Is It Okay To Change Your Bucket List?

by Hank Coleman

Have you changed items on your bucket list?Is it okay to change the things that are on your bucket list? Do you even have a bucket list? You definitely should have one.

I have written one, 100 things to do before I die, a while ago and posted it here on the blog. But, it isn’t completed yet, and I actually keep changing it every few months or so.

I had realized a while ago that I haven’t updated my list of 100 goals in a long time. Some people even pointed out in the comment section one or two such as see a space shuttle launch are not even possible to accomplish.

So, I went back through and looked at my 100 goals and revamped some of them from your bucket list. I even deleted some of the goals to complete before I die. And, although it is 100 goals, I actually only have 90 or so listed on there. Is that okay too?

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Is It Okay To Delete Goals?

Is it okay to delete some of the goals on your bucket list that you have listed on your bucket list? I’m a little torn by this. It is definitely okay to delete some of your goals listed if they are not goals anymore.

I wrote my list of 100 goals almost a year or more ago. Some of the goals on your bucket list have actually changed. But, if you are going to change your goals, you have to make sure that you are doing it for the right reason.

Are you deleting them because you don’t think that they are really obtainable? Did you stretch too far with them? Is it something that you really want to do still? Maybe then you actually shouldn’t let those 100 goals go. You should re-look at what it will actually take to accomplish that goal and devise a strategy on how to accomplish them.

Is It Okay To Not Have 100 Goals?

Is it okay to have less than 100 goals even though that is the task at hand? Is it okay to only have 90 and ten left than need to be filled in? If they were really lifelong goals on your bucket list, wouldn’t you already know those missing ten?

Part of me wants to think that 100 goals is just some arbitrary number that I came up with, but others have far more than 100. Surely I can find ten more things that I really want to accomplish in my lifetime. I should have the other ten easily, but I am just having trouble figuring them out.

How Do You Decide What Your Goals Will Be?

Have you ever heard of SMART goals? Most people have heard of the acronym. It is a great way to build your goals and develop them into something that you can reach. SMART stands for specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and based on a set timetable.

When you develop your goals, it is important to consider the 5Ws of who, what, when, where, and why. Why do you want to accomplish that as a goal? When do you want to accomplish it by?

Why should your goals be measurable? It is one thing for you to set a new goal on your bucket list of doing better at work, but how are you going to measure that? Are you going to grade yourself against how much new business dollar value you bring in? Your goals have to be specific as well.

For example, if you say that you have a goal of losing weight, that’s not specific enough. It’s measurable but not enough details. How much weight do you want to lose? What’s your time frame? How much do you want to lose per week? By following these smart goals, you have a better chance of actually following through with the goals that you list.

What about you? Have you developed your bucket list? Is it 100 goals or less or even more? I’d love to hear your thoughts on if you can delete or change goals in the comment section below.

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About Hank Coleman

Hank Coleman is the founder of Money Q&A, an Iraq combat veteran, a Dr. Pepper addict, and a self-proclaimed investing junkie. He has written extensively for many nationally known financial websites and publications. Hank holds a Master’s Degree in Finance and a graduate certificate in personal financial planning. Email him directly at Hank[at]

Hank Coleman has written 578 articles on Money Q&A. Learn more about Money Q&A on Twitter @MoneyQandA and @HankColeman.

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I think it is perfectly ok to update your bucket list, just like any other list or some such. What you want out of life will hopefully change as you go along, and why shouldn’t your bucket list change along with you.
I don’t personally have a list, and I know any list I could assemble would have a hard time coming close to 100 things, because I’m pretty easy going, and think I’d have to stretch quite a bit to find anything close to 100 things I’d still like to do. I retired 3 years ago at 48, and that was the biggest single item on my list from about 20 years ago, so now it’s all gravy.
That being said, I’m not just sitting here growing moss either.
So far this year, I’ve visited the grandkids in Iowa, went to Mardi Gras, Denver for the 420 festivities, a clothing optional resort, Panama City Beach, and planning another trip to Iowa this fall, as well as maybe another FL trip.

Whether they make it on a list or not, DO the things you want to do.


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