Whether you call it a bucket list, a life list or something completely different, most of us have a list of things we want to achieve or experience at some point in our lives. But what about a list of what we did achieve so far? Many people get so caught up with what’s on their to-do list that they forget all the great things they already did. That’s why our contributor, Joana Ferreira, believes a reverse bucket list is the answer. As we’re starting a new year, this can be a complement or a great alternative to a typical bucket list. Read further to discover what a reverse bucket list is and how it can benefit you.
So, what is a reverse bucket list?
While setting all these amazing bucket list goals can inspire and help you move forward, we live in a world where we’re constantly pushed to do more, to be more. So, a bucket list can often work as a reminder of all the things we haven’t done, right? That’s why it’s so important to not lose sight of all the things you’ve achieved so far, too. It will give you some perspective and motivation to keep moving forward.
Simply put, a reverse bucket list is a list of what you’ve accomplished so far, big or small. Instead of focusing on all those incredible things you want to achieve in your lifetime, you reflect on what you did achieve so far. Doesn’t it sound like a great idea?
Here are five things I included on my reverse bucket list:
- I got my driver’s license and overcame my fear of driving.
- I completed my degree in journalism.
- I saw James Bay live in concert with my best friend.
- I went to London alone, overcoming my fear of traveling solo.
- I maintained friendships since primary school.
How can it benefit you?
Keeping a reverse bucket list will bring more gratitude into your life.
Being grateful means appreciating the little life wins. Stopping to write your reverse bucket list means you’re taking the time to be thankful for everything you have accomplished so far. But, it can be quite the challenge to write your reverse bucket list because you’ll start looking for those big, awesome things you did so far and forget the small yet meaningful ones; maybe you’ll even compare it to your bucket list and think what you did wasn’t such a big deal. So, remember to write down both the big and the small goals you’ve accomplished, whether that means going on a trip you loved, completing your college degree or getting your driver’s license. You’ll realize that your life is actually pretty amazing already.
Keeping a gratitude list will make you feel accomplished.
What’s better than checking off something from your to-do list? It not only makes you feel productive and accomplished, but also sends the message to yourself and others that you are making progress. That’s the other benefit of keeping a reverse bucket list. Rather than feeling overwhelmed with a bucket list of things you haven’t yet achieved, you now have a list of everything you’re proud of accomplishing in your life so far. And see, you’re actually making progress. So, don’t be surprised if you get a boost of self-esteem and motivation after writing it.
How to create a reverse bucket list?
List everything you have accomplished so far in your life, big or small. Keep it close to you and read it every time you’re feeling down or overwhelmed with what you have yet to achieve. It will remind you that you’re doing just fine.