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.