Tuesday, March 11, 2008


While attempting to clean out my favorites folder (holy jumbled mess of links, batman!), I came across my old "101 in 1001" list. I had totally forgotten about it.

101 in 1001 is a project where you come up with a list of 101 things you'd like to do within 1001 days. It's similar to my infamous List of Things to do in my lifetime (aka the Adventure List), but on a more immediate, tangible scale, because things on the 101 list are ones I can actually see myself doing within the next 2.75 years.

I have around fifty days until my original 1001 are up, and my first instinct was to push and see how many of the items on the list I could accomplish by then. However, looking down the list, I was surprised at how many of them are no longer applicable, or just not that important to me anymore.

My new list is coming along, but while I'm working on it, I wanted to invite you guys to do one, too! I'd love to see your lists, as well as have people to talk about it with!

The official website of the project is Day Zero, which is a great place to look for more info. (They also have a link to a handy dandy tool that figures out what date is 1001 days from now!) But in short, the basic guidelines are:

-Your goals should be measurable: Will you be able to look at your list 1001 days from now, and say "Yes, I did that!" or "Nope! Didn't happen." "Be healthier", for example, is pretty vague. "Be able to run a mile", or "Stop drinking soda" are more specific.

-They should be realistic: You, like me, may want to be fluent in 12 languages before you kick the bucket. Or to travel the entire freakin' globe. But how likely are you to accomplish that within 1001 days? While I'd love to have "Travel to 100 countries" on my list, I know how financially impaired I am, so "Travel to at least one country I've never been to" is way more realistic.

-But they shouldn't be TOO easy: "Do laundry", for example, is fine for your weekly to-do list, but do you really want to waste one of your 101 on it? Nah.

(Just to see, I counted it up, and I accomplished 31 of my original 101 things without paying attention to my list. That's something, right?)

-Make it FUN! Sure, you'll have some stuff like "Pay off my credit card" in there, but it doesn't have to all be serious! Include all those things you keep saying you'll do, but never seem to get around to (road trips, girl's nights out, movie marathons, visiting fun local stuff, etc.) Throw in a few incredibly silly ones for good measure.

So go write up a list, and give me the link! If 101 is too many for you, how about 20 things to do this year?

Here's a sneak preview of a few things from my list to get you started:
-Blog every day for a month
-Buy a teapot
-Take an American Tribal Style bellydance class

What's on your list?

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