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LIST OF LIFETIME GOALS CAN HELP SET BOUNDARIES ON TIME AND MONEY

You can, of course, live a very successful life without a list of 100 things to do before you die.

But from my experience of working with such a list, I've found it helps make life more enjoyable. My 100 goals help me set boundaries on my time and money. And they give direction to my activities.My list contains activities that symbolize success, reflect my values and are just plain extravagant.

I've completed about 40 percent of that list and I'm currently updating it. I'm replacing things I've lost interest in - like taking the mule train to the bottom of the Grand Canyon - with things that are more meaningful, like taking my mother to Australia.

Sometimes I don't look at the list weekly or even monthly, but it's there to help me set priorities. I sometimes show it to new friends to give them a sense of what is important to me.

When I start getting down on myself, I pull it out and congratulate myself for my accomplishments. When I'm in a rut, I pick something on the list and begin doing what it takes to make it happen.

If you'd like to create a list for yourself, I suggest beginning it while you are on vacation. It helps me to reflect on what I really want during uninterrupted blocks of time. Development of my initial list took several long weekends over a six-month period.

When working on the list you might choose to carry a notebook or at least paper and pencil with you so you can add great ideas when you think of them.

Why should the list be 100, not 20 or 60? When I stopped adding things at 100 I felt my life was full of possibilities. One hundred gave me enough options to keep me busy.

When you finish your list, keep it in an obvious place. I carry mine in my daily calendar system. You might choose to post it on your desk or frame it.

Store it in a prominent place, so you don't lose it and can refer to it easily.

Who says getting organized has to be boring? Getting organized means making time for what you really want to do, and the list helps.