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How to Create A Master List

Updated on October 17, 2010
Whitewater Rafting crossed off my Master List. Rafting down the White Salmon River in Washington State with Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys.
Whitewater Rafting crossed off my Master List. Rafting down the White Salmon River in Washington State with Zoller's Outdoor Odysseys.

 A few months before I was turning 30, I went into panic mode. I realized there was a lot of things I was going to accomplish in my twenties, that weren't accomplished. I whipped out a piece of paper and quickly jotted down all I was going to accomplish before my next birthday. I didn't give myself enough time and I didn't accomplish anything on the list.

I've learned since then. Now in my early thirties, I've already started a "before 40" list. I've already crossed a couple of items off of the list and will be crossing more off soon. I created my Master List.

What is a Master List?

A Master List is simply a list of goals and other items that you want to accomplish by a certain time. You could call it a "bucket list". I think bucket list is a little too, morbid. I like the term Master List better.

A good Master List should include a lot of fun tasks you want to complete and a timeline of when these should be completed by.

Why write a Master List?

Writing a Master List opens up the world of opportunity. I believe there is magic in writing down your wishes. Once your list is written you will see chances to complete the tasks, that you might not have seen if you hadn't written the list. Also, there is something satisfying about crossing items off a list. It is a huge bonus when your crossing off fun items with great pictures and stories included.

What should be on my list?

What is included on your list will be unique to you. However, here are some ideas:

  • Music- Is there an artist you'd like to see perform? An instrument you'd like to play? Put it on your list.
  • Travel- Where have you always wanted to visit? Write it on your list, what's stopping you?
  • Adventure- What activity do you think seems so cool, but you've never tried it? Yep, write it on your list and try it.
  • Food- Are you wanting to try out different cultures and cuisines? Write it down.

As you can see your list can be about anything. It is your list and all about your own goals. It could be about entertainment, home, family, relationships, or finances. It is all about what you want to do.

One note, what you want to try might scare the hell out of you. This is good. The first thing I crossed off of my own list was Whitewater Rafting. I about chickened out. I was convinced I was going to die. Guess what? I didn't and it was worth it.

It's time. Take out a piece of paper, or open up a document in your computer. Number the page and start writing your Master List.

I'd love to know what you've included and hear stories of your adventures. Please comment and let me know at least what the top 3 items are on your Master List.

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