So, I found this and it’s just what I need right now… I love lists, I love goals but I never do well with close deadlines.  That’s why this is perfect… 101 things in 1001 days is perfect.  I’m excited to dwindle this list down.  I’m excited to better myself and my life with this list.  I think I’ll learn a lot and be more of a whole person as a result.  Encourage me!

Day Zero Project

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.

Start: Tuesday, May 26, 2009

End: Monday, February 20, 2012

For Fun
1.    Bake one item every two weeks and share the goods for six months (0/13)
2.    Become decently skilled in a sport
3.    Buy the ‘perfect fit’ jeans, even if they’re not in the size I want
4.    Enroll in a dance class
5.    Go hiking
6.    Go rock climbing
7.    Go to a Bills Game
8.    Go to a Capitals Game
9.    Go to a Cowboys Game
10.    Go to a major concert
11.    Go to a Nationals Game
12.    Go to a Red Sox Game
13.    Go to a Redskins Game
14.    Go to a Sabres Game
15.    Go to the driving range
16.    Join a sports team
17.    Learn to change brake pads
18.    Learn to change oil
19.    Learn to drive stick shift
20.   Learn to ride bike (for real ride, not just go around the block style)
21.    Learn to shoot a gun
22.    Play 18 holes
23.    Take self-defense/martial arts class
24.    Tour the Capital Building
25.    Tour the White House
26.    Try a new food weekly for six months (0/26)
27.   Try one new recipe a week for a year (0/52)
28.    Visit 1 new country
29.    Visit 5 new states (0/5)
30.    Visit all the monuments (1/16)
31.    Visit all the Smithsonian Museums (2/16)
32.    Visit Arlington Cemetery
33.    Walk/Run the entire Capital Crescent Trail

For Health/Fitness
34.    Do 100 Pushups in a row
35.    Do 1000 Crunches in a row
36.    Do 200 Squats in a row
37.    Find doctor(s) in DC
38.    Go to apartment gym 20 days out of a month (0/20)
39.    Hit goal weight
40.    Run race
41.    Take a series of ‘real’ Pilates classes
42.    Take a series of ‘real’ yoga classes
43.    Take BRCA-1 test
44.    Take pictures of all of my food even when out with others
45.    Take vitamins everyday for 30 days (0/30)
46.    Try Bikram yoga

For My Blog
47.    Learn html/CSS
48.    Upgrade to wordpress.org

For My Creativity
49.    Draw/Sketch weekly for six months (0/26)
50.    Keep a notebook of quotes/lyrics
51.    Use up all yarn
52.    Write a children’s book
53.    Write a novel
54.    Write a song

For My Debt
55.    Pay my parents back for my education costs- $33,000.00
56.    Pay off last credit card. (I used to have thousands of dollars worth of debt from freshman yr of college and unemployment times) $211.93 $161.93 $0.00 (07/03/2009)

For My Family
57.    Call my aunt at least once every 10 days for 6 months (1/18)
58.    Call my grandma at least once every 10 days for 6 months (0/18)
59.    Go on a vacation with my brother
60.    Go on a vacation with my dad
61.    Go on cruise just with Mom
62.    Have a spa day with my mom
63.    Scan our family photos

For My Future
64.    Buy a car
65.    Get a living will
66.    Get Renter’s Insurance
67.    Invest in the stock market
68.    Raise credit score: up 65 points!  Can only go up from here :) (07/30/2009)
69.    Save 20K for a down payment on a Condo/House
70.    Save 6 months worth of income (2/6)
71.    Write a will

For My Home
72.    Back up all computer files
73.    Keep table clear for a month
74.    Organize iTunes

For My Mind
75.    Be able to label all the continents
76.    Get Degree in Early Childhood/Child Development
77.    Refresh my French knowledge

For My Soul
78.    At least 20 minutes of Yoga daily for 30 days (0/30)
79.    Create a ‘sacred’ space
80.    Make new, local friends (meetup.com?)
81.    Meditate daily for 30 days (0/30).
82.    Read the Bible cover to cover, again
83.    Unplug for a weekend (phone, tv, computer, ipod, etc.)
84.    Write a letter to the family I used to nanny for, to each member

For Others
85.    Donate blood
86.    Donate Hair to Locks of Love
87.    Make a baby blanket for my best friend (she will have a child in these days believe me)
88.    Make and Send a Care Package to a soldier
89.    Plant a tree
90.    Volunteer at and donate to food bank
91.    Volunteer at Hospital
92.    Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity
93.    Walk shelter dog

For Personal Growth
94.    Buy and wear a bikini proudly
95.    Do something out of character once a month
96.    Resist gossip
97.    Set boundaries
98.    Stop biting nails
99.    Stop worrying about what other people think of me
100.    Take a self portrait daily for a year (0/365)
101.    Write about something I love about myself daily for a year (0/365)

Bonus: Save $2 for each item completed on this list and spend it on something fun!

3 Responses to “101 in 1001”

  1. Ms Alex Says:

    From one 101er to another, welcome to the adventure!

    ::waving pom poms to encourage ya::

  2. Andrea Says:

    Wow, I had never heard of this before. What a fab concept. Love your list!
    Can I go to a Cowboys game with you? Need to see the new stadium!

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