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List of Goals: Bucket List Planning 101

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Making a list of goals isn’t just for New Year’s Resolutions. They can be fun, personal goals that you actually want to make happen as soon as you can.

So if you’ve finally decided to craft your very own bucket list, congrats! Figuring out how to create and keep up with a solid bucket list can be a bit of a challenge.

There is often already so much to do in our daily lives. Adding on exciting goals and experiences can almost seem like a fantasy. However, it all starts with creating your list of goals. Here are some bucket list planning 101 tips to help you get started.

Where to Start with Your List of Goals (a.k.a Bucket List)

Like many  in life, sometimes we just want to know where to begin. Not every project has a “start here” page or someone to point us in the right direction. You might be full of questions and even be wondering,

What should I put on a bucket list?”

There are so many cool things to put on your bucket list. You can look at other bucket lists examples online to help you brainstorm.

However, I recommend setting some personal goals and getting clear on your interests. What are the terms for your bucket list? For example, you may just want to do a lifetime bucket list, or  set a deadline for a certain time or milestone in your life like: ‘things to do before I get married’ or ‘things to do before I turn 40’.

Narrowing down your deadline can help influence which items you put on your bucket list. Try to also think about long-term interests. Have you always wanted to do something but just never felt like you had the time or money to do it? Would you feel regret if you went through your entire life and didn’t get to have a specific experience?

Use the answers to these questions to draft out your dream list ideas.

Look up Popular Leisure Activities and Add Them to Your List of Goals

There are so many popular leisure activities that you can add to your bucket list. It all depends on what you consider fun and relaxing.

Some of the most popular leisure bucket list items include:

  • Travel to a foreign country
  • Hike through a beautiful natural landmark
  • Go to a spa
  • Find outdoor recreation activities
  • Go on a cruise
  • Seek out water activities like kayaking, scuba diving, jet skiing, etc.
  • Visit a unique natural phenomenon like the Northern Lights
  • Visit one of the world’s most romantic vacations


Think about what your idea of an ideal leisure activity would be. What do you consider relaxing or fun and exciting? Who else do you want to have  participate in the activity?

For example, maybe you want to swim with dolphins with your significant other or see Niagara Falls with your kids. Perhaps, you want to visit a fancy spa with your best friend and spend a full 12 hours there.

The possibilities are seemingly endless!

Determine Where to Put Your List of Goals

Do you really need a bucket list app? Yes and no. If you’re super motivated to carry out each bucket list item by your deadline, you may not be interested in adding another app to your device. Maybe you use the Notes app on your iPhone and create an informal checklist or just stick with your calendar app.

However, bucket list apps can provide a lot of helpful features. BuckitDream is an app that allows you to share your bucket list goals, create to-do lists, and watch motivational videos to inspire you to take action.

Woovly is a bucket list app that allows you to keep track of what’s on your bucket list, get tips to help you reach your goals, and connect with others on the app who have similar interest.

If you feel you might have trouble staying on track with long term goals and holding yourself accountable to execute certain bucket list items, consider giving these apps a try.

Where you store your unique bucket list ideas is up to you. Also, the best bucket list app is the one that works for you. You might have to try out a few and decide what is best.


If the thought of having another app makes you cringe,  get more information from The Everyday Bucket List Book. It details the step-by-step process I use to add more bucket list adventures to my calendar, more often.

I even created a step-by-step process to have a rotating roster of activities like this to look forward to regularly. I detail my process and help you get more out of your time and money with my bucket list book. Also, learn how you can grab a copy of my upcoming Bucket List Journal here

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Creating a list of goals for your bucket list can be one of the most liberating things you’ll do all year. Whether it’s a short term goal or something that will take more time, actually executing the items on that list will make you feel even more fulfilled.

Really sit down and ask yourself the important questions as you build your bucket list so you can use it to build the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.