101 in 1001

I’m jumping on the blogger bandwagon: This year, instead of doing New Year’s resolutions, I’m doing the 101 in 1001. Here’s the scoop, borrowed from Peach and Pearl–

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks/goals/challenges in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and represent “stretching.”

Why 1001 Days?
It’s all about a realistic deadline. 1001 days (about 2.75 years) allows you several seasons to complete tasks, which is better for organizing and timing things like overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: January 1, 2011
End Date: September 27, 2013
Goals Complete: 0/101
Goals in Progress: 0/101
Last Updated: January 10, 2010

So you want to see my list? I wrote it in December but haven’t had a chance to post it until now, while snow and ice are holding my car hostage. The fun thing about that is I’ve already completed some of these goals! But I’m still short a bunch of challenges, so if you have any suggestions, let me know! Here we go…

Create things.

  1. Design or order two large wall prints for dining room.
  2. Order, frame, and display photos from Italy in hallway.
  3. Create a stop-motion video.
  4. Design or order art for above the bed.
  5. Take a photography course.
  6. Design desktop wallpaper calendar art and have it selected on smashingmagazine.com.
  7. Set up an Etsy store.
  8. Sell something on Etsy.
  9. Create wedding albums for Jon and me.
  10. Create and display wall prints in kitchen.
  11. Craft something with my nieces.
  12. Get published in print again (a magazine, an op-ed, etc.)

Get cultured.

  1. Join a local choir or be cast in a local musical/opera.
  2. Read 10 books of my own choosing.
  3. Take my nieces to the ballet or a musical.
  4. Make my nieces watch and appreciate a Jeannette MacDonald/Nelson Eddy or Gene Kelly film.
  5. Convince Jon to eat some sort of foreign food.
  6. Go to an opera at the Met.

Try something new.

  1. Use the breadmaker to make gluten-free bread.
  2. Make successful gluten-free puff pastry.
  3. Plant a mini garden on the balcony.
  4. Make French macarons.
  5. Make croque monsieur.
  6. Cook something with lavender or other unusual flavors.
  7. Host a party for friends.
  8. Try 30 new recipes.
  9. Decorate a cake (or cupcakes) for a loved one’s birthday.
  10. Plant fresh herbs to use in cooking.

Be a computer nerd.

  1. Redesign personal blog—or abandon personal blog for a killer business blog.
  2. Get computer store to pull off old files from college computer.
  3. Backup all files on computer.
  4. Buy Senuto so I can update my iPod again.
  5. Set up an appropriate linkedin account.

Be healthy.

  1. Lose 10 pounds (or enough to tone).
  2. Take a dance class.
  3. Get back into yoga weekly.
  4. Replace all sodas with water for a year.
  5. Eat fresh fruit and yogurt three mornings a week for a year.
  6. Go to the gym three times a week for a year.
  7. Floss every day.
  8. Get a bike and ride in the MS Race for the cure.
  9. Go vegetarian (again).

Get organized.

  1. Organize all files on computer.
  2. Clean and vacuum inside of car.
  3. Organize vacations, plans, and family and friend’s birthdays in one calendar.
  4. Make birthday cards and greeting cards to have on-hand and send.
  5. Organize jewelry with a new storage system.
  6. Organize bathroom cabinet.
  7. Organize the kitchen and find a place for all our appliances.
  8. De-clutter the entire house.

Plan ahead.

  1. Check credit reports; cancel any dormant accounts.
  2. Set up monthly draft into my IRA.
  3. Create a financial plan with the hubby
  4. Update paypal account for Etsy store.
  5. Put money in savings each month.
  6. Put away enough for a down payment on a house.
  7. Pay off all credit card bills and cars.
  8. Write a will (and make Jon write one, too).
  9. Get a new passport with a changed name.
  10. Explore new places to find a city we can call home.

Be generous.

  1. Pay 10 strangers compliments
  2. Purge and donate old clothes from closets at least three times.
  3. Volunteer.
  4. Pay for the person behind me at a toll or drive thru.
  5. Send 12 cards or letters for no reason at all.

Be social.

  1. Mail Christmas cards before Christmas every year.
  2. Make plans with a new friend.
  3. Call one faraway friend a week for 6 weeks.
  4. Have a girl’s night once every other month.
  5. Plan a surprise birthday party.
  6. Have a dinner date with my husband once a month.
  7. Have a double-date with friends once every other month.

Find adventure.

  1. Go to the West Coast.
  2. Go to a taping of a television show (the Daily Show, Colbert, Conan, etc.)
  3. Take a beach vacation.
  4. Take a vacation outside the U.S.
  5. Take a girls-only trip.
  6. Take a completely impulsive, spur of the moment road trip with Jon.
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3 Responses to “101 in 1001”

  1. Loved this idea so much i posted about your post on my new Fab Posts Fridays feature on my blog. :-)

    Hope you enjoy the link love (also you added your blog to my blog roll.)

    http://manwifeanddog.com/2011/01/14/fab-posts-fridays-a-great-easy-date-idea-101-goals-in-1001-days-and-more/

  2. Love the list! I think i am create one as well! Inspiration!

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