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4 Top Tips for Creating an Extraordinary Bucket List

4 Top Tips for Creating an Extraordinary Bucket List

Creating a bucket list is something we’ve most likely all done at some point in our lives—that list with all your hopes, goals and aspirations in one place. But how often do you review your bucket list? How often do you go back and cross off items as well as adding them on?

Your bucket list should stay fluid and grow and diversify as you do. It’s also key to structure your bucket list in an easily manageable and achievable way. With that in mind, here are some of my top tips for Creating an Extraordinary Bucket List.

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1. Break your bucket list into sections.

Breaking your bucket list into sections can help you to reflect and manage your goals as you move through your journey of life. I use the following headings/sections to categorize my bucket list: Financial, Health & Fitness, Social, Knowledge, Career, Travel, Achievement and Contribution. Within my separate sections, I record the respective goals. This helps me to identify key areas and also reflect on a particular area of my life.

This also allows you to identify the main focus areas of your energy. If you’re growing your career and business goals, but you haven’t touched a single goal in your social section, you can quickly identify that it’s maybe time to focus on other areas of your life.

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2. Allow your bucket list to grow.

Allowing your bucket list to grow as you do is vital when it comes to tracking your performance and success. If your goal is to travel to Europe and you achieve this, you should instantly reflect and record a new goal. This could be to travel to Asia or North America, as long as it’s something to make you keep pushing forward.

Another goal might be to earn £100,000 per year. Once you achieve this, to keep momentum, you should revise this to say £300,000 per year. Constantly revising your goals will keep you pushing forward and achieving bigger and better objectives. When you stop and look over your achievements, you’ll easily see all the progress you’ve made and all the accomplishments you have achieved.

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3. Share and discuss your bucket list goals with friends.

Now bear with me on this one. I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself “but wait William, some of my goals are personal and I don’t want to share these.” That’s fine. Certain goals on your bucket list will be personal and private; however some items may not be. For instance one of my goals is to backpack through Bali. I never knew my friend shared this goal until I discussed this with him. Now I have a friend I can share that journey with as we now plan to take the trip together.

Sometimes, those around you can help you to achieve your goals as they can become shared goals. This can also help to form and strengthen your relationship with another person and help to grow and achieve goals from the social section of your bucket list.

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4. Don’t rush your goals.

Not rushing your goals is another key aspect to take into account. Remember your bucket list should last a life time. Some goals and objectives may take 5 years and others may take 5 minutes. This balance is key to always keep moving forward.

Setting both short term and long term goals is extremely beneficial to create a balanced life. Some goals may take a series of tasks to achieve. These tasks should be kept off the bucket list and jotted down on an action plan sheet instead. I try to record only top level items on my list and refer to an action sheet for the finer details.

Hopefully these tips can help you to identify key areas for growth in your life and to build a successful and proactive bucket list. I’m also keen to find out what your goals are. Please feel free to comment below.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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