Hopefully you're years away from kicking the bucket. But it's never too soon to start planning what you want to see, do, and experience before you die.
- TIP: Consider adding resolutions to your bucket list -- the kind of self-improvement vows you make at the start of a new year.
- Step 1: Think beyond your own fantasies and desires when you make a bucket list. At the end of the day, some of our most rewarding experiences come from making other people's dreams come true.
- FACT: Women are more likely than men to have volunteerism on their bucket list, according to a survey.
- Step 2: Toss in any and every experience you'd like to have, from the banal to the exotic.
- Step 3: List places you'd like to see. If physical stamina is necessary to fully appreciate any of the destinations, put those at the top of your list so you can cross them off while you're still in peak health.
- Step 4: Write down goals you'd like to accomplish in your lifetime. Include everything from simple ambitions to lofty dreams.
- TIP: Do some financial planning. 56 percent of Americans say money is the top obstacle to fulfilling their bucket list.
- Step 5: Think about what would make you happy -- not just in the short term, but over the long haul, such as big achievements that represent a life well lived.