This is the list that started it all (for me anyway). It ran from March 2006 to December 2008. It was brilliant fun and I completed approximately half of the goals. Several others I tried and failed.
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 Focussed. 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. My Deadline Is: Sunday, December 14, 2008
1.Sleep >8 hours a night for a fortnight, consecutively 2. Learn not to take on so much, and to fulfil what I promise. 3. Be in bed before midnight every night for a week 4. Start tracking my finances rather than just keeping a vague idea 5. Clear out my wardrobe 6. Write my book 7. Clear off my computer desk and leave it that way for a month 8. Work with kids who have CP and other disabilities and their parents 9. Learn Italian 10. Do positional stretches everyday for six weeks 11. Take every med and supplement I am supposed to daily for six weeks(completed 12.02.07) 12. Lose the rest of the weight (35lb) and then remain within 5lb of my target 13. Complete NaNoWriMo again 14. Swim 100km over the course of these 1001 days 15. Learn CSS 16. Complete the 101 stories challenge 17. Complete the 101 poems challenge 18. Take up the railways society’s invite to visit their museum (because I helped them with access questions) 19. Eat breakfast everyday for a month 20. Meet my American friends 21. Go visit Maryse in Germany 22. Go to Madrid 23. Take some time out by myself to replenish my soul 24. Do the Maize Maze @ Millets 25. Go parapenting again 26. Join the gym 27. Have a picnic in a park and spend the whole day there 28. Feed some ducks 29. Go at least 72 hours without using a computer. 30. Finish unpacking from when I left uni 31. Revisit childhood memories – go to the races at Newbury 32. Sell unwanted stuff on ebay or give to charity
33. Join a book club 34. apply to be a reader-book reviewer for New Woman (done 22/03/06) 35. Get up early and out of the house straight away every day for a month 36. Dye my hair a sensible colour and keep it like that for four months. 37. See the Lion King musical 38. Go at least one day without saying anything negative about myself or anyone else. 39. Speak my mind more but do it in a non-hurtful way 40. Go to the beach on a winters day 41. Give blood (if eligible – currently not) 42. Do something nice and unexpected for a stranger 43. Photograph 1 view in all 4 seasons (0/4) 44. Do something in public I’d normally be scared to do.
45. Sit outside and watch the sunrise 46. Go speed dating 47. Read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 48. Attend a Star Trek convention 49. Back up my computer at least every other week 50. Go an entire week without using my electric wheelchair (a week when I’m at CAB some days) 51. Put aside my guilt 52. Start and finish a cross-stitch 53. Go to the Halfway Inn 54. Join a writers group 55. Get a tattoo 56. Write a magazine article and have it published (DN is a possibility) 57. Give £5 to a beggar or big issue seller I like the look of. 58. Go to the Lake District. 59. Visit a sealife centre 60. Train to be an access auditor 61. Do a creative writing course 62. Relearn touch typing with the right fingers on the right keys. 63. Get into the habit of hanging up laundry after doing it rather than using the “floordrobe” 64. Send a surprise present to a friend, anonymously 65. Spend a whole day in silence 66. Take more photos 67. Scrapbook my photos from last year. 68. Complete my planned favourite writings project 69. Learn how to create fonts and make my own 70. Accept my failings and weaknesses 71. Control my temper more 72. Start horse riding again 73. Make my website everything I want it to be and more. 74. Visit New York 75. Go back to Australia 76. Go to a concert 77. Get a massage 78. Complete the Race for Life 79. Attempt to knit a scarf 80. Finish reading all the books on my “to read” list 81. Go crabbing again 82. Fly a kite 83. Walk in the rain with no particular place to go 84. Make a beaded bracelet 85. Do all the touristy things there are to do in Oxford. 86. Visit Liverpool 87. Go camping 88. Make Pizza from scratch (base as well) 89. Learn to accept a compliment graciously 90. Wear more glitter. 91. Accept certain inalienable truths 92. Treat myself to a bunch of flowers 93. Drink a glass of water before I eat any meal for a month. 94. Have my hair braided. 95. Leave comments on the blogs of a few famous people I admire 96. Write three letters of complaint for poor service (3/3) 97. Write three letters praising good service 98. Have a date night once a month with myself for 6 months. 99. Flirt more. 100. Go seven days without eating meat. 101. On Day 1001, publish a new 101 Things in 1001 Days list.