101 in 1001

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.

My Day Zero List
Start date: 1st May 2017                                              End Date: 27th January 2020
Goals completed: 1                                                     Percentage complete: 0.99%

In progress
Complete ✔

Setting up for success

  • Save £1 for each task completed
  • Blog about each accomplished goal, the goals I’m currently working on and the goals I get stuck with
  • For each unachieved goal donate £1
  • Finish writing another 101 things list by the end of 1001 days
  • Influence a person to make a day zero list


  • Run a mile without stopping
  • Take part in an organised run
    • (Park run counts!)
  • Get to a healthy BMI
  • Run a 5K without stopping
  • Run a 10K
  • Complete a half-marathon
  • Complete a marathon
  • Complete a run-streak of 30 days

Travel & Experiences

  • Visit 5 cities
  • Go camping
  • Visit any Disney park
  • Go on a road trip
  • Go to the theatre
  • Go to a theme park
  • Travel to another country
  • Donate blood
  • Go to a spa
  • Make a list of 50 places I would like to visit in my lifetime
  • Go to a fandom or author event

Family & Friends

  • Get engaged
  • Get married
  • Open a joint account
  • Buy a house (or flat)
  • Get a dog
  • Go on a picnic date
  • Ask 5 friends/family members to suggest one book and read them all
  • Host a BBQ
  • Five day/evening out dates
  • Host a movie marathon

Movies, TV and games

  • Watch 5 documentaries
  • Watch 101 movies
  • Watch two movies at a cinema in the same day
  • Watch all three Lord of the Rings films
  • Finish 3 TV series
  • Watch a film the day it comes out
  • Finish a Pokemon game
  • Play MTG
  • Finish a video game
  • Play Risk
  • Have a board game day/evening

Creativity & Learning

  • Participate in NaNoWriMo
  • Finish a novel
  • Share my book (with friends or self-publish or wattpad all count!)
  • Take an online or evening course, or complete a language on Duolinguo
  • Complete a photo challenge
  • Make a list of 101 things that make me happy
  • Make a list of my 50 most favourite quotes

Food & drink

  • Make three fandom themed recipes/cocktails
  • Go vegetarian for a week
  • Go vegan for a week
  • Give up chocolate for a month
  • Make ice-cream
  • Try 10 new recipes
  • Bake a birthday cake for a friend/family member
  • Try 5 new wines
  • Try 5 new restaurants

Home & Organisation

  • Put a scratch map on the wall
  • Get rid of 100 things
  • Buy (and wear!) a pair of size 12 jeans
  • Buy new bedding
  • Try bullet-journalling for 3 months
  • Put a photo of us up somewhere at home


  • Get a promotion or a new job
  • Sell something on Etsy
  • Try an envelope budget system for 2 weeks
  • Create a budget and stick to it for 4 weeks
  • Pay off computer
  • Pay off overdraft
  • Save towards a house deposit/wedding (3000+)
  • Take packed-lunch to work every day for a fortnight (3 times)
  • Make a decision about PhDs/teaching

Physical appearance

  • Reach my goal weight
    • TBD, but approximately 50lbs
  • Come up with rewards for milestones of weight loss (and then reward myself!)
  • Get a tattoo
  • Floss daily for a month
  • Go to the dentist
  • Go jeans-free for a week
  • Paint my nails at least once a month for a year
  • Find and own 3 perfumes I like

Blogging & books

  • Keep blogging!
  • Post a blog post every day for one month
  • Redesign the blog
  • Review 100 books
  • Get my NetGalley ratio to 80%+
  • Read 200 books
  • Finish a book in a day ✔
  • Re-read the rest of Game of Thrones
  • Read a book that came out the year I was born
  • Read 25 non-fiction books
  • Comment on someone else’s blog once a day for a month
  • Finish/Catch up on 24 book series

Saved for later

  • TBD #1
  • TBD #2
  • TBD #3
  • TBD #4
  • TBD #5

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