How many years have you been on the planet? How much have you accomplished? How much have you enjoyed your life? At your current rate of progress, will you get to do everything you want to do? Or, will you reach the end of your life and experience regret?

Few people make a conscious decision to live their life to the fullest. Too many people realize their only true job is to make the most out of this one life decades after they’ve already been living theirs. If you feel that this is you, the great thing is… you still have more life to live.

Check out these tips to make the most of your life:

1. Clear your mind. Planning your life is serious business. You want to be relaxed and emotionally sound. The process to clearing your mind could take days, weeks, or months and should not be rushed. Avoid planning out your life when you’re upset or tired. Take a walk, listen to some music, or get out of town for a day. Do whatever you need to do to get yourself into a neutral mental state.

2. Decide what you want. What kind of life do you want to live? What do you want to achieve? What would you like to own? Where do you want to visit? What do you want to see and do?

3. Create the ultimate bucket list. Write down all of the things you want and create a huge bucket list. You probably don’t have time to do everything you want to do before you die, but we’ll prioritize your list next. For now, just write it all down. List every single thing you can think of that appeals to you.

4. Prioritize your bucket list items. Now it’s time to decide what matters the most to you. It’s not necessary to order every item on your list, because your priorities will change. Choose the five most important things on your list.

  • Ensure that you can do some of them in the short-term. It won’t be much fun if everything you’re working on will take 5+ years to accomplish.
  • When you complete these five items, create a new list of five items. Keep this up for as long as you can!

5. Set goals for yourself. Create goals that will allow you to achieve the items on your list. You might need to save money to go to Rome, lose weight to complete a triathlon, or find a piano teacher to learn piano. Figure out the logical steps to complete the items on your list and get busy.

6. Be accountable. After you set your goals, continue to monitor your progress. Make sure you are taking steps towards your goals daily and weekly. Where you can, push yourself to meet goals faster than you originally anticipated. If your goal is to save up a certain amount of money by the end of December, strive to reach that amount by the end of November. Even if you don’t save up by the end of November, you’re still in line to meet your original goal, which was December.

7. Take risks. To live life to the fullest, you need to be bold and sometimes, live outside your comfort zone. Some of the things that you want to do might make you nervous and hesitant. If you limit yourself to the things within your comfort zone, you will never be able to expand and grow.

8. Ignore the noise. Plenty of people will criticize your plans and decisions. Just ignore them. When you begin to exude the confidence to live your life to the fullest, your circle of influence may change and that is okay. Don’t allow others to drag you to a level that isn’t conducive for your growth. Lastly, become observant for people, places, and events that enter your life to inspire you and promote growth.

9. Be brutal when scheduling your time. How you spend your time each day is the ultimate determiner of the quality of your life. View your time like it’s the most important thing in your life. Plan your time as if you’re planning the most important trip in your life.

  • Go to bed with a detailed plan of what you’re going to do the following day. Your goals and plans are simply a guide for how to spend your time.

It’s up to you to get every ounce of fulfillment from your life as you can. There’s no way to add time to your life. It’s constantly flowing away from you. Today, make a decision to live your life to the fullest. What are you waiting for?