Sunday, August 19, 2007

101 Things in 1,001 Days

Inspired by Karen Beth! Now I just need to figure out how to add this to a sidebar or separate page fro tacking purposes.
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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common 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.

1. Finish this list.
2. Inspire someone else to participate in 101 Things in 1,001 Days
3. Write a new list when I’m finished with this one
4. See whales
5. Take Char to NYC
6. Go snorkeling again
7. Get my passport
8. Visit another country
9. Visit Niagara
10. Take a vacation that does not involve family
11. Visit Mexico
12. Take Char to Chicago
13. Visit (at least) 3 different wineries for wine tastings (0/3)
14. See the northern lights
15. Plan a surprise romantic weekend
Self Improvement
16. Get an expensive haircut
17. Get a new pair of glasses
18. Nose piercing? (maybe this should be decide if I really want one or
if I just like to bother my husband with the idea)
19. Contemplate big life questions
20. Get tattoo #2
21. Learn to do my hair in a few different ways
22. Learn some cool makeup techniques (why are there no classes on
being girly?)
23. Get a massage (which means getting over being squicked out by
letting a stranger do this)
24. Get my other wisdom tooth out
25. Stop saying “yeah” instead of “yes” (This is probably impossible)
26. Visit a dermatologist and get checked for skin cancer
27. Work on my posture
28. Get a hot stone massage (this sounds lovely right now)
29. Stop drinking soda altogether
30. Buy a pair of false eyelashes and try them out
31. Dye my hair something completely different from what I’ve done
32. Take at least 2 dance classes (0/2)
33. Train to run a 5k
34. Go skiing
35. Learn to play tennis
36. Buff up my arms
37. Kayak in 2 new rivers (o/2)
38. Start a fitness journal (keep it for at least 3 months)
39. Join a gym with a pool and use it
40. See all of Shakespeare’s plays (as many as possible in person & the
rest on video)
41. See 2 more Broadway shows (o/2)
42. Improve upon my Spanish skills
43. Go see an opera
44. Go to the ballet
45. See ten concerts that do not include Flogging Molly (0/10)
46. Read Lord of the Rings trilogy (0/3)
47. Read all of LM Montgomery’s books
48. Read The People’s History of the United States
49. Read 1001 Nights
50. Join a book club
51. Read the rest of John Irving’s novels (even Until I Find You which
also squicked me out)
52. Read 50 nonfiction books (0/50)
53. Read all shelf-sitters and pass them along
54. Sew a dress for myself
55. Make a hat
56. Write a short story and submit it for publication somewhere
57. Draw in my sketchbook every day for two months
58. Make secret project for 3 families
59. Do the 365 days project
60. Become proficient in Photoshop
61. Enter something fabulously strange in the fair
62. Do something creative every day for a month
63. Sew a quilt
64. Knit myself a scarf
65. Paint 50 paintings (0/50)
66. Learn calligraphy
67. Volunteer for pro-choice charity
68. Volunteer for an environmental group
69. Try 10 new ice cream recipes (0/10)
70. Make bread from scratch 5 times (0/5)
71. Try 20 new fruits & veggies (0/20)
72. Cook dinner every night for two weeks (this is gonna be so hard)
73. Make a fruit pie
74. Pay off credit card debt
75. Own a home
76. Have my own garden
77. Adopt dog #2
78. Foster a dog
79. Start a compost pile
80. Purchase a new mattress
81. Get a new TV stand
Family & Friends
82. Send pointless packages to all my loved ones
83. Have a dinner party
84. Finish sister’s photo album
85. Frame & mail copies of picture to family
86. Do a better job of keeping and reconnecting with old friends
87. Have a Halloween party
88. Track all important birthdays on my calendar
89. Host a girl’s night
90.Start an etsy shop and keep it going for at least 3 months
91. Invest in the DVDs that never fail to make me smile – Amelie, The
Office, Earl, Royal Tenebaums, Raising Arizona. (This will be harder
for me to do as I don’t believe in clutter, but clutter that makes me
smile is another thing altogether).
92. Have a respectable amount of wine in my wine rack (maybe 10
93. Find out if I like scotch
94. Keep inbox emails at work below 150
95. Replace husband’s wedding band
96. Have a real English tea
97. Try 5 different fish dishes I’ve never had before
98. Ride on a motorcycle
99. Learn to change my car’s oil myself
100. Go sled riding
101. Get a fabulous pair of boots

My deadline is Sunday, May 16, 2010. Wish me luck!

1 comment:

Jen said...

that's fabulous! did you come up with all of them on your own, or were you inspired by others?

now i'm inspired to make one!