Monday, July 9, 2012

101 in 1001

Last updated: 8/12/12

There's a thing in the blogosphere: to accomplish 101 goals in 1001 days. That's approx. 2.75 years, and 9.91 days per goal. The tasks are to be measurable & clearly defined, as well as realistic, and they're to push the goal-setter. 

I saw this on another blog and, as is my typical reaction, I just blew it off as arbitrary goal-setting, much like the New Year's Resolutions I refuse to make. But the idea just nagged at me a little, and I thought I didn't even have 101 things I wanted to accomplish (or that, at the very least, it'd take a long time for me to figure out 101 things). So I started to make the list, and it was done before I knew it. It took about an hour, but 45 minutes of that was figuring out the last 2 items (with a grocery run in there). Seriously, I easily listed 99 things I wanted to accomplish. The list took 2 days, because I can't count, even when making a numbered list. I sat down and typed up my 101, and came up 6 short. So, it was easy to come up with 94 things (I also changed one due to my concerns about what, exactly, I should put on the internet). Part of the list came from my Productoppotamus book, where I keep a list of things to do when I'm sitting at my computer thinking (whining in my head, really) about how bored I am. (It's also a list that I have only accomplished 1 task off of. ONE SINGLE TASK. And there are some easy tasks in there)



I'm good at dreaming, not so much at doing. (There's a theme to this blog).

My list has lots of overlap, so 9.91 days per goal is a little misleading, but to do 101 completely not-overlapping things would be very difficult, at least for me.

And besides, it'll be LOTS OF BLOG FODDER. fodderfodderfodder. I shall delay no longer. THE LIST!

Start date: 7/15/12
End date: 4/11/15

(I'm grouping them by overlap)

101 in 1001

Plain text = haven't started this goal
Italic text = goal in progess
Colored text = finished & hyperlinked to the appropriate blog post about the accomplishment

1. Perform in a play
2. Perform in a dance show/recital
3. Get En Pointe
4. Get to Circus Skills school at least 3x (0/3)
5. Get to an aerial silks class
6. Go to the indoor trampoline park
7. Learn to rollerskate again (was doing OK, until I hurt my elbow. haven’t been on skates since)
8. Run a 5K in under 30 minutes (Hate. Running.)
9. Bike to/from work 40% of the year
10. Take a horseback riding lesson (loved riding as a kid, but it has been about 18 years since my last ride)
11. Do a morning workout 1x per week (Hate. Morning. Workout.) (0/143)
12. Do a workout DVD 1x per week (no srsly, I only have a TON of workout dvds collecting dust) (0/143)
13. Walk in the park at least 1x per week (picked our house in part b/c of park proximity. I best use it) (0/143)
14. 1 pleasure bike ride per month (Apr. - Oct) (0/16)
15. Relearn Poi
16. Learn hoop dance
17. Be able to do the full splits (both front/back & side)
18. Have 1 week per month with daily physical activity (1/33)
19. Get back to rainbow colored hair
20. Learn to rock the long-hair fauxhawk (& get back long hair)

Physical & Crafty
21. Be Star Sapphire Wonder Woman for Halloween (get strong & make the costume)

22. Sew a men’s dress shirt (for Mr. Burly)
23. Sew myself a blazer
24. Sew a duvet/coverlet/or quilt for our master bed
25. Refinish the master bed
26. Make a headboard for the Queen guest bed
27. Make a headboard for the Twin guest bed
28. Make our wedding album
29. Create 10 items (or variations of items) I’ve “pinned” on Pinterest (0/10)
30. Repurpose my armoire to hold crafting supplies
31. Make 1 recipe every other month I’ve “pinned” (0/17)
32. Make my special kitchen & bathroom signs (sssh. secret plans. you’ll see when done)
33. Finish Mr. Burly’s scarf (I only started on it 1.5 years ago; it’s only ⅕ finished)
34. Clean out my yarn stash (make more things, gift to friends who’d use it, sell on craigslist. Just GET IT GONE)
35. Create a home message & planning center
36. Make a monthly file system
37. Refinish a piece of furniture to sell
38. Finish sewing my UFOs (unfinished objects: pillowcases, curtains, clothing, and the like)
39. Construct a cookbook (or 4) of favorites - get rid of unneeded cookbooks once this is compiled)
40. Learn to do silver plating. Replate my favorite necklace.
41. Reupholster our wingback chairs
42. Sew/Construct a proper Wonder Woman costume

Non-Physical Self-Improvement
43. Play my instruments 2x per week
44. Blog at least 1x per week (
45. Create my new website
46. Learn more Adobe Creative Suite (specifically, complete a tutorial book I own but haven’t cracked)
47. Learn to take better pictures
48. Take more pictures with the freshly acquired skillz of #47
49. Book my photos (not necessarily “scrapbook,” just put them in a freaking book already)
50. Keep a daily journal (mundane things) (
51. Keep a weekly diary (the juicy bits) (3/143)
52. Digitize CDs, clean MP3 tags, organize music
53. Digitize photos, organize photos
54. Grow a veg/fruit garden
55. Can/Preserve things from the veg/fruit garden
56. Grow Queen of the Prairie flowers
57. Grow a formal rose bush
58. Start/maintain a compost pile
59. Learn basic lockpicking
60. Travel to Colorado to visit family
61. Travel to a new-to-me state or Canada
62. Brush up on German 1x per week (1/143)
64. Go camping each year (0/3)
65. Visit the library (again, it’s within walking distance of the new house) 2x per month (0/66)
66. Resume our CSA
67. Visit 1 new restaurant each quarter (1/11)
68. Read 12 books (4/yr. I'm supremely slow at getting around to reading anything longer than most long-form magazine articles. I read a lot of those, yes. And sometimes some pseudo-science non-fiction book, and a few comic books per month, and that's about where I stop. I used to read so, so much more. But then, I don't think reading a lot is the key to living life, just a great enhancement - and I still question anyone who flat-out scoffs at reading):
a. Sandman
b. Watchmen
c. Female Chauvinist Pigs
d. Underworld

 e. Something by Christopher Moore
f. Something by Bret Easton Ellis
g. Something by Warren Ellis (probably Transmetropolitan)
h. Something by Terry Pratchett

i. A Biography/ Autobiography/ Memoir (Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson)
j. A NYT Bestseller (see letter
"i". Yeah, I'm gonna cheat this one, 'cause Bloggess is awesome, and I'm lazy.)
k. I am Legend
l. Something a friend recommends
69. Memorize 18 poems (6/yr) (1/18)
70. Improve my touch-typing by 20 wpm
71. Learn to do more w/ Excel/spreadsheets (complete 12 tutorials) (0/12)
72. Conquer left-handed writing (I have it legible, now it’s going to be pretty)
73. Work through How to Think like Leonardo DaVinci
74. Work on a Habitat for Humanity home
75. Make a Bucket List
76. Streamline style/closet

77. Visit each 1x/yr

a. IMA (0/3)

b. Indiana State Museum (0/3)

c. Indiana Historical Society (0/3)

d. Children’s Museum (0/3)

e. 1 other unvisited location within the state (0/3)
78. Attend 10/12 First Fridays per year (2 per year in a new location) (1/30) (0/6)
79. Buy a painting
80. Become a member of NPR
81. Get to a convention (Gen Con, C2E2, something of those sorts)
82. Go to a ballet (never been!)
83. Go to an opera (never been!)
84. Go to the symphony (technically never been to a fancy pro symphony, just college orchestra concerts. Close, but much more Free.)
85. Go to the drive-In (never been!)


86. It's a surprise! (and not of the baby kind, so you can forget that. Just something I want to do but not tell anyone about until after the fact).
87. Get a couch (the futon is a zombie. It died so long ago, yet it lives through some crazy voodoo magic)
88. Get a piece of classic jewelry in celebration of #63
89. Spend 1 week per month carb-free (0/33)
90. Spend 1 week per month dairy-free (0/33)
91. Go to a casino. Gamble. (I’ve never even purchased a lottery ticket. I’m just weird about any sort of gambling.)
92. Create our Emergency Binder, update yearly (0/3)

93. Fully fund emergency savings account
94. Start retirement savings
95. Write my will
96. Start saving monthly for a trip to europe (1/33)
97. Donate to at least 1 charity per year (0/3)
98. Save $5 for each goal accomplished
99. Save for the Colorado trip & another in-North-America trip
100. Pay off either car or small Sallie Mae loan (if not both)

101. Personal goal, not to be shared on the blog.

Sooo...that's a lot. More than 101 things, actually, if you count individual actions grouped as a single item. And I have a little cheat room, like my NYT Bestseller book could also be one a friend recommends, and technically my plan to turn my armoire into craft storage is from a "pin" of mine on Pinterest, if I have to take a short-cut somewhere. And I can guarantee that a morning workout will occasionally coincide with a DVD workout. But it all will probably balance out.

I looked at tons of bloggers who have attempted this in the past or are currently attempting (because coming up with 6 last goals was damn hard, & I needed inspiration. FYI: found none). Of the ones who have made it through the 1001 days, I think the highest completion # I saw was in the low 80s. It'll be interesting to see how I do...

...and I already have the next 101 list started...larger things that need more than 2.75 years to accomplish.

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