Journaling to Achieve Your Bucket List


Yvonne Root of Journal in a Box asked in response to my 40 Things to do Before 40 post, how would journaling aid me in that quest. 

The simple answer is that journaling helps me with everything. But that isn’t going to help you in understanding how you can use journaling to achieve your own goals.

Here, I’m going to tell you exactly how I use journaling to achieve my goals. 

1. Brainstorming

I didn’t instantly have a list of these 40 things. I had an idea that I should do something like this, so I scribbled the idea in my journal. Over time I made a few random notes about it. 

2. Write down definitive goals

Brainstorming and lists are fine, but then you need to be specific. The brainstorming leads to definitive goals. They may change over time but writing down all of these in a journal usually leads to a natural goal-setting for me. 

3. Narrow the focus

I have 40 things to do over the next decade. Many of these goals are dependent on other things. For example, to be able to travel, I would need money. Some goals are only partially in my control. For example, I can write a book, make it as best as I can, but then it’s up to the agents to accept it, and publishers to publish it. Unless I decide to go down the self-publishing route, I wouldn’t have a lot of control over how long the process takes. So it comes down to narrowing the focus, and make my immediate and definitive goals the ones that are within my control. 

4. Record Progress

As I work on various goals and projects, I regularly journal about them. About the good, bad and the ugly. Things that are successful, and things that fail miserably. I also journal about personal triumphs and personal failings. This help me keep things in perspective, keep my goals in mind, but also record my journey which I hope would be useful for future projects. 


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5 thoughts on “Journaling to Achieve Your Bucket List

  1. Hey Dolly,

    What a well thought out and purposeful response. We’re all going to have fun watching you creatively pursue your 40 before 40 items.Way to go!

  2. Hi Yvonne,

    Well you inspired this post, so thank you :-)

    Let’s see what happens to 40 before 40. I will be sure to keep you guys posted!!

  3. Great process and advice! I have always been a fan of taking a big goal and breaking it down into several mini goals so it is not overwhelming.

  4. Annette,

    Exactly. That’s the plan. Mini-goals make everything seem easier and possible, and once you achieve couple of mini milestones, the whole project suddenly becomes so much more realistic.

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