“All the Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
Layin’ in the sun,
Talkin’ bout the things
They woulda-coulda-shoulda done…
But those Woulda-Coulda-Shouldas
All ran away and hid
From one little did.”
~ Shel Silverstein
Lately, in all of my voracious blog reading, I’ve come across the 101 Things in 1,001 Days Challenge several times. What a neat idea! The concept is to complete 101 pre-determined tasks in a period of 1,001 days (about 2.75 years). The time period for this is a bit longer than most challenges of this type that I come across but it seems a bit more doable. With 1,001 days, there is more time to plan, save, map things out. And who doesn’t need a bit of that?
Thinking of 101 things seems a bit daunting but I’m sure I can do it. I’m not out to save the world or visit every country in 1,001 days. I merely want to do some things that seem interesting, fascinating, educational and fun. Feel free to join in! What 101 things would you like to do?
Zazazu’s 101 Things in 1,001 Days
Start date: May 2007
End date: September 2009
Italics means the item is In Progress
Strikethrough means the item has been CompletedBOLD means that the original item was not possible for completion and has been changed to something else
I’ve organized these into several categories although they are not specified below. The categories are: YOGA / MEDITATION, READING, FINANCES, PAMPERING, DOING FOR OTHERS, HEALTH, ORGANIZATION, CRAFTING / ARTS, GENERAL SELF-IMPROVEMENT.
I will chronicle and update these as they are in progress and completed here on my blog in a new category that will be posted in the right column.
- Work up to doing Crane Pose
- Research and make outline / notes about obtaining yoga teaching certification
Get an MP3 player and download some yoga podcasts
- Practice yoga outside ten times (0/10)
- Get a NICE new yoga mat
- Paint and set up upstairs closet as a meditation nook
- Develop a meditation practice
- Listen to ten of my inspirational audio books (0/10)
- Read Meditations from the Mat cover to cover
- Read Simple Abundance from start to finish
- Make a list of ten books I’ve been meaning to read and actually read them (0/10)
Read The Prophet(July 28, 2007)
Re-read The Little Prince(May 31, 2007)
- Read The Bhagavad Gita
- Read two books on subjects that I know very little about (0/2)
- Read back issues of O magazine
- Read Smart Women Finish Rich
- Break $1,000 in sales in one month on eBay
- Add $2,000 to my savings account
- Pay medical bills
- Sell my car
- Pay off car loan
- Research, learn about and make an investment in the stock market – on a small scale
- Have a yard sale
- Create a business – however small – of sending packages
Get a nice and proper haircut / style(June 8, 2007)
Watch a sunrise(May 10, 2007)
- Get a professional facial
- Shave, exfoliate, do Satin Hands, do a hot oil treatment every week for a month (0/4)
- Have three professional massages (1/3) (June 26, 2007)
- Send 50 appreciation / thanks notes (3/50)
- Speak to Carmen on the phone
- Send 50 lift-me-up-notes (7/50)
Create and run a swap through my blog(July 3, 2007 – see here for details)
- Write one snail mail letter per month for a year to friends – of substantial length, not just a card (0/12)
Write my Mom a “love” letter(May 13, 2007)
- Send copies of Life Could Be Sweeter to a dozen friends (0/12)
- Help Laura (sister) with Heirloom Cookbook
- Make patchwork pants for Jason (brother)
- Send package to Rita
Get updated shots, medications, etc. for Delali
- Find a walk-a-thon to participate in
and train for it(Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk-A-Thon in September)
- Be active in pursuing optimal health (getting seizures under control)
Get sound machine from Aunt Janeand try it nightly for a month Get my Chi machine backand use it 3 times each week for a month (0/3) Keep trying neurologists until I get one that will listen(June, 18 2007 – Dr. Robin Gilmore – Columbia, TN)
- Have some sort of bodywork done that I’ve not had before (Craniosacral Therapy, Hot Stone massage, Rolfing, Lymphatic Draining, Reflexology, Reiki, etc.)
- Detox / cleanse my system every four months
- Keep a health journal for at least a month
Get new walking shoes(June 11, 2007 – ASICS® Women’s GT-2110) Buy a pedometer(June 14, 2007) Find (and see) a good therapist
- Eat something within 1 hour of waking up for two weeks
- Eat fish ONCE each week
- Take vitamins daily as I’m supposed to
- Drink three 24 ounce bottles of water each day for two weeks (0/14)
- Do AbLounger every day for two weeks (0/14)
- Compile (and use) organizational binder (June 29, 2007)
- Go through clothes and get them organized
- Go through magazines and organize them in downstairs desk (June 30, 2007)
- Clean my hard-drive or get Jason to do it
- Keep better track (database) of swaps and packages / cards to send
- Hang corkboard in office
- Keep a running list of things to add to my next 101/1,001 list
- Finish “journal vest”
- Make armwarmers
- Create a painting that is appealing enough to display
- Learn a new creative / artistic medium that can be profitable
- Create an altered journal out of vintage Japan travel book
- Make holiday gifts for everyone – start early!
- Make vintage peasant top that I have the pattern for
- Create ‘zine to sell on Etsy
- Begin writing children’s book
- Make vest like “Wool Tie Jacket”
- Reconstruct / embellish three vintage clothing pieces – use new stencils (0/3)
- Make scarves / arm warmers / etc. out of cashmere sweater pile
Take an Ed2Go class(started July 18, 2007 – Listen To Your Heart and Success Will Follow)
- Completely fill a journal of self-exploration
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Write a will and a living will
- Take a French course (online)
- Practice non-attachment — give some of what I have to others
- Take a two-week self-exploration hiatus from the computer
Go to an estate sale(June 2, 2007 – Columbia, TN with Laura)
- Research and make outline / notes about obtaining life coaching certification
- Plant – and keep alive – a few herbs
- Try a new recipe once a month (3/30)
- Speak to all of my YCDI Gals by phone (4/6)
- Write a REAL entry in this blog once each week (not inspirations or gratitude lists)
- Watch five movies that I’ve always thought I wouldn’t like (1/5 – Cold Mountain)
Go to Florida(June 21 through 24, 2007 in Seagrove Beach, FL)
- Watch one film each month (June 2007 – Friends With Money; July 2007 Marie Antoinette)
- Write a letter to myself to read in ten years
- Learn to say “Hello” and “Thank you” and “I love you” in ten languages
- Make a mix CD of songs that people suggest to me by musicians that I wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise
- Choose an affirmation and say it 20 times each day for a month
- Do something significant toward a genuine career field / path (certification, course, etc.)
- Get a new computer chair
- Get an espresso maker (cheap one) and learn to make a good soy latte at home
Meet ONE online / blogger friend in person(June 14, 2007 – Stacie of Nomadic Creations)
- Finally institute Computer Free Friday
At the end of my 101 things, I will:
- Donate $5 to animal rescue charity for every uncompleted task at the end of 1,001 days … and …
- Make a new list for the next 1,001 days!
Taken from the Triplux: 101 Things in 1,001 Days — Guidelines for participation:
Creating your own 1001 Day Project
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 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 organising 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. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.
There is also a database of other bloggers who are doing this exercise. You can see the list that are registered (including mine!) there and perhaps meet some fun new blog friends!