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What is a Lifelist?

A Lifelist is a list of the things, people, places, smells, sights, sounds and experiences that are really important to us. It is evocative, aspirational and inspirational. It makes us feel nostalgic and brings back great memories. It describes and defines us, says who we really are, what we like and what we want. It reminds us of all the good things in life.

The Main Lifelist
The main Lifelist consists of a series of "responses" to set questions or topics. These cover a wide range of sensory perceptions, preferences, experiences and feelings and, as they are the same for everyone, they allow us to make comparisons with other people, to find out who else shares our feelings or aspirations. Some of the topics covered may not be relevant for everyone so you don't have to create entries in all the categories. As time goes by your feelings may change and so your Lifelist can change – it can grow and develop with you.

Additional Lifelists
Once a main Lifelist has been created you can create as many additional Lifelists as you like. These are pure lists but may be assigned to a category, each category reflecting one of the questions in the main Lifelist (or "Other" if it's about something completely different). So on your main Lifelist you may have included, say, your top 3 songs of all time. You can create an additional Lifelist to list your top 20/50/100 songs of all time. Each additional Lifelist can be labelled as "public" (the default) or "private". Private Lifelists cannot be seen by anyone except you and are not included in search results. Additional Lifelists can be switched from public to private (or vice versa) at any time.

Piclists
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. To save all that typing you can create Piclists – lists of pictures! They can be categorised just like Lifelists and they can be public or private. You can have as many as you like, on just about any subject you like. (Naturally we have to set some restrictions to avoid filling up our disks – details are on the faq page.)

Todolists
Todolists are a type of Lifelist where you can set target dates for the completion of each item on the list and then tick them off when you finish them. You could have separate lists for this month, this year and your ten year plan! (Just let us know if you want to go beyond 10 years!) You could have lists for work and for home, for birthdays, anniversaries and other events you need to remember. They can be public or private and you can have as many as you like.

The Bucketlist
Have you seen the film 'The Bucket List'? It is about two terminally ill people, each told they have less than a year to live, trying to tick off all the items on a wish list before they 'kick the bucket' (a quaint English expression meaning 'to die'). Now on mylifelists.com you can have your own Bucketlist, a bit like a Todolist but without the target dates. It might sound a bit morbid, but think of it as the ultimate 'goals' list – things you'd like to do or achieve in your life! You can only have one Bucketlist and, as with other Lifelists, it can be public, 'for friends only' or private.

The Legacylist
The Legacylist is a special kind of Lifelist. It is intended to be a collection of thoughts and wishes to leave behind when you depart this life. It's your opportunity to leave messages for loved one, advice for friends and colleagues and perhaps even your wishes for how your life should be celebrated. It is absolutely not intended as a replacement for your Last Will and Testament. Your Legacylist is protected by an additional password and can only be viewed by those who know what this password is. You might consider carrying a "Legacylist Card" (similar to a Donor Card) with your Legacylist password on it, so that in the event of your demise those who survive you will be able to access your Legacylist and carry out your wishes. (Click here for a downloadable "Legacylist Card".) There will soon be an option to make your Lecacylist public, intended for your next of kin to use if they choose to (but, of course, you could make your Legacylist public if you wish).