Friday, May 1, 2015

The 101 Project

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.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive . Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how to 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 Date: May 30, 2014

End Date: February 24, 2017

Number of Items Completed: 7/101

Number of Items In Progress: 3/101

1. Try stand up paddle boarding

2. Watch the sun rise.

3. Make homemade popsicles (Completed 1/9/15)

4. Have a day-long Netflix marathon

5. Hike the Wonderland Trail (or at least a good portion of it)

6. Take a glass blowing class

7. Eat no sweets for a week

8. Visit 5 national parks

9. Go to a drive-in

10. Watch 100 movies I've never seen (See the list here.) (In progress)

11. Go camping.

12. Complete a 30-day yoga challenge

13. Take a dance class.

14. Move into my own apartment (Completed 3/13/15, 03/10/16)

15. Get a massage (Completed 8/9/16)

16. Design/get another tattoo.

17. Go electronic free for a weekend

18. Visit Niagra Falls

19. Make another quilt

20. Donate blood

21. Go to a concert (Completed 07/02/14 - The Counting Crows)

22. Learn how to make granny squares

23. Fill a sketchbook

24. Go horseback riding

25. Take a hike in the woods

26. Go skinny dipping

27. Adopt a dog

28. Wear a 'free hugs' sign for a day

29. Go to a Red Sox game (Completed 06/16/14, 08/20/14)

30. Participate in a polar plunge

31. Build a gingerbread house

32. Visit Time's Square on New Year's Eve

33. Redesign my blog (In progress)

34. Go to Bonnaroo

35. Visit Mystic Aquarium

36. Explore Nantucket

37. See a play on Broadway

38. Go on a brewery tour (Completed 08/16/14, 05/02/15 - Sam Adams)

39. Organize my iTunes collection

40. Attend the Boston Marathon

41. Go see The Black Keys in concert

42. Find the perfect little black dress

43. Blog at least once a week (In progress)

44. Spend a night star gazing

45. Achieve a healthy BMI

46. Create an emergency fund

47. Swim with sharks

48. Take a belly dance class

49. Go to a planetarium

50. Volunteer at a shelter

51. Visit a lighthouse.

52. Buy a DSLR

53. Hike to the top of a mountain

54. Visit 3 new cities

55. Go snorkeling

56. Explore the Outer Banks

57. Go to a wine festival

58. Spend a relaxing day at the beach

59. Go tubing down a river

60. Fly first class

61. Complete the 30 day squat challenge

62. Read 15 new books (See the list here or find me on Goodreads) (Completed)

63. Have breakfast in bed

64. Get my LTC permit.

65. Complete the December Daily project

66. Go zip-lining again

67. Get a stamp on my passport

68. Buy a stranger coffee

69. Take a shot with a bartender

70. Ride in a limo

71. Buy Cards Against Humanity sets

72. Create a memory box

73. Visit an orchard

74. Start a business

75. Pay off my debt

76. Go to a costume party

77. Visit a dermatologist

78. Go meatless for one month

79. Finish my Alaskan Blurb book

80. Eat breakfast every day for one month

81. Find a smoothie recipe I actually enjoy

82. Go paintballing

83. Complete five 5k races

84. Take a cooking class

85. Log at least 15 miles a week (In progress)

86. Hike the Appalachian Trail (or sections of it)

87. Design a set of PL cards

88. Go to a Patriots game

89. Visit the Grand Canyon

90. Take a self-defense class

91. Go sledding

92. Fly in a helicopter

93. Spend a day at the spa

94. Hang out in Newport, RI for a weekend

95. Go on a whale watch

96. Make homemade pickles

97. Stand in a waterfall

98. Go sailing

99. Complete another Color Run

100. Make 10 scarves to donate to the homeless

And finally...

101. On day 1001, publish a new 101 list

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