A lot of what I found were lists of actual things to do or buy or try. But, when I started my list, a lot of my "items" are not so specific. But, I am OK with that. Heck, it is MY list.
This is a description of what the 101 Things to do in 1001 days is all 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 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.
So, I have started my own list. I am about 1/2 way there to 101. So, here goes.....(in no particular order)
101 Things to do in 1001 days - my list
- Grow and maintain my nails
- Plan a “just us” day every month with just me and Colin
- Have a date night at least once per month - every month
- Remember that sometimes “good enough” is …well, good enough
- Make a will
- Call my grandmother out of the blue - just to tell her I love her
- Drink more water
- Walk instead of drive
- Encourage Colin to learn the guitar (and not guitar hero)
- Join a book club
- Remember to stop and smell the roses
- Visit my local museums
- Finish an entire Sudoko book - wrong answers or not
- Invite friends over for a home cooked meal - at least once a month
- Try to find a red wine that I will actually drink
- Learn and make 10 new recipes that my family loves
- Take at least one “just for me” class at the local college
- Understand football enough to make my own picks for Fantasy Football
- Send a note by MAIL to someone I am thinking of at the moment
- Have a neighborhood BBQ and invite the crabby lady across the street
- Send in my application for the Women’s Crisis Center volunteer program
- Figure out what looks best on me and not care about what size it is
- Buy clothes for my current size, not the size I think I still fit into
- Travel to a state that I have never been to before
- Start a new family tradition
- Learn all the phone numbers that are saved in my cell phone
- Go to see a Broadway play (or other NYC show), at least once a year
- Learn to knit or crochet
- Write a compliment letter ever time I receive great service AND mail it
- Go to Las Vegas
- Pay for the toll of the person behind me - at least once a year
- Make 2 weeks of meals in one day and freeze them
- Go to bed late once a week just to spend more time with my husband
- Make a complete list of birthdays of all the cousins (and their kids).
- Call above on their birthday
- Post on my blog at least 3 times a week
- Go away for the weekend by myself - just a me vacation
- Get really dressed up and invite friends over for a fancy cocktail party
- Learn how to skip stones
- Re-learn to make stained glass
- Surprise someone when it is not their birthday
- Pay cash for all purchase for a whole month
- Take a long distance road trip
- Invite someone from church for an after service lunch
- Blow-dry my hair for work at least once a week
- Send a local family in need a donation just because
- Learn to stop rolling my eyes
- Write a letter to let my son know how much I love him
- Meet Colin’s step-mother
I am going to make a separate blog of this list and update it has times goes by.