8 Rules to creating and accomplishing your Bucket List!
Some people have pretty strong emotions about the idea of creating a bucket list. Maybe it’s a reminder that life indeed is short, that you only do get to live once or the biggie – so much time has passed so why start now.
Personally – I’m all about the bucket list. I’ve completed a few and now Dave and I are doing one together. We even have a blog called Bucket List Nomads 🙂
I’m going to walk you through how I created my lists and started checking things off of them one by one.
Rule #1 – Give it a Name.
My dear friend Robin made me make a “Crazy List” when I started working with her as a business coach. These were things I could accomplish if I reached my business goals. One of them was to go live fulltime in our RV (Check!), another was to buy a cute little red sports car – I did but then sold it to buy the jeep to tow behind the RV. 🙂
Name your list whatever you want – but I do want you to emotionally connect with it. I did a Google search and came up with this cool list of names – feel free to steal them or create one of your own!
- Life List
- Dream List
- Life’s Aspiration List
- My Lifetime Goals
- Things to Achieve in My Lifetime
- My Life’s To Do
- Meaningful Life Goals
- Things to Conquer
- Amazing Experiences To Be Had
- The Life Plan
- My Life’s Must Dos
Rule #2 – Give it a HOME – yes, your List needs a place to live because you will be visiting it often.
You want to write it down, look at it often, and check things off as you accomplish them. Some people like to keep a journal, or do it digitally – whatever works for you, do it!
Creating a bucket list is also creating a GOAL LIST. In order to accomplish a goal, you need to have a road map, a plan, and a commitment to get it done.
- Paper Journal. To this day I keep a journal and in it, I have my dreams and aspirations. This was my go-to until I moved into the RV full time and realized I can’t keep dozens of journals so…I went digital
- iPad – Notability App. I LOVE this app!! I have the new iPad Pro with the keyboard and the stylus so I can write in it, but this app allows you to import pictures so I can create digital vision boards!
- Excel file or Word doc – doesn’t leave a lot of room for super creativity – but it works!
- Be a Blogger! There are so many blogs out there – it’s free and easy. You can chronicle your journey as you go after your bucket list items.
- Find an online forum – I personally have not used these but if this is your jam to find a community to share – then go for it: org, BucketList.net or iWish App are a few. But I’m sure there are dozens more
Rule #3 – Decide what your list will look like.
I did one that was 100 things I needed to do before I died. So it was a finite number. I’ve transferred some of those items to more niche lists – here are some ideas.
Some have deadlines – but for most, your LIFE is the deadline. Other things I wanted to do before I turned a certain age, it makes it more of a “goal” and I’m pushed to do them.
- 100 things to do before I die
- 10 must see places I have to go to before I’m 50 or 90 – choose a date
- 10 outside my comfort zone things I have to do
- 10 people I want to see in person before I die
- 10 marathons I want to run
- 100 restaurants I want to go to
- 10 creative things I want to learn – painting, sculpting, etc.
- 10 childhood dreams I still want to do
Or you can start by creating Categories – I found this list on the web and thought it was genius!
- Career + Finances
- Entertainment & Events
- Family + Kids
- Food + Drink
- Just for Fun
- Local Experiences
- Personal Growth
- Nature + Wildlife
- Sports + Activities
There is NO WRONG LIST!!!
TIP: Nothing is off limits. Put down the craziest things on the list!
Rule #4 – The Mini List and why you need to be realistic but not confining
The reason I have dates on some of my lists and not on others is that I don’t want to be bummed that I can’t accomplish everything on my list. Hence the reason for the Mini List.
Maybe it’s seasonal, or in a year, or very specific to an event.
The 10 things I want to do this Summer
The 5 people I want to meet at X event I’m attending
This year’s bucket list versus New Year’s Resolutions 🙂
I see this one A LOT – 30 things to do before I’m 30, 50 before 50. PS I’m working on my 60 before 60 and I’m going to be 58 in a few weeks, so I need to get cracking!
The Mini Lists will make you feel super accomplished AND they are very specific goals – so I just love them!!!
Rule #5 – Be inspired and constantly ADD to your list or create new ones!
Every time I watch a movie or a binge a Netflix series inevitably, I see a place in them and tell Dave – we need to go there. I ended up in Hawaii after watching the new Hawaii 5-o That’s a legit confession. I’m always looking to add things to my list! I see an Instagram Post, a Pinterest Pin – I say, “I want to do that!” and it goes on the list.
Here are some other tips:
- Write your own eulogy. How do you want to be remembered? What do you want people to know about you and what you’ve accomplished in your life? I’m working on this one now. Translate those notes into bucket list items. Get it done!
- I’m a writer and a doodler. So when I see TV shows set in awesome locations – I write it in my journal and those things end up on my lists. The point is to capture ideas, so you don’t forget them!
- Seriously search out what other people are doing – there are so many blogs out there! Be inspired and yes, it’s 100% ok to copy another person’s bucket list!!!
- Understand the power of your own mind. Ask yourself 20 questions and write down the answers. These pretty much cover it all – you can add or subtract – but this should get you started. The idea is to get you THINKING!
- Where in the world would you like to go?
- If you had one month to live, what would you do?
- What foodie adventures do you want to try?
- What cultural traditions are you interested in?
- Are there any activities or sports that you want to try?
- What events do you want to attend?
- What has always been your biggest dream in life?
- What classes have you always thought about taking?
- If money and fear were not an issue what would you do?
- Who have you always wanted to meet in person?
- What would you like to do with family and friends?
- In what ways do you want to do improve yourself physically, mentally, or spiritually?
- What skills have you wanted to learn?
- Is there a charity you have always wanted to support?
- What was your childhood dream — is it still relevant today?
- If you won a 500 million dollar lottery today, what would you do?
- If you were on your deathbed, what would be your regrets?
- What travel stories would you want to share with your grandchildren?
- If you had three wishes what would they be?
- Is there someplace you have always wanted to take your spouse, best friend, and parent?
Rule #6 Don’t let self-limiting beliefs limit your list
Just because you’ve never sky-dived or climbed a mountain doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Whatever your heart desires should go on that list.
Remember – if you think you can or think you can’t – you are 100% correct.
Have deep faith that you can accomplish your goals.
Visualize what it’s like to be on that dream location or married to the knight in shining armor – whatever that bucket list item is, I want you to visualize yourself telling your friends about how you got there. How did it feel?
Rule #7 Do it. Just don’t write about it.
Many people will make the list, most won’t take action to actually do it.
That’s the reality – don’t make it yours.
The important part is to come up with items that are so damn meaningful to you, that pull at your heartstrings, that inspire you to wake up, and energize you every single day!
You want a list that makes you smile when you look at it. That encourages you to get out your calendar and take action.
You want a list that you can share with your friends and say, “I’m doing this – wanna join me?”
Rule #8. Enjoy the journey. Enough Said.
The important part is to come up with items that are meaningful to you; ones that will inspire you to wake up each morning with a fire in your belly.