Wednesday, March 09, 2005

101 things in 1001 days

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.


  1. Put an entire paycheck directly into my savings account.
  2. Spend a week without using a television (DONE)
  3. Spend a week without using a computer (DONE)
  4. Go to the library 12 times a year(DONE)
  5. Have a party at my house (DONE)
  6. Go to a film festival
  7. Wash dishes every night for a week. (DONE)
  8. Iron clothes for a month
  9. Declutter the coat closet. Only have coats and shoes in there.(DONE)
  10. Volunteer my time for a charity.
  11. Serve jury duty. (DONE)
  12. Write a journal everyday for a week (DONE)
  13. Stay in touch with people I miss(DONE)
  14. Read unread books on my bookshelf
  15. Publish this list on the web (DONE)
  16. Take 25 early morning walks
  17. Yoga at least once a week for a year
  18. Write 20 personal letters(DO CHRISTMAS CARDS COUNT!)
  19. Floss every day for a month
  20. Work out 2x a week for 8 weeks(DONE)
  21. Take vitamins every day for a month (DONE)
  22. Eat meals at the dining room table every day for a month(DONE)
  23. Knit or crochet 10 items for charity (2 pairs of mitts, 1 hat)
  24. Organize my photos(DONE)
  25. Complete 48 scrapbook pages in a year (DONE)
  26. Build up a 2 month emergency fund. (DONE)
  27. Put all photos on disk, making an additional disc for the featured person(DONE)
  28. Remove paperwork from previous years and file(DONE)
  29. Sort, declutter and organize craft supplies and tools (DONE)
  30. Declutter and reorganise bookshelves (DONE)
  31. Renew my passport (DONE)
  32. Drink 6 cups of plain water a day for 2 months (DONE)
  33. Minimize the storage room(DONE)
  34. Deep clean the apartment (DONE)
  35. Replace the wall to wall carpet (CARPET REMOVED, REPLACED IT WITH AN AREA RUG)
  36. Find someone to go to the ballet with (Saw the Nutcracker)
  37. Go to 3 theatre shows (DONE) Witches, Spamalot, We Will Rock You
  38. Do respite care for a family of child with autism
  39. Visit the hut at Walton (DONE)
  40. Call one person each month with whom I haven't spoken in a while (30X)
  41. Have a breast reduction performed on OHIP (DONE)
  42. Lose 20lbs over 1001 days (10lbs so far)
  43. Have garage sales (10X) (3 so far)
  44. Keep all receipts to see how my money is actually spent and record them
  45. Go to a movie once a month for a year (DONE)
  46. Go out for dinner once a month for a year (DONE)
  47. Declutter my bed room (DONE)
  48. Declutter my living room (DONE)
  49. Declutter my sun room (DONE)
  50. Declutter my dining room (DONE)
  51. Declutter my kitchen(DONE)
  52. Declutter my storage room (DONE)
  53. Transcribe sessions with Psychics
  54. Redo family tree
  55. Vacuum entire apartment every Sunday(DONE)
  56. Dust every Friday afternoon
  57. Clean the bathroom every Thursday afternoon
  58. Wash all floors every Saturday morning
  59. Clean out the cupboard under the sink in the bathroom(DONE)
  60. Cut down tv viewing hours to 3 per night
  61. Call my Dad every Sunday (DONE)
  62. Contact Son twice a week (DONE)
  63. Utilize Freecycle regularly(4 times in a year so far)
  64. Go on dates once a month for a year (Perhaps 4 in 2005)
  65. Take a vacation in the sun before 1001 days are up (DONE)
  66. Give a scrapbook workshop (Hosted a crop)
  67. Go to physiotherapy (GOING 2X A WEEK)
  68. Have less knee and ankle pain(DONE)
  69. Only buy good quality shoes (3 pairs while in England)
  70. Tell my friends how important they are to me(DONE)
  71. Visit family in South Africa
  72. Visit family in New Zealand
  73. Visit family in Australia
  74. Visit family in Ireland
  75. Visit family in England (DONE)
  76. When knees are stronger, ride bike once a week for 3 months (Ride 5 days a week)
  77. Cook a full meal from scratch at least once a week for a month (DONE)
  78. Have a professional pedicure (DONE)
  79. Have a professional facial (DONE)
  80. Have a professional massage (DONE)
  81. Buy more music (12 x) (4)
  82. Redecorate bathroom (DONE)
  83. Use the Pilates ball I bought twice a week for a month
  84. Use the door gym I bought twice a week for a month(DISPOSED OF)
  85. Do all exercises the physiotherapist give me(DONE)
  86. Drink more herbal tea(DONE)
  87. Go to 1 baseball game each year (missed 2005)
  88. Go to a music concert with a friend (DONE) Hootie and the Blow Fish with Ildiko
  89. Draft a legal will
  90. Get dental implants or a bridge (DONE) Bridge 2006
  91. Fly a kite
  92. Invite a family member to vacation in my home (DONE)
  93. Send thank you notes for birthday and Christmas gifts (DONE)
  94. Make homemade soup once a week each winter (DONE)
  95. Take Katrina out for dinner (DONE)
  96. Refrain from buying scrapbook supplies for 1 month (DONE)
  97. Take driving lessons
  98. Laugh so hard, I pee my pants (DONE watching 40 year old virgin)
  99. Take a cruise
  100. Take 12 pictures of Son (DONE)
  101. Clean out drinks cabinet (DONE, I gave all staff at work Quickshots)

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