Tuesday, March 17, 2009

101 Things to do in 1,001 Days Project :)

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.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. 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.

Completion date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My list:

1. Pay off all debt except student loans and regular monthlies (i.e. cell, insurance)
2. Lose 20 pounds and keep it off :)
3. Exercise three days a week
4. Eat healthier
5. Go somewhere outside of the US (besides Mexico)
6. Go to Stagecoach in 2010 and 2011
7. Fill my empty walls with pictures
8. Read 100 books (0/100)
9. Go to church at least one Sunday a month (0/34)
10. Complete the 365 Day Project in 2010
11. Buy a Canon 5D Mark II
12. Master Photoshop
13. Try ten new restaurants (0/10)
14. Learn to cook five meals (0/5)
15. Spend a whole day at a spa :)
16. Go on a road trip!
17. Learn to snowboard
18. Take the GMAT
19. Get accepted to and begin a Master’s program
20. Pass the CPA exam
21. Obtain my CPA license
22. Take a cooking class
23. Watch 5 movies that I would normally not care for (i.e. sci fi, fantasy) and try to appreciate them (0/5)
24. Go to New York
25. Save $1,000 – those who know me know this is a difficult task :P
26. Save my change for the duration of the project and put it in savings at the completion
27. Purge my ipod of all songs I don’t like anymore
28. Back-up all pics and clean out computer
29. Make a photo book of Abby’s first year – BEFORE her second year is over :P
30. Go to a King’s game with Joe
31. Explore a nearby town – i.e. Venice, Hollywood etc
32. Buy at least ten grown up items of clothing (my mom thinks I dress like a teenager :P) (0/10)
33. Send flowers to someone for no reason
34. Read the Bible from cover to cover
35. Go roller-skating (not blading!)
36. Make 5 new friends (0/5)
37. Rekindle an old friendship I haven’t kept up
38. Open a Roth IRA – contribute at least $500 a year
39. Contribute enough to my 401K to get the max company match for an entire year (0/26 paychecks)
40. Build up my photography business enough to have to work only part-time in the corporate world
41. Go to Cape Cod
42. Have a complete physical exam (haven’t had one in at least five years!)
43. Take my Grandma Paula to a broadway show
44. Complete the Couch to 5K with Joe
45. Send 101 cards to friends/family for occasions other than Christmas or birthdays (0/101)
46. Rewatch ALL episodes of Everwood – such a feel-good show!
47. Complete another half-marathon – this time without feeling like I’m going to die for a week after :P
48. Visit Danielle (my pen pal since I was eight!!) I met her on a family vacation and we have written since then – I have only seen her in person once since then :)
49. Take my nieces to Disneyland
50. Take my nieces to Sea World
51. Do one thing for Joe each week to SHOW him that I love him (0/143)
52. Take family pics with my whole family – parents, brothers, sis in law and nieces
53. Make a “Joe and I” scrapbook
54. Try Yoga
55. Take a kickboxing class
56. Pierce my left ear so it matches my right :)
57. Do one free photoshoot a month for family/friend or stranger (0/34)
58. Learn how to bake my mom’s banana bread
59. Be part of a Girl Scout troop again – as a volunteer, leader, etc
60. Go to see the Price Is Right in person!
61. Enter one of my photos in a contest
62. Put $100 on red (my $100 Josh! :P)
63. Blog each thing as I complete it with at least one pic
64. Do 101 sudoku (0/101)
65. Tip 100% to someone that deserves it
66. Take a photo of 100 different people – make photo book with results
67. Visit 5 small towns in CA – at least 100 miles from home (0/5)
68. Go to sleep by 11 PM every night for one week (0/7)
69. Put together a 1000 piece or more jigsaw puzzle
70. Buy a new 35mm camera
71. Watch 100 movies released before today that I have never seen (0/100)
72. Make a birthday cake from scratch
73. Take pictures with Joe in a photo booth
74. Have a facial – never had one before!
75. Attend a Sunday night family dinner at my parent’s WITHOUT my camera
76. Go ice skating with Joe
77. Get back to my almost fluent in Spanish status before Christmas 2009 visit to Mexico
78. Learn a new song on the piano – I took ten plus years of lessons and haven’t played a song from start to finish in at least three years!
79. Have my car maintenanced
80. Finish Christmas shopping by December 1st leaving December to enjoy decorating, wrapping, and holiday parties (0/3)
81. Print and frame 5 pics of Joe and I (0/5)
82. Attend at least 3 photography workshops by my favorite photogs (0/3)
83. No internet one night a week for the duration of the project (0/143)
84. Attend a ballet
85. Visit a museum
86. Find a charity I am passionate about and support it whole-heartedly
87. Read 10 of these : (0/10)
88. Go seven consecutive days without complaining about anything (0/7)
89. Complete a 26 Things Project
90. Go to San Francisco
91. Attend a wedding without my camera :)
92. Bring my lunch to work (and actually eat it) 100 times over course of project (0/100)
93. Leave my phone at home for a whole day out with Joe
94. Preferably (no pressure Joe :P) get married or at least engaged :)
95. If above happens get pregnant in 2011 :)
96. Put $5 in my savings account for each of these completed
97. Donate $10 to charity for every item not completed
98. Throw a party for someone
99. Write letters to my loved ones telling them why I love them
100. Pay for the car behind me at a drive thru
101. Write new 101 things in 1001 list!

So there you have it folks - I will be blogging my progress so check back often to see how I'm doing :)

And a pic - Joe and I at the beach (photo by Anna at Ohana Images )

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