Why do I need a bucket list and how do I get one?

Life is shortIf you don’t already know what a bucket list is, the definition, acording to www.urbandictionary.com is

‘A list of things to do before you die. Comes from the term “kicked the bucket”.’

Creating a bucket list is a great tool to find out what you really value in life and why. It can also help form the basis of setting goals. There are some things you might want to keep in mind before you begin your own list. Here are some things to think about before you start

  • Commit to making an actual list. Write the list down where you can access it easily on a daily basis. Using your mobile phone is an option, or writing on post-it notes which you can combine later in a note book. Pinterest can be a great place to collect ideas too.
  • Don’t forget the little things. Buying your dream house would be amazing, but it’s also worthwhile thinking about the small things in life – reading that book you’ve been meaning to or trying that new restaurant in town.
  • Share your list with friends and family, firstly it will make it seem more real and by sharing your dreams you are more likely to achieve them.
  • Look out for ideas and inspiration in your daily life and ask other people to share their bucket list.
  • Your bucket list should serve as inspiration rather than a plan to live your life to. Goal setting can help you plan how to achieve items on your bucket list but always measure yourself by how far you’ve come, not how far you’ve got to go.
  • Once your list starts getting large try categorising it into different sections.
  • Keep a note of the things you have achieved, its good to take stock of the things you’ve done.

If you’re stuck, you can try asking yourself these questions.

  • What have you always wanted to do but have not done yet?
  • Are there any countries, places or locations you want to visit?
  • What are your biggest goals and dreams?
  • Are there any special moments you want to witness?
  • What would you do if you found out you had six months left to live?
  • What skills do you want to learn?
  • What are the most important things you can ever do? For yourself? For others?
  • What would you like to say/do together with other people? People you love? Family? Friends?
  • If you were lying on your death bed what are the things you would regret not doing?

I’ve been keeping a bucket list in various forms for about 10 years (although I didn’t always call it a bucket list) and I try and update on a regular basis.You can view my bucket list here.  And if you need more inspiration here’s a lady who has a huge amount on her bucket list with over 500 items http://mslistologist.com/my-bucket-list/. What’s on your bucket list – I need some more inspiration for mine?

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