Thursday, January 1, 2015

101 Things in 1001 Days

I set my first 101 things back in Dec 2009 and surprisingly accomplished many of those things.  It's amazing how many of the items were accomplished just by the fact they were written down.  Although I started another 101 things list after the 2009 list I didn't complete it or start it.  Now it's time for a new list, focus and plan. 

Coming up with 101 things is a really tough exercise. I looked at many blogs for inspiration and determined many of the lists were written by younger people.  Get married or finish college (their list) as compared to lower cholesterol (my list).  I'm to a point in my life that I don't want to put more things to do on my list unless I'm passionate about it and it fits in with what I want.  Traveling all 7 continents is great but I'm realistic that it's not really a goal that I want to fret about.  

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.

Start Date: December 26, 2014
End Date: September  22, 2017

Not Done
In Progress

Staying Healthy
  1. Do 50 pushups straight
  2. Give up sugar for 60 days
  3. Go a month without wine
  4. Exercise 4-5 days a week (doesn’t necessarily mean run)
  5. Do at least one PT exercise 3 days a week
  6. Eat vegetarian for a week
  7. Lose 15 lbs
  8. Run a 3:55 marathon
  9. Run a 1:45 half marathon
  10. Keep track of running and biking miles
  11. Participate in a run/bike race
  12. Do a triathon
  13. Learn 10 new recipes
  14. Plan meals on the weekend for the week ahead
  15. Shop from the farmers market monthly
  16. Plan ahead and eat healthier when traveling
  17. Buy car rack for bicycles
  18. Run 500+ miles each year (would love to do 1000)
  19. Lower my cholesterol WITHOUT meds

 Seeing the World Behind a Lens

20. Take a picture everyday for 30 days
21. Take a photography class
22. Frame 2-3 pictures I’ve taken and hang them in the house
23. Enter a photo in a photo contest
24. Have a photo published in a magazine
25. Have a photo published in Arizona Highways
26. Have three exhibits at a coffee house/restaurant/local business
27. Read 12 photography books – 1 a month. Read the book first before reading fiction
28. Be an artist in residence
29 Learn how to use the WaCom tablet
30. Get my Lightroom Expert certification
31. Post weekly on my blog at
32. Enter a contest a quarter
33. Put together a black/white collection
34. Once a month go to a new location
35. Get a canvas printed for above my desk
36. Scan and digitalize my dads negatives and slides
37. Attend a photography conference
38. Keyword all the photos from 2014 and prior
39. Keyword 2015 photos
40. Keyword 2016 photos

Travel the World and My Backyard
41. Go to Germany with my parents
42. Go car camping each summer
43.See a New England fall
44. Visit a state I've never been to
45. Go to National Park I haven’t been to
46. Go to Africa with Emily
47. Go to San Francisco and see my friend Natalia
48. See the northern lights
49. Go to Iceland
50. Go to Magic Mountain (or another roller coaster park) with my brothers
51. Go visit my brother in Colorado
52. Go to Bisbee
53. Go to the Renaissance Faire
54. Go to the Rose Bowl parade
55. Explore a cave
56. Go to each  of the 15counties in AZ and take pictures (cities in parenthesis are in the county not necessarily where I must go. )
Maricopa (done) –live there
Pinal (Casa Grande, Maricopa, Superior)
Pima (Tucson)
Yavapai (Prescott, Jerome)
Santa Cruz (Nogales, Patagonia)
Cochise (Bisbee) December 2014
Navajo (Show Low, Winslow)
Apache (Chinle)
Coconino (Flagstaff, Grand Canyon)
Yuma (Yuma)
Gila (Payson, Globe)
Graham (Safford)
Greenlee (Clifton)
La Paz (Quartzsite)
Mohave (Kingman, Lake Havasu)

Using the Right Side of the Brain
57. Finish my parents scrapbook
58. Finish the France scrapbook
59. Start Charleston scrapbook
60. Start SF scrapbook
61. Scrapbook with Tracy from California
62. Print my blog in a blog book

Because Everyone Should be a Little Bit Nicer
63. Leave a card for a neighbor
64. Donate blood
65. Give flowers to someone
66. Bring cookies with a thank you note to a police, fire or post office
67. Volunteer
68. Pay for someone’s order in line behind me
69. Give a micro-loan with Kiva
70. Let 5 friends know just how grateful I am to have them in my life.
71. Host Thanksgiving dinner

72. Adopt the something in, something out philosophy
73. Sell Kincaid’s
74. Sell ring
75. Sell Chateau
76. A week without Facebook
77. Get rid of timeshare
78. Stop worrying about gardening
79. Clean out and organize the kitchen pantry every 6 months
80. Go thru the bookshelf and donate books don’t want/need
81. Disconnect from internet for a weekend

Personal Development
82. Journal everyday for 30 days
83. Mediate everyday for 30 days
84. Spend a week being conscious of smiling
85. Dress nicer for work. Wear jeans to work only 3 days a week
86. Find a way to create passive income
87Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
88. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
89. Read the Etiquette of Illness
90. Stop tearing at cubicles
91. Keep food log for a month
92. Find the spark for productivity at work
93. Practice German weekly (podcast, read, app)

94. Take each of my nieces and nephews individually to a movie
95. Go to the wildlife zoo in Phoenix
96. Do a "fondue night."
97. Go berry picking
98. Bake an apple pie from scratch, including crust
99. Take a cooking class with John

Last but not least
100. Put this list on my blog and update it
101. Write another 101 list at the end of the time period


Michelle said...

You inspire me. I'm excited for you accomplishing your list! :)

Running Through Phoenix said...

102 Share garden seeds/ideas with friends. The Bok Choy is doing great, the SwissChard never emerged. I forget what else you gave me, but we have a full plot, and as soon as it gets a bit warmer, it will produce like crazy.

A Journey to a new me... said...

What a wonderful idea!!! Less over whelming realistic, motivating. I'm going to start working on my list now! thank you for sharing!!

lindsay said...

Super late, but love a lot of these ideas/to do's. I may need to do my own list! :)

Sarah Heinle said...

I love this and need to do this too.