Create a Bucket List

A 'bucket list' is a list of things that someone wants to do before he dies.

The phenomenon bucket list is gaining more and more popularity in the Netherlands. The list of things you want to do "before you kick the bucket" or else “pass away" is increasingly being approached as a positive 'life list’, a list of goals you want to achieve in your life. Definitely not just for people who are terminally ill or have the end of their life in sight. A bucket list is for everyone!

The name has become especially popular due to the release of the film  The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson in 2007.

The preparation and potential publication of the list helps to achieve the set goals.


Why would you create a Bucket List?

In the end we only want one thing in life. To be Happy!

Wealth, fame, respect, perfect looks, perfect condition and even health are nothing without the feeling of happiness!

Sometimes being happy is put to the test by loss, poverty or disease. Often beyond influence. This is why you have to maximally utilise the things you do have an influence on.

If you want to take control of your own life then you need to convert your dreams into concrete goals. Creating a bucket list or better yet an iBucketList is the best way to do this!

A Bucket List can contain a variety of items. As long as it is clear what you want to do in your life.

Some examples are:

  • Go skydiving or just visit a theater in London
  • See the Northern Lights or walk the Pelgrimage to Santiago
  • Attend a Metallica concert or more timid, meditate on the beach

Tips for creating a Bucket List

A Bucket List often contains things to do, to see, to experience. Much less emphasis is on it. Below you will find some steps that can help you in making your personal Bucket List.

Get inspired
View each (sub)category, which even remotely has your interest. Mix items from different parts of your life. Think big, but also easy to achieve goals that keep you motivated.

Ask yourself questions
Always make sure your list accommodates to who you are or, even more important, who you want to be. 
Give answers to questions like:

  • If you had one year to live, what would you do?
  • If you would win the jackpot, where would you go and what would you do?
  • What did you as a child always want to do, what were your dreams?
  • What does your perfect day look like?
  • On your deathbed, what would you be most sorry about if you did not do it?

Make a list
Have you gained ideas and answered the questions to yourself then create a bucket list out of it. On paper, or better yet, add them to your personal iBucketList. It’s accessible on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Specifify
Make your Bucket List items more specific. Select an iBucketList partner that can (possibly) facilitate you in achieving your goal.

SMART-goal 
The more specific your goal, the greater the chance that you will actually go live your Bucket List. Provide a 'deadline', a place and record other relevant matters.

Action-oriented 
Make it interesting, attractive and start a Bucket List - item with words that incite action. Words that define what you will do, such as: create, make, become, travel, sail, swim, walk, bike, jump.

Motivation 
Stay motivated by regularly checking off small items. And check your bucket list regularly. Once a month is the minimum.

Update 
Keep your bucket list up-to-date. Be inspired continuously and add items. Remove items that are no longer of interest to you or leave it so that you can see what was on your list some time in the past.

Share 
Share your Bucket List and inspire others to also make an iBucketList. In addition to your natural drive, it also results in an extra sense of responsibility to realise your own plans.

Enjoy 
The most important thing is the fact that the Bucket List gives your life direction. You can take satisfaction in the goals that you have achieved and will achieve. If your life is a sum of experiences, make sure they’re memorable!