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How to create a bucket list

26th October 2016

How to create a bucket list

If you haven’t heard of the term bucket list, it’s a list of all the goals that you want to achieve, dreams you want to fulfil, and life experiences you want to have before you die.

Creating a bucket list will help to focus your interests, provide structure and motivate you to step out of the box. It can expand your mind to new possibilities and make your dreams become a reality.

There is no right or wrong way to create a bucket list. Everyone’s list will be unique to them, and the items on the list can be as small or big as you like – sometimes even the simplest of goals are the most rewarding.

Start creating your bucket list today with the following steps…


Begin planning:

Have fun with this. Find your favourite notebook and begin writing down all of your dreams and aspirations. You will already have experiences in mind that you know you want to have. Don’t worry too much at this point about how you will make these happen and don’t exclude anything just because you think it’s too difficult or too easy. Also ensure that each item is meaningful to you, don’t just choose something because it’s a popular choice on everyone else’s list.

As you are planning, it is helpful to breakdown your list into particular areas. For example:

  • Travel
  • Health
  • Career
  • Experiences
  • Skills & knowledge

Don’t forget to include small goals as well. Have one thing on your list that you can achieve today. This will give you a feeling of accomplishment and will motivate you to continue. Easier goals are helpful because it reminds you that not all meaningful accomplishments are huge and difficult.

Write your first draft

The sooner you have some sort of list; the sooner you can take the first steps to completing the goals on it. Write down any ideas that come to mind that you would like to achieve and review with a fresh pair of eyes a couple of days after.

Refine your list

Add any goals that might be missing and take out any items that you added not because you wanted to, but because you thought they should be there. Be completely honest with yourself.

If your attitude about the goals written on your list changes over time, either remove them or reshape them to suit your needs. The idea of a bucket list is to strive for growth and fulfillment, not to tie yourself to things that are no longer important to you. 

Pick the perfect place to display your list

Type up your list, print it out and display it somewhere you will see it everyday.

What are you waiting for? Life’s too short to not get started.