Another Project 101 in 1001

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.

My Reasons for Making a List

1. I love lists!

2. These are things (at least most of them) that I really need to do. This is good motivation

3. I need to actually finish somthing in life. This is a way to do that by finishing many smaller things

This is a project of “things to do” in 1001 days, rather than books to read. I can already tell that this project will be a lot harder to complete than any other project I have started thus far. The numbered items are the origional 101 and the rest are other items that I am hoping also to accomplish. They are NOT part of the 101 and will not replace any of the 101.

*** Unless otherwise stated, the numbered goal time frame is 30 days  anythin unnumbered is considered above and beyond the 101 ***

Start Date: Friday, June 13, 2008

End Date: Friday, March 11, 2011

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2008


“What’s an EARTH for, but to make a heaven of.” – Anonymous (Environment)

1. Start recycling
2. Plant a garden
3. Buy (or make) and use reusable grocery bags and stop using plastic bags 0 of 15
4. Put up a clothesline to use for laundry
5. Watch and photograph the sunset and sunrise at least once each season 0 of 4

6. Reduce my carbon footprint

7. Set up outdoor compost bin
8. Start using only rechargeable batteries. Until I can afford to switch, take old batteries to Post office for recycling.
9. Switch over to cloth napkins. 0 of 28

    Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day

    Build a bat box

    Go stargazing at least once a season.


 “Why DO Birds Suddenly Appear, Every Time You Appear” – The Carpenters (Relationship)
10. Have a weekly date night. 0 of 143
11. Watch at least 1 sports event with him, in its entirety, at least twice a month. 0 of 66
12. Go see a movie he wants to see.
13. Go on a real vacation
14. Go camping with another couple
15. Have a candlelit dinner (possibly outside)
16. Don’t make him do any indoor chores for a full month
17. Go fishing at least once a month with him. 0 of 33

      Take the train somewhere and stay the day

      Go hiking at Stoney Creek with Ted

      Role play in public

“I’ll Be There For You, When The Rain Starts To Pour” (Friends and Family)

18. Send birthday, anniversary, sympathy, thank you and thinking of you cards and presents on time and without missing a date.

      Send “just because” letters or packages to a friend (send at least 5)

      Send someone flowers or a plant

      Go see parents at least once a month. Preferably twice. 0 of 33

      Reconnect with aunts, uncles and cousins.

      Take photos of all family events.

      Have 1st annual midsummer night’s dream party. (2nd Saturday in October) 0 of 2

      Bake someone a surprise birthday cake

      Take Trinity flowers every year on her day (September 3rd) 0 of 3

      Have a day with just Christy and me

      Host movie or game night 4 times a year 0 of 4   

      Make a shadow box for Jenny and Andrea 0 of 2

      Host a Girl’s Night (Jenny and Bee, Wendy)

      Have a Tea Party at a tea place with Jenny and/or Bee


“It is not real WORK unless you would rather be doing something else.” – J.M. Barrie
19. Get a part time job

      Participate in a large protest or a large support event

      Volunteer to help in a political campaign for a person/cause I believe in.

      Create a very well written resume including cover letter

      March in a gay pride parade

      Pick at least one cause fully and truly, and actually get active within it.     


 “MONEY, It’s A Hit. Don’t Give Me That Do Goody Good Bullshit” – Pink Floyd
20. Start putting 20 dollars a week away into savings. 0 of 143 (total at the end = 2,860.00)
21. For every complete item on this list put $5 to a savings account and for every incomplete item put in $10
22. Track cash spending.
23. Save up for a car.
24. Start clipping coupons.

25. buy 2 lottery tickets a week 0 of 143

26. Start a “piggy bank” for my silver and don’t touch it. Put it in savings when it gets full

27. Get a credit card and use it responsibly

28. Start paying off student loans

29. Create a budget and STICK TO IT!

      Get renter’s insurance.


“It’s A Beautiful Day In This Neighborhood, A Beautiful Day For A Neighbor.” (Charity/Community)
30. Buy only local produce
31. Explore Mt. Clemens COMPLETELY!
32. Give blood on a regular basis
33. Donate to a food drive

      Buy 50 flowers and hand them out randomly to 50 people 0 of 50

      Buy a “To Write Love on Her Arms” shirt

      Donate to a Donors Choose project

      Make a virtual tour (with photos) of Mt. Clemens for my pen pals (with a map so they know where they are)

      Go to at least 10 graveyards and clean up plots that are neglected


“Having good HEALTH is very different from only being not sick.” – Seneca the Younger (Personal Well Being)

34. Get another tattoo (Start with Trin’s Tattoo)
35. Set up a weekly workout routine and follow it. 0 of 143
36. Track weight/fitness goals
37. Start eating more organics
38. Start eating less meat
39. Give up soda

40. Spend one FULL day a month without TV, telephone and computer

41. Get my passport

42. Draw up wills, living wills and POA’s

43. Go a week without swearing. Put 10¢ in savings every time I do.

44. Recertify in CPR
45. Paint my toenails at least once a month 0 of 33

46. Buy 2 corsets that make me look better. O of 2

47. One word… Yoga

48. Wash face when I wake up and before bed DAILY

49. Go vegetarian for an entire month 0 of 30
50. Keep a written journal for the entire 1001 days, missing no more than 4 days per month. 6 of 1001
51. Watch at least 1 documentary a month 0 of 33

52. Drink nothing but water for 1 month
53. Be able to jog a 15 minute mile with no stops or breaks

54. Be silent for 1 full day (try for 1 full week, but 1 full day, 24 hours, is all that is required) Day of silence is April 17th 2009
55. If under 3 floors, ALWAYS use the stairs
56. Shave my legs and armpits every 3 days. Not every 3 months
57. Do Project 365
58. Get up really early one day a week. (Mondays)

59. Find a sushi I like. I actually have to really, honestly, TRY different types of sushi

      Make my own “spa” products.

      Take a self portrait each week 0 of 143

      Learn belly dancing

      Have a chapbook assembled and published

      Go to bed earlier/Get up earlier  (Up at 9:00 Sleep by 11:00)

      Have a spa day every 2 months (and the whole day must be used for actual spa day. 9 am – 4 pm) 0 of 16

      Brush 2 times, floss and use mouthwash daily

      Learn basic first aid

      Start “counting marbles” need 2,392 pebbles or marbles

      Buy and use a juicer

      Go out to public social places and deal with (and learn to overcome) the anxiety

      Throw myself a 30th birthday party (So I can embrace being thirty) August 23, 2008



“Let’s have fun and do what thrills you Please don’t waste another day “(Hobbies)
60. Update blog at least once a week 0 of 143
61. Keep a digital journal of my 30th year, beginning on my 30th birthday and ending on my 31st
62. Make 10 homemade gifts 0 of 10
63. Write 101 haiku 0 of 101
64. Participate in A Day in the Life on Flickr
65. Complete NaNoWriMo
66. Blog every day for one month
67. Finish crocheting a complete, adult sized afghan
68. Join a genealogy group
69. Start writing songs
70. Paint on canvas and actually hang it up
71. Make the Trinity quilt

72. Finish 100_snapshots (lists one and two) 31 of 100
73. Write 100 words daily for one month for the 100 words challenge 0 of 30

      Go to an open mic night every other month 0 of 33

      Tie Dye a bunch of panties and tee shirts.

      Do gravestone rubbings.

      Make and hang a pretty welcome sign.

      Make a sundress that fits me correctly

      Start painting

      Get a video camera and start using it


“Another summer day Is come and gone away In Paris and Rome But I wanna go home” (Home)
74. Paint living room
75. Decorate
76. Get frames and put up pictures 
77. Create a daily chore list and stick to it
78. Make our bed PROPERLY for an entire month 0 of 30

      Buy some original art. Or at least some that are not poster type art.

      Buy (or make) and use a kitchen table

      Make REAL curtains for all rooms except bedrooms

      Get a filing cabinet for craft crap.

      Keep my plants alive

      Vacuum twice a week minimum


“Twenty years of SCHOOLIN’ and they put you on the day shift” – Bob Dylan

79. Learn to play guitar
80. Learn French
81. Learn basic sign language
82. Learn Photoshop
83. Improve my typing speed
84. Learn and properly use and spell 2 new words per month 0 of 66
85. Learn how to drive a stick shift

86. Get a degree

      Learn to make soap
      Learn to crochet granny squares

      Learn about politics (American and otherwise. Include types of government)

      Learn Ballet

      Go to the DIA every 3 months 0 of 11

      Go to the science center 2 times a year 0 of 5

      Go to the zoo at least once a year 0 of 3

      Go to any museum 3 times a year or more 0 of 8

      Learn more adjectives. Quit saying so many phenomenal” s and “fantastic” s

      Read a at least 3 banned books per year. 0 of 8

      Use Rosettastone and finish it!

      Learn how to use Furoshiki

      Buy a keyboard and learn to play well

      Increase my typing speed to 80 wpm

      Learn to play the harmonica


 “Organize, organize – we must realize that we must work together to make our world better” (Organizing)
87. Begin doing one list every day. (A non to-do list) 0 of 1001
88. Buy photo albums and put pictures in albums in some kind of order. DONE
89. Write it down!
90. Create a cookbook of my favorite personal recipes (not to sell)
91. create daily to-do lists 0 of 1001
92. Get an organizer/planner and use it regularly
93. Get a large fire box (for important papers)

94. Actually file my bills properly. (Even in an accordion file)
95. Go through videos and DVDs and get rid of ones I don’t want or won’t watch

      Keep my camera and MP3 Player with me at ALL times



“’Tis Hallowe’en of all the year, Dark Hecate doth hold most dear” (Spiritual)
96. Learn to meditate
97. Dance daily 0 of 1001
98. Actually practice (Sabbats, Esbats and everything in between) my faith
99. Establish some holiday traditions
100. Practice deep breathing exercises monthly 0 of 33

        Send a secret to Postsecret 1 time / month for 1 year 0 of 12

        Go ghost hunting at least twice / year 0 of 5

        Start and use a faith journal

        Visit the Sri Balaji Vedic Center (Hindu) 2567 Metropolitan Parkway, Sterling Heights Michigan 48310

        Visit The Bharatiya Temple (Hindu) 6850 Adams Road, Troy, Michigan 48098

        Visit Linh Son Tu. Buddhist Temple 4820 E 9 Mile Road Warren, Michigan 48091

        Visit The Midwest Buddhist Meditation Center 29750 Ryan Road, Warren, Michigan 48092

        Visit Blue Water Community of Mindful Living (Buddhist) 2713 Hancock Port Huron, Michigan 48060

        Visit Dhammasala Forest Monastery 14780 Beardslee Road, Perry, Michigan 48872

        Plan my funeral

        Keep track of my “moon cycles” for a year

        Start a dream diary

        Have “Tea Time” at least once a week. 0 of 143

        Begin and FINISH “A Year and A Day”


 “And when you find Wily, make him eat dirt” (Random)
101.  Participate in and finish NaBloPoMo

        Go on a weekend trip with zero plans and go wherever the road takes us

        Make a time capsule

        Learn how to make, then begin to wear saris.

        Kidnap gnome. send postcard to owner. return gnome safe & sound (again)

        Re-create ophelia portrait with Bee

        Send a message on a balloon once a month 0 of 33

        Create an actual plan for my commune and school (with business plan and drawings)

        Buy a mini tape recorder to audio journal about my past. Stories that I have told 100 times.

        Buy and install bookplates for any books I will be lending out.

        Don’t use myspace for a week

        Make a “day in my life” video

        Get involved in local theatre group (If I can find one)

        Go to at least 2 concerts a year 0 of 5

        Put random things inside the books I mooch out or return and stick them also into random places.

        Go to 4 festivals or galleries a year 0 of 10






1 Response to “Another Project 101 in 1001”

  1. 1 mmiller
    June 19, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I found your list on http://triplux.com/dayzero/. I just wanted to say that I love your list! Good luck!

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