We all have done it or thought about it at one time or another: keeping a proverbial Bucket List, a list of all the major things you plan to do. It is one of those things that I don’t necessarily keep a good track of as some other people do, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t have things that I want to make sure I do before I pass on. I haven’t necessarily decided whether I should actually sit down and make one at some point as I take the approach of “one day at a time.”
Having the opportunity to try out Bucketlistly over the past couple of weeks has really made me think twice about making a bucket list for myself and our family. The developer of the app has taken what is a simple task and turned it into a social network of sorts. At first I thought the concept was a little interesting, but the more I played with it, the more I started to see how useful it could be. Let me show you more of the app and you can decide for yourself whether you want to use it or not.
Adding and Completing Goals
With any bucket list, the first thing you need to do is add things that you want to accomplish over time. There are a couple different ways to add something to your list, with the first and most obvious being to just add some things that you already know that you want to do. But, if you are like me and you need a little inspiration and want some help to be more creative, you can explore what other people are adding to their lists. The app categorizes goals into six different groups that you can choose from to see goals from other people. You can look around and find goals that you want to do and add them to your list.
With all good intentions, when we add things to our list, we eventually hope to cross those things off at some point. When you do actually complete something on your list, you can not only cross it off, but you can also choose to document it and share it with the world. You can share a picture from the event to give people a visual of you completing your goal and you can also explain in words how you were able to accomplish it. Then it will be added to your Achievement Timeline where you can see all of the different things you are able to accomplish over a period of time.
Making Bucket Lists Social
At first glance at this feature, I thought to myself “Why in the world would I want to share my bucket list goals with other people?” In my mind I have always thought that these were meant to be personal, to be kept to yourself and maybe your husband or wife, but not to be shared with the world. But as I started to use the feature more, I started to realize how powerful the social aspects of this app are. For example, you can share a goal that you create on your social networks and let your friends know what you are wanting to do. The nice part about this is that by sharing your goal you can do two things. One, it can get people in your social networks to support you in whatever way possible, and two, some times when you share something with the world, you tend to be more motivated to actually do what you said you would.
Another way that Bucketlistly makes their app interactive is by being able to ask questions of other people about a specific goal. So, lets say that you want to have a goal of wanting to start your own business some day, but you have no idea how to get there. You can create the goal and then there is a feature called “Ask a Question”, where you can ask questions about starting a business and others that are on Bucketlistly can respond who may have some knowledge on your question. This is a great way to get some great feedback from people who may have already had experience in what you are trying to accomplish or are learning along the way just like you are.
Lastly, you can also follow other people, which is kind of similar to Facebook, where you can see what they have accomplished on their bucket list. I wish there was more to this feature, like being able to message someone or seeing what is in their bucket list. I think the messaging feature would come in handy because if I knew someone had accomplished something that I had on my list and I wanted to ask them some questions directly, this would be a good way to do it.
I have to be brutally honest, and say that one of the first things that I noticed was the horrendous looking font for the goals you create and elsewhere on the site. I don’t mean to be a font snob, but that instantly caught my eye and almost immediately made me turn away and not want to review the app. But, once I put that aside, and was able to work my way through, I actually found the site useful. As I started to use Bucketlistly more, I realized that I saw the positives in sharing my goals with everyone and not necessarily keeping them to myself. I definitely liked that I could interact with others on the site, but with any other startup app, it will take a while to gain traction and users to actually make this feature worth using.
Bucketlistly is not going to be an app that gets a lot of press and attention and lots of people won’t flock to start using it. But, what I can say about it is that it is a neat way to document the things you want to accomplish in life. They don’t even have to be huge bucket list ideas, they can be everyday things like wanting to lose weight. That’s what makes this app fun to use, is that it can flexible and be used for a variety of things. It is free to use and I don’t know if the developer ever plans to charge for it. For now, if you never sat down to think about the amazing things you want to accomplish in life, I would suggest you take a visit to the site and check it out for yourself.