The 101 Things to do in 1001 Days Project

Re-starting – once again!

The 101 Things to do in 1001 Days Project

So, I’ve decided to do the 101 Things to do in 1001 Days Project.  I originally tried this back in 2008, but I didn’t stick to it.  Hopefully, blogging about it will increase my accountability.


Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.


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.


  1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
  2. Stay Focused. 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.

Start Monday, January 27, 2011
End Monday, October 24, 2013  (Ironically enough, this is 36th my birthday.)

Completed 22/101

I’ve completed these items
I’ve started these items

  1. Start blogging: at least 4 posts per week  (0/143 weeks)
  2. Get 25 followers on my blog‘s Facebook page
  3. Get 50 followers on my blog‘s Facebook page
  4. Get 75 followers on my blog ‘s Facebook page
  5. Get 100 followers on my blog‘s Facebook page
  6. Get a professionally designed blog layout
  7. Add monetizing to my blog
  8. Figure out a creative blog title
  9. Buy the domain name
  10. Buy the hosting
  11. Convert blog from to
  12. Become more proficient at social media
  13. Attend a blogging conference – saving for BlogHer ’13
  14. Create a YouTube or Vimeo account for blog
  15. Create a Picnik account for blog
  16. Get an article printed, linking back to blog
  17. Do a guest post on another blog
  18. Buy a digital SLR
  19. Take more pictures
  20. Buy a sewing machine
  21. Take a sewing class
  22. Sew an article of clothing
  23. Sew a purse or bag
  24. Take a knitting class
  25. Knit an article of clothing
  26. Knit a purse or bag
  27. Participate in “Project Life
  28. Transfer wedding VHS to a DVD
  29. Write a book (or eBook)
  30. Get The Kid enrolled in a good school
  31. Take a family portrait
  32. Plan a 10th Anniversary trip for just the Hubster and myself
  33. Go down to Dallas (in-laws) for Thanksgiving
  34. Use reusable bags when shopping
  35. Get a small 72 hour emergency kit together in case of an emergency
  36. Stock up pantry
  37. Buy a deep freezer
  38. Stock up deep freezer
  39. Get my CCW
  40. Buy a gun
  41. Try 50 new recipes which is 1-2/month (0/50)
  42. Vacuum once/week for a year (0/52 weeks)
  43. Mop the floors once/month (0/33 months)
  44. Create a budget
  45. Stick to budget every month (0/33 months)
  46. Pay off all credit cards
  47. Take a Dave Ramsey FPU course
  48. Become more proficient at couponing
  49. Find a fun and creative way to supplement income
  50. Learn how to put on Sheer Cover make-up
  51. Lose 40 pounds
  52. Stop drinking pop
  53. Work out regularly 3-4 times per week (0/143 weeks)
  54. Try “Clean Eating”
  55. Drink 64 ounces of water per day – out of a reusable container
  56. Start running again
  57. Run a 5k
  58. Read the Bible, all the way through
  59. Find a more family-friendly (and ethnically diverse) church home
  60. Backup all digital pictures onto external hard drive
  61. Clean up and clean out office
  62. Organize files better/get rid of old files
  63. Delete all old e-mail accounts (Gmail/hotmail) – only keep e Gmail accounts
  64. Sell some stuff on eBay or Craigslist: at least 1 per month (0/33 months)
  65. Sing at a karaoke bar
  66. Go camping
  67. Take a salsa dancing class with The Hubster
  68. Take a ballroom dancing class with The Hubster
  69. Take an art class
  70. Visit and “work” a farm
  71. Go horseback riding
  72. Buy bikes for myself and The Hubster
  73. Go bike riding on a regular basis
  74. Try 10 local (non-chain) restaurants
  75. Visit some Michigan wineries
  76. Read at least 1 book per month (0/33 months)
  77. Learn Spanish
  78. Take The kid ice skating
  79. Go to the cider mill
  80. Carve a pumpkin
  81. Put up exterior Christmas lights
  82. Have an Alfred Hitchcock movie night
  83. Have a family game night at least 2 nights per month (0/33 months)
  84. Call friends more
  85. Have “girls nights”
  86. Have a costume party
  87. Visit Salem
  88. Visit Colonial Williamsburg
  89. Swim in the ocean
  90. Go para-sailing
  91. Go jet skiing
  92. Start a consulting business
  93. Get 1 consulting client
  94. Get 5 consulting clients
  95. Join a professional organization
  96. Join a social organization
  97. Keep work at work (as much as possible)
  98. Watch less TV
  99. Learn how to change the oil on a car
  100. Inspire someone else to make a 101 list
  101. Make a new 101 list by the time 1001 days are up

Wish me luck!