In case you’ve never heard of it, a reverse bucket list is a list of all the things you’ve accomplished or achieved. It’s the perfect exercise to complete around the beginning of each year.

How to Make a Reverse Bucket List for a Gratitude Boost

 

In case you’ve never heard of it, a reverse bucket list is a list of all the things you’ve accomplished or achieved. Although you can use any timeframe that you prefer, typically it’s a lifetime achievement list. It’s the perfect exercise to complete around the beginning of each year.

 

Why do I like having a reverse bucket list instead of a regular bucket list?

Taking the time to reflect and compile your accomplishments is an automatic gratitude boost. I believe gratitude is the key to leading your best life. It instantly boosts your mood and puts you in a thankful headspace. Gratitude is also an effective way to silence that nagging little critic in the back of your head for awhile. If you’re like me, you’re your own worst critic.

While I understand the thought and intent behind the typical bucket list, the idea is flawed. As you put it together, you’re in the headspace of aspiring, wishing, hoping & someday instead of “I’m pretty freaking awesome. Look at all the cool stuff I’ve accomplished! I can do anything.” Not that there is anything wrong with aspiring and reflecting on ‘someday’, but it’s not always a concrete way to spur actual action.

 

How to make your own reverse bucket list:

First, decide what time frame you’d like to use.

Secondly, jot down all the different areas of your life to consider. For starters:

  1. family
  2. friends
  3. professional
  4. physical
  5. spiritual
  6. emotional
  7. intellectual

Lastly, focusing on each area separately, make a master list of everything you are proud of accomplishing. The list shouldn’t be organized in any particular order; it’s not a ranking.

If you’re a ‘go the extra mile’ kind of person, make a final draft that is worthy of display and hang it in your home where you’ll see it daily. You could do this on a chalkboard or whiteboard with chalk markers, on a sheet of paper, on the front of your planner or even on your phone’s lock screen. Have some fun and make it gorgeous.

In case you’ve never heard of it, a reverse bucket list is a list of all the things you’ve accomplished or achieved. It’s the perfect exercise to complete around the beginning of each year.
 

Need some inspiration?

If you need some further inspiration to get started, here’s my personal reverse bucket list rough draft:

  • worked hard to create a happy, healthy, harmonious family life
  • bought my dream home at 31
  • raising my cousin for the last few years and she’s turning out well
  • went skydiving & ziplining
  • quit my job to write full-time
  • traveled extensively
  • went on a cruise
  • completely redesigned my blog in three days
  • created long lasting and deep friendships
  • promoted as the youngest district manager in my previous company’s history
  • taught myself to cook
  • stuck to my morals when everyone around me did the opposite
  • acted as the other parent in raising my three brothers
  • learned to meditate and do it regularly

 

I would love to see your reverse bucket list!

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