Monday, January 07, 2008

101 things in 1001 days

I was reading A daily dose of Zen Sarcasm and I came across this great post about trying (and perhaps failing) to make changes. I comes from Day Zero. Here is the explanation, which I stole.


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.


So here is my list. I reserve the right to change it. I will let you know what I have done or learned each month. I know that some of them will be hard to measure, but I will try.

General
1

Make this list √
2

Do a monthly list evaluation (0/34)

Car
3

Clean the inside of my car (1/30)
4

Drive 5 km/h slower to reduce emissions

Charity
5
Do work for a charity
6
Write to my foster child in Africa
7
Write to my foster child in SA

Family / Personal
8
Ask directly for what I want
9
Believe, think, talk and act positively
10
Decide what to do with my frozen embryos
11
Get closure on evil Uncle K
12
Have a family outing once a month
13
Have more contact with my oldest sister
14
Have my mother over once a month
15
Make birthday dr appointments for boys
16
Plan fun things to do in the summer
17
Say “Please” more
18
Update my medical alert bracelet
19
Wear makeup everyday for 2 weeks

Health and Fitness
20
Buy a new weight scale
21
Do months breast exam
22
Do more yoga (2x week)
23
Drink more water
24
Get a massage once a month
25
Get my eyebrows done 3x
26
Go a week without sugar
27
Go to bed before 11 at least 4x a week
28
Monthly massage
29
Reorganize my weekly schedule
30
Try pilates
31
Work on posture (stretch for 5 min every day)

Food / House
32
Bake once a week
33
Create my own cookbook of things we like to eat.
34
Eat more organic foods
35
Clean kitchen before bed 5x a week
36
Clean out 3 kitchen cupboards
37
Do a clothing purge
38
Do more gardening
39
Finish configuring new laptop
40
Follow cleaning schedule
41
Get dataloc for my laptop
42
Get pda connected to new laptop
43
Get rid of old VCR tapes
44
Go back on cash only for a month
45
Learn how to bake the hearty bread that I like to eat
46
Paint deck
47
Patch holes in family room wall
48
Purge desk
49
Purge furnace room
50
Put up whiteboard
51
Rearrange laundry room
52
Replace downstairs bathroom fan
53
Replace downstairs toilet
54
Replace Master bathroom fan
55
Replace Master toilet
56
Replace toilets
57
Replace weatherstripping on front and side door
58
Stop using plastic grocery bags
59
Touch up paint in hallway

Kids
60
Become a foster parent
61
Open bank accounts for boys
62
Potty train LB
63
Read book on parenting boys
64
Read book on praising boys
65
Sign up kids for swimming
66
Start teaching my youngest french

Leisure
67
Blog once a week (average)
68
Buy a new winter coat (one my size)
69
Create scrapbook for BB
70
Date my husband once a month
71
Donate excess yarn
72
Finish kids journal
73
Finish scrapbook for LB
74
Fix kids journal db
75
Fly both of my new kites
76
Get a dog
77
Get a singing prayer bowl (in C/ root chakra)
78
Get my Irish passport
79
Go to 5 hockey games
80
Go to the Opera
81
Have an outdoor family vacation
82
Learn 2 new Harold Arlen songs
83
Mediate 3 times a week
84
Piano lessons
85
Pick up french again
86
Post 10 books on BookMooch
87
Read a nonfiction book every month
88
Read Reggio Emilia book
89
Register the birth of my sons in Ireland
90
Start having something to do while watching tv
91
Start knitting again
92
Take a pottery class
93
Visit Portland on vacation
94
Work on family tree
95
Write an email to a friend once a week

Work

96
Do certification exam 1 (If I am ever going back to work then I need to keep up.)
97
Do certification exam 2
98
Do certification exam 3
99
Do certification exam 4
100
Learn Java
101
Write Java exam

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Madame M. said...

Thanks for the shoutout :o)

Looks like you're well on your way!

Mookxi said...

good luck with completing everything ;-) You've got a nice set of goals there !