Monday, September 16, 2013

101 Things to Do in 1001

Have you heard of the Day Zero Project, also sometimes called a 101 list? The idea is to make a list of 101 Things to Do in 1001 days. I came across this challenge while in college and have now gone through two sets of 1001 days and two lists! My last one finished up in May, so I set about on making a new one, with the countdown set to start on June 22 (our wedding day); a whole new set of goals seemed like a great way to start off this new chapter of my life.

1001 days is just a little under three years. You might be thinking it was an arbitrary amount of time set because it sounds cool, but there's a reason to it! Goal setting can be tricky; 1001 days gives you time to do things that might take a while, allowing you to plan ahead. But it is not so long that you won't be kept accountable to getting things done. 101 is also a rather large number- it can be hard coming up with that many goals! But while some are serious, life-altering goals, others are focussed on hobbies or are even silly things to have fun. The one rule I have about my goals though is they all have to be measurable.

Below is my current list of 101 things to do in 1001 days:
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I'll be real honest in regards to last two 101 lists I did; I didn't finish everything on them. And you know what? That's okay! Things change and you change (the last list i did I wrote on a train going from Budapest when I had zero idea of what continent I would even be living on, let alone what job I would have or even want in three years!). In the past I've also adjusted and changed out goals as it became apparent one goal wasn't important to me, but maybe something else was. A few goals have carried over from previous lists, some because I enjoyed doing them so much I wanted to do them again (for example # 40 "Travel to 1 new place a month for a year") and others because I still find them worthwhile goals even if I haven't completed them yet (hello, #2 "Watch all the movies on AFI's Top 100 Films list. I will conquer you yet!)

As I mentioned before, this current list/countdown was actually started way back in June and I've already made quite a bit of progress with 8% of the list already complete and several more tasks underway. This list will probably change and morph more as time goes on. But the reason I wanted to post it here was two-fold. It helps to keep myself accountable(you can follow along by clicking the link in my sidebar), and I also want to see- would any of you do this or something like it? Are you in the middle of completed a list of stated goals or have you done something like it before? How do you identify and try to achieve your goals?

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18 comments:

  1. Haha, what a great list Kristian, keep my fingers crossed for you! :))

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  2. SO many great goals Kristian, I share a ton of them with you (especially the blog related ones)! Definitely should join in on this I could use some motivation and structure and sure do love ticking things off lists!
    Have a wonderful day!
    xo Hannah

    thebraidedbandit.blogspot.com
    thebraidedbandit.etsy.com

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    1. It is SO fun to tick things off of a list, lol. Sadly that is a large part of my sucess in achieving these- I wanted to cross things off.

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  3. This is a fantastic and eclectic list and I love it. Always keep improving, K. <3

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  4. You've got me curious about number 86 and I admire you for setting up those ambitious blogging goals as well. I never made a real plan for my blog, and therefor never knew where I was aiming for. It sometimes gets me to wonder "why do I keep blogging?". I also sense a lot of movie reviews coming up for us, haha. But I don't mind, because I have lots of weekend evenings too that need to be filled ;) xo

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    1. About #86- I have several "secret goals" because they are either concerned about specific finances or family decisions.

      I think it is fine to just be blogging because you are blogging. It is a hobby and it is fun :) There are definitely more movie reviews in the future on my blog though!

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  5. This is such a fun idea. I'm a huuuuuge planner (I always lay out my outfits the night before and write down the next day's itinerary) and I really love to make goals for myself. It just helps me stay focused!

    Xo, Hannah

    sweetsweetnoir.net

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    1. I need to start preplanning m itinerary the night before again too.

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  6. do you not have health insurance right now? oh I hope you do; that makes me so nervous from when I came back from my grant in Mexico and did not for a few months and had a bike accident. anyway, that was not the most important part, you have some awesome goals here! so many diff mentions of volunteering really stands out to me & i'm sure you'd enjoy the big brother/big sister program. hope you get to visit those few places, I'm excited to hear your progress on this awesome list! and of course those "secret goals" have me guessing.
    Cuddly Cacti
    Mitla Moda

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    1. I do not have insurance. When I chose to sub for a year, that was the single biggest drawback. I'd done one year without insurance before (then I'd had to work at the job a bit before getting full time and insurance) and it had been nerve wracking, but I really wanted that change of job. Unfortunately, then I got diabetes and now cannot get insurance due to "previously existing conditions." This is why "Obamacare" really is so important. In October, I will be able to sign up with an insurance company for them to start covering me in January, when laws about not turning people away due to pre-existing conditions goes into effect. In the meantime, we also are starting a health savings, which seems to be very beneficial for tax reasons.

      I definitely want to be better about contributing to my community, hence the mentions of donations or volunteering. As for the travel, it isn't quite as ambitious as it sounds. We already did Paris. Seattle is about a two day drive and we have friends in the area. All the others are local(ish) places. Like- Grand Teton is literally connected to Yellowstone, but I haven't been there since I was a kid and we are right next to Yellowstone too. Plus, it is about three years worth of goals :)

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  7. may I invite myself to your clue party :)

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  8. great list! excited you are doing this again!

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  9. The Grand Tetons are amazing (one of my favorite places ever), so that's one you won't want to miss out on :)

    Mrs. Lopez of Loving Life In Pink

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    1. I went once as a child and thought it pretty so I'm excited. I think we'll go next summer!

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  10. You should go to the pictograph caves with my mom. She loves taking people there and having a picnic.
    Also, my friend Ashley went gluten free a year ago, and it has almost entirely cured her migraines. Not sure if that's common.

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    1. Well, food can trigger migraines (that's why I don't drink caffeine really), but I hope my own are not related to gluten. I looked gluten-free eating this summer, but most items seemed higher in carbs than other alternatives. Which, I mean, I need carbs in order to take the insulin, but well, it just didn't seem like a good solution when one started counting up the numbers. We shall see....

      Are you still doing a gluten free diet?

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