Wednesday, October 14, 2009

101 things in 1,001 Days!

. Wednesday, October 14, 2009 .

Here we go!  Some lovely ladies I know, Jaye & Kirstin are doing this list of goals called the Day Zero Project.  They inspired me to start my own list.  Here are the details:

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 (me included :P) have created lists in the past - frequently simple goals such as New Year's resolutions. Apparently, 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. Hopefully, I won't wait until day 999 for some of them!

Drum Roll Please...
The List!

  1. Go to park everyday for a week
  2. Write a letter to go with the Christmas card
  3. Write letters to each kid for when older (0/3)
  4. Take the girls to the library twice a month (0/66)
  5. Emmy out of diapers
  6. Totally diaper free
  7. Emmy done with therapies
  8. One day a month devoted to Gary (0/33)
  9. One day a month devoted to Emmy (0/33)
  10. One day a month devoted to Lilly (0/33)
  11. Go on a date night with Syl once a month (0/33)
  12. Get Syl to go to bed early 5 nights in a row
  13. Write kids' birth stories (0/3)
  14. Ride bikes as a family at least 6x (0/6)
  15. Finish/create baby books (0/3)
  16. Organize Syl's family pictures
  17. Do the 365-photo-a-day project with pics of the kids (0/365)
  18. Get Syl a passport
  19. Get the kids passports (0/3)
  20. Take the kids fruit or veggie picking
  1. Make a larger financial contribution to the house
  2. Don’t eat out for a month (including quick fixes)
  3. Put $10 away for each goal completed (0/101)
  4. Pay for the person behind me in the drive thru
  5. Have a substantial savings account besides e-fund
  6. Tip 100% for excellent service
  7. Buy and donate an item to the food bank every week (0/143)
  8. Clip coupons
  9. Buy a fancy schmancy digital camera
  10. Buy a new Mac
  11. Adopt an entire family for Christmas (0/2)
  12. Give five 'I saw this and thought of you gifts' (0/5)
  1. Take kids to the snow
  2. Take kids to the Grand Canyon
  3. Take a spontaneous trip in state
  4. Take a spontaneous trip out of state
  5. Go to zoo lights
  6. Feed the giraffes at the zoo with the girls
  7. Take a trip out of the country
  8. Visit Kelley in CO
  9. Build a sandcastle
  1. Keep house REALLY clean for a week
  2. Decide what to do with all leftover wedding stuff
  3. Cut down clutter in office by half
  4. Completely declutter office
  5. Organize all-important papers
  6. Get a safe for papers
  7. Do legal documents (will, etc)
  8. The TV one day a week for a month (0/4)
  9. Organize photos
  10. Frame wedding pics
  11. Create a wedding album
  12. For every item of clothing I buy, purge 2
  13. Cull girls toys every month (0/33)
  14. Turn the computer off every night for a week (0/7)
  15. Plant flowers
  16. Keep pantry clean for a month
  17. Use only reusable grocery bags--REMEMBER to take them to the store!
  18. Get the whole family on a chore chart & follow it for 3 months (0/3)
  1. Learn to decorate a cake
  2. Learn to sew
  3. Sew an item for each family member (0/5)
  4. Hand make some Christmas gifts
  5. Take a photography class
  6. Learn Photoshop
  7. Take pics around town of things that start with A-Z (0/26)
  8. Make a blanket
  9. Get  or make new blinds/window treatments for all the windows in the house
  10. Paint a mural in the girls’ room
  1. Cook everyday for a week (0/7)
  2. Bake a cake for a friend
  3. Make a thanksgiving turkey
  4. Do a weekly meal plan 5x (0/5)
  5. Make homemade bread
  6. Have a just because party
  7. Host a game night
  8. Plan a surprise for someone
  1. Lose 5 lbs
  2. Lose 10 lbs
  3. Lose all post-wedding weight
  4. Go to the gym 3x a week for a month (0/12)
  5. Blog about goals
  6. Have 25 blog followers (0/25)
  7. Take a dance class
  8. Cut off my hair!
  9. Read a book every month
  10. Take a voice lesson
  11. Send a postcard to postsecret
  12. Paint a canvas
  13. Forgive 3 people
  14. Edit family movies
  15. Say no to something I don't want to do
  1. Take puppets to a new church
  2. Write a non-Christmas puppet show
  3. Inspire someone else to do their own 101 list
  4. Compliment a stranger
  5. Compliment a friend
  6. Meet more of our neighbors
  7. Meet an 'online' friend in person
  8. Walk in a charity event
  9. Make a new list of 101


Birgit Kerr said...

That's one awesome list! You might be able to scratch 95 off your list now lol And I could probably help you with 15 and 65 too ... they sort of go hand in hand a bit :) Good luck with the list!