My Love for the 101 in 1001 List

April 13, 2015

as of today, i've crossed 86 things off my current 101 in 1001 list, and i'm quite close on a couple more (like that brazilian wax on thursday that i'm willing myself not to skip.)  so, i'm almost done.  not almost done with the time frame - i actually have until the end of next march to complete my 1001 day time frame.  but almost done with the things on the list.  i'm willing to accept that there's at least 3 things that i definitely won't accomplish.  which really isn't that bad when you consider that i started with 101.  i think that's closer than a lot of people get.  plus, i should be finishing what i realistically think i can accomplish by this fall, and since july marks the 2 year mark i'd say that's pretty darn good.

in case you're somehow blissfully unaware of all the goal related posts on here, let me take this moment to inform you that i love making goals and i love making lists.  it's two adult-like skills that i mastered at a young age - some kids watched cartoons, i made to-do lists and systematically checked off each color-coordinated task.  [i actually did have friends, believe it or not, and they stuck around through today.  ida, sorry i made you take 'baking class' which was really just us in a kitchen with my mom while i made sure all the candy roses lined up exactly on the tips of the perfectly portioned chocolate spoons, always in the same order.]

anyway, the idea of a 101 in 1001 list seemed like a natural fit so i dove right in and got Betsy on board.  [and made her start a blog so apparently i'm bossy as well as ocd.]  and indeed, i have found that i like it much better than other types of goal setting, be it resolutions or seasonal goals, or an unending bucket list.  i assume it's because of the time frame imposed - less than a bucket list but more than just 1 year, which is what always stumps me on resolutions.

plus the tracking.  always the tracking.  that's why i put it online (multiple places even); so i can visually track my progress by checking things off and also feel the slight pressure to perform since everyone can see it and will know when i don't finish something.  i work better under pressure.  i know that makes it sound like the list is some big scary thing that i don't want to do and that's why i need you to keep me accountable.  but it's just the opposite (because how many of you, besides Betsy, actually notice when i do or don't do something on the list?)  i like mostly every thing i added to the list, that's why i put it there.  plus a few things i don't like at all but really needed to do, like completing a fitness challenge.  i already hated jillian michaels, so that worked out.  and though i loved the list and working towards completing it, i didn't spend as long thinking up my goals when i first made it.  i definitely tweaked a lot of them as my life shifted.

which brings me to my 2nd 101 in 1001 list, because i'm definitely doing it again.  i love the feeling that i accomplished so much and hey, look at that online diary of all the productive ways i spent my time.  and i can't believe how many i finished early on that i've already forgotten about.  in an effort to make this list much more 'me' and productive as well as fun, round 2 is going to look quite a bit different, at least in terms of the categories and types of goals i want to accomplish.

seeing what i tweaked and struggled with in the last 2 years made me much more mindful of what to put on this second list.  2.75 years seems like awhile, but it goes by surprisingly quickly, so it's best not to put a ton of big, expensive ideas on there.  for myself in particular, i just had to be logical and not make travel it's own category this time - i. hate. travel.  i just do.  i don't like being away from my dog and my home and i hate flying.  so i limited anything travel related this time.  just because other people love it doesn't mean i have to. 

although the ideas aren't set in stone, you can check out my preliminary list here.  i'll still be editing quite a bit before the start date, and i have plenty of time!  if i wait it out until the end of my current list, it'll be 1 year until i start this next one.  but i'm terribly impatient, so i'll probably start it january 1, or even this winter when i'm sure i can't complete anything else on the current list.

what about you?  101 lists, goals lists?  i'm always looking for more ideas.

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49 comments

  1. I think having all different kinds of goals list, both short term (daily, weekly, monthly, seasonal) and long term like your 101 in 1001 or the 40 by 40 or whatever is so awesome! Plus, I like to cross things off just like you.

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  2. this reminds me that I really need to write my goals down. I just have mine in my head, which means I forget them all the time. you have really crossed off so many!

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  3. I definitely want to be better about documenting and reporting back on the goals on round 2! Thank goodness someone else out there reads my recaps :)
    I do feel like more gets done when you write it down and work from a real, concrete list. Then one lazy weekend pops up and you're like 'hey I know what we should do - this thing off my bucket list!' It's motivating for sure.

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  4. I need to make a daily goals list haha. I feel like I'll never consistently make my bed until it's on some sort of list and I can cross it off. That's the most motivating part!

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  5. The act of writing it down makes all the difference. Otherwise I just let things drift in and out of my brain and never get anything done (even when it's something I would enjoy doing!) Crazy how the mind works - but it definitely is motivating to cross it off the list :)

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  6. So great! Congrats on crossing off some more! I should really do this too!

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  7. That's awesome hun! I love the satisfaction of crossing things off a list or 10.

    Reading this post has made me want to create a bucket list and a 101 in 1001 that way the 101 is more realistic things versus possibly long term bucket list wishes. Thanks for helping me gain some perspective. ;)

    Xo

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  8. I still can't believe how many you've been able to cross off!! Not bossy ... just good at peer pressure haha.

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  9. You absolutely should do it! I would love to see what you'd add to your list.

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  10. Yes!! Create them and then share :) I love reading other people's lists. I do have an indefinite bucket list too, but it's mostly travel - things I think I actually might like to see if I ever get over my flying issues. I'm in no hurry haha.

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  11. I think I should only miss 3 or 4. Not too shabby for round 1. Maybe round 2 I can make it 100%.
    Haha good at peer pressure, I like that ;)

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  12. That's a great accomplishment! I love these lists and REALLY need to make one of my own!

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  13. I love the 101 lists. My second one ends at the end of this upcoming June. Not gonna lie...I haven't done that well on either of the 1st 2 but I still love them. I feel like I was a lot more honest with myself & realistic when making my 3rd one. 3rd times the charm right?

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  14. You're way too good at it ... or I just give in too easily ... maybe that should be on my next list. Don't give in to Stephanie peer pressure 4 times.

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  15. hahaha not if you want to complete your list you won't ;)

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  16. I really want to make a list because I totally feel like I sometimes struggle to do new things. I am a little bad at keeping long term lists though. Like i forget I wrote them or don't do things off them for months at a time. You can travel and just use pet friendly hotels?

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  17. Aw you definitely should! It's so motivating and fun. Plus I really like to read other people's list so doooo it :)

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  18. 3rd time is definitely a charm. I think you learn more with each one you do. I definitely got more realistic 2nd time around, but I can already tell I'll tweak it a bit before starting. Set myself up for success!

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  19. Make the list! If you post it on dayzeroproject.com it's easy to cross things off and keep track. Plus putting it on the blog makes it harder to forget them.
    I do take her whenever I go someplace by car, but I don't want to take her on a plane. I think it's really rough on them and I'm not even sure she'd fit a carrier.

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  20. You just really inspire me. Like, all the time. :)

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  21. I have 46 left which is better than I thought I'd do. I am pretty sure I won't get to any on my travel section, but I was proud I was able to cross an entire category or two off. I had forgotten buy a new car was on the list....glad I could cross that one off last weekend.

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  22. I haven't done much on my goals. I'll have to take a look at them this weekend because a lot of them have probably changed.

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  23. I'm just like you- I LOVE to make lists and have them keep me on track, keep me motivated and above else just keep working on bettering myself! I'm a paper/pen kinda gal, so I have a weekly goals notebook that is just to-do list after to-do list ;)

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  24. Lists are basically the best.


    I had seen the 101 in 1001 floating around for awhile but I never put one together. I did create my 40 by 40 list, which is similar just with less items. I have to revisit what I've done since I wrote it a few months ago.


    I think you're doing amazing on working through your list. 86 is a ridiculously impressive number.

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  25. You go girl. I can't wait to see where you end up from the preliminary. You kicked ass on the first 101 so far.


    I think we often put things on our lists because they are categories that exist and are easy to populate (i.e. travel - you think you should but in reality, if you don't enjoy it, why should you?). I have to remove a few things from my 40/40 because I was like seriously? I don't even want to do that, nor do I have to, so why is it on there?

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  26. Aww thanks Rachael! You're the best :)

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  27. Thank you! the 101 list finally gives me a way to channel all my ideas haha

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  28. Thank you! I love when people complete their goals, so anything I can do to help!

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  29. That's really good! More than half, so, winning. Heck yeah on the car front haha. I didn't accomplish much travel either. Originally 'visit caitlin' and 'visit sarah' were at their respective locations, but I had to change it to just meet up with them here. I just don't do travel.

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  30. Post more updates! That's what works for me. Knowing I have to report back makes me check in more often and actually complete things.

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  31. I get so much more done when I have a list. I'm a little jealous of your notebook ;) I love pen and paper too but lately my to do lists are all work related so I use the task stuff on outlook (and that way I can pass it off onto my law clerk's calendar... I mean, what. no, I don't do that.)

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  32. Revisit and do a post, I love seeing other people's list progress. I thought about a 30 by 30 when I started the 101 (what was I then, 28? I think) But I had so many ideas I expanded it to the 101 list. I'm surprised I even came up with 101 more, but it's pretty fun.
    And thank you :)

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  33. Thanks! About 60 or 70 things on the prelim list are definites, which still leaves a lot of room for tweaking and additions. Making the list is half the fun :)
    I agree. I look at other people's lists for ideas and I think 'oh that's great!' and it is - for them. My last list was way to big on the travel and that's just not who I am. Nothing should go on the list that I don't absolutely love. It's no one's list but my own!

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  34. I love this idea! Accountability is so key to accomplishing goals like this... did you draw inspiration for you list from somewhere specifically? Or did you come up with all the ideas from scratch? - Alyssa with an A

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  35. My first one isn't anywhere near that complete, do go you! I added travel items that I know I dont be able to complete. I still plan to make a second one though. I think it's s good way to tackle that "5 year plan" in smaller time constraints, but with no pressure. Go for the Brazilian, it's amazing!

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  36. that's a good idea. I might have to re-do because some aren't so relevant to me anymore.

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  37. You never cease to amaze me! I don't know how you manage to keep up with everything in life. But, I guess that's because you're organized, where as I am a hot mess. I can't wait to see what you decide to do with the Lasik savings. Ugh, eyeballs freak me the fuck out, I would never be able to do it.

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  38. Oh, all over the place! On the website dayzeroproject.com you can see other people's lists, plus searching the hashtag #101in1001 on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I got a lot of ideas that way the first time around. This time, I tried to do as many as possible just off the top of my head, so it feels more 'like me.'

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  39. It definitely is, because 5 year plans can get away from you. It's so easy to forget without some measurable steps in there. I plan to continue making the lists, even if I'm not always successful. I just love them.
    The Brazilian is tomorrow and I'm totally terrified!

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  40. Thank you! Fingers crossed I make it to 101 on the next list :)

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  41. The website definitely helps me organize in this respect, but I do love keeping up with the list :)
    Ugh the Lasik. noooo thank you. Although the money I did save went straight to the $3k I ended up owing on 2014 taxes. WHOMP. Time to start adding back to the funds to hopefully do something fun with it.

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  42. I tried the 101 in 1001 but it was just too much for me so I took it down lol. I think I might try a 30 before 30 because I feel like that's a bit more achievable for me.

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  43. I love any kind of goals list so I say go for it! I think I like the 101 because it's more of a challenge in terms of organizing it and checking it, which I love :)

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  44. You do so much! I mean Im a multi-tasker but you blow me away especially with your organization! I love lists and will probably try this one day because crossing things out gives me a thrill!

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  45. Crossing off 101 things is definitely thrilling! It does take some organization to stay on top of it and keep chugging along, but I think that's why I like it so much. Just make it a mix of easy tasks and some harder/longer ones and you'll rock it! That was my mistake with round 1 - too many expensive tasks!

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  46. I came across your blog as I was looking for new ideas to add to my second 101 in 1001 list, and I'm so impressed with how far you have gotten, with still a year to go! On my first list, I only made it to 61/101. Hope you can make it all the way!

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