Often times we focus so much on the future, on our goals and aspirations. And while that’s a great thing, it can lead to a feeling of unfulfillment: chasing after goals that may seem intangible at the moment can make you forget all the great things you’ve done so far. Having a bucket list is great, but it can leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed, highlighting all the things you haven’t done yet, and like every second you’re not working towards checking items off your bucket list is a waste – which is not the case at all.
Creating a reverse bucket list can give you a sense of progress. A reverse bucket list shows how powerful nostalgia is. Revisiting positive experiences helps to combat anxiety and loneliness, and writing down all of the things you’ve accomplished so far is a very encouraging exercise. I’m a big fan of lists, so writing down all of my accomplishments helps me put things in perspective.
Now for the actual act of creating your reverse bucket list! There’s a bunch of ways to do this. You can make a long list of all your accomplishments big and small, or a small list of the most memorable ones. I don’t recommend setting a specific number, I would suggest just writing how ever many you feel. And have fun with it! Don’t put too much thought into creating your list, it’s supposed to be an empowering, easy going exercise.
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