101 goals in 1001 days

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.

Why Me?
Normally I do not participate in New Years Resolutions and I haven’t participated in giving up something for Lent because it seems that I normally lose steam and fail half way through.  It is more depressing then uplifting and so I thought with a more realistic plan of goals to achieve would be much better for me in general.  I have heard about this and have always wanted to sit down and think about what I wanted to accomplish and I love that it isn’t constrained to 40 days or even 365 days.  I feel I have more time to find myself and accomplish these goals that I made.   So hear goes nothing!

Completion Date?

August 29, 2012!!!

Items Crossed Out = Completed


(1) Take a class for fun

(2) Go on a zip line

(3)  Purchase a Mac computer

(4) Clean out my Google Reader of blogs I do not read

(5) Stop biting nails for 6 months {6/6}

(6)Buy something purely for myself{3/3}

(7) Buy something at an antique store

(8) Own the Friends set (thank you thank you E!!)

(9) Go to a café and read a book

(10) Make a fun bet {I lost the bet-March Madness}

(11)Purchase a DSLR camera

(12) Complete all my items on the wedding registry

(13) Keep fresh flowers in the house for a month

(14) Watch/Read the news for a month (Huffington Post and it was depressing!)

(15) Wear my wedding dress again

(16) Watch the sunrise with my husband ( and with baby Lexi in the hospital room the day after she was born)

(17) Go see a taping of Oprah

(18) Wear a fabulous dress out for date night {Bellagio, Las Vegas}

My Family

(19) Take our niece to Sesame Place

(20) Have a spa day with my sister

(21) Do a cancer walk/run in honor of my family

(22) Make a DVD of my niece’s home videos

(23) Have a mom and daughter excursion (mom + both daughter excursion in Rhode Island)

(24) Send care packages to my sister {3/5}

My Fun

(25) Have a girl’s night at my place

(26) Host Thanksgiving dinner

(27)  Have game nights {14/20}

(28) Create a time capsule with my husband

(29)Print all photos and put in a photo album (up to date with all photos!)

(30) Make a scrapbook

(31) Create a post for each day for one month

(32) Go to 3 museums {1/3} {Museum of Natural History}

(33) See a play {Rent at UMass Lowell}

(34)Find a lipstick that I love Mac Viva Glam V

(35) Attend a comedy show

(36) Have dinner on a rooftop patio

My Humanity

(37) Give away old clothes to good will

(38) Perform random act of kindness {2/10}

(39) Pay it forward

(40) Help out someone in need

(41) Start using reusable grocery bags

(42) Send a gift to a soldier overseas

(43) Send a special note to everyone in my address book {4/120}

(44) Volunteer 25 hours {5/25}

My Health & Fitness

(45) Take a dance class

(46) Run 30 minutes and reach 3 miles without stopping.

(47) Climb eight 4000+ mountains in NH {0/8}

(48) Try a yoga class

(49) Drink 8 glasses of water a day for a month

(50) Work out 5 days a week for 3 months straight {3/3}

(51) Run a half marathon {10.17.10}

(52) Fit into my “skinny” jeans

(53) Take vitamins every day for a month

(54) Go to bed by 10pm for a week

(55) Go one week without hitting the snooze button

(56) Meditate {1/2}

(57) Complete P90X {0/90}

(58) One month without coffee (April 2011)

(59) Floss everyday for a month

(60) Take a 10+ mile bike ride

My Sanity

(61) Rename/Organize music on my Ipod

(62) Go without my cell phone for an entire week

(63) Have our wedding album created

(64) Clean and organize filing cabinet

(65) Do something with my wedding dress

(66) Clean out work and personal email

My Personal Development

(67) Learn how to French braid my own hair

(68) Learn how to drive a standard car

(69) Make pasta sauce from scratch

(70) Read 101 books {20/101}

(71) Learn how to make the famous Bean Soup

(72) Present at a conference

My Finances

(73) Get out of debt {not including student loans}

(74) Use coupons for 3 months {0/3}

(75) Stick with a budget for 1 year

My Travels

(76) Visit 5 states I have never been in the USA {5/5}

(77) Stay at a bed and breakfast

(78) Go to any part in Europe

(79) Picnic on a beach

(80) Take a road trip without knowing the destination

(81) Go to Cape Cod

(82) Christmas in Vermont

(83) Visit a couple from our honeymoon

(84) Go on a boat

(85) Go to Vegas

(86) Complete the Connecticut Wine Trail {0/20}

My Leap of Faith

(87) Try 25 new restaurants {21/25}

(88)  Try 5 new foods {5/5}

(89) Try to golf (and not mini-golf!)

(90) Try knitting

(91) Try one new recipe a month {26/32}

(92) Take a Photoshop class

(93) Go whitewater rafting

My Future

(94) Be a second shooter at a wedding

(95) Change my last name over in all documents

(96) Purchase a house/townhouse

(97) Create a business plan

(98) Apply for Assistant Director Positions

My Ending

(99) Celebrate the list with a nice dinner out (whether list is completed or not!)

(100) Donate $5 to a charity/cause for every item not completed on the list

(101) Have a new list of 101 things by the time this list expires

Now that the date has come and gone I wanted to update this page with what I had completed (above is all that I was able to complete) and what I am going to do moving forward.  I found out that some weren’t goals anymore and so it was great to see what I thought I wanted to accomplish almost 3 years earlier!  I didn’t accomplish 54 items on the list (less than 50%–booo!) and I have given $200 to the Newtown victims, $50 to Transplant Research, and $20 to child who is fighting with cancer.  I have decided that I not going to have another 101 in 1001 list–but there are some things on there that I would love to really complete so I am adding them to the list below as a reminder of items I would still love to accomplish (but with limit on when they will happen). 

(1) Go on a Zipline

(2) Add Fresh Flowers in the house on a monthly basis

(3) Wear my wedding dress again

(4)Do a cancer walk/run in honor of my family

(5) Make a collection video for my daughter’s first year

(6) Send my sister just thinking of you packages twice a year

(7) Have a girl’s night

(8) Host Thanksgiving dinner

(9) Create a time capsule with my husband

(10) Go to 2 museums

(11) Start using reusable grocery bags

(12) Send a gift to a soldier overseas

(13) Perform 26 random acts of kindness in honor of the Newtown victims

(14) Make an effort to drink 8 glasses of water a day

(15) Have a fitness class be part of my weekly routine

(16) Have a wedding album created

(17) Do something with my wedding dress

(18) Learn how to French braid my own hair

(19) Read 12 books this year-2013

(20) Go to any part of Europe

(21) Christmas in Vermont

(22) Visit someone from our honeymoon

(23) Go Whitewater Rafting

(24) Try at least 1 new recipe each month

(25) Decide if buying condo/townhouse/house is best option for our family




11 Responses to “101 goals in 1001 days”

  1. Kayla December 14, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    i love the fact that you actually took the time to write this and the fact that i actually took the time to read it. how did you come up with all of these.


  2. Cari December 14, 2009 at 11:52 pm #

    HAHAHA!! I have seen others do this so I thought it was interesting and yes it took me a long timeeee to figure out what my 101 would be for sure!! thanks for taking the time to read them!! what studying finals will make you do…hehe 😉


  3. tryityoumightlikeit June 2, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    I especially like #100 because it will help you not feel so bad if you haven’t checked everything off the list. Best of luck!

  4. capriwim June 22, 2010 at 11:41 am #

    I love reading people’s 101 lists. Good luck with completing all your goals. 🙂

  5. livvy30 October 7, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    This is a cool list and the time frame is good too! I gotta though, you really do HAVE to floss everyday!!!!! It’ll make visiting the dentist easier and takes 20 seconds. Love your blog!

  6. love1025 October 7, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    i know i know with the flossing–and you can tell i haven’t succeeded yet..LOL. your blog is great and another one to take a look at daily now 🙂


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