I talk a lot about the plan and the future: but why not focus on the things we've already achieved and how far you've come? That's the reverse bucket list.
Why make a reverse bucket list?
There are so many good things about doing a reverse bucket list. First, it gives us a sense of progress. Traditional bucket lists are great, but they can sometimes be cumbersome and have little association with our daily to-do lists. But this one is different. Being aware of our accomplishments by writing them down is a great way to boost your motivation and his self-confidence. It works miracles. When we see the progress we've made, we're less likely to feel demoralized and behind on our goals.
A normal bucket list can definitely help us accomplish all kinds of things we never dreamed of before. As much as the normal bucket list is great for helping us get out of our comfort zone, some people feel squeamish about bucket lists because they see them as constantly being “undone” which doesn’t really motivate them.
One of the reasons for making a reverse bucket list is that it can be seen as an exercise in mindfulness. It's a great way to look back on our successes and encourage us.
It is easy today to feel overwhelmed by our activities. We often try to do too much and we don't take the time to recognize our actions. Social media does not help either, studies show that it contributes to increased levels of anxiety and depression. Want, don't want, scrolling on Instagram and seeing everyone's "perfect" lives on your feed is heavy sometimes.
It's easy to compare ourselves and feel like we haven't accomplished enough and aren't successful enough. This is why the reverse bucket list is a great way to refocus on yourself and take a step back. Our success, however small or large, matters and deserves to be celebrated!
Gratitude is a practice that deserves to be known. I know I talk about it in almost all of my articles, but that's because it's so worth doing, I promise!
It is very soothing and it helps you to develop a true feeling of permanent well-being. It's like a constant calm that you feel as you go.
Obviously, I encourage you to do your research, but for me it has been a game changer in terms of my physical and mental health.
How to create a reverse bucket list?
Basically, it's quite simple. We just have to write down our past accomplishments and how we got there. And There you go!
It works the same way as a real bucket list, there is no minimum or maximum number of items you can put on it. Some people put in 50 or 60, but if you're short on time, 10 or 15 of your strongest memories will do just fine.
If you have a little trouble finding examples, a trip down memory lane is in order. An album of old photographs, your planners from past years or even social networks will be very useful to remind you of memories and accomplishments. It's crazy how far we've come!
Not all accomplishments are big. The little ones are also worth recognizing. Whether it's getting your first puff or finally managing to run longer than 5 minutes, it's something to be celebrated! I advise you to include big and small accomplishments on your list. The whole process is good!
Once you've finalized your reverse bucket list, why not highlight it like you do with your regular bucket list? While this may sound a little boastful, don't worry. This list is just for you and it's worth acknowledging all your efforts and journey.
Creating your reverse bucket list can even help you attack the anxiety that your “real” bucket list can cause you. When you become aware of your accomplishments, it seems much less to attack your new goals!
Reverse bucket lists are wonderful for encouraging the practice of gratitude. They help us stay in the present moment and realize how lucky we are. It really is a must!