Monday, December 29, 2008

101 in 1001

I stumbled across a blog and found this. Its called the 101 in 1001 days project.

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.

Calculating the End Date

You can easily find out when your project will end by using this handy tool at

Start Date: January 1, 2009
End Date: September 29, 2011


In Process:

note: I am changing all the "monthly" ones
because they are such a nuisance to keep track of!

Things to learn:
• Learn a new language
• Take a photography course
• Learn how to drive a standard
• Learn about wine
• Take a class on Photoshop
• Learn how to garden
• Learn sign language
• Learn how to hem pants

Gifts & Letters:
• Give 10 random gifts
• Write handwritten letters to 15 people telling them how important they are to me
• Send ten homemade cards to people you don't usually send cards to (0/10)
• Write 5 snail mail letters and send them (1/5)
1. It was a postcard....but hey that still counts!
• Send a "just because" care package to a friend

Things I'd like to do:

• Keep a journal for a month
• Go to a drive in movie theater
• Make a jar of random exciting adventures
• Create a list of 101 things that make me happy
• Create a "day in the life" post on my blog

Arts & Crafts:
• Make a scrapbook
• Photograph a wedding
• Write a song from start to end
• Start and complete 5 drawings/paintings
• Give all handmade gifts for Christmas or birthdays one year
• Make a collection of greeting cards
• Make jewelry

• Start a Thankful jar and keep it up
• Take time daily to spend with God
• Start up a college and career group
• Start up a woman's bible study
• Write short bible verses on 10 rocks with a sharpie and throw them back on the beach
• Memorize a scripture every two weeks for a month
• Learn about 5 different religions (0/5)

Things to own:
• Buy a car
• Buy a metal water bottle
• Get some canvas prints made
• Get a new wardrobe (after I achieve my goal weight)

Things I should do:
• Complete high school
• Backup my files and photos every month
• Wear sunscreen everyday for a whole summer
• Do three things that 'scare' me, or push me out of my comfort level (1/3)
1. Start selling jewelery that I made
• Get my drivers license
• Find a good cell phone plan
Reconnect with an old friend

• Get a passport
• Travel to another continent
Drive down to the states
• Take a random road trip
• Ride a train
• Go on a trip with Tanisha
• Hang a “Where I’ve been map” and put pegs in the places we’ve been to

Health & Fitness:
• Lose weight
• Go walking/jogging every morning for a month
• Get up every morning before 7 am for a month
Consistently work out 3x a week for a month
• Go a month without any fast food
• Drink only water for a beverage for a month
• Try out a fitness class
Whiten teeth (fail! I tried crest whitestrips and
they made my teeth hurt so bad!)
• Take a dance class

Watch & Read:
• Read the Bible cover to cover
• Read 10 classic novels (0/10)
• Read a new book every month for 6 months (0/6)
• Read a Jane Austen book
• Read 5 books that have movies based on them (1/5)
1. My Sisters Keeper √
• Watch the 5 movies/tv shows that were based on the books above (1/5)
1. My Sisters Keeper √
Read all the books I own and have never read (I decided to put them in the garage sale instead)

• Eat five things that I've never tried before (2/5)
2. Thickened juice
• Make homemade pasta
• Learn how to make two different cultural meals (0/2)
• Make homemade jam
• Make homemade ice cream
• Make a cookbook/recipe cards of my favorite recipes
• Grow a garden with fresh herbs or a vegetable garden
• Cook a full meal for my family at least 10 times (3/10)
1. Pizza and Caesar salad (with the help of Taraben)
2. Homemade Pasta (with the help of Taraben)
3. Grilled veggies and chicken

• Have a dinner party
• Invite 20 people (not all at once) out for coffee (1/20)
• Have a formal dessert night
• Surprise a friend with an unexpected visit
• Comment to every “friend” on my Facebook account

• Scan old family pictures and burn them to disc
Give away or throw away 20 things (at the upcoming garage sale!)
• Organize and delete unwanted photos
• Construct an address book
• Organize my music on itunes
• Make a random gift box

Volunteer & Good deeds:

• For every incomplete task after 1001 days, donate $5 to a Charity
• Volunteer somewhere every week for one month
• Do 10 random acts of kindness
• Volunteer in a foreign country
• Participate in Shoebox Christmas giving program
• Rather than a material gift, make a donation to charity in someones name.

Work & Finances:
• Save money for traveling
• Get a credit card
• Budget and record all money spent over 3 months
• Start up my own photography business
• Create a portfolio
• Save two (2) month’s salary and keep it saved for more than 6 months
• Remember to tithe
• Save $1 a day for 1001 days

• Write an entry for each of the 101 tasks completed. (4/101)


Anonymous said...

this sounds like a neat idea bonnie! good luck!

Tamara said...

Whoah, good luck! I think it would take me 1001 days just to put together one of these lists!

Gloria said...

ok Bonnie first when did u get a blog and not inform me. second, how did u write so many things for 1001; you are inciteful and yet have too much time on your hands