101 in 1001: 340 days remaining

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

I’ll be checking in sporadically to share any progress or successes with my Day Zero Project. You can see my full list here on the blog, or at the Day Zero Project website.

So it has been a truly ridiculous amont of time since I updated (or let’s be honest, even looked at) this – over 18 months. Since then there has been all kinds of changes so I figure it’s time for an update!

Goals completed

18. Go to the theatre

We went to see Harry Potter & The Cursed Child in early 2018, and it was awesome. I will say though I think having read the screenplay before seeing the show was a mistake: working with books all day I didn’t dare put off reading it because I’d definitely have got spoilered at work, but I think my husband got more out of it by not knowing where the story was going.

22. Go to a spa

We actually ticked this off twice – we booked a cheap spa break Winter 2017 and then also had a massage on our honeymoon.

25. Get engaged & 26. Get married & 27. Open a joint account & 28. Buy a house

This is why my blogging mojo went out the window! We had a very busy year of doing some fun romantic things (wedding, honeymoon, house) and some responsible adulting things (budgeting, joint account).

39. Watch all 3 Lord of the Rings Films

We watched these over the winter when it was cold and miserable outside and we wanted to curl up with some popcorn.

62. Put a scratch map on the wall

Now that we’re in our own place this got moved up on the priority list! This was a nice easy one to tick off and I love daydreaming about where we’re going to scratch off (though it’ll probably be a while before we get to scratch off anywhere new after the expenses of 2018!)

63. Buy new bedding & 67. Put a photo of us up somewhere at home

We got vouchers as wedding presents so we spent some of them on photo frames and nice bedding.

68. Get a promotion or a new job

I got a promotion in my old job right at the beginning of 2018.

76. Make a decision about PhDs/teaching

In Autumn 2018 I bit the bullet and started my teacher training. It’s exhausting and the hardest thing I’ve ever done, with a crazy workload that takes me more hours than I seem to have right now but it has lots of good moments and it’ll be worth it in the end!

80. Get a tattoo

This was a birthday present to myself. I’d kept putting it off because I wanted to wait until I was at my ‘goal weight’ but I decided enough was enough – I’ve been struggling with my weight and I was fed up of putting life on hold!

87. Redesign the blog

That cute little porcupine/elephant/girl header have been around a while now but they were put in after the list started (and even though they aren’t new they make me happy everytime I see them).

Goals changed

84. Paint my nails at least once a month for a year

So as I’ve got less than a year left and haven’t thought about this one, I’m taking it off. I’ve replaced it with ‘Complete teacher training’. That might seem like an arbitrary goal, because if I’ve started it, of course I’ll finish right? Except that the drop out rate is very high and I can 100% see why! I’m determined to stick it out though.

Goals I’ve made progress on

14. Visit 5 cities

I’m only counting new-to-me cities, but so far I’m on 4 out of 5, mostly thanks to holidays since the list began. Prague, Galle (Sri Lanka), Singapore and Ubud (Bali)

Goals I need to track better…

Honestly, there are a few that I’ve definitely made progress on (if not completed!) but not tracked well enough. I’ll be properly counting these again from now on and will add on any I know for sure!

  • 33. 5 day/evening out dates
  • 35. Watch 5 documentaries
  • 36. Watch 101 movies
  • 39. Finish 3 TV series
  • 58. Try 10 new recipes
  • 60. Try 5 new wines
  • 61. Try 5 new restaurants
  • 63. Get rid of 100 things
  • 88. Review 100 books
  • 90. Read 200 books
  • 96. Finish/catch up on 24 book series

Current project stats

Will I ever get this finished? Will I get even half finished? Who knows, but I’m going to keep trying!

Days elapsed: 661 (66%)
Days remaining: 340 (34%)
Goals completed: 18 (17.8%)
Goals in progress: 21 (20.7%)
Goals not yet started: 62 (61.4%)

I’ve still got 5 more goals to create – any suggestions for me? What would you put on your 101 list?

101 in 1001: 958 days remaining

Once a month I’ll be checking in to share any progress or successes with my Day Zero Project. You can see my full list here on the blog, or at the Day Zero Project website.

It’s been an okay month for my Day Zero Project – I’ve made progress on a few, completed one more, and started a few new ones.

1. Take an online or evening course or complete a language on Duolingo

I’ve started the new Japanese course on Duolingo, which is super fun. I’ve barely made a dent on the tree so far but I’ve really been enjoying it.

8. Take part in an organised run (parkrun counts!) – Complete

I took part in a charity 10K since my last update! I didn’t run the whole thing, but I was pretty pleased with how much of it I did run, and I’d definitely consider doing another one!

34. Five day/evening out dates [1/5]

We went to another town to do some shopping – mostly of the window variety! – and had Wagamamas for lunch.

37. Watch 101 movies [3/101]

An extra two movies watched – Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (enjoyable enough, pretty standard for the series) and Wonder Woman (awesome!).


63. Get rid of 100 things [23/100]

I had a bit of a ruthless cull of my bookshelves and have pulled out 22 books to donate. That might not sound like that many but I only have a small shelf so it’s made a pretty substantial dent – which was totally necessary because I have too many books.

66. Try bullet-journalling for 3 months [0/12 weeks]

This needs to be 3 months of consistent use, so although last month I’d used it for a week, I’ve failed since so I’m back to the beginning!  I’m finding the biggest issue is future planning, since I work irregular shifts, so I’m setting up a new bullet journal with that in mind and I’m hoping that could finally be the end of my bullet trouble issues…

72. Pay off computer [400/1000]

Another £100 paid off.

73. Pay off overdraft [200/2000]

Only an extra £50 in this month 🙁 But better than none.


90. Read 200 books [16/200]

So far this month I’ve finished Flame in the Mist (11), Am I Normal Yet? (12), How Hard Can Love Be (13), The House of Hades (14), Ink (15), The Dry (16), .


96. Finish/Catch up on 24 book series (1/24)

The Spinster Club (as far as I know) are all out now with no more planned, so I can safely mark that series as complete, as I’d read What’s a Girl Gotta Do? before reading the first two this month.

Current project stats

Days elapsed: 43 (4.3%)
Days remaining: 958 (95.7%)
Goals completed: 2 (2%)
Goals in progress: 14 (13.9%)
Goals not yet started: 85 (84.2%)

101 in 1001: 984 days remaining

Way back when I started blogging (before this blog even moved to self-hosted and had a name change in fact!), there used to be a page at the top called ‘101 in 1001’, which linked to my Day Zero project list.

My list got sadly forgotten about, but I still absolutely love the idea, so I’ve made myself a new one, and I’m determined this time to stick to it!  Since I’ve been talking about wanting to blog about life as well as just books, making the 101 in 1001 part of my blogging routine just seems to make sense to me, so expect mid-monthly updates on goals I’ve made progress towards or achieved.

If you want to see my full list, it’s viewable here on the blog, or at the Day Zero Project website.  With 984 days to go (17 days down!) here are the goals I’ve made some progress on so far:

3. Blog about each accomplished goal, the goals I’m currently working on and the goals I get stuck with

Well, I mean, this post surely counts as a start!

9. Get to a healthy BMI

I’ve worked out I need to lose 36lbs or more to achieve this – that sounds like a pretty big number from where I’m sitting, but at least I know where I’m starting from now.  So far, I’ve … er… made no progress. But I’m trying, so I’m marking this one as ‘in progress’!.

37. Watch 101 movies [1/101]

I’ve watched one movie so far (Now You see Me 2). 100 more to go 😀

48. Finish a novel

I like the idea of writing, but apart from fanfiction I’ve never really given it much of a go – too much fear of failure maybe?! Last NaNoWriMo I started but didn’t manage to win, and my project has sat in a file pretty much untouched ever since.  Writing advice from everyone from Neil Gaiman to George R.R. Martin to J.K. Rowling basically says, “just finish something!”, so I’m giving it another go.  Between the words I started with from last NaNoWriMo and the words I’ve added this month, my word count currently stands at 25,511. I’m feeling totally lost with it though, so hoping for something of a breakthrough between now and next month!

63. Get rid of 100 things [1/100]

I’ve only managed to get rid of one thing so far (a pair of trainers) but again, it’s a start.

66. Try bullet-journalling for 3 months [1/12 weeks]

This is actually likely to be one of the trickier ones on my list, because for it to count, it needs to be 3 months of consistent use, and I tend to use it for a week or two and then get fed up! I’ve drawn up a spread for 15th-21st May, so that’s 1 week…. Can I stick to it for another 11? (And maybe reach planner nirvana in that time?) Who knows.

72. Pay off computer [300/1000]

£300/£1000 paid so far.

73. Pay off overdraft [150/2000]

£150/£2000 paid so far.

77. Reach my goal weight

I’m marking this in progress with the same logic as number nine. Although I have no progress to show yet, I’m trying, and I’m hopeful that by next month the numbers will show it (fingers crossed).

90. Read 200 books [10/200]

Aha, one I’ve actually made undeniable progress on.  So far this month I’ve finished Of Fire and Stars (1), A Court of Wings and Ruin (2), Release (3), Wing Jones (4), Cold Days (5), Saga volume 4 (6), Under Rose-tainted skies (7), Nemesis (8), Saga volume 5 (9) and No Plot? No Problem! (10).

91. Finish a book in a day [1/1] – COMPLETE!

This ended up being completed much more quickly than I anticipated, when I just couldn’t put Release (Patrick Ness) down!

94. Read 25 non-fiction books [1/25]

I picked up Chris Baty’s No Plot? No Problem! And absolutely burned through it, so that’s one non-fiction title down.

96. Finish/Catch up on 24 book series

This could become complicated when new books are released. For example, I just finished A Court of Wings and Ruin which brings me up to date, but I won’t STILL be up to date at the end of the 1001 days as more books will have come out by then. So I’m tracking the series I make progress on as the 1001 days go on, and I need to be up to date or still finished at the end of the project.  That means I can’t really mark a series as counting towards this goal unless I’ve finished it all together, so there might be some frantic adding up depending on new releases at the end of the project!

Current project stats

Days elapsed: 17 (1.7%)
Days remaining: 984 (98.3%)
Goals completed: 1 (1%)
Goals in progress: 11 (10.9%)
Goals not yet started: 89 (88.1%)

Setting up my 101 in 1001 list


I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but up there in my navigation bar is a tab called 101 in 1001.  If you click it, it takes you to my (you guessed it), 101 things in 1001 days list.

For those of you who don’t know what one of those is, here’s a little info from the Day Zero Project website:

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.

But there’s a slight problem…I’m ashamed to say that my list has been almost completely forgotten about. I could give you a whole bunch of excuses including lack of finances, stress during my final year at uni etc etc etc, but what it basically comes down to is: I forgot.

Why restart now?

Having just finished university (with results due in just over a week!), my life is sort of in limbo at the moment, so it seems like a perfect time to give it another go!

I’ve got an offer for an MSc starting in 2014 assuming I get good enough results in my BSc and I need to spend the time between now and then working to try get rid of my overdraft and raise some funds for my Masters course. That’s a very necessary goal, but it’s not exactly inspiring. In an attempt to motivate myself, and force myself to do something fun when I may be looking at a) a year in a (most likely) boring minimum-wage job or b) unemployment, I started looking again at the Day Zero Project website. There are plenty of similar websites (e.g. BucketList, 43 things. Reaper List) but to be honest, I’m used the Day Zero website before and I’m pretty happy with it, so it just made sense to be to stick with that.

Why 101 in 1001?

From 25 things before 25, 30 before 30, 40 before 40 (etc), 52 things in 52 weeks, lists that last one calendar year to life long bucket lists, 101 in 1001 is just one type of inspirational, goal-driven list. I personally find the year long lists are too short to aim for anything big and difficult (like saving for a very expensive holiday) and so I just end up saying “I’ll put that on next year’s list”.  Lists like 25 before 25 have so few items I ONLY end up putting important goals on, because I don’t want to ‘waste’ a slot on a purely-for-fun goal like trying 25 cupcake recipes. Lifelong bucket lists appeal to me in theory, but at the same time, I’m 21, I have no idea what I want to do at 30, 40, 50. Similarly, there’s a temptation to say “I’ve got the rest of my life to do that, I’ll start tomorrow”.

101 in 1001 is a great middle ground from my point of view. If I start it sometime this week, it’ll end in March 2016 (the website does the maths, I’m far too lazy!), which gives me the year before my masters, my masters itself (assuming I get in), and 9 months afterwards as well.  I’ll be 25 a few months after it ends, and I’d like to be able to say I achieved SOMETHING between now and then, even if they’re fun things!

What to put on the list?

Let’s be honest, designing the list is the fun bit! It can be hard to get going though, so here’s how I did it.  I went through my old list and examples of websites like those above to try and come up with ‘categories’ of goals I wanted to complete. I decided on:

  • Food & Drink
  • Travel
  • Relationship
  • Blog
  • Media
  • Lists
  • Creative
  • Health & Fitness
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Personal Development (Finances, career etc)

I also decided I didn’t want to fill the whole 101 goals, so that I can add a few more as inspiration strikes!

You can see my list as it grows here and I’ll be updating the 101 in 1001 page here too. For now, here’s where I’ve got to with my list ideas.

Food & Drink

  • Make ice cream from scratch
  • Try 20 new recipes
  • Bake 10 different types of cupcakes
  • Make a pie on Pi day
  • Learn to make five cocktails
  • Make a cheesecake

Travel/Days out

  • Go stargazing
  • Go to the theatre
  • Meet an author of a book I’ve read
  • Go scuba diving
  • Go horseback riding
  • Go camping
  • Visit 3 new cities
  • Go on 5 dates with M- that aren’t film/tv related
  • Travel to another country


  • Reach 350 blog posts
  • Reach 500 blog posts
  • Reach 750 blog posts
  • Design 5 new blog headers
  • Create a blog bank of 100 post ideas
  • Review 100 books
  • Review 200 books
  • Decide on a rough blogging schedule
  • Switch to self-hosted blog
  • Meet another blogger in person
  • Have a guest blogger post on my blog


  • Read 100 books
  • Read 200 books
  • Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all
  • Complete a video game
  • Spend a rainy day watching films in my PJ’s


  • Make a list of 50 places I would like to visit in my lifetime
  • Write a new list for the next 1001 days
  • Make a list of 50 quotes that inspire me
  • Make a list of my 50 most favorite quotes
  • Make an easily accessible version of this list


  • Complete NaNoWriMo
  • Write a complete fanfiction
  • Complete a sewing project
  • Sew myself a dress
  • Sew a skirt
  • Make 5 pieces of jewellery
  • Make 10 things off Pinterest

Health & Fitness

  • Complete a 30 Miles in 30 Days Challenge
  • Do a 30×30 Challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
  • Complete a ‘Walk To Mordor’ challenge
  • Don’t eat chocolate for a week
  • Reach my goal weight
  • Run a mile
  • Be able to run 5k

Fashion & Beauty

  • Find the perfect pair of jeans
  • Change my hairstyle
  • Wear a skirt or dress every day for a week

Personal Development (Finances, career etc)

  • Get work experience with animals
  • Try an envelope budget system for 2 weeks
  • Create a budget and stick to it for 4 weeks
  • Go a week without buying anything
  • Complete a month long book buying ban
  • Obtain a Master’s degree
  • Get a job
  • Have read 50 of the BBC’s Top 100 books
  • Get another pet
  • Get out of my overdraft
  • Put £1 into piggy bank per completed task
  • Complete a no spend month

I’ll be thinking about more ideas over the next few days, and doing regular check ins on here. I’ll try to blog about as many as possible to keep me accountable!

Do you have a bucket list? Or would you rather do a short list like 5o things to do this summer?