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Create a Compelling Future: Tips for Making Your Bucket List

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If you don’t have a bucket list yet, why not? You are shortchanging yourself. A bucket list will pinpoint those activities and achievements that mean the most to you. If you do not prioritize your time, you might miss out on something important! Consider making a bucket list today. Did you know there are even phone apps that will help with the process?

Create a bucket list and define your future:

1. Have different types of items within your bucket list. You might include a physical challenge, like running a marathon. How about a few adventures, like scuba diving on the barrier reef or hang gliding, or maybe parachuting out of a plane? You could include a few intellectual and travel items. Maybe you have always wanted to learn how to play the piano or see the pyramids.

2. Keep it meaningful. Be realistic. Some things might impress others but are not be meaningful to you. Avoid choosing items just to impress others. Focus on impressing yourself.

3. Keep the list short. You might not have time to do everything that sounds appealing. Better yet, you might create a long list but always single out the top 10. The top 10 can change over time, but always prioritize.

  • The most important items on your bucket list will matter more than the rest of the list combined.

4. Have one item you can do with your currently available time and resources. It might be to train for a marathon or rent a limo for the evening. Do not wait to check an item off your bucket list. This will give you a feeling of achievement.

5. Set goals that support items on your bucket list. Do you want to live in Costa Rica when you retire? Start by setting some financial goals and start learning how to speak Spanish.

  • Review your goals regularly and remind yourself why you are pursuing them.

6. You do not have to create your list in a single sitting. Supposing it will take years to check off all the items, your list will change. You are changing, so it is only realistic to expect your list to change, too.

  • When something peaks your interest, add it to your list.
  • Schedule a few minutes each month to review and update your bucket list.

7. Identify a few items that are relatively easy to achieve. Traveling to Africa is easier than running a marathon. Give yourself a few easier goals and gain some momentum. Be sure to include some items that are easy to achieve

8. Look at other bucket lists for ideas. Try looking online, there are many available for viewing. Not only will you be inspired, you may even find some great ones to add to your list.

9. Think about whom you would like to share these experiences with. White water rafting would be fun. It would be even more fun with your old college roommate or someone you want to reconnect with.

  • You might prefer to tackle some of the items on your list alone. Others might be more meaningful with a friend.

Ponder the many benefits of making a bucket list. A bucket list should be required for everyone over the age of five. If you do not have a bucket list, make one immediately!

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Karen Ferrante

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