Four Reasons to Start Your Bucket List -
4 reasons to start a bucket list
4 reasons to start a bucket list
  • 4 reasons to start a bucket list
  • 4 reasons to start a bucket list
  • 4 reasons to start a bucket list
  • 4 reasons to start a bucket list

The term “bucket list” typically refers to goals you want to accomplish before you “kick the ‘proverbial’ bucket,” but we here at believe that these lists are actually motivational tools for living life to the fullest, tracking your progress against your life’s goals and celebrating your achievements.

So, with that in mind, if we haven’t convinced you yet, here are four important reasons we think you should start one today!

Reason #1 – Constructing a bucket list could improve your satisfaction with your life

“The research is clear,” says Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, a certified professional coach and co-author of Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide. “The happiest people wake up every day to short- and long-term goals that involve taking risks, connecting with others, and persistence.” She urges readers to set specific, challenging objectives that move you beyond your comfort zone. “Properly-set goals provide a roadmap for our lives, and we end up being proactive instead of reactive,” she notes. "We are also more optimistic because we are always looking forward, not behind.”

Reason #2 – A bucket list can help you set priorities

Whether you expect to live another 10 years or another 50 years, a bucket list can help you identify those goals that are most meaningful to you, and put them at the front of the list. You might even want to share your list with your closest friends and family.

Reason #3 – A bucket list will broaden your horizons

When most of us start a bucket list, we tend to focus on those activities or goals that are top of mind. But as our lists grow, we often branch out into new areas. Travel, especially to exotic locations, tends to be on most everybody’s list. But other areas can include:

  • Acquiring new education or skills, such as finishing that degree or learning another language
  • Having adventures, for example, both flavors of diving (SCUBA and sky) are popular on bucket lists
  • Working on self-improvement. Good examples are quitting a habit, improving your diet or getting into shape
  • Helping others in some way, such as volunteering or donating
  • Improving relationships, or making amends with someone

Reason #4 – Your bucket list can inspire a sense of achievement

You know what’s even more satisfying than making a good bucket list? Crossing items off if it as you accomplish them! If you keep and track your bucket list here at, you can simply click “I Did It!” for any bucket list entry, moving that goal to your “Achievements” list.

For most people, adding the first few dozen items to a bucket list is easy, but coming up with new ideas can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are plenty of websites that offer ideas. One of our favorites is from author and life coach, Tal Gur, on his website, “Below Zero to Hero,” where he provides more than 1,000 ideas in 13 categories … all on a single page. 

So what are you waiting for? Create and share your bucket list today and start living the life you’ve dreamed of.

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