Create a Compelling Future: Tips for Making Your Bucket List

create a bucket list for your future, Create a Compelling Future: Tips for Making Your Bucket List, Dr. Nicolle

If you don’t have a bucket list, you’re shortchanging yourself. A bucket list will pinpoint those activities and achievements that mean the most to you. Life doesn’t last forever. If you don’t prioritize your time, you might miss out on something important! Consider making a bucket list today. There are even phone apps that will help with the process.

Create a bucket list and define your future

create a bucket list for your future, Create a Compelling Future: Tips for Making Your Bucket List, Dr. Nicolle

1. Have different types of items within your bucket list.

You might include a few physical challenges, like running a marathon. You might have a few adventures, like scuba diving on the barrier reef or hang gliding. It might be fun to include a few intellectual and travel items. Maybe you’ve always want to learn how to play the banjo.


2. Keep it meaningful.

Do you really want to spend six months and $100,000 climbing Mount Everest? Some things are impressive to others, but might not be meaningful to you. Avoid choosing items just to impress others. Worry about impressing yourself.


3. Keep the list short.

You don’t have time to do everything that sounds appealing. Better yet, make a long list but always have a top 10 list. The top 10 can change over time, but always prioritize.

  • The most important items on your bucket list will matter more than the rest of the list combined.

4. Have one item you can do with your currently available time and resources.

It might be to go skydiving or rent a limo for the evening. There’s no time like the present to check an item off your bucket list. Give yourself a quick feeling of achievement.


5. Set goals that support items on your bucket list.

If you want to live in Costa Rica when you retire, you might set some financial goals and start learning how to speak Spanish.

  • Remember to review your goals regularly and remind yourself why you’re pursuing them.
create a bucket list for your future, Create a Compelling Future: Tips for Making Your Bucket List, Dr. Nicolle

6. You don’t have to create your list in a single sitting.

Assuming it will take years to check off all the items, your list will change. You’re changing, so it’s only reasonable to expect your list to change, too.

  • When something strikes a chord within you, add it to your list.
  • Set aside a few minutes each month to update your bucket list.

7. Have few items that are relatively easy to achieve.

Some of the best things can be simple and easy. Traveling to Europe is easier than swimming the English Channel in December. Give yourself a few easier goals and gain some momentum. Have bucket list items that range in difficulty from easy to difficult.


8. Look at other bucket lists for ideas.

There are countless lists available online for viewing. Seeing the goals of others will inspire you. You might even find a good idea or two to add to your list.


9. Think about whom you’d like to share these experiences with.

Going to the Oktoberfest in Germany would be fun. It would be even more fun with your old college roommate.

  • Some of the items on your list you might prefer to tackle alone. Others might be more meaningful with a friend.

Consider the many benefits of making a bucket list. It’s not only fun to brainstorm, but you can also lay out a framework for the future. A bucket list should be required for everyone over the age of five. If you don’t have a bucket list, make one immediately.

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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because I wanted to share some lifestyle-based strategies to improve your overall mindset and mental health, which in turn improves your life. You must do the internal work to improve your overall health. You can do this by learning what motivates you and working each day on improving your mindset. Your thoughts control your feelings, which controls your behavior. You can cultivate certain behaviors and practices that will not only enrich your life, but that you can pass on to your family, friends, and community, so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.


If you are familiar with my approach, I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle modifications, such as stress reduction and mindfulness exercises, can help you feel better about yourself and your life. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.


Tools For Motivation And Mindset


Although you don’t need a cushion to meditate, you may want to consider using one at some point.  You could meditate in a chair, or simply sit on the floor if you want. You can also use pillows or cushions from your furnishings to try out. Cushion, chair, bench, floor – it’s all good. Eventually, though, if you’re not sitting upright on a chair, you’ll probably do well to buy a dedicated meditation cushion. The cushion will support your sitting posture and help you create an appealing mindfulness corner that will encourage you to practice every day. I recommend this meditation cushion and mat bundle.



If you struggle with stress, depression, or anxiety, keeping a journal can be a great idea. Even if you don’t have these conditions, journaling can enhance your life in many ways. Having difficulty processing your thoughts and emotions? Journaling can help clear that mental clutter and move towards a positive mindset. Research suggests that keeping a journal can have positive impacts on both mental and physical health. So, to start you on your journey, I recommend this self care journal.


Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, meditation and mindfulness, as well as healthy and supportive relationships are the best ways to support mental health. Please talk with your doctor about any complementary health approaches, including supplements, you use. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.


Stay healthy,


Dr. Nicolle


PS. I am always asked what tools and resources I recommend to help you reach YOUR health goals. Here is the ever-growing, always updated list for you.


PPS. If you or someone you know is experiencing severe stress, anxiety, depression and/or other mental health issues, please contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889. This is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

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