Do you have a BUCKET LIST?

19 08 2009

In my previous post, I argued that having and rigidly following a “life plan” may not always be the best strategy to get everything out of life. Nevertheless, I will be the first to admit that there is something magical about knowing what you want out of life and having a sort of check-list that you can consult and see how you’re doing on the virtual scoreboard. This is where the idea of a bucket list comes in.

What is a bucket list?

A bucket list serves as a constant reminder of what you want out of life. It is simply a list of things, activities and experiences you want to get or do before you “kick the bucket”. (See The Bucket List (2007) with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson for some inspiration.) Ever wanted to make that roadtrip? Are there some places that you’ve always dreamed of visiting? Are you planning to learn a foreign language? All these should go on your bucket list!

How do you make a bucket list?

Starting, as always, is the hardest part. The only things you need to make a bucket list are pen, paper and a bit of time. Now sit down and think. Write down anything that comes to your mind when you ponder the question: “What do you want to do before you die?” What are your secret crazy dreams? What do you wish you had enough money to do? How would you spend your days if you had nothing to worry about?

The most important thing: WHY should you have a bucket list?

Firstly, it forces you to think about what you want to gain out of life? What do you really want to do or experience? Through the simple act of writing it you gain clarity about what your future regrets may be. Avoid those. It’s still time and maybe you’ll surprise yourself when all those secret dreams suddenly start getting clearer outlines.

Most importantly, however, writing your bucket list will move you considerably closer towards accomplishing your dreams and wishes. How? As most goal-setters know, the simple act of writing down your goals counts as the first (and hardest) step. You are more likely to accomplish something when you know it’s one of your goals and you keep a visual record of it somewhere close.

If you’re interested in learning more about making bucket lists then this post may be another great starting point. Also check out BBC’s 50 Things to Do Before You Die.

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