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What if you were to die tomorrow? What would you wish you could do before you die? What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?

Most people have heard of a ‘bucket list’ – a list people make of things they want to do in their life before they ‘kick the bucket’. But why and what should you put on it?

Robbie Carter of Exvos Consulting says you should focus on three things when creating your bucket list: what you want to:

  • Be or become
  • Do
  • Have

“At every stage of our lives we make decisions that profoundly influence the person we are going to become and then when we become that person we aren’t always thrilled with the result,” says Ms Carter.

There are three key elements to having a fulfilled life and they should be at the forefront when creating your own bucket list, she says.

Your why

What is your why? What matters to you? What is compelling to you?

“Start journaling. Who do you spend time with? What do you spend your time and money on? Patterns will emerge,” says Ms Carter.

Know yourself

Everything we do is about satisfying a core need. We make choices to fulfil this need, says Ms Carter.

“You can design a life you want when you know what you need. Uncover two to three things you need in your life that drives you. If you identify more than one thing, when you have setbacks you are more resilient.”

Plan for the future in mind

You will be a different person one year from now – look back to one year ago.

Step into the person you want to be in the future, says Ms Carter.

“Who do you want to be in the future? Make decisions congruent with that. Write a eulogy about what you want your friends and family to say about you.”

Finally, a bucket list is only as good as the ideas you have when you make it, says Ms Carter.

“Write down everything that excites you. Make sure it fits in with who you are and who you want to be in the future. Look at your principles. Decide what should and should not be on that list. Get rid of anything that’s not going to light your fire.

“Go ahead. Don’t overthink it. Make the most of your life by creating a bucket list.”