Bucket List Failure

Failure as Part of the Bucket List Experience

Are some of your bucket list goals pretty wild? Way outside your comfort zone, not to mention your budget, skills or abilities? And are you afraid you may try and fail at some of these goals?

Then you and I have something in common.

My bucket list is the To Do list of an adventurous, athletic, wealthy genius. I love who I see when I look at that list: Michelle on top of mountains, Michelle racing cars, Michelle learning languages and living like an expat, owning a radio station and fighting with nunchucks.

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Prioritize Your Bucket List – The first steps to success

How do you prioritize your bucket list and make sure you actually start living your deepest dreams and goals?

If you’re like me, you have a lengthy bucket list and all of it sounds fun.  We want to skydive while traveling across Europe on our way to a meditation retreat at which we find the love of our life, right?


I took six steps toward my bucket list and the last two years of my life have been drastically different than the ones before. Give these a try and let us know how the steps work for you:

1.     Write it All Down

Everything you’ve ever wanted to do. Nothing is too big or too small for this list. Working in Excel will make the next steps much easier.

2.     Create 3 Levels

In a second column, write 1, 2 or 3 next to every item. Ones are the things you have to do in order to die happy someday.  Twos are things you’d love to look back on. Threes are things that would be cool to complete, but aren’t really gripping for you right now.

Sort the data by this column, so the Ones are at the top.


3.     Estimate the Money

In Column C, create estimates for all of your Ones.  Do quick searches on flights and hotels, or classes and books, or gear and lessons.  Use rough averages; it doesn’t have to be precise at this stage.

Not everything requires money, I understand. But even the lofty goals, like falling in love, might require a Match.com subscription.

4.     Estimate the Time

In Column D estimate the time you’ll need for each item.  If you’re very detailed, create two columns: actual days and vacation days.

Not everything has a clear timeline, I understand. This column is mostly about how much time you want to truly and utterly devote to the project.

Now, all of your Ones – the things you must do in order to die happy (some day, very distant future) –have budgets and timelines.  Let the IRL (in real life) fun start!

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5.     Commit Time and Money This Year

Ask yourself these two questions: How much money can I spend on these projects in the next year? How much time can I devote to them?

6.     Do the Bucket List

Believe it or not, the answers to those last two questions are your only limitations to dying happy at any time, at least when it comes to prioritize your bucket list.  If you have $500 to spare in the next year, get to work on the bucket list items that cost less than that.  If you only have 3 vacation days left, get to work on the projects you can accomplish in that time.

You may be surprised at how much is within your reach.  The first year I did this, I accomplished 5 things on my bucket list!

And, of course, the more time and money you devote to your bucket list, the more of your dreams and goals you can accomplish.  But you’ll find you can start somewhere in some way, and then living your dreams will become a way of life!

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How to use technology to achieve your Bucket List dreams

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 Bucket List, 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 – using tech tools for good – 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.

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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.

2. 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.

Easily set due dates and add steps to your bucket list goals on your profile by going to your dashboard, and clicking on one of your top goals you want to accomplish. Add the steps in, and add your due date.

3. 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

Key takeaways:

  • Write your goals down: those with written goals achieve more than those who did not write them down.
  •  Share them with friends: by making your goals public you’re creating accountability.
  •  Check in regularly: doing weekly updates is a powerful way to keep goals top of mind and to ensure that we stay on track

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Why you NEED a Bucket List!

Reading this, you’re probably quite aware that we like bucket lists. We LOVE bucket lists

question-1389645-mreally, but it occurred to me on the bus this morning, does anyone truly know what a bucket list even is? Or realize the potential a bucket list can have?

Well today I want to break down a few things, and answer some questions we all have, like:

1. What is a bucket list?

2. Why do I need a bucket list?

What is a bucket list?

If we go back to the roots, bucket list refers to a list of thing to do before you ‘kick the bucket’ aka (sorry to be morbid) before you die. So technically it can be anything from going to school, to buying eggs at the market. But really, a bucket list is so much more.

We like to think of a bucket list as something you’d be proud to show off. The stories you’ll remember when you’re old, grey, and wrinkly, slyly smiling about that one time you pushed yourself to greatness. A life list, of the things you want to do before you die.

From the over 2,000,000 goals added to our website, we’ve discovered that peoples bucket lists follow similar categories. They are, travel, adventure, adrenaline, family, skills, fitness, and personal development (not to say there aren’t a lot more). Just looking at the categories, these aren’t things you do everyday. To be blunt, they are achieved!

But, I know what I want to do in life, do a really need to create a bucket list?

red-check-sign-in-3d-1131446-mYES.YES.YES! A bucket list should be written down and looked at on a regular basis. I don’t know about you, but the amount of things that go through my head in a day, would make any sane persons head spin! Writing things down help me keep track and organized of my daily life, but also for my long term goals.

Studies show that people who write down there goals, and share them with friends to be more accountable are over 33% MORE successful than people that just write them down (source).

We want you to live the most amazing and fulfilled lives, that’s why we are in production for the bucket list app. Launching this spring, you’ll be able to check your bucket list on the go, learn tips and tricks from the pros in achieving your goals, and be inspired by the hundreds of thousands or like minded individuals who are wanting to live the best life possible!

But we need your help! Starting the first week of April, we’ll be launching our crowd-funding campaign, where you can help our dreams come true, and in turn contribute to an app with the power of changing the world!

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