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Friday, April 24, 2009

101 in 1001

I was inspired to take on this challenge by my cousin, Sarah. I am still missing three goals if anyone is interested in suggesting some to me. To create your own list, visit the DayZeroProject website.

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.

Key: bold = completed, italics = currently working on

Jess' list
  1. Create a list of 101 achievable goals - April 2009
  2. Eat left handed for an entire day
  3. Donate blood at least once a year (0/3)
  4. Send a postcard to Postsecret
  5. Put a copy of my favorite poem up on a bulletin board
  6. Write an actual letter to each of my nieces and nephews (0/8)
  7. Have lunch with a friend that I haven't seen in person for a while
  8. Visit my Grandma in Idaho
  9. Try Moroccan food
  10. Try Thai food - (4/18/09 Thai Ruby)
  11. Make a homemade smoothie
  12. Learn how to cook a whole chicken in the oven (and then do it)
  13. Send 5 postcards using Postcrossing (5/5) - written and put in mailbox 4/26 (to Finland, Taiwan, China, Russia, and Germany)
  14. Have at least $3,000 in my credit union savings account and in my bank savings account
  15. Clean the oven in my house
  16. Buy a cloth grocery shopping bag and use it
  17. Floss every day for a week
  18. Visit 3 art museums (0/3)
  19. Take a multivitamin at least 3 times a week for 3 months (0/36)
  20. Learn how to say "where is the bathroom?" in Spanish and French
  21. Learn how to change a tire on my new car (in case it is different from my old car)
  22. Paint my bedroom
  23. Get a massage
  24. Go through craft supplies and throw away any dried up markers and glue
  25. Try cucumbers again to see if I like them yet
  26. Read 25 new children picture books that have been published in the past two years (0/25)
  27. E-mail my mom about any of the picture books that are worth adding to her collection
  28. Try rock climbing at an indoor gym
  29. Visit the battling cages and hit at least 3 balls
  30. Visit the dentist once a year (1/3)
  31. Have a gynecological exam - April 2009
  32. Listen to one archive episode of This American Life on NPR each month (1/33)
  33. Watch Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince in the theater
  34. Read Teaching, No Greater Call and use what I read when I teach Relief Society
  35. Recycle all magazines I receive
  36. Read all articles in each Ensign Conference issue (0/5)
  37. Use to send at least 2 packages to a soldier overseas
  38. Buy a friend lunch
  39. Babysit Lauren
  40. Babysit Isaac and Aaron
  41. Babysit Sidney and Wyatt
  42. Babysit Tanner and Ava
  43. Go on a date at least once a month (1/33)
  44. Send someone flowers
  45. Donate $50 to a non-church related charitable organization (0/$50)
  46. Learn alphabet in sign language
  47. Finish The Book of Great Books
  48. Spend at least 3 hours per week working in the yard from May to September (0/40)
  49. Bake a cake from scratch
  50. Make cinnamon rolls from scratch
  51. Take pictures in a photo booth
  52. Attend a choir concert
  53. Write a letter to someone I admire
  54. Ride a horse
  55. Write about Caleb's death in my journal
  56. Update my journal with all my nieces and nephews birth since Caleb's death
  57. Give any article of clothing I haven't worn in two years to charity
  58. Register for a class at UVU and pass with a good grade
  59. Read a book on time management
  60. Read a book on the NY Times best sellers list
  61. Loan Education of a Wandering Man to someone who might appreciate it
  62. Memorize all the verses to Amazing Grace (0/4)
  63. Be able to do 10 push-ups in a row
  64. Attend a basic yoga class
  65. Refrain from eating any fast food for a week
  66. Go to one fair or festival
  67. See at least one live play a the Scera Shell
  68. Get an eye exam
  69. Get my eyebrows waxed by a professional
  70. Buy a pair of black sunglasses
  71. Print out pictures of my family and take them to work
  72. Buy a deck of cards and learn at least one card trick
  73. Learn to how tie a mans necktie
  74. Visit the beach
  75. Read the NY Times book review at least once a month (0/33)
  76. Take a tour of the Utah State Capital
  77. Try Lobster
  78. Reach 500 blog posts (0/500)
  79. Write and mail letters to ten living authors that have impacted my life (0/10)
  80. Try Mangoes
  81. Try 5 new restaurants (1/5) - 1st was Thai Ruby
  82. Volunteer at the local library
  83. Write letter to the host of an NPR show that I like
  84. Read The Declaration of Independence
  85. Read The Constitution
  86. Buy and wear a pair of red shoes
  87. Go at least 7 days with no tv (0/7)
  88. Go 48 consecutive hours without checking my personal e-mail, blog, or Facebook
  89. Buy a set of sheets that are at least 600 thread count
  90. Go to a baseball game
  91. Donate at least $25 to Primary Children's Hospital (0/$25)
  92. Lose 15 pounds from my weight at 4/15/09 doctor's visit (0/15)
  93. Send at least three recipes to my cousin for the family cookbook (0/3)
  94. Finish embroidering another skirt
  95. Watch the entire series of Sports Night
  96. Create a new list once I have done everything on this list
  97. Run trough the sprinklers
  98. Buy and wear a toenail polish other than clear or red
  99. (Taking suggestions)
  100. (Taking suggestions)
  101. (Taking suggestions)


Josh said...

I'd love to contribute to some of these, like teaching you "where is the bathroom" in Spanish or tying a necktie. But, learning that may be more fun from someone single.

As for suggestions, I'd try seriously writing, photographing, painting, sewing, or something that really stretches your creative muscles. Another: travel. (plus, if you say "travel to CA," you could mark it off quite quickly.

My list would probably go like this:

stop eating so much ice cream
stop eating so much fast food
stop eating so much junk food
stop sitting down so much

and several other habits that contribute to my overweightedness.

Sarah said...

I have some suggestions:
1- Get a pedicure (not because you have gross feet or anything, but I don't remember if you've ever had one, and I think it's a nice thing to do for yourself--especially with your crazy schedule--it will force you to do something nice for yourself, like the massage). :)
2- Go on a roadtrip with cousin Sarah (my reasons are purely selfish, I'll admit it)
3- If you haven't been outside the country, I think you should make a goal to visit a country you find interesting. Or at least go on tha cruise to Mexico with the ward this fall. :)

Okay, that's as helpful as I can be within a two-minute period.

Nana J said...

Love this idea - I agree with Sarah on the travel idea.

Jennifer said...

I like the travel idea too. I'd love to help you cross a few items off your list (new restaurant perhaps, or museum visit?) I was in the middle of watching Sports Night when I went into labor with Lauren. I had to check it out later to finish the series.

TheQueen@TerrorsInTiaras said...

I'm a little slow with the suggestions, but I know a perfect state you have never visited that someone really nice lives in that would love to host you (and Sarah) for a few days. :)
How about ride on the Indy500 race track? I'd be happy to take you there!
I like Josh's ideas of stretching your creativity.
I think there are several excellent goals in the YW Personal Progress book. I'm doing some of them with my daughter and there are some great ones.
Okay, sorry to ramble. I think I better go to bed.