101 Things in 1001 Days

I figured it was about time to create some fun goals. I’ve seen this 101 Things in 1001 Days around in quite a few blogs over the last couple years, so I thought I’d set myself up and get started. I’ll update every couple weeks or so. Triplux popularized the 101 Things in 1001 Days, offering the following guidelines that can be found on many other blog sites:

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific (ie. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (ie. represent some amount of work on my part).

Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past — frequently simple goals such as new year’s resolutions. The key to beating procrastination is to set a deadline that is realistic. 1001 Days (about 2.75 years) is a better period of time than a year, because it allows you several seasons to complete the tasks, which is better for organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Goal setting tips

1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Official start date: November 7, 2007
Official end date:
Official progress report:

  1. get my new blog header up
  2. knit a scarf
  3. knit a sweater
  4. put the wedding photos in albums (it’s only been 4.5 years!)
  5. clear off desk – did it once already *but it’s a mess yet again*
  6. balance biz booksdone for ’07
  7. visit Jo in Spain
  8. go to Argentina
  9. paint bedroom
  10. build/find a headboard – scrapped the headboard idea for now, but did find something to hang above the head of the bed
  11. organize office – done, but of course, it needs it again
  12. learn yoga
  13. teach a women’s workshophmmm…taught two biz workshops and have3+ more scheduled, I think this counts as done!
  14. teach a relationship workshop
  15. get biz website up done!
  16. roast a chicken or turkey in the oven – wasn’t all it was cracked up to be
  17. successfully make a rice pudding
  18. host a dinner party
  19. lose 20 pounds (baby steps)
  20. clean out fridge
  21. defrost large freezeruh, it died and we’re not replacing it
  22. clean out the pantry
  23. donate older/too big clothespartially done as some have been donated & some are still in the garage
  24. learn to create beaded jewelry
  25. go back to Jersey to visit with friendsJune ’08 for Matt’s wedding
  26. photograph a covered bridge
  27. photograph buffalo or bison (don’t ask – I’ve been trying for years now)
  28. develop a cleaning schedule – in the process of hiring someone
  29. learn how to edit photos – I’ve got some of the basics down
  30. blog daily for 60 days (need to double check this one as I may have finished it)
  31. transfer CDs into iTunes
  32. eBay make-up
  33. plan a girl’s getaway tripJulia’s 40th in Vegas
  34. get the sewing machine fixed
  35. sew some pillows
  36. sew a way, cool bag
  37. practice menu planning for 4-weeks in a row (baby steps)
  38. paint hall picture frames black
  39. scan/print new pictures for the hallscanner not compatible with Leopard
  40. join & attend meetings for women’s biz group
  41. attend a Stitch ‘n Bitch gathering
  42. hang shelves in the bathroom
  43. drink at least 2 bottles of wine a month (don’t’ ask – we’ve got way, way too much wine right now)
  44. help my friends learn the importance of blogging, from a biz perspective – calling this one DONE since I teach workshops on this now and constantly preach the joys of blogging.
  45. get the site to the point that it can run without my inputdidn’thappen exactly the way I had hoped it would, but good enough
  46. try spin class
  47. attend Blogher conferenceDone July’08!
  48. write and send 10 hand-written letters for someone – 1,2
  49. write 10 Yelp reviews – 1,2,
  50. finish watching Veronica Mars series on DVD
  51. finish watching Six Feet Under series on DVD
  52. go whale watching
  53. swim with dolphins
  54. take the hubby snorkeling
  55. learn how to make a chocolate martini
  56. learn how to make tiramisu
  57. take a continuing education class of some sort
  58. learn how to hold a knife and cut properly
  59. give blood
  60. go to the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena
  61. take a cheezy star tour of celeb homes
  62. take one of the backstage studio tours
  63. finish reading E Myth Mastery
  64. make digital copies of all important papers
  65. get a fireproof box for documents – now we just need to actually put the documents IN the fireproof box
  66. finish emergency kits (one for each car, one large for the garage and one backpack) – DONE
  67. create business fliersdone many times over
  68. try a new recipe for one meal a week for 4 weeks
  69. organize and prune my online bookmarks
  70. learn how the new iPhoto works
  71. organize photos in iPhoto
  72. get a massage
  73. get a facial
  74. meet with Ladies Who LaunchDone – Incubated in Feb’08
  75. learn how to handle the back-end of my site/blogdone, but could still use some CSS training
  76. read at least 5 books from my personal stack – 1, 2, 3, 4
  77. attend the local Unity church
  78. attend the local First Church of Religious Science church
  79. get a new passport – DONE
  80. change my social security card to my married namUNNECESSARY *would conflict with passport*
  81. take the dog for a solo hike in the local mountains
  82. see Wicked
  83. see Les Mis
  84. meet at least one new blogger every three months – met so many bloggers on a pretty regular schedule
  85. roadtrip with the hubby to SD, ND, MT and WY
  86. ride the Skunk Train
  87. take at least one new photo a week for a month
  88. go a month without drinking coffee or coffee-flavored drinks
  89. meet with friends at least 2x per month for meals or drink (I’ve done really well with this one)
  90. shred the current mound of papers
  91. return broken George Foreman grill
  92. get a mammogram
  93. go without eating out for weekday lunch for one month
  94. go to the LA Zoo
  95. create at least three gifts for Christmas – 1,
  96. finish reading the Harry Potter series
  97. finish reading the Outlander seriesfinished in June’07
  98. learn how to use the Nikon DLSR cameras
  99. finish five books that I’ve started
  100. plan a special surprise trip for the hubby
  101. Make a new list of 101 Things to Do by the time my 1001 days are done

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