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101 Things in 1001 Days

Posted in Uncategorized by Donna on July 18, 2008

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.
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.

1. Blog about each task
2. Write at least 1 meaningful blog entry each month
3. Get someone else to do 101 things
4. Lose down to 180 and stay at that or lower for the rest of the project
5. Get a massage
6. Begin either the ARM or CRM designation
7. Read 101 Books
8. Make a shadowbox for the bedroom
9. Don’t turn down invites just because I don’t want to go. Only say no if I have a genuine conflict
10. Get pregnant and have a child
11. Learn 20 new recipes and be able to cook them well
12. Participate in give me your stuff. (http://gimmeyourstuff.blogspot.com) 13. Watch 100 movies and Blog about them
14. Go to a live sporting event
15. Throw someone a surprise party
16. Throw a holiday party
17. Send a care package to a solider in Iraq
18. Do a girls only road trip
19. Go whale watching
20. Submit a photo to Jones Soda
21. Go to at least one lighthouse
22. Visit Lori in Austin at least 3 times
23. Identity 100 things that make me happy
24. Eat vegan for 1 week
25. Send cards for birthdays by snail mail
26. Send the Mom’s a care package once a year.
27. Send and receive a postcard via postcrossing.com
28. Walk or run in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure at least once
29. Keep on top of the washing and ironing
30. Go see a play
31. Contribute 100,000 grains of rice to freerice.com
32. Grow a plant from a seed and keep it alive
33. Grown my hair long and donate it to locks of love
34. Watch a sunrise with Dirk and take pictures
35. Watch a sunset with Dirk and take pictures
36. Cook Sunday dinner at least once every 2 months for the family
37. Give blood at least 5 times a year
38. Tell all the parents I love you every time I talk to them or email them
39. Give up and stay off caffeine
40. Send a message in a bottle
41. Go back to Oklahoma City
42. Be more outgoing and let people see the real me
43. Find a church and get involved
44. Start running and be able to run 5 miles
45. Go to a state I’ve never been to
46. Add $10 to my piggy bank for each thing I don’t complete and give it to charity.
47. Get New living room furniture
48. Establish a holiday tradition
49. Find a signature fragrance
50. See an exhibition at an art museum
51. Discover a new favorite food
52. Don’t eat fast food for 30 days
53. Update my wardrobe and have a closet full of clothes that I love
54. Take 101 meaningful/beautiful pictures
55. Write that letter to my father
56. Go to Las Vegas and stay at least 1 night
57. Make someone laugh till they cry
58. Learn to play tennis
59. Buy a new digital camera and docking station
60. Finish all my “out there” projects (Wedding scrapbook project 365 &book)
61. Give a surprise gift to someone for no reason at all
62. Read The Harry Potter series to a child
63. Develop a signature dish
64. Learn to play chess
65. Make my own 12 rules (http://www.happiness-project.com)
66. Kiss my husband underneath the mistletoe
67. Complete 5 Mid Lib books with Mom
68. Drink Pink Champagne
69. Get something published (poem (s), short story, book)
70. Throw a dinner party for 6 people and have each of them pick an ingredient and make a dish featuring that ingredient
71. Visit Powell’s in Portland
72. Learn something new about 5 different cultures and teach someone else 73. Move completely out of my comfort zone and find a new one
74. Share my blog with everyone
75. Establish a routine for myself and stick with it.
76. Go to a Zoo
77. Make a quilt
78. Do the 26 Things Project (Take a picture of 1 thing for each letter of the alphabet) and make a photo book of it
79. Find my “perfect jeans”
80.Do a Family Tree like Gram had
81. Go to an Aquarium (always wanted to do this.)
82. Make a top 10 list of favorite songs, movies, books of all time
83. Start a hope chest for the baby
84. Find the “perfect” purse
85. Own 15 pairs of shoes in different colors
86. Color an entire coloring book in crayon
87. Be completely comfortable with my body
88. See Train in concert once
89. Have my charkas balanced
90. Sand, repaint and finish the entertainment center
91. Get daddy’s stone mounted
92. Call Aunt Margie at least once a week
93. Have date night every week with my husband
94. Get patio furniture
95. Make a scrapbook for my 101
96. Swim in the Atlantic, Pacific or Gulf of Mexico
97. Find out what the Powell Story Poles are in Anacortes and document them
98. Conquer my fear of boats and ride in one at least twice
99. Find the perfect little black dress, shoes, purse and accessories
100. Throw a party for completing my 101
101. Make a new list of 101 things!

List start date July 18, 2008
Finish date April 15, 2011

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  1. beautyredefined said,

    Hi! I just wanted to drop by and wish you good luck on your list. I started mine the same day, so hopefully we’ll both finish! Good luck!


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