Monday, July 4, 2011

101 in 1001

If you spend any time in the blogosphere, you'll no doubt have seen these around. I've been thinking for a while now that I should start a list, as it's always good to have things to work towards! 

If you DON'T spend much time in the blogosphere, here's the deal:

The Challenge:
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 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

And here's my list! Starting today, and ending 1 April 2014.

1. Visit a new country
2. Visit somewhere new in Australia
3. Host a dinner party
4. Live offline for a weekend
5. Make jam
6. Watch the AFI Top 100 Movies (2007 edition) (0/100)
7. Go out for New Year's
8. Meet a blog friend in real life
9. Write a short story/novel
10. Read 100 new books (0/100)
11. Get my own domain for my blog
12. Jog every day for a week (0/7)
13. Move out of home again
14. Buy a 50mm prime lens
15. Lose 5kg
16. Eat at 20 new restaurants (0/20)
17. Try a new recipe once a week for a month (0/4)
18. Reach 100 blog followers (44/100)
19. Reach 500 blog posts (220/500)
20. Put away $20 for each completed task ($0/$2020)
21. Get a job
22. Make a piece of clothing by hand
23. Paint a room
24. Go to the opera
25. Go to the ballet
26. Go to the symphony
27. Sing karaoke
28. Attend a blog conference
29. Go back to ballet classes
30. Take a cooking class
31. Host a guest blogger
32. Buy a piece of original art
33. Teach Little Miss A to bake
34. Learn a new piece on the piano
35. Watch sunrise and sunset on the same day
36. Ride in a hot air balloon
37. Go rock climbing
38. Take a photography class
39. Clean out my closet
40. Go to ten new museums (0/10)
41. Document 'a day in my life' in photos
42. See one of my favourite bands in concert
43. Give money to a street performer
44. See a new musical
45. Go on a roadtrip
46. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy
47. Make pasta from scratch
48. Voluntarily add to my superannuation
49. Voluntarily pay off some of my student debt
50. Plan a weekend getaway with friends
51. Attend a midnight premiere
52. See Geelong play a game at Kardinia Park
53. Write a guest post for another blog
54. Print out my photos
55. Keep a food journal for a month
56. Buy a new laptop
57. Host a themed party
58. Plant a herb garden
59. Follow one new blog a month (0/34)
60. Take a self portrait at least once a month (0/34)
61. Finish my cooking challenge
62. Send someone a care package
63. Document every completed goal on my blog
64. Post a vlog
65. Keep a plant alive for a year
66. Make a filled cake
67. Buy a leather jacket
68. Go hiking
69. Have high tea somewhere nice
70. Go to a cricket match at the MCG
71. Buy a new chest of drawers
72. Celebrate my second blogoversary with a giveaway
73. Design a blog banner
74. Design a blog button
75. Try archery
76. Finish Lego Harry Potter on Wii
77. Get my eyes tested
78. Get business cards made for my blog
79. Buy an expensive piece of jewellery for my 30th
80. Go to a farmer's market
81. Create a Facebook page for my blog
82. Wear a skirt or dress every day for a week
83. Read a book in a day (at least 250 pages)
84. Adopt a dog
85. Print and frame some of my best photos
86. Watch two movies at the cinema on the same day
87. Go ice skating
88. Go stargazing
89. Spend a rainy day watching movies in my PJs
90. Influence someone to make a Day Zero list
91. Make a list of 50 places I want to visit in my lifetime (0/50)
92. Plan a kickarse 30th birthday
93. Go to bed before 11pm every night for a fortnight (0/14)
94. Watch Dr Who (the new ones)
95. Make a playlist of 101 of my favourite songs (0/101)
96. Save all coins smaller than 50c and go shopping at the end
97. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet (0/26)
98. Go out for dinner to celebrate the end of the challenge (1 April 2014)
99. Try 5 new cocktails (0/5)
100. Seriously investigate doing my PhD
101. Donate $10 to charity for each unfinished goal

I'll be creating a separate page for 101 in 1001, so you can keep track of things there. Plus, I'll be blogging about my progress as I go!

Do you have a Day Zero Project?

K xx


  1. I just started this a few days ago too. Good luck!

  2. Fun list! I do actually have a list of my own, however it's not blogged about on my blog. It ends July next year, and I still have quite a bit I need to accomplish! Thanks for the reminder! Good luck!

  3. Sent my first comment and forgot to say... I really like the 101 songs one and the 26 alphabet photos one! I have send a care package on mine too! Some of the things on our lists are really similar! If you want to... you can guest blog on mine!

  4. I'm kind of excited to start crossing things off! I cleared all the coins smaller than a 50c piece out of my wallet this morning. So far, I have 40c. In 5c pieces. WHEEEEEEEEE, SHOPPING SPREE!!!!!!

  5. Haha it kinda feels like cheating when some of the things on your list are already planned to happen :)

  6. They all sound great! Makes me re-inspired to do more on my somewhat less ambitious 30 before 30 list hehe.

    Have you been to Sydney? You could visit me, and we could go to 2 movies and have high tea? That would cross a few off your list hahaha :P

  7. P.S. I highly recommend doing a PhD! I love it :)

  8. I have been to Sydney, but I haven't been to the Blue Mountains, so I was considering making that my new place. Which would mean stopping off in Sydney on the way. And potential movies and high tea fun!!

    And the PhD is less about whether or not I want to do it and more about whether I can AFFORD to do it...

  9. YAY!! Hehe.

    Well at least in Aus PhDs are free. And you might be able to get an APA scholarship (or find a cashed up supervisor to give you a scholarship) and you can also tutor for $$ ?

  10. After seeing the conversation between you and Alice on FB, I started writing my own list last night. I'm up to number 64 and I'm stumped. Again! This happened to me last time I tried to write the damned list! But I'm sure I'll get there, and then I'll blog about it... because #1 is "finish writing this list" and #2 is "blog about it". Cheating, I know, but when you're stumped at #64 then you've got bigger problems than minor technicalities such as those!!!


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