As you know. I’m all about the bucket list and all it can do to create a better and more meaningful life. It’s only natural then that we cover how to make a bucket list work the way it should work for you.
Previously I’ve covered why you need to stop with new years’s resolutions and instead make a bucket list, I’ve shared the story about me and how a bucket list enabled me to escape the monotony of daily life, I’ve given you a detailed guide on how to get started with a bucket list, I’ve shown how a bucket list is likely to reduce your life regrets and I’ve elaborated on the key areas you ought to focus sufficiently on in life, plus plenty more.
However, it’s not just about dashing out a list of meaningful experiences. You got to have the necessary habits and mindset that will make you actually utilise your list to enhance your life. My huge bucket list would make little sense if it was just a stand-still document that would just sit there. It would make equally little sense if you just copied my list from top-to-bottom.
What’s essential is to include a few core ingredients to your approach to your personal bucket list. Here’s I will share just those.
PSST! A prerequistie to be able to succeed whatsoever with bucket list is that you need to write down your goals, if you only keep them in mentally then you’re substantially less likely to ever succeed.
1. Share your list to increase both the fun and your accountability
First off, I’ve mentioned this again and again throughout my website. By sharing your list with your family, your friends, your significant other etc. they get to learn a lot about you and they are likely to join or pitch in on some of your life goals.
Secondly, by sharing your list you become more accountable to your goals. When Aunt Annie is asking you on Thanksgiving dinner: “How’s that bucket list thing going?” you naturally would want to give her some good news. Right?
2. Never let goals make you feel “less-than” — think of them as positives/bonuses
Importantly, while you set yourself goals and bucket list items, don’t just look forward at what’s next — look and appreciate what you have got right now in this very moment. And absolutely don’t let the goals get the tendency to make you feel “less-than” because there is something you don’t have now that you aspire to have in the future. Again, think of it all in terms of positives — consider the goals as bonuses — not as negatives.
This is also true for bucket list experiences that you might miss out on. Always wanted to watch a sumo wrestling event in Japan, but when you were there it was all sold out? So be it. The journey and experience you had in Japan was still amazing. Focus on the positives.
3. Don’t rush to the next goal — celebrate achievement
To really make a bucket list work, you should not simply immediately jump on to the next bucket list goal when you have achieved a goal. You gotta stop and enjoy right where you are. Fully take it all in, and celebrate the achievement. Do remember that the real gold and real value is in the experience itself — not in the end result. What I personally do is that I like to jot down a little bit about my achievement, whether it be through a post on social media or personal notes in my note-taking app.
I also have a big photo wall on my bedroom with memorable bucket list experiences that keeps giving as time goes by (also, as I’ve included images in my bucket list, and even the fact that I do share blog posts about some of my experiences enables me to celebrate achievement even further (and hopefully also may inspire some individuals in the process!).
4. Goals tell you where you want to go — so you need to plan how to get there
Lastly, goals in themselves are pointless if they only remain as a far-distant dream as they only tell you where you want to go — not how you are going to get there. So, you need to make the bucket list items tangible and ensure you have the right set of habits that will take you to those goals. And it all comes down to discipline. So, set aside time to elaborate on how you’re going to reach your goals.
If you really want to change specific habits, then read this great article by Psychology Today.
Also, if you have problems finding spare time, then read my article “The Answers to Your Time Management Problems“.
5. Put your list somewhere you’ll see it often
To make a bucket list work, you nneed to refer to it on a somewhat frequent basis. So, ut your list somewhere you’ll see it often. If you just jot down your list on paper and toss it in your drawer you’re not likely to ever follow up on it. So, put some of your goals on the fridge, on your computer desktop, or anywhere else that might make sense to you. Just make sure it’s visible.
That concludes the tips. I hope you found this content helpful and that it will help you make a bucket list work for you. If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to leave a comment below, I’ll be sure to answer them ASAP.
Jon | Bucket List Fanatic