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How to create a bucket list

If this year has taught us anything, it's that we should live our lives to the fullest. And while, we're still in various levels of restrictions throughout the UK, it doesn't mean we can't plan. Surrey-based lifestyle producer Holly Patrick has this advice.

bucket list

Whether you’re a list maker or not, the idea of creating a bucket list is actually about taking the time to stop what you’re doing and focus on what makes you happy.

Actually stop! And then think about the exciting things that you want to do in your life, the things that will make you feel alive; the stories you want to tell your friends; and those once-in-a-lifetime experience that seems impossible, but that you want to dream and push for anyway.

It’s important to note down your dreams and passions – whether you make your list the old-fashioned way in a diary or journal, or save it the electronic way, or just keep a bunch of ideas stored in your head. It gives you something to get excited about, and something to refer to when life gets too much.

But the most important thing to remember is that once created, your bucket list shouldn’t remain as a list to gather dust. You must then make sure you live it. Make sure you turn your dreams into memories.

There are so many ways to create a bucket list, but I’m going to give you 5 right here, right now.

1. The ‘treat the list like it’s a work project’ way

work list

This should be enjoyable and exciting so sit in a place that inspires you and ask yourself the following questions while noting down the answers:

  • What would you do if you had unlimited time, money and resources?
  • Any countries, places or locations that you want to visit?
  • What do you want to see in person, while you can?
  • Are there any childhood passions that have fallen to the wayside that you still want to pursue?
  • Any special moments you want to be a part of?
  • What activities or skills do you want to learn or try?
  • Are there any specific individuals that you want to meet in person?
  • What feelings do you want to feel? Excitement, passion, joy?

2. The ‘treat the list like it’s one of your best friends’ way

best friends looking at laptop

Sometimes the things that inspire us most are other people. People we surround ourselves with, people we want to spend our time with, people we rely on… our friends. What better way to drum up ideas than with your best mate, a bottle of wine, and ‘The List’. Talk about it, add to it, enjoy it – and then hold each other accountable to live moments that make the best stories that you can tell each other once they’re done.

3. The ‘treat the list like it’s your handbag’ way

woman with handbag

Take it with you wherever you go and be aware of it, so that the minute inspiration strikes, or an idea pops into your head, you read something, overhear something or feel any urge at all; it’s always with you and you can make notes wherever you are.

4. The ‘treat the list like it’s your therapist’ way

therapist couch

Life can be a bit rubbish sometimes. It can be tough, throw curve balls at you, make you cry, make you feel frustrated, make you stressed – if we’ve learnt anything from 2020, I think this is it! But when it does; stop for a minute. Take the time to talk about all the good things that life has in store for you. All the exciting things that make you feel fired up, warm and fuzzy, dare I say…happy. Note them down. Take stock of them. Work towards them. Most importantly prioritise actually living them. Take action.

5. The ‘treat the list like it’s the love of your life’ way

woman and love heart

Respect it. Look after it. Let it look after you. Let it help you. Don’t let it make you feel like you’re not good enough to live it. Let it make you happy. Let it inspire you. Feel so proud of it that you can’t help but gush to others how happy it makes you. Fall in love with it. Prioritise it. Commit to it. Never neglect it.


heyyholly is a lifestyle producer based in Surrey whose job it is to make things happen for her clients – whether it’s planning a special trip, an unforgettable event, or to help them live their bucket list. Holly covers the whole of the UK.

“I help people live their bucket list; I take the pain away from planning and allow them to finally tick off those once-in-a-lifetime experiences they’ve always dreamed of but never had. I encourage them to prioritise their own happiness, stop procrastinating and start living the life they deserve. Freeing them from a suffocating routine, feeling unfulfilled or uninspired.”

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