Monday, February 04, 2008

101 in 1001 challenge

So in honor of my birthday tomorrow, I am making a list. I'm joining the ranks of the 101 things to do in 1001 days. I am making myself accountable for the things I want to accomplish. When I was young, I had goals that I wanted to accomplish, and oddly enough, there were a certain amount of them that I wanted to have done before I was 32. Well, most of them have not been done, so I am getting serious now and writing them down. I encourage you to join in the fun and make your list too. I have until November 1, 2010, so wish me luck!!

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.

001. Get something published.
002. Recycle everything I can.
003. Learn to play guitar and harmonica.
004. Go to Europe.
005. Take kids on a vacation in an R.V. visiting historical sites.
006. Sell my photography, not just portraits.
007. Visit art galleries and musuems.
008. Go to the Oprah Winfrey show.
009. Put all my pics in frames.
010. Go to at least 32 concerts a year.
011. Start an exercise plan and stick with it.
012. Hang curtains or window coverings in living room and dining room.
013. Go on mission trip with church to foreign country.
014. Volunteer for an organization that I believe in.
015. Get a job doing something I love.
016. Buy a Macbook Pro
017. Buy a Canon 5d
018. Read classic books to my kids, i.e. Pride and Prejudice.
019. Pray before every meal.
020. Donate blood.
021. Watch sunrise at the beach.
022. Learn a foreign language.
023. Buy and shoot with nothing but a Holga for a month.
024. Exhibit my photography in a public place.
025. Go to New York for dinner and a Broadway play.
026. Go snowboarding/skiing with a group of adult friends.
027. Go on a girls weekend away with friends.
028. Get out of debt.
029. Have a third car before my daughter can drive.
030. Take a family camping trip, tents, no electronics.
031. Go fishing with my kids more often.
032. Make family game night a priority.
033. Find an adult basketball league to play in.
034. Clean closets and storage rooms and donate the excess.
035. Take a Yoga class.
036. Plan financially for Christmas gifts and have leftover money.
037. Meet an online friend in person.
038. Visit Gabe and Becca in London before they move.
039. Remodel kitchen. New House!!
040. Read a book a week.
041. Start a book club with group of girls.
042. Start a cooking club.
043. Knit a sweater.
044. Learn to knit Christmas stockings, so the tradition can be passed down.
045. Go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
046. Dust the baseboards in my house at least twice a year.
047. Grow all the food we eat for a season.
048. Buy organic only.
049. Eat vegitarian for a week.
050. Get rid of t.v.'s for a time "getting rid of cable".
051. Bike together as a family once a month.
052. Get golf lessons.
053. Read the Bible daily.
054. Go to California wine country.
055. Write a letter to all of my kids, documenting their birth.
056. Take ballroom dancing lessons Got them for birthday.
057. Get a cat.
058. Take a road trip by myself for myself.
059. Teach a class.
060. Learn to use my external flash.
061. Buy a popcorn machine for movie nights.
062. Run a half marathon.
063. Have a picinic.
064. Take up hiking.
065. Go splunking.
066. Shoot with film camera and develop pictures in my own darkroom.
067. Eat at a five star restaurant.
068. Get all my home video's put in dvd form.
069. Get yard landscaping done. Came with new house!
070. Teach dog to catch frisbee"working on it".
071. Give more money to charity.
072. Get a hammock.
073. Take daily walks.
074. Learn to like coffee without sugar and cream.Okay this is just silly, not gonna happen.
075. Print all pictures from my computer.
076. Sing karoke at a bar.
078. Go dancing.
079. Get hardwood floors in living and dining room. New House!
080. Watch at least one documentary a month.
081. Go Scuba diving
082. See the Northern Lights
083. Go to Alaska
083. Take my mom and sister to Italy to see where my ancestors lived.
084. Take a painting class.
085. Make a playroom out of one of the boys rooms and make them share a bedroom.
086. Buy a Wii for the family.
087. Read all the books from my English Novel class again.
088. Plant a tree for each of my kids and have ceremony celebrating their life.
089. Document our family tree.
090. Get another tatoo.
091. Watch sunrise over mountain.
092. Wake up before my kids every day.
093. Watch all of Sex and the City, dvd set.
094. Take a photo a day for a month.
095. Buy original artwork for house.Getting something for anniversary.
096. Build a treehouse.
097. Make homemade bread every week for at least a month.
098. Buy only local.
099. Somehow meet Julia Roberts.
100. Learn to love my husband/children well. work in progress
101. Do everything on this list.


Dawn said...

Happy birthday Leigh! I love reading your blog and I would love to do some of the same things on your list. Have a great day.


Mookxi said...

all the best with your goals. Just browsing thru people's list to get ideas. I thing i'm going to change some of my goals ;-x haha.