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101 in 1001

April 23, 2011

One of my favorite blogs, The Silver Lining (aka- Mrs. Octopus from Weddingbee), introduced me to the concept of 101 in 1001, and I find the idea to be totally awesome.  I love making to-do lists, and this is like the mother of all to do lists.  Here are the details:

The Mission:
Complete 101 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: April 24th, 2011
End Date: January 19, 2014

For Fun/ Trying new things

  1. Learn more about wine
  2. Read 75 new books (0/75)
  3. Send at least 1 paper card or letter each month (0/33)
  4. Eat at the poutine truck in DC
  5. Become a regular at a restaurant
  6. Join a CSA
  7. Host a dinner party at least once every 2 months (0/16)
  8. Buy an awesome hat and wear it
  9. Buy a high quality rain coat
  10. Put away $3 for every completed task to be used to go shopping at the end of my 1001 days
  11. Try Indian food
  12. Go to a new museum
  13. VisitMount Vernon
  14. Attend 3 concerts (0/3)
  15. Buy at least 1 new song each month (0/33)
  16. Try 10 new foods (0/10)
  17. Finish watching Battle Star Galactica
  18. Keep the tradition of our annual Luau alive (0/3)
  19. Throw a themed party (other than our luau)
  20. Buy a suit that I actually like
  21. Go to see a ballet
  22. Go Horseback Riding
  23. Go skiing
  24. Go ice skating in the DC sculpture garden
  25. Attend the national Christmas Tree lighting
  26. Attend an event of some kind that involves wearing a formal dress
  27. Participate in a dance marathon
  28. Get/Give myself a pedicure once a month (0/33)
  29. Buy a bike
  30. Sell my wedding dress
  31. Find grown-up everyday summer shoe replacement for Old Navy Flip flops

Learning New Skills

  1. Learn to bone a chicken
  2. Try out 30 new recipes (0/30)
  3. Learn to make 3 really good cocktails (0/3)
  4. Learn how to make a good pie
  5. Take a dance class
  6. Go contra dancing
  7. Learn to play at least 10 songs on the ukulele (0/10)
  8. Learn more advanced knitting (knit something that is not just a square or rectangle in 1 stitch)
  9. Learn to build at least 2 pieces of furniture
  10. Learn to make Mother-in-Law’s Oatmeal Raisin cookies
  11. Learn to bake bread
  12. Learn how to sew more than just buttons (hemming, more advanced repairs, basic alterations)
  13. Learn to make my own jewelry and make at least 4 pieces (0/4)
  14. Learn how to actually use our DSLR camera

Develop Good Habits/ Break Bad Habits

  1. Drink 8 glasses of water per day every day for a month (0/30)
  2. Go 2 weeks without watching TV (0/14)
  3. Don’t eat out at all (including meals, snacks, and coffee) for 3 weeks (0/21)
  4. Read the Washington Post in depth every day for a month (0/30)
  5. Make the bed every day for a month (0/30)
  6. Floss every day for 3 weeks (0/21)
  7. Write at least 3 blog posts every week (0/143)
  8. Take a vitamin every day for a month (0/30)
  9. Give up drinking soda for 30 days (0/30)

Things for the Home

  1. Set up a window garden
  2. Paint at least 1 room
  3. Buy a new bed
  4. Get a kitchen table and chairs
  5. Purge the house of clutter/unneeded items once per year (0/3)
  6. Find a way to better organize jewelry
  7. Get a new computer
  8. Find a way to use/display family mementos currently in boxes

Growing up/ Milestones

  1. Finally move off campus
  2. Get a pet
  3. Have a baby
  4. Finish the name change process (all bank accounts, credit cards, passport, etc)

Relationships and Personal Development

  1. Find a charity/non-profit to volunteer with regularly
  2. Help/support my husband to complete at least 1 of his major goals
  3. Re-connect with someone I’ve lost touch with (more than just being facebook friends)
  4. Get back in touch with my side of the family- attend at least 3 family events and make D come too (0/3)
  5. Develop relationships with mother-in-law and father-in-law that are independent of D
  6. Finish at least 1GradSchoolpaper or project at least 2 days before it is due
  7. Join a club of some kind with people I don’t know (book club, running club, etc)

Education and Professional Development

  1. Finish my Masters Degree
  2. Get a new job
  3. Take on at least 3 challenging long-term projects at work
  4. Get certified to train in a personal inventory test (MBTI, Strengthsquest, True Colors)
  5. Learn some HTML
  6. JoinMaryland’s Alumni Association

Health and Fitness

  1. Run at least 10 miles per week (0/143)
  2. Run another marathon
  3. Complete all 90 days of P90X
  4. Go to the dentist for 6 month cleanings (0/5)
  5. Give blood every 8 weeks (0/17)
  6. Get to healthy goal weight of X
  7. Stay within 5 lbs of healthy goal weight
  8. Run a race in a city outside of  MD/DC/VA
  9. Go to the dermatologist once a year to track freckles/moles (0/3)
  10. Do a triathlon
  11. Try a new sport or fitness class


  1. Pay off all credit card debt
  2. Accrue a savings account that we could live on for at least 3 months
  3. Open up a joint checking account
  4. Create a comprehensive budget, monitor and stick to it
  5. Clip coupons and use for groceries on every trip for 2 months


  1. Go on an anniversary trip for our second anniversary
  2. Go toEngland,Ireland, andScotland
  3. VisitNew York Cityagain
  4. Go toNew Orleans
  5. Go on a vacation with friends
  6. Go Camping
4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2011 8:53 am

    Happy day of travel to CA!!

    I totally started 101 in 1001 back in 2008. I did a lot of my stuff but didn’t finish out the challenge. Reading your list kinda makes me want to start again. Ha ha ha!

    Also, I’m happy to help with any of the following: 4, 7, 11, 28, 33, 39, 42, 44, 84, 87, and all the travel ones (except the anniversary :D)! Please consider me a partner in crime!

    • May 1, 2011 10:14 pm

      Yay! Glad I have a partner in crime for lots of my goals. Now that you can have cheese again, we should do the poutine trick ASAP!

  2. April 25, 2011 12:36 pm

    INDIAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You must try indian!!! Must must must. My advice: go to a large buffet. It’s very hard to order just one (or two) entrees, and find something you like. Many people love 1/2 or indian, but hate the other 1/2. I feel a buffet is ideal, because you can try a little of a bunch of items and see if you like anything (instead of just one meal).

    If you want recommendations, lemme know!

    • April 27, 2011 5:45 pm

      Thanks for the advice Candace! I’m looking forward to trying it soon!

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