How to Make and Manage a Bucket List

What is a bucket list, why you should have one, and how to get it done.

The New Year is Not so New Anymore

January is a time for introspection and reflection on our lives.  We seek to start the New Year with a fresh perspective and ask ourselves some difficult questions:  What will happen when we die?  How do our lives affect others?  Will we leave the world any different from the way we found it? With January over and the new year wearing on, it is time to answer these serious questions with action.  The way to do that is to make a bucket list.

Start Your Bucket List

What is a bucket list?  It is a list of things to do before you die, or “kick the bucket”.  The list will contain items like, “write a book” or “climb Mount Everest”.

Why Have a Bucket List

Most people have a bucket list stewing in the back of their minds, but never seriously consider their dreams as potential realities.  Writing a bucket list will help you take up the challenge of converting your daydreams into accomplishable goals.  

Having goals in life is important.  Your goals can help you get through an otherwise dreary day by giving you something bright to focus on.  You will remember that you stay at that less-than-satisfying job so you can make money for your trip to Paris.  Goals also help you to focus on who you are and what it is that you want in life.  Viewing your life as a whole, not just a series of events, will create a path for you to follow towards a happier and more satisfying life. 

How to Begin

To start your list, begin by writing down those ideas that have been stewing in your mind.  This may take a few days, since many of the ideas pop up at odd times.  Keep a small notebook and pen on for a few days.
At first, it is important to write down all of your ideas, not just the attainable ones.  The idea is not to focus on what you can’t have, but what you can achieve. Do not forget to think about what you can achieve that will help others.  The most satisfying goals are those that influence many lives, not just your own.  Once you have a list, brainstorm for other things you might like to do in your life.

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  1. I like this. I think it is important to have goals, even small ones to help you achieve what you want, and to make you feel as though your life is moving forward. I have been meaning to make a ‘bucket list’ myself, and I think I might go ahead now.

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