Complete 101 present 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 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
Some common goal setting tips
- Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
- Stay focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
- Welcome failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that didi not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
- Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
- Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
Now, about 2 1/2 years into my challenge, I am taking a look again to see which of my goals I have completed, which I need to focus on, and which ones I need to re-evaluate and tweak to meet my current life situation.
And, here is my mission. As I began to make progress on my list, I started crossing off the items as I completed them and writing explainations, if necessary...
Start date: July 25, 2007
End date: April 21, 2010 (my 28th birthday!)
Shana's 101 Things:
1. Reread the entire Harry Potter series, start to finish
5. Read all my unread books
6. Read the postpartum doula reading list (10/11)
7. Read the childbirth educator reading list
10. Publish an article or book
12. Write a "To be read" letter for each David, Eva & Esme
Arts & Crafts
20. Design a logo for a birth services company
22. Learn to crochet
25. Document an entire day with pictures
26. Enter a photography contest
28. Create mini-albums for parents and grandparents twice a year
35. Spend a weekend preparing ten meals and freezing them
43. Become a Certified Childbirth Educator
44. Get my German back up to fluency
47. Hold at least one childbirth preparation class
49. Educate my mother on the pros/cons of vaccinations
50. Travel to three states I've never been to (0/3)
51. Tour a winery or brewery
52. Visit a historical reenactment (not ren faire)
53. Visit another country
55. Visit Kat & Chris once a year (1/3)
56. Do three letterboxing activities (1/3)
59. Get pregnant with child 3
61. Spend three complete days with just Eva and document with pictures and a diary/scrapbook (0/3)
62. Spend three complete days with just Esme and document with pictures and a diary/scrapbook (0/3)
63. Spend three complete days with just David and document with pictures and a diary/scrapbook (0/3)
64. Plan a large family celebration just because
65. Plan a surprise party for a loved one
69. Put 50 cents in a jar everyday for 1001 days and buy something special for myself
72. Save all bonuses, tax returns, and rolled coins for a full year
73. After debts are paid off, $100 extra a month into savings
76. Take Tai-Chi with the family twice a week for a month
78. Henna my hair
81. Get henna done three times and photograph the design (0/3)
82. Get one full body massage a month for three months
85. Try wearing contacts
86. Find a religious community to attend
87. Meditate at least once a day for a week
91. Establish a childbirth services company
93. Establish a "mothering" group/circle
96. Find a drive-in and see a movie
97. Draft and get notarized a living will
98. Be more mindful
99. Compile a book of recipes