Tuesday, April 13, 2010

101 in 1001

When I first heard of 101 in 1001 it piqued my curiosity.   The more I looked into it, the more I decided that it was something I really wanted to do.   I've been wanting to live my life more intentionally, and this is a step in that direction.  This idea was created by Michael Green and he has a website dedicated to this idea.  The website figures your end date and allows you to track what you complete.  Here is some information from the website:

The Challenge:
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 your part).

Why 1001 Days? 
Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities. 

Here is my list - I have until January 9, 2013 to complete it:
  1. Build a snowman
  2. Run a 5K
  3. Go to a drive-in movie
  4. Fly a kite
  5. Take a photography class
  6. Go to an art museum
  7. See a musical (professional)
  8. Participate in NaNoWriMo
  9. Learn to sew
  10. Pick apples
  11. Read 50 books (0/50)
  12. Learn how to change a tire
  13. Take a train somewhere
  14. Make a list of 25 things I like about myself
  15. Learn CPR
  16. Go star gazing
  17. Read through the Bible
  18. Paint the Kitchen
  19. Do a random act of kindness for a stranger
  20. Make snow ice cream
  21. Complete a knitting project
  22. Watch the sunrise over the ocean
  23. Build a macro nature photography portfolio
  24. Volunteer at a soup kitchen/rescue mission as a family
  25. Sponsor a Compassion Child
  26. Make 2 shoeboxes for Samaritan's Purse's Operation Christmas Child (one boy, one girl)
  27. Take the kids to the ballet
  28. Hike in 10 Indiana State Parks (0/10)
  29. Add 10 more covered bridge photos to my collection.  Start making a coffee table book with them (0/10)
  30. Go tobogganing
  31. Go for a hike in the fall somewhere with beautiful fall colors
  32. Walk the beach at night with Aaron
  33. Drive up the Michigan coast, visiting the quaint coastal towns and lighthouses
  34. Got to a pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins
  35. Bake cookies or bread for the neighbors at Christmas
  36. Buy good sheets for our bed
  37. Have a manicure/pedicure/spa day
  38. Have a picnic on a blanket somewhere beautiful
  39. Go see a live nativity . . . followed by some hot chocolate
  40. Have a 'yes' day . . . when I say yes to everything
  41. Memorize 36 verses/scripture passages with the kids (0/25)
  42. Learn about one composer and recognize his music
  43. Plant daffodils
  44. Take a photo shoot of the kids at a rose garden
  45. Make a poster print of the kids to hang above the couch
  46. Make a formal tea party with the kids (including poetry, tea snacks, tea pots)
  47. Lose 30 lbs . . . and keep it off
  48. Encourage someone every month for 6 months
  49. Add something I love to every room
  50. Decorate the living room
  51. Make a portrait portfolio
  52. Ride on a big ferris wheel
  53. Tell scary stories around our own backyard fire pit
  54. Learn how to can and can my own produce
  55. Learn to make bread (without a bread machine)
  56. Make soft pretzels
  57. Dress nice/wear makeup every day for a week
  58. Bake a delicious pie (with my own pie crust)
  59. Pre-read all the boys' readers
  60. See a large fireworks display
  61. Cook using only fresh ingredients for one week
  62. Make a family time capsule to be opened in 10 years
  63. Make my own chocolate truffles
  64. Go to a hot air balloon launch
  65. Complete a project 365
  66. Get a good family picture taken
  67. Switch to all natural beauty products
  68. Cut HFCS out of our diets (excluding Aaron) for one month
  69. Complete one furniture makeover
  70. Spend a rainy Saturday afternoon having a classic movie marathon - watching ones I've never seen
  71. Write Aaron a love letter every day for a month
  72. Get my picture taken with each of the kids and frame it for them
  73. Spend one day by myself . . . doing whatever I want
  74. Make a list of 100 things I love and display them somewhere visible
  75. Play in the rain with the kids
  76. Go a whole week without raising my voice with the kids
  77. Spend a weekend in a secluded cabin (with amenities - like a hot tub) with Aaron
  78. Put out a bird feeder and keep it filled with bird seed
  79. Write on good thing about each kid every day for a month - then compile into frameable art (0/5)
  80. SECRET - to be revealed after completed
  81. SECRET - to be revealed after completed
  82. Get rid of any clothes that I don't feel beautiful in - and buy at least 5 new outfits that I feel great in
  83. Get a nature notebook started for each of the kids - and add to it frequently
  84. Learn how to play one song well on the piano/keyboard
  85. Visit 3 gardens in from the America's Public Gardens book
  86. Complete 10 letterboxes
  87. Add photos and entries into MY nature notebook
  88. Get a great haircut
  89. Organize recipes into roladex file
  90. Go to IKEA
  91. Design logo/name for future photography business
  92. Grow a houseplant and keep it alive
  93. Get a stand mixer
  94. Get a grain grinder and grind my own flours
  95. Refinish the dining room table
  96. Keep my cleaning schedule for one month
  97. Spend one hour reading (the whole family) every day for a month
  98. Update my address/phone number/birthday list and move to my computer
  99. Complete 200 sit ups challenge
  100. Eat my full servings of fruits and vegetables for one month (2.5 cups veg and 1.5 cups fruit)
  101. Learn to make soap
I have a page above dedicated to my list and will update as I complete them.  Have you ever thought of making a list of your own?    If you decide to make your own list . . . let me know so I can see it!  I've really enjoyed checking out other people's lists.


  1. SUPER fun!!! Thanks for sharing with us...I am a list maker by nature. That can be a good thing and a bad thing! I think setting goals is great and keeps a person motivated! Can't wait to see what you accomplish first on the list..smile! I just might have to make up my own.

  2. Shannon,
    I loved reading your list! How inspiring. I think I might have to make a list now. I might have to borrow some of your ideas, especially the one about spending a day by myself, doing whatever I want :). Thanks!


Let me know what you're thinking!!


Related Posts with Thumbnails