Have you ever wanted to climb a mountain, visit Sydney Australia, dive with a whale shark, or go ice swimming? You’re more likely to complete your goals by creating, maintaining and reviewing a bucket list of goals, dreams and accomplishments.
A bucket list is more than a list of to-do items. It involves making a list of things you would love to do in your lifetime, or in specified period of time. This process of drawing up a list of dreams and aspirations is a bit like a making a commitment to yourself to at least try and achieve your goals.
While you can easily create a bucket list in Evernote, or your journal or diary, a dedicated iOS app might make your bucket list that little bit more special and easier to access. Here are three great apps for the job.
2DoBefore ($0.99 or ad-supported free version)
2DoBefore makes it easy for iOS users to create a list of things they want to accomplish in their lifetime. The ad-supported free version of the app includes over 200 suggestions for bucket list-type goals — many are as simple as organizing your digital and paper photos or composing a song, to more ambitious achievements like climbing the world’s highest seven summits, or participating in a carnival parade in Brazil.
Most suggestions include inspirational high quality photos that depict the selected goal. A single tap adds a goal to your list, but you can also create a list of your prior achievements, which can be useful inspiration for reaching other ambitions, goals, and targets.
2DoBefore does allow users to create their own goals, with inputs for a deadline, details, a custom photo for each goal, and a location if applicable.
The app also includes optional password protection, manual and automatic list sorting, iTunes file sharing support, and the ability to export data to a .CSV file.
iWish also makes use of a highly pictorial user interface, with a vast library of goals and aspirations related to places, relationships, travel, sports, career, finance, etc. The top 100 ideas in iWish range from long-term goals like learning how to meditate, rather obvious ones like visiting Disneyland and more adventurous ideas such as staying in an underwater hotel.
While browsing iWish’s library of over 700 ideas, you can simply tap the star button to add goals to your list iWish list, or the check button for previously accomplished goals. Naturally you can create and add your own ideas, with a custom photos. Your selections are categorized in an iWish and iDid lists, and they can be viewed as a slideshow. All your iWish content can be backed up and synced via iCloud.
The free ad-supported version of the app also includes inspirational quotes (e.g., “Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.”—Oprah Winfrey), and a “life creed” feature for writing a mission statement about your life.
The ad-free pro version (an in-app upgrade) allows for viewing your selected goals in collage view, to create a plan and set reminders for your selected aspirations, and to password protect your content.
Bucket List Lite (Free)
If you prefer to create your bucket list totally from scratch, the ad-supported Bucket List app for the iPhone makes it easy to do so. One of the benefits of typing and creating your own list that it’s more personal, and you might take more ownership and commitment to achieving at least a few goals on your list if you regularly review and plan a few selected goals.
A photo taken with your iPhone camera or from your photo library can be used for creating a goal. The notes section for each goal could be used for planning a goal and reflecting on your progress.
The few other features of Bucket List include tagging, iTunes backup of content, and the ability to export a text file or PDF version of your list to iTunes File Sharing.
If you like Bucket List Lite, you will probably want to pay for the ad-free upgrade, because that banner advert is annoying, and the free version is allows for only 5 bucket list goals.
Make Your List
Making a list of your aspirations and reviewing them regularly is a good start for achieving your goals. For planning long range goals, check out Ryan’s article about using Excel and Google Tasks to actually plan and reach your goal.
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