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:
Complete 101 preset 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 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
- 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!
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
- 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!