Monday, July 13, 2009

101 in 1001

So on one of my favorite blogs I saw a post about setting 101 goals to accomplish in 1001 days. So I took a couple of weeks and began to make my list. It was hard to come up with 101 things but as soon as I set the official list and began the challenge, I kept thinking of more! So here it is:

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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date:
July 2, 2009
End Date: March 28, 2012 (Our 3rd wedding anniversary)

Be Techy:
  1. Start a blog
  2. Track progress of this list on the blog with at least 25 entries about the list (0/25)
  3. Have a following of 50 people on blog (0/50)
  4. Meet one online friend in person
  5. Get an iPhone
  6. Upload all photos on computer to online albums
  7. Put pictures from camera into online albums as events happen
Be Healthy:

  1. Get to 20% body fat
  2. Run ½ marathon
  3. Lose 15 lbs (0/15)
  4. Shred It for 30 days (0/30)
  5. Run 1001 miles (0/1001)
  6. Use Weight Watchers for 3 weeks straight, no cheating
  7. Work out three times a week for a month
  8. Drink 8 glasses of water everyday for 3 weeks
  9. Floss everyday for a month
  10. Eat recommended fruits and vegetables for a week
  11. Take a multi vitamin everyday for a month (0/30)
  12. Go one week without soda
  13. No drinking for 30 consecutive days
  14. No TV Mon-Fri for one week
  15. Take the dogs for 25 extended lunch time walks days on nice days (0/25)
  16. Go to dentist every six months for check up and cleaning (0/6)
  17. Get pups to healthy weight and maintain with them. Sid <>
Be Artsy:

  1. Watch 10 movies pre-1970 (0/10)
  2. Read 5 non fiction books (0/5)
  3. Read 10 books of my choosing (0/10)
  4. Watch Top 100 Movies (0/100)
  5. Attend a comedy show
  6. Attend a play in the city
  7. Enjoy a show at Wolf Trap on the lawn
Be Philanthropic:

  1. Purge and donate clothes 3 times (0/3)
  2. Donate blood
  3. Donate hair
  4. But a Christmas gift for a child in need
  5. Donate to THON twice (0/2)
  6. Visit THON
  7. Volunteer for a Presidential Campaign
Be Frugal:

  1. Eat in for 2 straight weeks, 3 meals a day
  2. No credit card debt
  3. Sell something on E-Bay
  4. Put money each month into Down payment fund prior to house purchase (0/33)
  5. Buy a house
  6. Find a renter for our condo
  7. Create and follow a budget for one month
  8. Follow cash only plan for 2 months
  9. Put $5 into Savings for each completed task and $10 for each uncompleted (0/101)
  10. Buy a bike
  11. Win money at a Craps table and walk away
  12. Increase 401k contributions by 1% each year on birthday, up to 10%
Be a Wife:
  1. Go to Virginia restaurants on Top 100,
  2. Dress up and go out with husband once a month (0/33)
  3. Go to a fancy Sunday brunch
  4. Create wedding books for parents
  5. Get a new passport
  6. Visit 5 states (0/5)
  7. Travel to Canada
  8. Go to King's Dominion
  9. Read 5 Love Languages
  10. Approve Wedding Album
  11. Be wedding sized or smaller on each anniversary
  12. Write review for Chris Wells, wedding coordinator
  13. Spend a long weekend at a B&B
Be Domestic:

  1. Finish painting condo (entry, kitchen, living room) (0/3)
  2. New carpets for condo
  3. Research and if feasible, new blinds for condo
  4. Prepare fancy five course meal for Tony and I one weekend
  5. Try 3 recipes from Mom's cookbook (0/3)
  6. Try 5 new recipes from gifted cook books (0/5)
  7. Have one signature dish besides Mac & Cheese
  8. Bake cake or cupcakes for 5 birthdays (0/5)
  9. Have fresh flowers in house for 4 weeks (0/4)
  10. Hang up framed invite and wedding pictures in bedroom
  11. Rotate pictures in frames throughout the house
  12. Completely clean and purge bathroom and kitchen cabinets three times (0/3)
  13. Keep the kitchen counters clean for 5 straight days
  14. Buy a new couch
  15. Do my part to keep the bedroom clean for a week
  16. Buy a king sized bed
  17. Drink red wine from fancy carafe
  18. Wash, dry, fold and put away clothes in one day fifteen times (0/15)
Be A Fan:

  1. See a Pens game outside of Washington
  2. Go to a home Cardinals game
  3. Go to a Braves game
  4. Go to three Penn State football games
  5. Take Tony to a Nascar race
Just Be Better:

  1. Send Christmas cards to friends and family
  2. Send out 25 snail mail correspondence (0/25)
  3. Do makeup for work for two weeks (0/10)
  4. Take mom out to lunch once a month (0/33)
  5. Pick fruit from an orchard
  6. Go on a vacation with friends
  7. Buy one thing from RueLaLa
  8. Earn 2,000 diner points on OpenTable (400/2,000)
  9. Submit a secret to Post Secret
  10. Wear a dress to work each day for a week (0/5)
  11. Visit Happy Valley for the Annual Beer Festival
  12. Complete a Power Hour
  13. Eat at restaurant of two ethnicities I have never tried before (0/2)
  14. Less cursing, especially watch my language at work
  15. Ask more about others than they ask about me in conversations

So I'm 12 days in and I have a blog up and running!!! I hope to buy my iPhone by the end of the month, checking things off! As you can see from the different categories, I'm trying to get to be pretty well rounded (and I'm not talking about my figure). My dream is that by the time this is over I'll be settled and a little bit more grown up and a little bit more mature. A lot of these things, especially in the Be Healthy category, are only for a month, but I'm hoping that they month will lead to a new healthy habit. Wish me luck and I'll post updates as to what has gotten accomplished!!!

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