Read my career planning for doctors's blog
I stumbled on this bucket list for medics - it could apply to anyone really but I like the fact that it gives examples of doctors who have done some of these things in their own inimitable ways.
Bucket lists are good for career planning because the very act of writing one helps to put the career much more into the bigger picture of life. Any activity in fact that encourages creativity and dreaming is good for career planning.
If you have one of your own - already written down - then great! If not then reading this might inspire you to do so.
And in terms of goal setting I have found there are two techniques that work really well - they are complete opposites but they work in tandem
Technique 1 is Use a pen - don't just keep them swirling around in your head. Then read or even rewrite them every day. This applies to bucket lists and career plans alike.
Technique 2 is also use a pen but this method requires that you put what you have written deep into a filing system with a reminder in your diary one year from now to unearth it. This "message in a bottle" technique works in the background as you have "cast it out into the universe" - although perhaps to attach it to a helium balloon might thus be better than hiding it. But whatever floats your boat - the aim is to write it with intention and belief and then let it go.
Two very contrasting systems - but in tandem I have found they achieve more than each on their own.