Update: From July 2007 to March 2010, I did a 101 Things in 1,001 Days Project. The project is now over, and after doing a 30 Before 30 List, it has morphed back into the “Life List” that I started in 2003. I add to this list every year.
101 Things in 1,001 Days
The 101 Things in 1001 Days Project (idea from Triplux)
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
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.
My Life List:
1 Quarterlife Crisis + 101 Things + 1001 Days = The Ultimate TO DO List.
101 Things in 1001 Days Project:
Start Date: Sunday, July 1, 2007
End Date: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Start a new blog for this project – July 2007
2 Take pictures of all of my 101 in 1001
3 Max out my 401k contribution every year
4 Increase my income to $XXk/yr.
Finish my MBA
Update my personal .com site
Start a business/side project
Make a conscious effort on what I wear to work: heels/flats for 2 weeks
9 Join a marketing networking group
Write in a work journal for 1 month
THINGS TO LEARN
Relearn Flash (learn post 2002 flash)
12 Learn to play poker
Learn to kayak
15 Start playing the piano again
Take a dance class
Do yoga for a month
Learn the capitals and locations of all countries
19 Go boogie boarding
Take a rock climbing class
Get golf lessons
Learn to sail
23 Run a marathon
24 Go wine tasting in Oregon
Start Geocaching again
Be a Portland tourist
27 Do Cycle Oregon or Hwy 101
Go white water rafting
29 Play real golf (not a pitch/putt)
Walk to the grocery store
31 Ride bike to work for 1 week
Use public transportation for 1 week
Run a half marathon – August 2013
Research and buy a new digital camera
Buy all new underwear
Get a dog or cat
Get a new bed
Recycling Organizer system
38 Travel South America
39 Go to NYC
Go to Mexico
Visit Europe again
42 San Juan Islands (biked) – May 2011
43 See New England in the fall
44 Ride Amtrak to Seattle
Weekend Trip to Nye Beach
46 Go on a backpacking trip
Do a bike ride in another country
Stay out of the US for 1 month (moving counts)
49 Go to Vegas
Go to Bumbershoot or ACL (again)
51 Visit Canada again
See the all time Top 100 Grossing Films
53 See Ebert’s ‘102 Movies You Must See’
54 Re-read David Allen’s ‘Getting Things Done’ start weekly review of GTD again
55 For one week, go to bed at 9 and read books
Do 52 Books in 52 Weeks, no cheating
Read Seth Godin books that I haven’t read
Read 10 classics that I’ve never read
59 Watch all five Best Picture nominees prior to the Oscars
Sign up for Netflix again
Subscribe to the Economist
Find my signature cupcake recipe
Make crème brulee
Don’t go to the same restaurant more than once for 1 month
65 Bring a packed lunch or go home for lunch for 1 month
Quit drinking coffee for 1 month (or the summer)
Go vegan for 1 month
68 Try doing a wine journal
Eat at every restaurant in my neighborhood
Go to restaurants on the Willamette Week Cheap Eats List
Hang pictures up in the living room
Finish Apartment Therapy
73 Buy a house – March 2010
Redecorate 1 room to perfection
Plant a balcony garden
Date a guy who makes me swoon
77 Commit to someone, maybe… but not just anyone
78 Organize a Monthly Game Night
79 Host a dinner party
Make a new friend
Start wearing the vintage ring that Grandma gave me
Take care of my nails for 1 month, see if it turns into a habit
Get a massage every month
Get a wax
Consciously Stop saying ‘yeah’ and ‘like’ for 1 week
88 For one week, get up two hours before work
Take a sick day to go play
90 Design a calendar for family for 2008 or 2009 for Christmas presents
Clean up my old computer, backup, and get rid of
Load the rest of my CDs on to iTunes
Set up at least 10 useful playlists for my iPod
94 Make iTunes season mixes
Journal every day for 1 month
Volunteer with SMART
Donate hair to Locks of Love (again)
98 Start going to church again
Go to my 10-year reunion
100 Start a new list (30 Before 30) – June 2010
101 Save $1 for every completed item. Donate $2 for every incomplete item.
Go to a concert outside of PDX area
Travel to another continent
Watch 100 classics movie list
Go SCUBA Diving
Apply for The Amazing Race
Finish visiting the 50 states
Convince someone else to start a 101 List Completed
Camille ConsulMay 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm
What a great list! I just recently moved from WA state to San Francisco, you make me want to move back. I miss the PNW!
I borrowed some of your ideas for the list I am currently in the process of making :) Thanks!
JennDecember 30, 2011 at 10:13 pm
Love this list! I’m currently working on a 26-For-26 list. Three months to go and counting! Then on to my next lofty list….very likely a 101-in-1001 list.
Jen PantsApril 21, 2011 at 11:01 am
I have a list just like this one! I’m still working on completing it! A friend and I started it together! I love list making, and this was just so ideal! You managed to get a lot done! way to go!
0anaOctober 25, 2009 at 4:45 am
You convinced me.
Love the idea.
Good luck and I hope you’ll save the 101$ at the end!
MichelaOctober 17, 2009 at 6:02 am
Like the idea, definitely makes you wake up every day more & more productive and stay focused on your goals.
Britta BowersJune 11, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Also enjoy this… Started my list last year and kinda forgot about it… First thing on the list – Must start a blog to stay on top of it!
MaryBJune 11, 2009 at 8:42 am
Just came across this list and I think it’s an amazing idea! And one that I’m going to do for myself… I may have to steal some of your “to-do’s” in the process. Thanks! :)
Ms AlexJune 9, 2009 at 12:14 am
Hi, 101 things is a great project (I’m having a blast), look forward to reading about how it’s working out for you. :)
Stacy.May 29, 2009 at 10:58 am
I love this idea! I think I should give it a shot myself.
Tara SGMay 25, 2009 at 11:45 am
Wow I wish I would have come across your list before I made mine. I’ll just have to remember to add some of these to my next 101. I also love the idea of having an alternates list! I’m linking you to my blog if that’s alright.
HannahMarch 23, 2009 at 8:11 pm
Does TKB (kickboxing) count as taking a dance class?
I guess you could sign up for Zumba. I hate the name…makes me picture some wild mix of a Roomba vacuum and that Zuma game.
HeatherFebruary 18, 2008 at 6:34 pm
You convinced me to start my own list. You can cross that off! Day 1 is tomorrow, February 19th.
wende in phoenixOctober 15, 2007 at 6:20 am
Hmmm… you may have identified the Right Thing to Do after a person is through Curing.
Tahitian MoonOctober 14, 2007 at 7:13 pm
This is the coolest idea ever. I read your post on apartment therapy, and I’m inspired to make my own list.