A few years ago my sister introduced me to the 101 in 1001 project, I immediately set to work creating my own list, I am now on my 2nd list, details of which can be found below.
Day zero is the 'home' of the 101 in 1001 project http://dayzeroproject.com/ the descriptive information below is taken from that website.
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.
Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
Below is my 101 in 1001 list, items in bold are ones I have completed, my list expires on Tuesday 13th September 2011.
1. Complete a half marathon
2. Graduate from university
3. Walk/cycle everywhere for 1 week
4. Go on holiday abroad
5. Continue to give blood regularly-this one can't be ticked off until the end of the 1001 days.
6. Make baked Alaska and invite Laura and Kirstie round to try it
7. Make a gingerbread and sweetie house
8. Type all the recipes out from Gran’s cookbook
9. Make the wartime fudge from Gran’s recipe
10. Go to the beach
11. Make Christmas dinner
12. Eat only homebaked bread for 1 month
13. Make jam
14. Learn some basic Italian
15. Go sledging
16. Learn to play squash
17. Eat 5-a-day fruit/veg everyday for one month
18. Eat 3-a-day dairy everyday for one month
19. Complete a full marathon
20. Go camping
21. Go on the London eye
22. Teach Milo to rollover properly(get him to do it once!)
23. Journal properly for 1 month
24. Cook a new recipe once a month
25. Join the bone marrow register-this one is a little awkward as I have since found out I am not eligible to be a bone marrow donor due to my latex allergy. Therefore I need to think of something else to add in here.
26. Go crabbing
27. Watch the sunrise
28. Go horse riding
29. Don’t eat meat for one week
30. Go ice skating
31. Bake something for Milo to eat from the dogtreats recipe book
32. Cycle to Kimmi’s house
33. Climb a tree
34. Make my own mulled wine
35. Go to Scotland
36. Go Carol singing with Laura
37. Go rollerskating
38. Buy someone some flowers
39. Read all of the lord of the rings
40. Go for one month without eating any chocolate (means no hot choc too)
41. Buy something with the £50 from Nan for my 18th
42. Play the lottery 10 times over the 1001 days
43. Keep a record of everything I spend for a week
44. Paint a picture-this was done whilst working at the playscheme!
45. Spend an entire day in my pjs
46. Take part in a conservation project
47. Eat oily fish twice a week for 6 weeks
48. Take an evening class
49. Get a manicure.
50. Go to York again.
51. Climb Ben Nevis.
52. Bake a cake for someone.
53. Make my own sweets.
54. Watch all three the lord of the rings films in a row.
55. Make a massive sandcastle.
56. Go on a ghost tour (and try not to suffer nightmares afterwards!).
57. Watch the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
58. Watch all of the labyrinth.
59. Walk round Grasmere and Rydal Water (Lake District).
60. Buy something designer-my glasses are.
61. Do karaoke again.
62. Have a weekend in a new city.
63. Make my own tiramisu.
64. Try yoga.
65. Make pretzels.
66. Get into my old jeans.
67. Customise something.
68. Get something from Tiffany’s.
69. Make my own nutella type thing.
70. Spend one day a week off facebook for 6 weeks.
71. Enter more competitions (as Mr Jones used to say if you don’t enter you can’t win)-I have been entering a lot more competitions, I will need to continue to do so for the duration of 1001 days to ensure this stays as a completed item.
72. Make flat chips.
73. Feed the birds.
74. Have a tapas night.
75. Read 101 books over the 1001 days.
76. Epilate my legs at least 20 times over the 1001 days.
77. Do some regular volunteer work.
78. Go on a lot more walks to different places locally.
79. Go to Warwick castle (again).
80. Go to Birmingham shopping.
81. Have a barbecue.
82. Cook over a camp fire.
83. Make a themed cake (something in the spirit of the pirate cake we made before).
84. Make chocolate truffles.
85. Buy some more matching underwear.
86. Visit Stonehenge (again).
87. Visit Liverpool.
88. Visit Blackpool.
89. Go at least one day a week without eating choc for 3 months.
90. Make my own cereal bars.
91. Throw a 3 course dinner party.
92. Learn to change a tyre.
93. Have a poker night.
94. Learn to play chess.
95. Throw a proper slumber party.
96. Visit Ireland.
97. Learn to play 10 songs on the piano.
98. See a Shakespeare play at the Globe.
99. Make a bracelet.
100. Go to a pub quiz.
101. On day 1001 write a new list.
When I look at my list it makes me feel inspired, also some of the things make me cringe as some of them are a bit materialistic. Having written this post I feel determined to get on and get some more tasks completed.