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6 Steps to Creating Your Life List

Chelsia Hart
By Chelsia HartJuly 31, 2013
6 Steps to Creating Your Life List

“Life lists” can help people understand what is truly important in life. Unlike Bucket Lists, Life Lists can help you clarify what you want, things to change and how get there.

Get tips on creating your life list and discover why we can learn a thing or two from our elders.

The Importance of a Life List

As we journey through life we wonder what is really important. Individuals who are in the autumn of their life often note the importance of family, experiences and faith. There are definitely life adventures and milestones that stand out, as well.

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Sadly Americans often get preoccupied with the everyday tasks of work and responsibilities. But it is the “joie de vivre” that really makes the journey worthwhile — and this is what we need to remember. We can learn a lot from our elders when it comes to what matters in life.

A quick search online for the term “Bucket List” will give you millions of results. These results yield a list of websites that tell you what you should do before you die — at least someone’s idea of what you should do. They are filled with ideas and even include guides to setting  goals and completing them. The issue with these sites is that they are impersonal; only you can decide what is most important in your own life.

Bucket Lists also don’t encourage or stress the importance of living in the moment and the significance of doing things “today.” Instead they set a target goal of “before you die.” This might encourage some, but for many, this is an arbitrary deadline with no real meaning. Because of this lack of clarity, a new list has seen a rise in popularity: The “Life List.”

Steps to Creating Your Life List

Everyone should have a life list. If nothing else it helps you evaluate what is truly important to you—those adventures and desires that nurture your soul and make you — and your life — unique.

Another thing to keep in mind is that life lists have no age limit. Your elderly loved ones can also greatly benefit from the brainstorming and idea of celebrating life.

The main difference between the two lists is fairly simple:

  1. The Life List takes the idea of a Bucket List and improves it dramatically by encouraging you to start today. This isn’t a list of things you’d like to do at some point; this is a list of life goals and evolving ideals—not just petty, adrenaline-enhancing experiences.
  2. A Life List challenges you to reach a goal and then climb to your next victory, while a Bucket List includes fun ideas that are not necessarily something that requires immediate action.

Here are a few tips to help you create a Life List that truly represents you and your life goals:

  1. Start Now. The “there’s no time like the present” philosophy should resonate with this tip. Think of all the things you’d like to accomplish and write them down on a piece of paper.
  2. Start Small. Start with the short term goals as they’re easiest to accomplish. This way you’ll be rejuvenated by their successes and encouraged by the feeling of accomplishment.
  3. Think Long-Term. Once you’ve listed the short term goals, plot the long term goals the same way. Want to learn a new language? How long will that take? What time-table will you give yourself for this goal? Make sure it’s realistic.
  4. Improvement Is Key. Constantly build on your success and move forward with every goal. Make sure to challenge yourself in new and exciting ways.
  5. Create a Routine. Even if it is as simple as waking up at a certain time, or going to bed by 11:00 pm, creating a daily routine — and sticking with it — will center you and allow you to better organize your time.
  6. Plan. Spontaneity is wonderful and sometimes it’s a well-needed break, but planning the events in your life — big or small — can help to ground you to not only accomplish your goals, but also prepare you for life.

Another tip: Make sure everything on your Life List is something you want. Don’t waste your time with the dreams of others; this is your chance to make a list that is independently you. Always review and tweak the list as well, what you wanted yesterday may not be what you want today. Always ask yourself why something is on the list and if no good answer can be found, there’s no good reason to keep it.

There are also sites that can help you create your Life List. Have fun and remember to start creating your list today!

*”Life List” from Lifehack, copyright: 2005-2013.

We encourage you to start your life list today and help your loved ones with theirs. What items would you have on your life list? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Chelsia Hart
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