How many times have you heard someone say, “that’s on my bucket list?”
A bucket list can be a powerful tool to remind you of goals and encourage progress as well as keep you on-track.
Bucket lists might be categorized by:
- Things you want to do.
- Things you want to see.
- Things you want to accomplish.
No matter how you categorize your bucket list, there are a few things you should include like:
- Prioritize. A simple list of things without an order of importance – to you – will not hold your imagination or motivate you to cross things off. Perhaps putting your bucket list in order of ease works better for you. Put your bucket list in order.
- Plan. Create a plan for crossing off items from your bucket list makes it more concrete. If you want to start crossing things off your bucket list, then you should know HOW. Without a plan for execution, your bucket list is only a wishlist.
- Visualize. Collect pictures of things related to items on your bucket list and put them on a bucket list board. If your bucket list item is a destination like Paris, then add pictures of things you might want to do in Paris. If your bucket list item is an activity like swimming with dolphins, then add pictures of places you can visit that promote this activity. Each image adds credibility to your quest.
- Realize. With every bucket list item, there is a set of considerations needed to make your plan a reality. For example, if your bucket list includes travel to another country, then you might need to research and execute additional considerations like passport, weather, travel requirements for that area, and health requirements. Failure to consider these things can delay your trip and be very costly to your wallet.
The biggest part of starting a bucket list is simply….starting!
Start off by brainstorming all of the places or things you would like to do in the next year, five years, and ten years. Getting your bucket list recorded and starting to plan will take on a life of its own.