals?
- Things you are going to do if you have unlimited resources e.g. Time, Money,….
- The achievement that makes you feel like you have lived your life to the fullest.
- What are the experiences you want to be part of in your life time?
- Any skills or a language you have always wanted to learn?
- Any special location you want to visit?
- Anybody you really want to meet in person?
- Any special occasion you want to be part of?
- The activities you always wanted to try but never had a chance.
- The most valuable thing you can do for the world.
These ideas are just to get you going. There are hundreds of other things you can probably think of – Sky’s the limit.
How to achieve the things that are in your bucket list?
Many people create a bucket list but do not take any actions towards achieving their goals in the list. Don’t be one of them. Be an action taker and start acting on the things you want to achieve in life. Get organized and start a plan to take action.
To assist you to start taking action, put the list in a place where you can easily see it everyday. Stick it in your notice board, set it up as your computer wallpaper, hang it in your wall,….do whatever it takes. You might need to break down your ambitions into small action plans in order to reach your goals. Sometimes, you need to involve other people around you to fulfill your dreams so don’t hesitate to share your list to people who you are comfortable with. This also helps you get motivated to take action and get more joy out of your bucket list.
Once you achieve a goal, cross it out and write a journal about it. This gives you a great pleasure and motivation to complete other things in your list. Go over the list frequently and prioritize what you want to do next. Prioritizing the list helps you achieve your goals quicker and with ease.
You don’t need to give up on other things in life in order to achieve your goals. Just set out couple of hours a week or couple of days a month or even couple of weeks a year, to work towards what you want out of life. It is simply exhilarating to accomplish the goals you set in life. It makes your life worth living.
Do you have a bucket list yet ?
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Here’s to your happy life!
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