Wednesday, May 02, 2007

101 Things in 1001 Days

(I saw this over at Books Lists Life as well as other places. I thought, 'what the hell, everyone needs goals' and decided to jump on board. I'll try and update when I cross stuff off, and it'll make me feel all special and important, and that's always nice.

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.

And I've posted this list at the Triplux)

My list starts 2 May, 2007 and ends 15 September, 2009.

1. Finish this list. Completed 2nd May, 2007
2. Find a suitable place for my donkeys to be on display. Completed December 2007
3. Put up bookshelves in the garage. Completed December 2007
4. Replace the carpet in the garage.Completed 23 May, 2007
5. Buy and maintain a houseplant.
6. Decide on a timeline to go back to school to finish my degree.
7. Finish updating my CV. Completed 9th May, 2007
8. Start driving again.
9. Start working again.
10. Call or write my mother.
11. Take a vacation outside of England.
12. Finish the Dystopian Reading Challenge.
13. Visit the English seaside at least 3 more times. (1/3)
14. Have a family portrait taken.
15. Join a bookclub. Completed July 2007
16. Update driver's license with new address.Completed 10th May, 2007
17. Hang photos over fireplace. Completed 26 May, 2007
18. Go to a PYO fruit and veg place with Elliot at least twice.
19. Organise for my coffee group to meet at my house one week. Completed July 2007
20. Lose 10 pounds.
21. Enroll Elliot in a music class for toddlers.
22. Have a manicure.
23. Have a pedicure.
24. Make the back garden child-friendly.
25. Throw a themed birthday party for Elliot.
26. Repaint the hallway and landing.
27. Repaint the bedrooms.
28. Repaint the living rooms.
29. Replace flooring and tiles in bathrooms and kitchen.
30. Ride in a hot-air balloon.
31. Read at least 10 books 'I always meant to read.' (5/10)
32. Take a self-defence class.
33. Have regular 'family game nights' once Elliot is old enough.
34. Spend at least a week without checking my email or using the computer.
35. Fill out Elliot's 'Baby's First Year' book.
36. Print out Elliot's photos and organise in photo albums.
37. Attend an art workshop at my local craft store.
38. Clear the house of clutter room by room and donate to charity.
39. Go to an amusement park.Completed 24 May, 2007
40. Visit the Lake District.
41. Visit York.
42. Have my teeth whitened.
43. Buy and read the Sunday paper all the way through.
44. Send a secret to PostSecret.
45. Go to a concert.
46. See at least 5 movies at the cinema. (2/5)
47. Go see a play in the West End. (The Lion King?)
48. Go to Wimbledon. (or some other live sporting event)
49. Phone US Embassy about having dual-citizenship. Completed July 2007
50. Register to vote and actually vote. (in either country)
51. Fly a kite in the park.
52. Get pregnant again. Completed July 2007
53. Have a picnic in Regent's Park with Shadowfalcon and Catherine.
54. Wash the car.
55. Plant clematis in the back garden.
56. Put up a border and plant new flowerbeds in two separate areas.
57. Give up Coke for a month.
58. Give up chocolates/sweets/icecream for a month.
59. Take Elliot to a swimming class.
60. Use treadmill 4 times a week for a month.
61. Pay the bills one month.
62. Find a way to make money without going back to work.
63. Visit Diane in Belgium.
64. Visit Andrew and his family in Leeds.
65. Spend an afternoon at Virginia Water. Completed Fall of 2007
66. Have coffee (or whatever) with the next door neighbour.Completed 17 May, 2007
67. Reintroduce Meet the Guys Monday.
68. Get Skype working on the computer again.Completed 6th May, 2007
69. Participate in NaBloPoMo again. Completed November 2007
70. Update my 'Letters to Elliot' bok.
71. Post new entries every month on Elliot's blog.
72. Look into being baptised. Completed July 2007
73. Buy a new digital camera.
74. Bake at least once a month.
75. Do something that's terrifying. Completed July 2007
76. Approach someone I haven't met at toddler group and start a conversation.Completed 22 May, 2007
77. Answer emails as soon as I recieve them.
78. Find space for all the 'leftover' ornaments from the old house or give them to charity. Completed December 2007
79. Use the conservatory for something other than storage.
80. Have a big barbecue at our house.Completed 6th May, 2007
81. Sand and stain my rocking chair.
82. Update my address book. Completed June-July 2007
83. Update my birthday book. Completed June-July 2007
84. Replace blinds in the computer room.
85. Buy a bike.
86. Put together radiator cabinet. Completed August 2007
87. Find solution for shoes in the hallway.
88. Use the dining table for a nice meal.
89. Organise an Easter egg hunt for Elliot and his small friends.
90. Do something creative with all the old greeting cards laying about the house.
91. Start a small scrapbook.
92. Eat breakfast regularly. Completed July 2007
93. Collect photos of my father through the years for a 60th birthday surprise.
94. Organise memory boxes.
95. Start a food journal.
96. Keep track of all the books I've read in a year.
97. Plan a surprise for N.
98. Have houseguests.
99. Train Elliot to sleep through the night in his own room. Completed 2007
100. Potty train Elliot.
101. Do something wonderful to celebrate completing everything on this list.


  1. Yay! it's HARD to make the list! We have some of the same items on ours.

  2. Oh my, I'm tired just looking at that.

  3. Good luck achievng what is on your list, I've just come across the 101/1001 thing and I'm checking out UK entries : )


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