Sunday, October 18, 2009

101 in 1001

After seeing the 101 in 1001 challenge on several blogs, I was inspired to jump right in. I'll cross off the tasks as they are completed and blog about them along the way. Wish me luck!

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.

Start Date: October 19, 2009

End Date: July 15, 2012

My to-do list in no particular order…

1. Continue working out 3-4 days/week.

2. Track weight loss progress with monthly pictures.

3. Get back to pre-maternity size.

4. When back to pre-maternity size, buy Seven jeans as a reward.

5. Visit Colorado.

6. Go bowling.

7. Organize garage so we can park our cars in there.

8. Have a yard sale.

9. Donate remaining yard sale items to Goodwill.

10. See a fertility specialist.

11. Get pregnant.

12. Go for a jog.

13. Look into replacing blinds with shutters.

14. Decorate the blank living room wall.

15. Find 2 chairs for the living room.

16. Participate in a craft fair.

17. Write a book proposal.

18. Buy a website domain name.

19. Launch my website.

20. Update my shop with new pictures.

21. Take a dance class with DH.

22. Try 8 new recipes. (1/8)

23. Make something in our slow cooker.

24. Attend 4 musicals or plays. (2/4)

25. Take a day trip to Flagstaff.

26. Attend at least 1 concert.

27. Send 10 cards to friends just because. (3/10)

28. Send 10 cards to family members just because. (2/10)

29. Get to know a new neighbor.

30. Find a rug for our dining room.

31. Make something in our wok.

32. Go on a vacation.

33. Read 20 books. (4/20)

34. Go on a picnic.

35. Visit the zoo.

36. Visit a museum or art gallery.

37. Do something nice for DH/10 times. (1/10)

38. Play mini golf.

39. Try 10 new restaurants. (3/10)

40. Do something that I’m proud of.

41. Get at least 15 articles published in magazines – online or print. (3/15)

42. Get a facial.

43. Organize office closet.

44. Take bile salts with every meal for 1 month.

45. Watch a movie starting with each letter of the alphabet. (6/26)

A- Avatar

E- Edward Scissorhands

F- Fargo

I- It's Complicated

T- This Is It

U- Up In The Air

46. "Unplug" from the TV, computer and cell phone for 1 day.

47. Get patio furniture for our back yard.

48. Have dinner outside.

49. Visit Sedona.

50. Organize craft studio book shelf.

51. Clear out computer clutter/delete old files.

52. Backup digital pics to external hard drive.

53. Do something I’ve never done before.

54. Adopt a child for Christmas.

55. Take 20 pictures of things that make me happy. (0/20)

56. Start and finish a yoga class.

57. Submit a short story or article to Highlights magazine.

58. Paint on canvas.

59. Take a creative class of some sort.

60. Send a secret to PostSecret.

61. Get a bike and go on a bike ride.

62. Try a new class at the gym.

63. Go to a piano bar.

64. Make a wedding album.

65. Take a bubble bath.

66. Mail a "get well soon" package to someone.

67. Donate hair to Locks of Love.

68. Complete “Understanding Exposure” lessons.

69. Find 10 things to love about living in Arizona. (2/10)

70. Attend a Phoenix Coyote game.

71. Attend an Arizona Diamondbacks game.

72. See a movie at a drive-in.

73. Attend a midnight movie premier.

74. Get a library card.

75. Check out a book from the library.

76. Participate in Operation Beautiful 5 times. (0/5)

77. Go hiking.

78. Watch 5 of DH’s favorite movies that I haven’t already seen. (1/5)

79. Paint pottery.

80. Use reusable grocery bags at least 15 times. (1/15)

81. Do something nice for my mom.

82. Do something nice for my dad.

83. Do something nice for my grandparents.

84. Buy 5 things on Etsy. (2/5)

85. Learn a new craft.

86. Make a new vision board.

87. Make breakfast for dinner.

88. Visit somewhere that requires a passport.

89. Do something to contribute to the adoption community.

90. Do something to help animals.

91. Visit the Grand Canyon.

92. Teach a class.

93. Go to a wine festival.

94. Compliment a stranger.

95. Get together with an old friend that I haven’t seen in over a year.

96. Donate blood.

97. Fill and donate a shoebox for Operation Christmas Child.

98. Print and frame a photo that I took.

99. Discover something new to do in Arizona and do it.

100. Inspire someone else to do 101 in 1001.

101. Donate $5 to the Heart Gallery for every task not complete.


  1. I love #5 and I think you can cross off at least 1 for #27. You sent me a couple cards when I was pregnant. :)