101 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.


Start Date: January 13th, 2011
List End Date: October 10th, 2013
Items completed so far: 44/101
Key:
- items not completed
- items in progress
- items completed

Fun
1.   Read forty new books (5/40).
2.   Go to a Celtics game with hubby. (April 2011)
3.   Go to a concert.
4.   Host 5 dinner parties w/close friends (3/5).
5.   Go to a water park for the day.
6.   Watch The Hangover finally.
7.   Visit the Museum of Science in Boston. (Aug 2012)
8.   Visit 5 new breweries (1/5).
9.   Go to a zoo. (Sept 2011)
10.   Go wine tasting. (Oct 2012)
11.   Finish 3 new TV shows on DVD that we never watched before.  (2/3)
12.   See Cirque du Soleil. 
13.   Get a new tattoo.
14.   Go to my 10 year high school reunion.
15.   Plan a Girl’s Spa Weekend.
16.   Attend a midnight premiere of a movie.
17.   Go pumpkin picking. (Oct 2012)
18.   Go snorkeling. (Mexico - May 2011)
19.   Make 5 new playlists on iTunes. (2/5)

Crafting/DIY
20.  Finish my wedding scrapbook.
21.   Finish my Italy & Greece scrapbook.
22.   Make a diaper cake for a friend’s baby shower. (July 2011)
23.   Go to an estate sale and buy a piece of furniture.
24.   Make my own Christmas cards. (Dec 2011)
25.   Make homemade vanilla extract. (Nov 2011)
26.   Make homemade candles.
27.   Buy something on Etsy.  (March 2012)
28.   Make my own flower-adorned headband.
29.   Find an inspiring quote and work it into a piece of art/home d├ęcor. (Jan 2011)
30.   Fill empty picture frames.

Personal Growth/ Hobbies
31.   Take a Spanish class.
32.   Learn how to use a smartphone. (Feb 2012)
33.   Talk to my boss about possible promotions/other positions at work.
34.   Post in my blog 4 times a week for a month. (April 2011)
35.   Visit the local library and get a library card.
36.   Write a list of 50 things that make me happy.
37.   Learn how to hem a pair of pants.
38.   Purchase a better camera. (Sept 2011)
39.   Learn basic photography skills.
40.   Take pictures of the kitties and enter them in the Cat a Day Calendar contest
41.   Attend a cake decorating class. (March 2011)
42.   Write a letter to myself to open in 5 years.

Financial
43.   Set up a joint checking account. (Jan 2011)
44.   Write a will and have hubby write one, as well.
45.   Order new checks. (March 2011)
46.   Take over the last student loan my parents still pay for.
47.   Contribute a percentage of each paycheck to my 401k. (April 2011)
48.   Put away an additional $5000 towards a down deposit on a new house. (Nov 2011)
49.   Don’t use my debit card/credit cards for one week.

Acts for Others
50.   Donate to a charity once a year (2/3). 
51.   Adopt a family for Christmas.
52.   Donate blood.
53.   Volunteer at an animal shelter.
54.   Buy a toy for Toys for Tots.
55.   Make hubby breakfast in bed.
56.   Clear out my closet and give away clothes to charity (Nov 2012)

Health/Appearance
57.   Lose enough weight to fit comfortably back into my favorite clothes. (June 2011)
58.   Walk a mile in less than 17 minutes.   (March 2011)
59.   Exercise three times a week for two months.
60.   Eat 5 fruits and veggies every day for 2 weeks.
61.   Drink at least 3 glasses of water or seltzer each day for a month. (Dec 2011)
62.   Get a facial.
63.   Finish a bottle of multi-vitamins.  (Nov 2011)
64.   Go to the dentist and then get a cleaning every 6 months after. (March 2013)
65.   Get a full physical. (May 2013)
66.   Style my hair every day for one week (no ponytails/messy buns!). (Feb 2011)
67.   Get my hair dyed professionally. (Jan 2012)
68.   Get my eyes re-examined and purchase new glasses. (March 2011)
69.   Buy a pair of nice boots. (Oct 2011)
70.   Don’t hit the snooze button for an entire week.

Home
71.   Finish decorating the loft so it’s a completed space.
72.   Re-do the kitchen. (March 2013)
73.   Re-do the tub in the master bath.
74.   Update sink fixtures in all the bathrooms.
75.   Add patio stones to our outside space.
76.   Re-decorate the bedroom area of the spare room. (March 2011)
77.   Re-carpet the bedrooms and main hallway.

Food & Cooking
78.   Eat at 10 new, local, non-chain restaurants (7/10).
79.   Make lasagna. (April 2011)
80.   Make Grandma’s pecan pie with a home-made crust.   
81.   Go blueberry picking and make jam. (July 2011)
82.   Make tiramisu.
83.   Bake a cake from scratch. (Guinness Cake w/Bailey's Frosting for St. Patty's Day - March 2012)
84.   Drink an entire Guinness on St. Patrick’s Day. (March 2011)
85.   Buy a teapot.
86.   Make a gingerbread house. (Dec 2012)
87.   Barbecue for dinner each night for one week (0/7).
88.   Try out 50 new recipes (30/50). 

Travel
89.   Travel to Jamaica.
90.   Travel to somewhere on the West Coast. (Feb 2012 - San Diego) 
91.   Swim in the Pacific Ocean. (stuck my feet in, good enough!  Feb 2012 - San Diego)
92.   Travel to Washington D.C. (Sept 2011)
93.   Go on a cruise.
94.   Go camping for a weekend.
95.   Take a trip with my sister.
96.   Take a trip with my parents. (August 2011)
97.   Take a trip with my in-laws.  (August 2011)
98.   Go away for a weekend with friends.
99.   Stay at a new Bed & Breakfast.
100.   Watch the sun rise and the sun set in one day. (Feb 2012 - San Diego)
101.    Renew passport w/my new last name