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.
Some common goal setting tips: 1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it. 2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress. 3. Welcome Failure. It presents the opportunity to learn and makes success more worthy. 4. Write down your goals. 5. Keep your goals in sight
- Make a pie from scratch. Crust and all.
- Donate our old furniture to charity.
Clean out our “junk” room.” Clean out our basement. Clean out our garage.
- Lose 25 lbs.
Go apple picking.
- Finish our covered bridge tour.
Find a new job.
- Spend a day wandering around an art museum like I used to do in high school/college.
Go to the dentist.
- Go to church on a regular basis.
Volunteer. Go to the dermatologist.
- Find a therapist I can start seeing regularly.
- Have a horrible movies that we love anyway marathon with my brother.
- Invite friends to stay with us.
- Buy a fireproof box for important papers.
- Hire a cleaning service.
- Accept help next time I host a party in my home.
- Have a sleepover with my best friend.
- Decorate the outside of our house for Christmas.
- Go to DC to see the cherry blossoms.
- Join a book club, even if I have to start it myself.
- Don’t complain about anything for one week.
- Don’t use the snooze button for one week.
- Make my husband a nice romantic, candlelit dinner.
- Practice my dog’s training for 15 minutes every day.
Go one month without fast food.
- See a movie at the Movie Tavern.
- Write thank you cards for all gifts received.
Decide on a memorial for the baby.
- Send a friend a surprise in the mail, just because.
Get EZPass back in my car.
- Do Couch to 5K.
- Then run a real 5K.
- One day each month, pamper myself. (mani/pedi, massage, etc)
Find a necklace to buy to remember the baby.
- Go to a reading/book signing.
- Clean out my closet and donate the clothes to charity.
- Bake one thing each month.
Finish watching Battlestar Galactica on DVD. Buy something on Etsy. Make something I found on Pinterest.
- Throw a party!
- Buy something fabulous at Anthropologie (after I’ve lost the weight).
- Leave a $20 tip on a bill that is less than $20.
Go to a taping of Anderson. (Also, try not to go nuts when you see him.)Anderson’s been canceled – find something new.
- Don’t buy anything that isn’t a necessity for one month.
- Go to support group meetings regularly (infertility, pregnancy loss and adoption as needed).
- Repair broken jewelry.
Adopt a family next holiday.
- Go to a piano bar.
Hang pictures in our house.
- Buy a Roman shade for the back door so I don’t think that monsters and serial killers are standing outside it.
- Say yes to something that would normal scare me or make me anxious.
- Choose an adoption agency and get “paper pregnant.”
Have a sleepover with my friends from high school.This is a repeat – come up with something new.
- Buy a new car.
- Take a vacation.
- Don’t log into Facebook for one week.
- Try five new restaurants.
- Make a new friend.
- Reconnect with an old friend.
- Make sugar cookies with royal frosting.
- Organize our kitchen cabinets.
Buy new wine glasses.
- Finish the basement.
- Take a road trip with A.
- Clean for 15 minutes every day.
- Use my breadmaker and ice cream maker at least once during the 1001 days.
- Take a yoga class.
- Spend a day at the beach with A.
- Crochet a blanket.
- Get my eyes checked and get contacts again – I’m sick of my glasses.
Take a short class in something (cake decorating, pottery, etc).
- Clean out my pantry.
- Try 10 new recipes.
- Whiten my teeth again.
- Walk the dog every day that it doesn’t rain.
- Rearrange the furniture in our family room.
- Start taking my vitamins again.
- Read five non-fiction books. (Fiction is easy for me but sometimes not the best for my brain.)
- Transfer all my recipes to my recipe box.
- Call the number to opt out of credit card offers.
- Request a credit report.
- Use the gift cards I’ve been putting off using in my wallet.
- Send birthday cards ON TIME for people’s birthdays.
Make swiss meringue buttercream.
- Paint our half bathroom.
- Get wedding ring dipped, the white gold isn’t looking as good as it once did.
- Catch up on my scrapbooks or make photobooks. (I think I’m behind since like 2007!)
- Reach out to people when I learn they are dealing with infertility.
- Repair front step.
- Replace/repair lighting in our kitchen.
- Replace our carpets.
- Repaint our front door (as our association has been begging us to do).
- Figure out what is wrong with our magnolia tree and get it blooming again.
- Give $2 to charity for every task I don’t complete.
- Update about my status for these goals at least once a week.
- Make a new list for the next 1001 days.
Start date: December 5, 2011 End date: September 2,2015