The simple answer is entering a “reverse bucket list.”
Now most of us know what a “bucket list” means. What a bucket list means is what you want to do, but in a “reverse bucket list”, there is a twist, you write down whatever you have already done.
Bucket lists do work for some people. They work for those who like to be punctual and organised. But for people like me, who are disorganised and tardy, “reverse bucket list” is the way to go.
You might know the feeling when you do something productive or when something gets checked off your list, right? All of us feel so proud of ourselves, you feel pretty light, like, “Wow! I did something! I achieved something!”
Let’s take a task that you have been procrastinating for a pretty long time (come on, let’s get real). There are times when our procrastinating monkey mind takes over, and we tend to carry over the task in a never-ending cycle.
Now, imagine that you’ve completed that task and you take out your reverse bucket list and write down what you just accomplished.
How does it feel? You might feel a sense of pride and motivation to do more.
Now that’s what I’m talking about! That feeling of exultance, that surge of energy to do more.
WHEN SHOULD YOU ENTER A REVERSE BUCKET LIST?
When you’re feeling anxious about your big dreams, milestones and bucket lists, the reverse bucket list comes in handy.
HOW DOES A REVERSE BUCKET LIST HELP?
It helps to embrace gratefulness and celebrate our past. Helps to make us realise how amazing we already are, regardless of what the future holds. It also succours you to get organised and motivates you to be more productive in a way.
Entering a reverse bucket list is like generating a nostalgia playlist– it is a collection of your greatest hits and memories.
I would say, that a reverse bucket list is essentially just journalising what you did.
Don’t know where to start?
Here are some ideas:
How to write your Reverse Bucket List
- Personal achievements:
You can include notable times when you stood up for yourself or how you’ve grown to love yourself better.
- Athletic or health-related achievements:
This list can include personal records for training or running, as well as scoring or other sports stats if you’re an athlete.
- Educational achievements:
This list can be as broad or as specific as you wish.
- Places you’ve travelled:
If you’ve travelled a little or a lot, it doesn’t matter.
- How you’ve helped others:
Many people don’t think about being able to help others as something that makes them fortunate.
- Challenges you’ve overcome:
What are the hardest things you’ve had to do? How did you get past them? Thinking about the difficulties you’ve overcome can make the present seem more manageable.
You can draft down literally anything in your reverse bucket list.
Trust me, this is going to help you, big- time.
So what are you gonna write in your bucket list?