101 Goals in 1001 Days

A couple of days ago I was reading through The Simple Dollar archives and I noticed Trent’s post on 101 goals in 1001 days . This really caught my imagination and so I have compiled my own list of 101 goals to complete in 1001 days. The basic premise is this:

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).  From: http://www.triplux.com/dayzero

My start date is Friday 1st August 2008. My end date is Friday 29th April 2011 So without anymore ado I present… The List:

Stuff I just need to DO


1. Create photo tour of my workspace for blog

2. Rewrite ‘about me’ section in blog

3. Submit a guest post to another blog

4. Upload 250 photos to flickr (65/250)

5. Write 5 blog posts about productivity (0/5)

6. Write emails to 5 bloggers I read regularly (0/5)

7. Write reviews for 5 books for blog (0/5)


8. Read 1984 and Animal Farm (2/2)

9. Read 50 non-fiction books (15/50)

  • Anais Ninn’s In Favour of the Sensitive Man and Other Essays
  • 6 Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origins of Belief, Lewis Wolpert
  • Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong, Marc Hauser
  • The Ghost Map, Steven Johnston
  • The Book of Dead Philosophers, Simon Critchley
  • The Zookeepers Wife, Diane Ackerman
  • 1788, Watkin Tench
  • The Stuff of Thought, Steven Pinker
  • How to Become a Straight A Student, Cal Newport
  • The Brain that Changes Itself, Norman Doidge
  • Running for Mortals, John Bingham and Jenny Hadfield
  • Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
  • Run Less Run Faster, Bill Pierce, Scott Murr, and Ray Moss
  • The Runners Diet, Madelyn Fernstrom
  • The Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan

10. Read a book by Ayn Rand

11. Read a book by Dostoevesky

12. Read Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn (0/2)


13. Give blood

Family and Friends

14. Attend a family Christmas

15. Call/send cards/email all my friends/family on their birthdays

16. Cook a 3 course meal for a friend

17. Give 10 unexpected gifts (2/10)

18. Make 30 cards to give to friends/family (0/30)

19. Make a bag out of ties for my mum

20. Put all birthdays and anniversaries in my calendar

21. Send photos to whole family 5 times (0/5)

22. Visit Dad in Canberra

23. Write a letter to each grandparent (0/3)


24. Only use credit-card when I have the cash available in savings

Health and Fitness

25. Get a smear test

26. Get new glasses

27. Go to 25 spin classes (6/25)

28. Run the length of elwood beach on the sand 20 times (0/20)

28v2. Run a half-marathon in the melbourne marathon


29. Collect business cards from and email 25 people (0/25)

30. Go to 5 conferences/unconferences (2/5)

31. Make contact with 5 potential employers (0/5)

Personal and Personal Achievements

32. Collect my favourite recipes into a recipe book

33. Do 5 brutal cleanouts of unnecessary clutter (1/5)

34. Identify 100 things that make me happy (0/100)

35. Identify 50 things I like about myself (0/50)

36. Listen to every track on ipod (0/?)

37. Make bread

38. Make gnocchi from scratch

39. Make ravioli from scratch

40. Organise all my files on both computers and ext hard drive (3/3)

41. Own 5 pieces of jewellery that I love (5/5)

42. Remove all ipod tracks I don’t like

43. Sell/give away all clothing that I don’t love

44. Sell/give away all jewellery that I don’t love

45. Spend a weekend making 20 meals to freeze (0/20)

46. Try 50 new recipes (20/50)

47. Watch the sun rise 10 times (2/10)

48. Work out at least 5 outfits for every clothing item I own

49. Write a personal mission statement


50. Go camping 5 times (3/5)

51. Go indoor rock climbing

52. Go to Melbourne museum

53. Go to Moonlight cinema

54. Go to the art gallery

55. Organise, prepare food for and go on a picnic

56. See 25 greatest films as voted by IMDB (25/25)

Stuff I need to maintain for a while


57. Blog once a week for 20 weeks (0/20)

58. Write monthly updates of 101 progress (10/33)


59. Maintain a monthly closing balance of $0 on credit card (6/33)

Health and Fitness

60. Eat 5 servings of veggies every day for a month (0/30)

61. Go one month without eating junk food (0/30)

62. Go the to gym 3 times a week for 10 weeks (0/10)

63. Keep a food diary for 3 months (0/90)


64. Do a daily review every day for 3 months (0/90)

65. Do a weekly review every week for a year (0/52)


66. Do makeup every morning for a month (30/30)

67. Dress up at least once a month (5/33)

68. Follow a regular skincare routine for 2 months (0/60)

69. Wear a skirt/dress every day for a month (0/30)

70. Wear earrings every day for a month (0/30)

71. Write a personal journal every day for a month (0/30)

Stuff that requires a long-term effort


72. Create blog template

Health and Fitness

73. Complete a 4km race

74. Complete an 8km race

75. Do 25 consecutive men’s’ push-ups (best 25/25)

76. Do the splits

77. Finish in the top 25% in a 4km run

78. Finish in the top 50% in a 4km run

79. Fit into ‘skinny’ jeans

80. Meet all fitness requirements for army (PFA)

Personal and Personal Achievements

81. Average over 80 in uni classes

82. Do career relevant work

83. Complete 5 non-uni related programming projects (0/5)

84. Get a high distinction

85. Get a tattoo to represent this stage of my life

86. Get above 90% on 5 assignments/tests (5/5)

87. Get my driving licence

88. Read a book in French

89. Work through French grammar book

Stuff I need to save money for


90. Build an emergency fund of 2 months pay

Family and Friends

91. Create a savings account for gifts

92. Go on a girly trip with my best friend

93. Go to Tasmania to visit Alice

94. Go to the gold coast to visit Victoria

95. Go to the snow with my sister


96. Do a massage course

97. Do a photography course

98. Get a facial


99. Go overseas

100. Go surfing

101. See a Cirque Du Soleil show

I will update my progress monthly so… Wish me luck 🙂

8 thoughts on “101 Goals in 1001 Days

  1. Michael Specht July 23, 2008 / 7:08 pm

    Good Luck!! A big list but lots of fun things in it. BTW what do you define as junk food, just so I know :-).


  2. TonyB July 23, 2008 / 10:50 pm

    Wow. You’re making me ashamed of my lack of motivation.



  3. Café Chick July 26, 2008 / 2:08 pm

    You’ve broken your list into smaller, manageable categories, something I’ve yet to do. All the best with working through it!


  4. Naomi Parkinson July 28, 2008 / 10:27 pm

    This is so exciting! I’m so excited that I’m going to write one… but not for three years, because I have too short an attention span. Let’s go indoor rockclimbing when you’re in Sydney for mum’s book launch. My uni has a centre that I’ve been to quite a few times. We can go with my friends if you like (they’re really good). Also, we’re definitely going skiing next year! I wish I could call you to explain how excited I am!!! But alas, no reception in snow.
    Call me when you get back!
    Btw: add this
    ‘Have a conversation with my sister about religion once every two months’


  5. Rachel July 29, 2008 / 1:33 am

    Great list. I will try and check back to see what you have accomplished. Good luck!


  6. Kath August 2, 2008 / 4:02 pm

    Very nice list! It seems to be well-balanced among the different aspects of your life.


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