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101 in 1001.

the mission: Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

the criteria: Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

start date: Friday, January 14, 2011
end date: Friday, October 11, 2013

buy. {1 – 9}

  • bikini (and wear it to the beach/out on the boat)
  • DSLR camera
  • have my hair professionally dyed
  • hammock (and use it!)
  • iPhone
  • lottery ticket when there’s a crazy big jackpot
  • massage
  • new (t0 me) car
  • replace the TV I’ve had since Christmas 1995
create. {10 – 18}
  • complete the 365 project
  • get my scrapbook up-to-date
  • have a font of my handwriting made
  • inspiration board
  • organize the pile of recipes I’ve collected into a book
  • pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and carve it
  • publish the photos from the 365 project into a coffee table book
  • send a postcard to PostSecret
  • set up an Etsy site for photography
culture. {19 – 24}
  • attend the ballet
  • attend the opera
  • go to a U2 concert
  • listen to every song in my iTunes library (6,500+ songs!)
  • listen to the Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (my progress)
  • watch every Academy Awards Best Picture since the year I was born (1983) (my progress)
faith. {25-28}
  • memorize 30 verses
  • memorize Psalm 139
  • read the entire Bible
  • watch and reflect on all 24 Nooma videos
fitness + running. {29-38}
  • comfortably fit into a size 4 pair of jeans
  • complete a triathlon
  • complete the 100 push up challenge
  • finish running 30 races before my 30th birthday
  • reach my goal weight
  • run a sub 30:00 5k
  • run a half marathon
  • run a marathon
  • successfully hold crow pose for at least 10 seconds
  • try a spin class
food. {39-44}
  • bake an apple pie (crust and all)
  • eat dessert first at a restaurant
  • grow my own tomatoes and use them to make homemade salsa
  • make a loaf of bread from scratch (sans bread machine)
  • make homemade jam
  • take a cooking class
give back. {45-51}
go without. {52-58}
  • cancel all unnecessary credit cards
  • eating out for a month
  • give up chocolate for Lent
  • hitting snooze everyday for a month
  • no soda for 6 months
  • no television for a month
  • spend one day without my phone/iPod/computer/television/etc
just because. {59-69}
  • do a wine tasting
  • get a second tattoo
  • get my nose pierced
  • go skydiving
  • have a real Christmas tree
  • increase my savings account to (at least) a four month emergency fund
  • make a wish at 11:11 on November 11, 2011
  • meet Taylor Swift
  • movie theater marathon:  3 movies, 1 day
  • see a movie at the drive in
  • sleep under the stars
learn. {70-76}
  • alphabet in sign language
  • finish a New York Times crossword puzzle
  • get certified in CPR
  • how to golf
  • how to play poker
  • my blood type
  • take the GRE
michigan experiences. {77-80}
travel. {81-88}
  • attend a taping of Ellen
  • be in Times Square for the NYE ball drop
  • get a stamp on my passport
  • go on a solo road trip
  • go on a trip with my mom
  • ride in a hot air balloon
  • ride in a limousine
  • visit 3 states I’ve never been to before
write + read. {89-100}
  • answer the 50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
  • journal every day for a month
  • leave 101 Operation Beautiful notes (notes I’ve left)
  • read 50+ books from the BBC’s Top 100 Book List (my progress)
  • read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series
  • send a card to a soldier overseas
  • send snail mail birthday cards to 10 friends
  • write a freelance article
  • write a list of 101 things I’ve already achieved in this lifetime
  • write a living will and have in notarized
  • write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
  • write my name in wet cement
…and finally. {101}
  • make a brand new 101 in 1001 list
7 Comments leave one →
  1. Beth permalink
    01.14.11 11:10 am

    I loooove this so much! I’m going to make one, I think. Also, I can teach you the alphabet in sign language if you want. As well as a few nonuseful, but entertaining phrases like “ugly people bar,” brontosaurus, and “drunk sex.” I have a deaf friend, but she can read lips and talk so I’ve never had to learn anything useful…

  2. 01.14.11 2:24 pm

    I love your list. I have all the Nooma videos because we use them in our church for Bible study, sermon illustrations and just to watch and be filled as pastors. I purchased most when I was a broke seminary student 🙂

  3. 01.14.11 2:51 pm

    I love the list! Good luck! Can’t wait to hear how your adventures in achieving these goals turns out!

  4. 01.15.11 4:04 am

    I LOVE this! I have had a partial list made for a while … I *should* just finish it, but it’s hard. good luck with the list!! let me know if you want company for any of the items (like 38 … or 59 … or 31!). 😉

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