Wednesday, June 3, 2009

101 in 1001

Inspired by Jayme's list, I've decided to create my own. Here are the rules:

The Mission: 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 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.

Beginning June 3, 2009 and ending February 29, 2012. So here goes...

1. Visit a zoo and see the hippos!
2. Attend an Eagles game at any stadium
3. Make it home to VA every Christmas (0/3)
4. Plant a vegetable garden
5. Plant an indoor herb garden
6. Carve a pumpkin
7. Make 20 new recipes (0/20)
8. See a concert at the Grand Ole Opry
9. Read 25/100 Best Novels of All Time (0/25)
10. Send a card to 10 friends for no reason (0/10)
11. Attend a Nascar race
12. Eat at 10 new restaurants (0/10)
13. Obtain a lego kit and actually build it
14. Get corrective eye surgery
15. Convince at least one friend to visit me in KY
16. Donate at least $500 to charities (0/$500)
17. Get my passport
18. Watch a fireworks show
19. Color an entire coloring book
20. Go one month without putting any money in the MegaTouch
21. Play something other than slots @ a casino
22. Try 10 foods I've never had or swear I hate (0/10)
23. Go rock climbing
24. Attend a wine festival
25. Go one month without a soda
26. Go camping at least once a year with out of town friends (0/3)
27. Read 5 biographies/autobiographies (0/5)
28. Leave a $20 tip on a meal under $20
29. Build a gingerbread house
30. Collect a quarter from every state (22/50) - WV, SD, CT, MD, ND, HI, SC, CA, NH, IA, TX, RI, NC, MN, WY, VA, NV, VT, NE, IN, AR, TN
31. Create a recipe book
32. Find 10 reasons why I like living in KY... (0/10)
33. Learn to properly swing a golf club so I can actually hit the ball
34. Visit two different states to see friends...VA doesn't count (0/2)
35. Bowl a score over 150...and not in Wii Bowling
36. Buy flowers and send them to someone just to brighten their day
37. Pay for the person behind me in the drive-thru
38. Inspire another person to come up with 101 things
39. Give up at least two reality shows I'm addicted to (0/2)
40. Do not curse for an entire week
41. Visit the resting places of my grandparents
42. Go on a tropical vacation with Howard
43. Donate blood
44. Update my blog at least once a week for 2 months
45. Bake a batch of cookies and bring them to work for the guys
46. Participate in a fantasy football league each year (0/3)
47. Clean out my closet and donate to Good Will
48. Drink 6 glasses of water a day for a month
49. Play miniature golf
50. Speak to my mom on the phone/or in person at least once a week (1/143)
51. Spend one whole day lounging on the couch watching girly movies alone
52. See my nieces AT LEAST once a year (0/3)
53. Buy a plant and keep it alive for 2 months
54. Find a new favorite author - any recommendations?
55. Find a reputable nail salon in KY and get a pedicure twice a year (0/6)
56. Floss everyday for one month
57. Go tubing
58. Go one week without text messaging
59. Ride a mechanical bull
60. Get weight down to something I feel comfortable with
61. Visit the casino in Tunica, MS
62. Get a massage once a year (1/3) - June 3, 2009
63. Eat vegetarian for one week
64. Bring my lunch to week for 2 weeks straight
65. Find one piece of jewelry I will enjoy wearing as much as the necklace I have...and wear it
66. Invent my own cocktail
67. Get up really early on a Saturday and go yardsaling
68. Switch to diet coke instead of regular
69. Attend a baseball game in this area (professional)
70. Attend a hockey game in this area (professional)
71. Attend a basketball game in this area (college or professional)
72. Attend one random sporting event
73. Help somone achieve a task on their 101 in 1001 list
74. Go one week without signing into Facebook
75. Make Eggs Benedict for Howard
76. Decorate a Christmas tree
77. Test drive a car I cannot afford
78. Make a snow angel
79. Take multi-vitamins everyday for a month or until the bottle is empty
80. Make the soundtrack to my life
81. Send 20 birthday cards (1/20)
82. Build a campfire without any help from Howard
83. Bait my own fishing hook with a worm and take the fish off myself
84. Fly a kite
85. Send Christmas cards out each year (0/3)
86. Donate 10,000 grains of rice through Free Rice (3,210/10,000)
87. Enter 10 contests (0/10)
88. Play BINGO
89. Brew my own beer
90. Make my own wine
91. Go to 2 movies in the theatre (0/2)
92. Go to a comedy club or see a stand-up comedian
93. Frame and hang a picture I take of something other than people
94. Hit a pinata
95. Finish the puzzle that has been sitting on our table for months...and the one we just got
96. Visit 5 state parks (0/5)
97. Buy new glasses and wear them for one full week
98. Remember to actually mark things off and update this...
99. Put $5 dollars in saving for every task completed.
100. For every task not complete after the 1001 days I must donate $5 to my choice of a charity.


  1. Love this list!!! I really should create one myself...this will take some serious brainstorming.

  2. I love this idea, too. I'm definitely doing it. Starting a list right now.

  3. so glad now I can cross this off MY list! yours is so great, I may add to my next list off of this! yay Dane!