Monday, 4 January 2010

101 in 1001

Okay. New New Year's Resolution. Scrap the 'Try something new every week'. Here's the new thing. 101 things in 1001. I read about it in the 20 Something Bloggers forum, but it was first started over here at triplux, and there's a community for it over at Day Zero. 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.

Okay, so here's my list!

Start date: January 4, 2010
End date: October 1, 2012

Tasks complete: 19
Tasks remaining: 82
Tasks in progress: 25

In progress

1. Figure out what to do post grad
2. Talk to an academic advisor
3. Talk to an advisor at Dal Law School
4. Talk to one (or more) of dad's lawyer friends
5. Travel somewhere by plane OR by train
6. Travel to a new province/territory OR a foreign country (not the US, unless it's NYC, Hawaii or Alaska)
7. Have a piece of creative writing published
8. Mail a postcard to PostSecret
9. Dance in the rain
10. Spend a day looking at the art in the King's library
11. See a real live giraffe
12. Attend a pow wow
13. Go to the circus
14. Donate 50 000 grains of rice on Free Rice (11 300/50 000)
15. Sew a garment
16. Wear said garment at least 3 times (0/3)
17. Ride in a hot air balloon
18. Finish knitting that sweater
19. Wear said sweater at least 3 times (0/3)
20. Pay for someone else's coffee/food/whatever
21. Fill a journal/notebook/diary
22. Go out for dinner alone
23. Go to a movie alone
24. Try to find a religion that works for me (attend at least 3 worship services, do some reading, something?)
25. Own a pair of sexy heels
26. Wear said heels at least 3 times (1/3)
27. Read/listen to 30 (non-school) books (8/30)
28. Try 10 new restaurants (8/10)
29. Start a garden/planter
30. Cook 10 new dishes (6/10)
31. Learn a thrid language
32. Learn a fourth instrument
33. Do NaBloPoMo 3 times (1/3)
34. Wear a different dress every day for a week
35. Own 7 dresses (7/7)
36. Go to 5 concerts/musical shows (3/5)
37. Go to 5 plays (3/5)
38. Play music in public
39. Successfully donate blood
40. Never weigh more than 140 pounds
41. Write a letter to myself to be opened upon graduation
42. Leave a positive post-it note in every library book I borrow
43. Grow my hair long
44. Donate hair to Locks of Love again
45. Bake cookies for the neighbours
46. Take part in a protest/demonstration/riot
47. Own a nice pair of chopsticks
48. Eat with said chopsticks at least 10 times (0/10)
49. Go paintballing
50. Spend 10 days volunteering (3/10)
51. Ride horseback again
52. Write (and give) a love letter to someone
53. Have at least one job that I really love
54. Try bubble tea
55. Do (minimum) 20 push-ups a day for a week, 12 weeks (0/12)
56. Do (minimum) 20 sit-ups a day for a week, 12 weeks (0/12)
57. Graduate on the President's List
58. Do NaNoWriMo
59. Do ScriptFrenzy
60. Buy flowers just because, 3 times (1/3)
61. Go whale watching
62. Reformat blog into a style that I really love (and is more functional)
63. Renew my scholarship for 4th year
64. Take a picture a day for a week, 10 weeks (0/10)
65. Host a fancy dinner party
66. Whittle a spoon
67. (Private goal)
68. Spend no more than 10 mins/day on Facebook for a week, 10 weeks (0/10)
69. Go to a King's rugby game
70. Get eyes checked
71. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy (55/101)
72. Spend an afternoon in a coffee shop
73. Find a topic I love for my honours thesis
74. Participate in Fringe Festival again, in some capacity or another
75. Get a flickr account and upload photos to it
76. Comment on blogs I subscribe to, 50 times (9/50)
77. See a musical or ballet or opera
78. Own a winter coat I really like
79. Actually purchase a CD that I like instead of illegal downloading/groovesharking
80. Actually purchase a movie I like instead of illegal downloading
81. Have a Star Wars movie marathon
82. Stretch for 10 minutes/day for a week, 12 weeks (0/12)
83. Find a swimable lake/beach in the Halifax area (and go there!)
84. Make a pie on pi day (March 14) at least once
85. Wear each of my non-winter hats 3 times, and donate any of them that I don't wear three times
86. Finish making this list!
87. Acquire a copy of The Clean House and Other Plays by Sarah Ruhl
88. Enjoy a park on 10 separate occasions (4/10)
89. Participate in a trivia night
90. Watch/rewatch all the numbered animated Disney movies (3/49)
91. Write a song
92. Host or attend a kitchen party93. Host a murder mystery party
94. Do (minimum) 20 lunges per day for a week, 12 weeks (0/12)
95. Own an item of clothing that is red and white and says Canada on it
96. Own something made of Nova Scotia tartan
97. Score higher than 160 on the LSAT
98. Blog about most of these tasks
99. Save $1 in a jar for every task completed (19/101)
100. Donate $1 for every task not completed
101. Write another 101 list when finished!

PS, kiddos, you're probably gonna be hearing a lot about this around here, at least in the near future. Just a heads up.

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