Hack your bucket list in 2016

Earlier we talked about the popular goals on bucket list and then (I hope) inspired you with the most incredible achievements of 2015. Well what about 2016? How can you set yourself up for successfully ticking off your bucket list?

Every January 1, what do we all do? If you are like 99% of the world the answer is probable set some resolutions of things you hope to achieve that year. However with over 92% of the population failing to meet their goals, are we doomed to fail? I hope not.

When we’re in a world that uses technology every minute of every day, why shouldn’t it be used to help us achieve our dreams? Here at Bucketlist, we are surrounded on a day to day basis with support to follow and live our life goals. But I understand that is a rarity in the workplace. So, today I’m going to break down how you can create your own environment for success in all aspects of your life!

How successful people are achieve their goals

I always find it beyond helpful to learn from experiences rather than suggestions, so for the first part of this post, let’s take a close look at how successful people become successful. From my research there seems to be a few commonalities.

  1. They are extremely self aware – in one way or another, it seems that the people that are most successful in the goals are the ones that truly and deeply understand where their strengths and weaknesses lie. By perfecting what you are great at and developing upon your weaknesses, you inevitably will become more efficient at everything you do.
  2. They plan out everything – from their daily routine to their 5 year plan. The most successful people have a calendar and they stick to it. Setting targets into your everyday routines will help you achieve your goals.
  3. They form a community of like-minded strong individuals to gain support and insight. Ever heard of the expression, it takes a village to raise a child? Well, are we ever really finished growing? By surrounding yourself with people who are a positive influence, at a subconscious level you will begin to absorb their insights and wisdom to achieve you life goals – and some really cool people to join in on your bucket list goals.

Using technology to streamline your goal setting

Technology today has the ability to help you achieve your goals. Our aim, here at bucketlist.org, is to use technology to help your dreams become a reality, and there are a few key ways technology can help you achieve your bucket list.

  1. Start by writing it down

Sounds simple right? But taking the time to really think out what you want to accomplish is something a lot of us simply neglect to do. Brainstorm a few key overall areas you want to target; like personal development, travel, adventure, family etc, and then break those categories further into your bucket list. Of course your bucket list is always growing and developing so this is in no way a definitive life list.

But how can technology replace your trusted notebook? Easy, by adding your goals to your bucketlist.org you now have the added bonuses of being able to access and browse your bucket list, and never loosing/misplacing your list, after you’ve put on all this effort into what you want to accomplish.

We know that studies have shown, people who have their goals visible on a daily basis are much more likely to accomplish them than those that don’t.

  1. Add due dates and targets to your goals

With most things in life, the person you can rely on most is yourself. No ones going to push you to travel to the great wall of China, or learn to speak four languages. If you want to accomplish something its really up to you to do so. Setting due dates and targets to your goals will help create a little sense of urgency. Nothings set in stone, but keeping your goals in the forefront of your mind, should help keep your goals on track and tangible.

  1. Share your goals with friends, family, and the community

People who wrote down their goals, shared this information with a friend, and sent weekly updates to that friend were on average 33% more successful in accomplishing their stated goals than those who merely formulated goals.Reference

By using these tips you can start breaking down your bucket list into actionable steps. I just know you’re going to have the best year ever.

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What were the coolest, most outrageous goals of 2015?

Wow! On our last post we saw the top 10 favorite bucket list goals of 2015 but I have to say, writing today’s was a highlight of the year. You all did some incredibly cool stuff!

So much cool stuff, it was difficult for me to narrow in on just a few of the achievements to showcase. But since you might as well go big or go home:

Here are 3 of the most inspiring success stories added to Bucketlist.org in 2015!

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Here are the top Bucket List goals of 2015

2015 was the best year yet for the 300,000 (!!!!!) plus members of the Bucketlist community! The ten goals below are just scratching the surface of all the cool stuff you’re going to do in the years to come.

Next week we’re going to be sharing some of my favorite success stories, and I mean there’s some outrageous stuff on that list. But to kick off the year end review, take a look at the Top 10 Most Popular Goals of 2015! (more…)

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The most underrated Bucket List goal category

Personal Development

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn, no one can stop you.”

– Anonymous

Every January 1, millions of people set goals they want to achieve in the upcoming year. Things are bright, fresh and full of possibilities! Resolutions are great, right? But by the time February 15th rolls round, I’m guessing 90% of people have, sadly, given up and slipped into their old – bad – habits. Personal development should be something we strive for on a daily basis. Yet sometimes this superb bucket list category is grossly abused. What could be better than learning and growing as a human being? The flashy and exciting goals like traveling or the adrenaline- fueled adventures often outshine skills and development. But new skills are some of the most valuable goals you can accomplish on your bucket list. They not only help you with your personal development, but also have such a positive impact on the world around you.

Realistically, just 8% of people keep with their pledges. Resolutions get a bad rap because they are set with the wrong state of mind. We see that people often set these goals on a faulty foundation of what is popular. The Paleo diet? Sounds like a great way to drop the pounds. Juice cleanse? Time to detox the skin and your stomach. But once a difficult patch hits, it’s easier to give up than to readjust your goals and objectives.

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How to save for your bucket list adventures – Travel Edition

“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”
 Paul Theroux

Here’s the truth, travelling is going to cost you money, but the good thing is, it’s not as scary – or expensive – as you think if you’re smart about your savings and your spending before, during and after the trip. It’s all about priorities and if you’re really ready to commit to travel. In this section, discover how world travelers fund their adventures before the adventure. (more…)

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You only fail when you stop trying

It’s official, we’re in the final months of 2015. Just a little over 3 months it will be time to shake off the christmas slumber and jump start 2016.

Even though it feel like just yesterday we set those amazing resolutions goals for the year, it’s actually time to shake off that list and realize that the only time limits with have on our goals are self imposed.

One of the biggest lessons in life is realizing there is no failure but the failure to stop trying.  (more…)

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Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life

Time is the most valuable currency.

Imagine that you had a bank account that at the beginning of every day got £86,400 put into it, but at the end of every day, that money disappeared. Now imagine – you’d take that money out wouldn’t you, you’d take it out, spend it on yourself, you’d give the money to someone else, you’d take the money out and store it. You wouldn’t let this £86,400 disappear.

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