Wednesday, May 27, 2009

#1 Write the List

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.

Check it out here.

Start Date:
May 28, 2009

End Date:
Feb 23, 2012

** italics denotes in progress

bold denotes completed

1. Write the list (harder than it sounds!) (6/8/2009)
2. Document the completion of each item on this list, either in words or pictures (10/101)
3. Pick up a charter flight/trip
4. Run 3 10Ks (2/3)
5. Train for and run a half marathon (10/11/2009)
6. Get down to 130-140lbs and maintain that weight
7. Start brewing beer
8. Make it out to Denver for Great American Beer Fest
9. Visit Belgium
10. Finish reading Atlas Shrugged (7/2/2009)
11. Pay off credit card
12. Get a TX driver's license and plates (4/1/2010)
13. Take a cooking class (1/24/2010)
15. See the Grand Canyon
16. Take a dancing class
17. Find a church in Houston that I feel comfortable at
18. Finish my Eurotrip '06 Scrapbook
19. Send a secret to PostSecret
20. Buy a classic item of clothing I really love that's not on sale
21. Read the LOTR trilogy (and start with The Hobbit first)
22. Pay for the next person in line
23. Leave a tip of 100%
24. Inspire 5 people to make a 101 in 1001 list (3/5)
25. Save all of my change in a big jar
26. See Joshua Radin in concert again
27. Run a 5K in under 27 minutes
28. Run a mile in under 8 minutes
29. Send 5 "just because" gifts (0/5)
30. Make the switch to reusable grocery bags (5/28/2009)
31. Go one month with no unnecessary purchases
32. Write down everything I spend for one month
33. Finish a crossword puzzle on my own (newspaper or CO magazine) (4/5/2010)
34. Go a full week without using a computer (with the exception of CCS for work)
35. Send a care package to a friend
36. Send a care package oversees to someone in the military
37. Get a library card
38. Be able to check off half of the books on this list (24/50)
39. Seriously look into getting skydiving license... if too much $$$, tandem again
40. Bungee jump
41. Get prescription sunglasses
42. Go back to Belize (1/15/1010)
43. Go whitewater rafting
44. Drink Pliny the Younger
45. Create a recipe book. Use it.
46. Visit Grandpa Burt in Spokane, WA
47. Read all of Paulo Coelho's books
48. Get a good pedometer (7/1/2009)
49. Aim to walk 10,000 steps/day
50. Visit Dogfish Head brewery
51. Visit Stone Brewery
52. Visit Saint Arnold Brewery (5/30/2009)
53. Get a "grown-up" wallet (7/2009)
54. Get a hubcap for the sad, naked, little wheel missing one
55. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy
56. Go to Disney World
57. Read at least 25 Newberry winners (rereading counts) (0/25)
58. Learn to shoot a gun
59. Drive to Waco and walk around the Baylor campus
60. Get a Britta water filter and a good, sturdy water bottle to use instead of bottled water (7/7/2009)
61. Take some education classes at HCC
62. Read all the books in my book collection that I have not previously read
63. Take vitamins on a regular basis
64. Break my minimum guarantee 3 times (7/3)
65. Get a AAA membership (7/4/2009)
66. Buy a beach cruiser
67. Volunteer at an animal shelter
68. Earn a "saucer" on the wall at Flying Saucer (27/200)
69. Attend my 10 year High School reunion with confidence
70. Take an "exotic dancing" class
71. Join a Houston Kickball League
72. Adopt a dog
73. Find doctors and a dentist in Houston (2/3)
74. Take pictures inside a photo booth
75. Learn how to grill
76. See a play at the Alley Theater
77. Find a regular hair dresser
78. Take a self defense class
79. Create a beer journal and start reviewing beers
80. Laugh until I cry (6/14/2009)
81. Figure out what to do with my bottle cap collection
82. Reread Harry Potter 1-7
83. Watch the bats come out in Houston (6/1/2009)
84. Fly on a trapeze
85. Get TABC certified and volunteer at Saint Arnold
86. Eat at Club 33 (going to need Heather or Emily's help on this one!)
87. Plan a trip to Australia
88. Go kayaking
89. Create a log and rating system for the layover hotels
90. Organize a game night
91. Go skiing with Amanda (and beg her not to ditch me at the bunny trails!)
92. Get a massage at a massage school
93. Have my skydiving video converted to a DVD
94. Get new wheels for my roll aboard (8/30/2009)
95. Go to an Oktoberfest
96. Watch dachshund races
97. Swim with the piggies in the Bahamas
98. Get teeth whitened
99. Try a yoga class
100. Join a gym
101. Make a new list!


  1. i can help you with # 42.. think nicole and i are going for 3 days in june- COME!! :-) very impressed with # 63. the very thought of it scares me! a lot of these are awesome and i want to join you for some!! especially the kickball league.. sign me up! - taylor

  2. Bring 93 home with you and we can do that here...
    I'll do 70 with you...sushi class?
    And I'm gonna try to make a list!

  3. Awesome, you have a converter? or... I'm assuming your parents do...

    Sushi class would be awesome!

    And I would LOVE to see your list! :)

  4. Oh i love these. so going to do this. :) look for list on my blog... might take me a few days to get a list. i love how making the list is #1. :)


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