Monday, November 5, 2007

101 Things in 1001 Days

"All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done…
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.”
~ Shel Silverstein

Today I am another year older. To celebrate my twenty-six years on the earth, I did many things…including being sung Happy Birthday by the entire Cracker Barrel staff & finally attacking my teaching mess all over our house! (I know, it sounds so exciting, doesn’t it?). In addition to that, I sat down to think about the next few years...

The Mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days (2.75 years). Think personal Scavenger Hunt. Some of tasks will be easier to accomplish than others; some will be things that I was already planning to do but hadn’t gotten around to yet; some will be things that I’ve wanted to do but never seriously looked into.

The Criteria: Tasks must be specific with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic & stretching.

Why 1001 Days? 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.

Start date: Monday, November 5, 2007
End Date: Monday, August 2, 2010

Benefiting Others:
1. Volunteer my time for something I’m passionate about. (Update: Contacted & set-up volunteering at my old school – I can’t wait to start!)
2. Make a donation to support my local community (supplies, $, time, etc).
3. Make a donation to my global community (supplies, $, time, etc).
4. Renew my CPR certification.
5. 5 random acts of kindness without recognition. (In Progress: 3/5)

Benefiting Myself:
6. Do 1 nice for myself without regret or second-guessing.
7. Drink 30 to 60 ounces of water a day for 30 days. (Completed 6/25/2008)
8. Work out 3 times a week for 4 consecutive weeks. (Completed 6/30/2008)
9. Go to bed at 9 and read until I fall sleep for 5 days.
10. Mediate at least 10 minutes a day for 30 days.
11. Take a self-defense class.
12. Floss everyday. (In Progress: 11/06/2007)
13. Get a bicycle.

14. Write to encourage support for a cause that I’m passionate about. (Completed: 4/9/2008)
15. Compose a 'if something ever happens to me' letter & give to family.

16. Send Holiday Cards to my family & friends. (Completed: 12/15/2007)
17. Send 2 "just because" care packages to a friend or family member.
18. Send 2 "just because" letters to a friend or family member. (In Progress: 1/2)
19. Write a thank you letter, but not for a present.
20. Keep a dream diary. (In Progress: 12/07/07)
21. Learn calligraphy. (In Progress: 08/22/2008)

22. Paint a piece of art suitable for the wall.
23. Make a piece of art using Ink Stamping.
24. Catch up on scrapbooking ~ be up to date!
25. Make Candles.
26. Support a craftsperson by buying something handmade.
27. Attend a concert or musical performance.
28. Attend a play.

Travel & Destination:
29. Have a continuous travel journal for adventures.
30. Travel by train.
31. Visit 3 states that I have not yet been to.
32. Road trip to somewhere (6 hours or more).
33. Tour a vineyard/winery OR a wine festival.
34. Sleep outside (in a tent or under the stars).
35. Go on a hike in the mountains.
36. Have a picnic lunch by water.
37. Visit a place that is rumored to be haunted.
38. Watch the shuttle launch from Kennedy Space Center.
39. Go to a parade, carnival, or fair. (Completed: 11/06/2007)
40. Go to a comedy event. (Completed: 2/16/2008)
41. Go to a live sporting event.
(Completed: 07/04/2008)
42. Go to a planetarium or observatory.
43. Go on a roller coaster!
44. See snow.

45. Visit every exhibit in the Jacksonville Zoo in one day.
46. Adopt an animal from the Zoo.
47. Learn to identify 10 local plants, animals, or insects. (Completed: 05/2008)
48. Attend Wild Amelia Nature Festival (May 16 & 18 2008).
49. Do a photographic study of my neighborhood & 4 other local places.
50. Ride the Annabelle Lee River Boat.
51. Visit Conner’s A-Maize-ing Acres.
52. Visit Tree Hill Nature Center’s Butterfly Festival (Completed: 04/26/2008)
53. Ride a horse on the beach.
54. Kayak!
55. Visit Fort Caroline National Memorial.

56. Eat 3 foods I've never tried before.
57. Make homemade ice cream.
58. Bake 10 different kinds of bread.
59. Visit my local Farmer's Market.
60. Eat something that I grew from a seed.
61. Learn to make 3 family recipes that I’ve never made before.
62. Organize my favorite vegetarian recipes into a cookbook.
63. Visit 1 *new to me* vegetarian restaurant in Jacksonville.
Cook at least 1 dish I've never made before, at least once a week for four weeks.

65. Attend another 'brain-based' conference or EXPO.
66. Get a library card.
67. Acquire 10 books (worthy of keeping) for my library. (In Progress: 3/10)
68. Practice my conversational Spanish.
Take 2 classes of something I like to do (painting, vegetarian cooking, dancing, pottery, etc).

70. Take a photo everyday for a month.
71. Publish photography/handmade crafts for purchasing.
72. Avoid watching TV for 14 days. (Completed: 06/01/2008)
73. Avoid the Internet for 3 days. (Completed: 05/20/2008)
74. Watch every episode of Friends… in order.
(In Progress: 12/234)
75. Watch 5 documentaries.
(In Progress: 3/5)
76. Spend one whole day just watching movies.
(Completed: 05/10/2008)
77. Rip all my CDs… then sell them.

78. Complete taxes in January.
79. Record total amount of money spend on food for a month. (Completed: 04/30/08)
80. Save pocket change, cash it all in at once, & then do something fun with it.

My House:
81. Get a Fence!
82. Finish the flower beds/backyard. (In Progress: 11/30/2007)
83. Finish painting bedrooms & bathrooms. (In Progress: 1/3)
84. Put trim up around the house.

Things I wouldn't do, unless...
85. Dress up in a way I wouldn't normally & note reactions.
86. Start a conversation with a stranger.
87. Face a fear by doing something that scares me.

88. Dress up for a holiday.
89. See Fireworks! (Completed 07/04/2008)
90. Vote!!(Completed - 1/29/08)
91. Have 5 date nights not attached to a birthday, anniversary, holiday, etc.
(Completed - 1/5)
92. Use a sewing machine to make an article of clothing.
93. Purge 100 unuseful items. (In Progress: 24/100)
94. Compile emergency supplies at home.
95. Make an emergency kit for the car.
96. Talk to someone I haven't talked to in at least 6 months. (Completed - 12/23/07)
97. Read at least 4 unread books off my personal bookshelf.
98. Get up two hours before work for a week.
99. Two words…Wedding Album!

Near the end:
100. For every incomplete task, make a $5 donation to a charity of my choice.
101. Make a new list of 101 Things & include unfinished items.


Anonymous said...

Pretty ambitious list but I think it is doable. Good Luck to you!!!!I know you can do it.
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Emily said...

I'm a total list-maker... I *love* this!! I wanted to choose things that I would look forward to doing so that it wouldn't be a chore. Plus I love the satisfaction of crossing it off the list! :o)

Anonymous said...

You're right, Emily -- a few of those things DO sound familiar! But that's okay, because I researched a lot of other people's lists before I finished my own, so we ALL borrow from others. Good luck on completing it! And don't forget...holding yourself accountable really helps! Post regular updates! :)

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