Your bucket list is a list of all the dreams, experiences and achievements you hope to accomplish in your lifetime. It is a list that precisely describes your personal guideline to self-improvement. That’s important because when you know what you want in life, it’s much easier to actually get it! Indeed, once written, your brain will automatically make you notice all the little things that will validate your “new” reality and it will feel like life is suddenly pointing you in the direction of your goals!
It is a fun way to think about what you want to accomplish in life, make a conscious agreement with yourself, become accountable for your actions and maintain focus on what really matters to you.
Ready to give it a shot?
A Few Tips Before We Get Started:
- Your list can be as long as you wish, if you are doing it for the first time, why not push yourself to write down 100 items? I believe this is a good start…. And please don’t tell me that’s too much, we are talking about your lifetime’s achievements here, now is a perfect time to be ambitious.
- Try not to get too much inspiration from the internet or other people’s list (at least at first), this exercise is not about writing down as many random goals as possible, it is about reflecting on what YOU want to achieve. Every item on the list needs to mean something to you, if it doesn’t, delete it!
- Don’t be afraid to dream big but don’t forget the easy and achievable goals you can start working on today
- You do not have to write it all at once…. In fact take your time, write down a new item whenever a new idea strikes you!
- Your list needs to remain a living document, don’t be scared to delete items and/or add some more at any time. As you grow, change and mature, your goals will change and that’s ok
Step 1 – Create The Right Environment
This exercise might take a few days, maybe even a few weeks….
Equip yourself with a notepad and a pen. If you want to organize your list into categories, it might be helpful to get highlighters in different colors.
You will probably have to write a few drafts before you finalize your list, so don’t worry if you start off messy!
Keep your notepad with you everywhere you go, you never know when a new idea might come to mind.
You can also decide to go digital, why not!
Step 2 – Brainstorm
Start with whatever comes to your mind right now! My guess, you will get stuck after about 25 or 30 items….. Maybe before. And that’s ok!
Most people think about travels when writing their bucket list, but that’s only one area of achievements.
Here are a few categories to consider:
|Love & Romance||Wealth & Prosperity|
|Career||Health & Wellness|
|Mind & Soul||Family & Community|
|Travel & Adventure||Creativity & Hobbies|
|Education & Self Growth||Spirituality & Religion|
Still finding it difficult? Maybe these questions can help:
|Any educational degrees you would like to get?|
|What is you short term goal when it comes to your career? How about long term goal?|
|Any skills you would like to gain? (Ex: language, sports, cooking, technologies, etc.)|
|Where would you like to go? What countries do you want to visit? Which landmarks would you like to take pictures of?|
|What is your idea of the family you would like to build?|
|Anything you would like to own in the short term and in the long term?|
|Any hobbies/activities/sports you always wanted to try?|
|Any events you always wanted to attend?|
|Any knowledge you would like gain? (Religion, politics, science..etc)|
|Surely there are things about yourself that you would like to change, what are they?|
|What about giving back to the community, charity organizations, your contribution to saving the planet, to make the word a better place?|
|How about your health?|
Again, don’t be afraid to dream big but don’t forget about the short-term achievable goals. Include a few things you can start today, some others that are achievable in the next 2 years as well as goals you just really wish to accomplish in the very long run.
Step 3: Clean It Up, Make It Visually Appealing
You have written down everything you could possibly think of? Time to make sure your list is clean and makes absolute sense to you. Read through your items one more time and ensure all your goals are consistent with who you are and who you want to become. If it makes more sense to you, divide your goals into categories, use colors or add pictures to make it more visual.
Feel free to make it digital, but make sure you also have a hard copy easily accessible for review.
Step 4: Make It Public
It’s no secret, by making your list public you will become accountable for your actions and your achievements, that’s a great way to stay committed and focused. But that’s not the only reason why you should share your list. By putting your dreams out there, you are giving your social circle the opportunity to help you achieve them! Don’t be afraid to talk about your goals, people around you have resources, ideas and contacts you know nothing about but that could make all the difference….
Step 5: Document & Celebrate Your Achievements
You know that feeling of crossing an item off a to-do list? Amazing right? Well that’s the idea…..
Every time you accomplish a goal on your list, cross it off, document it, share your achievement, allow others to congratulate you for it, celebrate with a proportionate reward!
You can keep a journal, a photo album, a blog…. Whatever works for you.
Emeline Omont / Founder, MomentuM Coaching & Consulting