What are YOU planning to do with the next 1001 days?

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But having a place to go, or something to do, may be infinitely more important for a person than going there or doing it. Horizons keep people more alive than pavements do. ~ William Horwood ~

I’ve just found something far superior to New Year’s resolutions. If you love lists and need a kick in the butt to accomplish those things you really want to, visit the Day Zero Project. It’s an amazing online community of goal-setters that I discovered while chatting on my favourite rat forums, as you do 🙂 The website allows you to make several lists of goals you want to reach, and the timelines can vary. One of their most popular challenges is the ‘101 things in 1001 days’ list. I took the leap and identified various goals, big and small, fun and serious, that I’d like to achieve in that timeframe. And here they are:

My 101 things in 1001 days list

Start: Dec 08, 2012 – End: Sep 05, 2015

  1. Keep a photographic record of this list
  2. Update my blog at least once a week
  3. Read the Bible through in one year
  4. Make a workout routine and stick to it
  5. Get to my goal weight and maintain
  6. Finish a scrapbook
  7. Volunteer at an animal shelter
  8. Write a letter to myself to open in 10 years
  9. Go on a hike
  10. Go for a ride on a motorbike
  11. Grow my hair long
  12. Dye my hair black
  13. Get a belly button piercing
  14. Relearn fluent German
  15. Make an origami animal
  16. Paint every nail a different colour and leave them be for a week
  17. Paint a canvas
  18. Assemble a disaster/emergency kit
  19. Go horseback riding on the beach
  20. Visit a cave
  21. Go for a walk in a forest
  22. Bake a cake
  23. Make a list of 100 things that I am grateful for
  24. Read all the Twilight books
  25. Learn Hindi
  26. Participate in a charity walk
  27. Complete a 1000+ piece puzzle
  28. Go on a road trip
  29. Go on a rollercoaster
  30. Visit a planetarium
  31. Go camping
  32. Go to a concert
  33. Find a personally inspirational quote and work it into a piece of art or home decor
  34. Read at least one book a month and keep a list of them
  35. Host a dinner party
  36. Go vegetarian for a month
  37. Make a custom recipe book
  38. Go to 5 different museums
  39. Have a sleepover party
  40. Go for a bicycle ride
  41. Make a new friend
  42. Eat 5 things I’ve never tried before
  43. Give someone a handmade gift
  44. Grow a plant from a seed
  45. Buy flowers for myself for no reason
  46. Create a flower arrangement
  47. Get my passport
  48. Try 5 new cocktails
  49. Decorate for a holiday
  50. Write a letter to my favourite author
  51. Spend a day without technology
  52. Make a 7-course dinner
  53. Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons
  54. Get a henna tattoo on my hand or foot
  55. Go skinny dipping
  56. Surprise my mom with flowers
  57. Go to Sun City
  58. Buy myself a bottle of expensive perfume
  59. Stay up for new year countdown with friends
  60. Go on holiday with friends
  61. Navigate a maze
  62. Use up a sheet of temporary tattoos
  63. Write a list of 101 things I’ve already achieved in this lifetime
  64. Send in a photograph to a contest
  65. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
  66. Send a message in a bottle
  67. Visit Namaqualand in flower season
  68. List all family and friends’ birthdays and anniversaries
  69. Get more pet rats
  70. Play a computer game
  71. Holiday in the Drakensberg
  72. Clear out all my junk
  73. Find the perfect fitting pair of jeans
  74. Go on a boat ride
  75. Dress in super sexy lingerie
  76. Go to Gold Reef City
  77. Make a playlist of 101 of my favourite songs
  78. Celebrate 5 obscure holidays
  79. Make a time capsule
  80. Visit Knysna wolf sanctuary
  81. Visit bird of prey centre
  82. Take the tourist bus around Cape Town
  83. Go on holiday by bus
  84. Learn to read an analogue clock properly!
  85. Make my own outfit
  86. Paint a room in my house
  87. Spend a night in a fancy hotel
  88. Go to a Lipizzaner show
  89. Go to a movie by myself
  90. Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the alphabet
  91. Kiss someone at midnight on New Year’s
  92. Read Pilgrim’s Progress in the old English
  93. Go on a picnic
  94. Have professional photos taken
  95. Throw away all my underwear and start again
  96. Learn the basics of self-defence
  97. Photograph 10 old buildings in South Africa
  98. Play the lotto with numbers from a fortune cookie
  99. Put away R5 for each completed task – the total to be spent shopping at the end of my 1001 days
  100. Write 5 letters to 5 people who changed my life
  101. Start planning an overseas trip

I’d like to do a lot more than that, of course, but these items are a great starting point for deliberately adding fun and a sense of achievement to my life. New Year’s resolutions are difficult to attain because they’re usually open-ended and vague. The timeframe of this list is also helpful; one year would be too little time to achieve some of these goals, and any longer would lead to complacency. There’s also something especially motivating by counting your life (and your lists) in days rather than years: days tick by so quickly!

A bonus to this list is that many of the items tie in with one another. For example, #1 will be progressively achieved as the others are (although I won’t be able to keep a photographic record of some items, such as #2, 3, 4, 14, 55, 75, 84 and 101). And by achieving the other goals, I’m automatically able to achieve items such as #1, 2 and 99. I tried to choose a variety of goals, so that they wouldn’t all be daunting because they were too life changing, or over too soon because they were too easily achieved.

I plan to post pics of my achievements on this blog, and I hope this will motivate you to tackle a ‘101 in 1001’ list of your own!

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