(originally published August 17, 2008)
From my experience building a bucket list-making site SuperViva (no longer with us), I culled together a few ideas for how to list, update and track your life goals, big and small.
|Paper (journal, notebook)||Very low||It’s creative and tactile||You could lose it!Gets messy over time, requiring rewriting; although this could be a pro, for your creative process.
Very hard to track and reorganize.
|Online or computer text editor (private blog post, Google doc)||Free||Very simple, easy to cut and paste. Private, if you choose to make it so.||Fairly static|
|Excel (on computer) or Google Docs spreadsheet (online) – See the Google form I set up so you can get started right away||Free||Classic way of organizing a life list, you can add categories in columns and check off as you go, add dates done etc.||No cons if you mainly want privacy|
|To Do list or bucket list apps on your phone or online applications (Remember the Milk for example)||Free||Very simple (although more oriented to daily type tasks)||I’m not sure how well you can categorize and how easily a long list would be to manage.|
|Public blogs or message boards, where people list their life lists.||Free||If it’s a vibrant community this can be a quick simple way to connect with other people to help you.||Realistically this works best if you’re working on a couple of particular goals. It doesn’t make a lot of sense for a lifetime list unless it’s your own blog.|
Do you keep your life list / bucket list some other way?