What’s on your bucket list? We all have them. These audacious professional and personal goals are usually carried in the subconscious mind and trapped in piles of disorganized notes. Certain ideas draw our attention and move our desire. Sadly, many big ideas remain disassembled pieces in our bucket of dreams. You can be a better manager of your deepest longings and move confidently towards accomplishing lifelong goals. All that’s required is the right tools, talent and resources to cross these items off of your list.

Get Organized

You have a much better chance of realizing lifetime dreams by keeping notes about them in a trusted, reliable system. We need to free the subconscious from holding onto a big jumble of thoughts by transferring them to a great list management system. It’s easier to see the next step available to move your bucket list forward when your projects, notes and checklists are organized. Being organized also squeezes the most value out of each day.

Get Trained

Invest time and money in quality coaching. A good coach will facilitate your bucket list project performance by helping you stay organized and learn not to procrastinate. Coaching aids the development of list and note management skills to keep you on track. You can ease the learning of critical project planning and management skills with an accomplished coach.

Get Equipped

Evernote is my favorite bucket list management tool with a beautifully intuitive interface and a great price. It’s free for the basic version. You could use Evernote to manage just about any project. Projects are all about moving from where you are to where you want to go along a series of small steps. You’ll also need a folder or file to store project support material and a place for larger reference materials such as binders and digital storage media. Get some in-baskets as a collection point for new information about your bucket list project. Don’t overlook the obvious supplies to manage your project such as labels, folders, tape, a stapler, pens, note pads and paper clips.

Get Funded

Yes, grand life goals can cost a grand or more. I’m reminded of a wonderful illustration from John-Roger’s and Peter McWilliams’ book, You Can’t Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought. Everything we do or want to do must have three critical components. Sound thoughts, strong feelings and organized actions bring projects toward completion. Your project will crumble like a triangle missing a side if you manage it without all of these factors in place. Some of your deeply desired projects will be unsuccessful because your actions cannot be funded.

Get trained, organized, equipped and funded to move your bucket list of dreams toward the finish line. Remember, you don’t have to walk this path alone. A solid coach can help your learning, development and performance in key areas of bucket list project management.

Michael Shelton is President and CEO of Shelton Business Services, LLC providing project coaching to help you discover and accomplish your purpose, principles, next steps and finish line.

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