Writing a life list | Life Lists , Life Goals & More


We think bucket lists are a bit morbid; the idea of making a list of things to do before you die doesn’t scream positivity. However, we do believe in the power of a great life list. It might seem a little simplistic, but writing down the things you want to achieve in life can be an exciting and positive experience. After all, who doesn’t love making plans around exciting things to do in the future?

If we’ve not yet convinced you to grab a pen and paper, then hopefully we will by the end of this article. Forget your bucket list, here are 3 great reasons why you should write your life list today.

1.       It’ll help you focus on your life goals

Sitting in front of a blank piece of paper is both scary and exciting. You might be tempted to write down everything you’ve ever considered doing, and end up with a 1,027 item life list. We wouldn’t recommend this. Use your life list writing as a chance to really focus on the life goals you want to achieve; or even, if you prefer, your plan for the next ten years.

If you’re a keen traveller, you might have lots of exotic destinations to add to your list. But, there are nearly 200 countries in the world, so writing your life list is the ideal opportunity to whittle those down to your top 10 must-see destinations. It’s a great way of really deciding what you want to do – and where you want to spend your money. You might like the idea of visiting the Pyramids of Giza, but if you’ve always wanted to travel on the Trans-Siberian express then the latter goes on the list.

And the same applies to anything you want to do – whether it’s sport, career or cookery oriented.

2.       It’ll stretch your imagination

Your life list can, and should, stretch your imagination – don’t be afraid to think big. Perhaps you have a life goal to write a novel, but you’re unsure whether you can do it. If it’s important enough to you, put it on the list. Getting there might require smaller goals (for example, getting published in a magazine, or attending a creative writing class), but by placing it on your list you will instantly feel empowered.

By stretching your imagination we also mean that your life list will force you to think creatively about what you want to do and how you want to do it. If you want more of an idea of what we mean, check out the One Red Paperclip project – the story of one man who ‘traded  up’ a red paper clip until he got a house. Amazing.

3.       It’ll serve as a constant reminder

Your life list, if you write it, save it, and then print it out, will serve as a constant reminder. It will remind you of the things you have said you want to achieve, and what you really think you can achieve when you set your mind to it. If you don’t do anything to realise these life goals it will act as inspiration for moments when you’re feeling down. If you do start to tick things off your life list, think how great you’ll feel!

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