Do you ever feel like you're just drifting through life with no real direction? Do you ever think about what you really want to do with your life? If you have goals, are you moving toward them? I've found that open-ended goal setting (like bucket lists) don't work. It's only when you assign a time constraint that your focus and determination kicks in. That's why I'm making a list of 101 goals I want to do in the next 1001 days.
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
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 your part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
My 101 Goals In 1001 Days
Start Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013
End Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
- Go on a secluded beachfront vacation. (Done 5-17-13 - We went on a vacation to Cat Island in The Bahamas.)
- Go surfing.
- Go snorkeling.
- Go snowboarding.
- Go canoeing.
- Go camping.
- Visit an aquarium.
- Travel abroad.
- Visit caves.
- Go spelunking.
- Ride a horse.
- Get a puppy.
- Go screen-free for a weekend. (No tv, computer, or iPod) (DONE)
- Watch a meteor shower.
- Stargaze through a telescope.
- Have someone over for dinner.
- Don't go out to eat for a month.
- Buy nothing (except groceries) for a month.
- Go bowling.
- Go swimming.
- Say yes to everything for a day.
- Take silly pictures in a photo booth.
- Go geocaching.
- Spend a year homeschooling.
- Play with the kids in the rain. (DONE)
- Catch a jar of lightning bugs.
- Sleep under the stars.
- Watch the sunset.
- Go to a concert.
- Read five chapter books aloud to the kids. (0/5)
- Go on a picnic.
- Go to the zoo. (DONE: 6-4-13)
- Go to a waterpark. (DONE: Our family visited Castaway Bay in Sandusky on 3-7-13)
- Go to a museum.
- See a drive-in movie.
- Fly a kite.
- Have dessert before dinner at a restaurant.
- Watch a play at a local theater.
- Host a game night.
- Build a blanket for & sleep in it.
- Watch the launch of a space shuttle.
- Volunteer somewhere.
- Go to a sporting event.
- See a Cirque Du Soilel show.
- Make the kids a mud pie kitchen for outside.
- Make a zip line.
- Teach the kids beginner Mandarin Chinese. (DONE: Well, not done, but an honest attempt was made, so I'm counting it. :)
- Teach the kids beginner Spanish.
- Have a bottle of wine with the hubby for no reason.
- Go on a date night with the hubby.
- Spend an entire night without kids.
- Watch a foreign film together.
- Buy a dress. (DONE: I bought a long skirt that should be arriving any day now, so I'm counting it. :)
- Complete a couch to 5k running plan. (DONE 4-23-13)
- Race in a 5k.
- Get to goal weight.
- Read a novel.
- Donate blood.
- Don't drink pop for a month. (DONE)
- Don't eat candy for a month. (Done 3-26-13)
- Don't eat fast food for a month.
- Don't go out to eat for a month.
- Don't watch tv for 2 days. (Done - check out my post about it here.)
- Don't use internet for 2 days. (Done - check out my post about it here.)
- Delete a social media account. (DONE)
- Grow out my hair for 6 months.
- Learn 10 constellations.
- Climb an indoor rock wall.
- Perfect my handwriting.
- Make a list of 100 things I'm grateful for.
- Make a list of 100 things that make me happy.
- Write a detailed zombie apocalypse plan.
- Put together a bug-out bag.
- Get & read a survival book.
- Complete 3 projects from The Prepper's Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
- Watch Doomsday Preppers: Season 1
- Get a tattoo.
- Go to a blog conference.
- Listen to an audiobook. (DONE - I listened to Now You See Her by James Patterson)
- Make a bar of soap.
- Make my own dishwasher detergent.
- Learn to make mozzarella cheese from scratch.
- Make a crazy wish of Phoenix's come true.
- Make a crazy wish of Ariana's come true.
- Open an Etsy shop.
- Average 2 hours online for an entire month.
- Keep a food journal for a week.
- Take body measurements.
- Take body measurements - at least 1 month later.
- Make the laundry room beautiful.
- Build a backyard fire pit.
- Completely declutter Phoenix's bedroom.
- Completely declutter Ariana's bedroom.
- Completely declutter the kitchen.
- Re-carpet the house.
- Find a new home for my laptop. (DONE)
- Make a fairy door.
- Plant a huge flower garden.
- Put up a bat house.
- Buy a cast iron skillet to replace nasty no-stick ones. (We bought stainless steel instead - but it gets rid of our other nasty pans, so I'm considering this one finished.)
- Finish this list. (DONE - 4/24/13)
So, yes... those are my 101 goals in 1001 days. It feels amazing having this list that I'll be working toward, and I hope you'll follow me on my journey! (Check out 101 Goals In 1001 Days for the latest updates on my progress.) And, maybe you just might be inspired to create a list of your own. :)
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