Thursday, January 1, 2009

101 things in 1001 days

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 or 33 months) 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.
And here's my list!! I'll keep you updated for sure!
Bold - Completed tasks!

Start Date: 01/01/2009
End Date: 29/09/2011

Well, I'm going to do it. I'm going to give you a very long list, and in 1001 days I'm going to do them. That's til

29 September 2011

which seems like a LONG time away! But it isn't really...
  1. Ruthlessly clean my closet out
  2. Organise a craft retreat
  3. Write a will
  4. Watch ManFriend graduate as a real Dr
  5. Throw him a party to celebrate!
  6. Become a marriage celebrant
  7. Get my ears pierced some more (3 more times)
  8. Do some preserving
  9. Get married
  10. Finish my Bachelor of Midwifery
  11. Go overseas
  12. Visit my paternal grandparents
  13. Give blood
  14. Save $1000 for baby
  15. Go bushwalking/hiking
  16. Get something published
  17. Eat from the garden 10 times (4 / 10)
  18. Make foot stools
  19. Buy no new clothes for 3 months (within guidelines - there are still things I'm going to need to buy underwear occassionally during that time)
  20. Sort out superannuation and consolidate
  21. Write to 5 people by hand
  22. Shop once a month at the Central Markets for a year (5 / 12)
  23. Plan a surprise birthday party
  24. Take a weekend away with my sweetie
  25. Try a new cuisine
  26. Get engagement/wedding tattoo
  27. Take a photography course
  28. Learn tai chi
  29. Go camping for a weekend
  30. Finish 10 knitted items in 2009 (8 / 10)
  31. Start and keep alive a worm farm or bokashi
  32. Go to the snow for a holiday
  33. Visit Tasmania, Northern Territory or WA
  34. Have friends over for a meal each month for 6 months (6 / 6)
  35. Sew 5 items of clothing and wear them (4 / 5)
  36. Something in = something out for a month
  37. Learn to quilt
  38. Go on a winery tour of the Maclaren Vale
  39. Buy and learn to use a power drill
  40. Bake and decorate a cake a month for 6 months (2 / 6)
  41. Paint 2 inspirational canvases
  42. Take a beginner's piano course
  43. Exercise 3 times a week for 6 months
  44. Instigate a backup process for my laptop
  45. Get 5 singing lessons
  46. Decorate the bedroom wall
  47. Visit someone interstate by surprise
  48. Do a "photo a day" for a month
  49. Cook for a camp
  50. Master 5 fabulous recipes for the crockpot
  51. Do a burlesque class
  52. Have a slumber party!
  53. Buy 5 pieces of lingerie
  54. Catch a train across the country
  55. Go somewhere tropical
  56. Celebrate 4 pagan festivals
  57. Make my handwriting into a font
  58. Go horseriding
  59. Go on a girly road trip
  60. Find a volunteering gig
  61. Convene a festival
  62. Do a pottery class
  63. Go fruit picking in autumn
  64. Sort out my CDs and iTune them
  65. Sort out my books and sell / give away what I don't want to keep
  66. Attend a wine vintage festival
  67. Get pregnant
  68. Get a pair of real stud earrings to replace the crap novelty ones I have
  69. Swim naked
  70. Celebrate my 30th in style
  71. Dye my hair platinum blonde
  72. Celebrate Australia Day
  73. Take 6 'us' photos and frame them
  74. Host a photo scavenger hunt
  75. Make a list of 100 things that make me Happy
  76. Have my innards and eating investigated
  77. Write out 10 family recipes in a cook book and share them with siblings (6 / 10)
  78. Inspire 3 people to make a list like this!
  79. Send someone flowers
  80. Spend a day in a day spa - massage, scrub, pedicure
  81. See someone amazing in concert
  82. Buy a digital SLR camera
  83. Get a cleaning timetable - every two weeks thoroughly, doing the dishes each day - and stick to it
  84. Taste 5 ciders (3/5)
  85. Infuse vodka
  86. Watch 5 musicals
  87. Go away for a trip by myself
  88. Get another kitten
  89. Buy a pair of blue high heels
  90. Make a new friend
  91. Learn how to cut hair
  92. Attend a book signing
  93. Learn how to make great coffee
  94. Learn how to surf
  95. Go to a never-before-visited museum
  96. Buy a cast iron frying pan and learn to cook with it
  97. Go to the cricket
  98. Attend a homebirth
  99. Lose 5kg
  100. Make bread
  101. Write another 101 things list
32 / 100 on 9th September 2010


    pollyhyper said...

    I've been wanting/meaning/procrastinating making a 101 in 1001 list for forever! Maybe you have just motivated me.

    Emma Someone said...

    Doooooo iiiiittttt!!!

    It was a lot of fun to write - it's not easy, and I spent a lot of time looking at other lists for inspiration and seeing what people completed and what they didn't, as well as advice like "put something in there to stretch yourself as well as ones that are easily achievable".