Monday, April 12, 2010


In my old blog I had started this project and got pretty far into it. But since I'm on a new life path, I figured I'd give it a go again, and try a few new goals out. I've always set goals for myself, and am usually hard on myself when I can't reach them. But for the most part I normally do as long as I have them written down.

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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

For Me, Myself And I
1. Buy a pair of good jeans with the perfect fit no matter the cost
2. Get A Massage
3. Get 3 pedicures (0/3)
4. Have all my coats dry cleaned
5. Get my passport reinstated
6. Read the manual on my camera completely
7. Take 3 just for fun craft classes (0/3)
8. Find 5 pictures I've taken and hang them in good frames
9. Get a facial
10.Grow out my hair for an entire year
11. Finish 5 books (0/5)

Traveling Needs

12. Visit 3 new cities I've never been to (0/3)
13. Visit 1 new country (0/1)
14. Book 1 beach vacation (0/1)
15. Go camping with my family
16. Buy new boots( for me) and a new snowboard (for C) (0/2)
17.Go snowboarding
18.Book 2 weekend getaways

For Our Home

19. Wash all of the rugs and then hang them to dry
20. Wash all the windows inside and out
21. Add window treatments to all windows
22. Have the carpet shampooed
23. Buy new glassware
24. Paint the table
25. Re fabric the kitchen chairs

For My Health

26. Loose 25 lbs (0/25)
27. Work out 3 times a week
28. Visit the DR for a checkup
29. Get an eye exam
30. Have the final 2 wisdom teeth removed
31. Complete couch to 5k
32. Run a 5k
33. Buy a bike for C and I
34. Go to bed before 2am for an entire week (0/7)

In The Kitchen

35. Try 2 new recipes a month  (0/66)
36. Buy all organic meat for 1 month
37. Eat a vegetarian meal once a week
38. Teach C how to cook 5 different things (0/5)
39. Buy all fruits and veggies from farmers market for 1 week
40. Go out to breakfast

For The Holidays

41. Visit a pumpkin patch and buy pumpkins
42. Decorate our house for Halloween and Christmas
44. Host Thanksgiving for both mine and C's family in our house
45. Design and make Christmas Cards
46. Volunteer To help serve dinner for people in need

For The Future

47. Get Pregnant
48. Buy 20 acres and start building our dream home
49. Visit our friends in Germany
50. Get a puppy
51. Expand our business
52. Create a financial plan with C
53. Buy a new car (for me)
54. Pay off C's truck

My Creative Side

55. Work as a second shooter at 3 weddings
56. Launch my photography website
57. Learn to knit
58. Knit a blankit
59. Buy a sewing machine
60. Start sewing costumes for our business
61. Refinish 5 pieces of old furniture
62. Host a cookie swap
63.Grow an herb garden

Love Is Key

64. Have a date night twice a month
65. Get a couples massage at a spa
66. Make C his favorite meal just because
67. Plan a picnic with C
68. Take the time to write C a handwritten love letter
69. Spend an entire day with C just watching movies in our PJs
70. Get Married (finally!)

The Dog Has Needs

71. Brush the dog twice a week for a month (0/8)
72. Give the dog a bath once a week for a month (0/4)
73. Buy the dog a new pet bed
74. Register the dog to our new home
75. Have the dogs teeth cleaned
76. Buy the dog heart guard
77. Buy the dog a new toy just because

Lets Party!

78. Host a themed costume party
79. Invite 2 new people outside of our friends
80. Host a summer swim party
81. Attend 2 gatherings
82. Go Dancing!
83. Try Karaoke

We Are Family!

84. Take all 4 nieces and nephews for a weekend
85. Take my grandma to lunch
86. Get a pedicure with my mom
87. Send a birthday card to every member of my immediate family for 1 year 
88. Take a family photo
89. Start building a family tree
90. Take C's parents out to lunch
91. Take a picture of both sets of parents and us together
92. Send a birthday card to every person in our immediate family for a year

Everything Else...

93. Create my functional office
94. Go through all my clothes and donate what I don't use
95. Create a great space in the spare bedroom for our guests
96. Buy a blender

As you can see, some of my ideas are completely frivolous, and some are things I've wanted to do for a long time. I've also left 5 blank lines, because let's face it, my life changes every single day, let alone almost 3 years. I want to keep a few ideas open so I can add or change a few things.

If you haven't started this program, I strongly urge you to try it. It's really fun to sit down and think of all the things you want to do, it's even more fun when you can check things off that list!

I will add a link to the top of my blog so if you want to check in on my progress, feel free to do so. I will also, try and blog about every single thing I get checked off.


My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Great lists! I tried to do this but 1. I couldn't come up with 101 and 2. I couldn't find a good system to keep track of it.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Great lists! I tried to do this but 1. I couldn't come up with 101 and 2. I couldn't find a good system to keep track of it.

Sarah said...

Definitely want to give this a try! I agree that you are more likely to attain goals if you write them down. I've seen a lot of peopel do this, but I really like how you broke it up into categories! Maybe I'll begin working on mine! Thanks for the idea. Happy Tuesday! :)

Nicole said...

good list...My one goal is to run a 5k !!!! i gotta do it..and i will :D