We spend so much of our lives with noses to the grindstone, it’s worthwhile stopping to take stock and ask the big question:
what do we want from life?
Ask yourself these questions:
- What has been your biggest achievement in the last 6 months?
- What impression have you left on the world so far?
- What is going to be your biggest achievement in the next 6 months?
How many of us will approach the end of our lives and wish “if only I had put in just a few more hours at the office…”? Not many, as suggested by a list of the top five regrets of the dying, which includes amongst the top ones ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’.
A bucket list is our wish list for the things we want to do and achieve before we pop our clogs (i.e. kick the bucket!). The beauty of the list is that it’s totally individual to each and every one of us. The to-do items can be as simple or as extreme as you want them to be.
So what’s the point? Well, if we don’t take time to fulfil our life’s ambitions (or at least some of them), we may well get to the end of our allocated time realising we spent it by being swept along in many meaningless or fruitless exploits. Having a bucket list that you can check in on every now and again reminds you of the important things.
There is a lot of crossover between the good disciplines we follow in the workplace and how we can manage completion of our bucket list. It’s all about setting goals and measuring progress against them (and they don’t all have to meet the good old SMART criteria either!).
Ideas for your bucket list:
- Make enough money to be comfortable
- Travel more
- Have a child
- Start a business
- Swim with dolphins
- Buy a bigger house
- Work abroad
- Write a book
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Learn how to abseil
What matters is that the ideas are your own. Do it today and enjoy where the experience takes you!
Do you have a bucket list? What’s on yours? Tell us in the comments below!