Friday, January 1, 2010

101 in 1001

101 in 1001

The Mission:

Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:

Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. 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.

Health and Fitness

1. Run another 5k

2. Run a 10k

3. Run a half marathon

4. Take a class at the gym

5. Run 15 miles a week for 8 out of 12 months of a year (0/8)

6. No fast food for a month (0/30)

7. Get back to 112 lbs

8. Compete the 30 Day Shred (0/30)

9. Complete the New Rules of Lifting for Women

10. Take a ZUMBA class

11. Drink enough water every day for a week and blog about the effects (0/7)

12. Eat completely clean for a week (0/7)

13. Buy running tights

14. Do a workout from FitTV

15. Avoid soda for 3 months (consecutive not necessary) (3/3)

16. Exercise for 30 minutes minimum every day for a month (0/30)

17. Go to the gym 15 days/month for 6 months (0/6)


18. Buy a home

19. Buy local food for a month

20. No T.V. for a week (0/7)

21. No sugar for a week (0/7)

22. Go to the farmer’s market

23. Collect at least 10 “nautical” books (2/10)

24. Host a dinner party

25. Follow a cleaning schedule for at least one month (0/30)

26. Find 5 things every month to donate to Goodwill (0/32)

27. Buy a new rug for the living room

28. Buy a Dutch Oven

29. Buy a Garlic Press

30. Buy a DVD shelf

31. Buy a CD rack

32. Reorganize kitchen cabinets in current Townhome

33. Buy a fire extinguisher

34. Make a cheesecake from scratch

35. Make a Julia Child recipe

36. Make one recipe from our Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives cookbook


37. Pay off majority, if not all, of school loans

38. Save up for house down payment

39. Follow budget for 6 months straight (0/6)

40. Buy nothing extraneous for three (consecutive not necessary) months (0/3)


41. Finish wedding scrapbook

42. SC Vacation scrapbook

43. Complete uncompleted scrapbooks

44. Learn to knit

45. Sew 10 garments for Katie (0/10)

46. Make 5 garments for self (1/5)

47. Frame some of Craig’s photos

48. Paint a picture

49. Make a mosaic

50. Finish writing story

51. Rotate photos in current frames

52. Make three pieces of jewelry (3/3)


53. Go to Vegas

54. Go to Disney

55. Go to NYC

56. Go to TX

57. Go to visit Grandparents

58. Go to Busch Gardens

59. Hike three mountains (0/3)

60. Go to a zoo

61. Go to the Village Café as featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives


62. Find a job

63. Get a dog

64. Buy LOST Seasons 5 and 6 on DVD

65. Learn Wilton cake decorating technique

66. Sell a cake

67. Buy two new skirts (2/2)

68. Drive a stick shift

69. Blog extensively for a week (0/7)

70. Get a Passport

71. Buy black boots

72. List one thing I’m thankful for every day for a month

73. Avoid Facebook for one week (7/7)

74. Volunteer for something

75. Donate blood

76. Get 5 manicures (3/5)

77. Buy a Kate Spade purse

Books and Movies

78. Finish Everybody Loves Raymond DVD series (7/9)

79. Finish Arrested Development DVD series

80. Finish No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency DVD series

81. Finish Reba DVD series

82. Finish Pride and Prejudice (book)

83. Read 25 books in 12 months (0/25)

84. Read 50 books in 12 months (0/50)

85. Watch all of Gone with the Wind

86. Finish reading the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books (7/10)

87. Reread the Lord of the Rings trilogy (0/3)

88. Watch all three Lord of the Rings movies in one day

89. Read two C.S. Lewis Books (0/2)

90. Read the Bible through twice (0/2)


91. Go to 5 concerts (3/5) (Norah Jones, Iron and Wine, Tommy Emmanuel)

92. See Wicked

93. Discover a new musician

94. Go to a pro-sports game

95. Go see a play

96. Go on a date with my husband once a month (11/32)

97. Go to a Flying Squirrels baseball game

98. Go to a Spiders football game

99. Go to an opera

100. Go to a Flames football game (Homecoming 2010)

101. Beat Rayman’s Raving Rabbids on Wii


  1. I like the idea of setting a wide variety of things to have as goals! It will be fun to follow along as you do them.

  2. MJN: Thanks! I look forward to completing them!