Thursday, February 5, 2009

My List

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.

February 6, 2009 through November 4, 2011
Key: pending items, items in progress, completed items (with date)

To Feed My Passion:
1. Find my mom's photographs
2. Scan my mom's photographs
3. Get pictures of Bill's grandparents from his mother
4. Get baby pictures of Bill's sisters from his mother
5. Make collages of Bill's family like the ones I have of mine
9. Do flicker 365 project
10. Take a family portrait twice a year (1/6)
11. Take 10,000 photos

Because I'm a reading fool:
12. Buy all the Judy Blume books for the girls
98. Buy at least 10 Nancy Drew books for the girls (7/10)
13. Read every Jodi Picoult novel
14. Buy all the Olivia books for Olivia (0/8) (there are 9, already own 1)
15. Compile and keep up with a list of books I want to read (2/6/09 -
16. Read 101 books (8/101)

Because I want to be a good mommy:
17. Listen to Olivia read me a book.
18. Listen to Isabelle read me a book.
19. Potty train Zoe.
20. Cover the concrete pad in backyard with sidewalk chalk with the girls
21. Plant a flower bed with the girls
22. Add the girls' names to my tattoo
23. Have 30 dates with Olivia (1)
24. Have 30 dates with Isabelle (2)
25. Have 30 dates with Zoe (1)
26. Take the girls to the beach (June 2009)
27. Write Olivia a letter for her to read on her 18th birthday
28. Write Isabelle a letter for her to read on her 18th birthday
29. Write Zoe a letter for her to read on her 18th birthday
30. Go on a hayride with the girls every fall
31. Go tent camping with the girls
32. Go to the Memphis Zoo

Because I want to be a good wife:
33. Kiss Bill in the rain
34. Leave Bill a love note on the bathroom mirror in lipstick
35. Take a day off of work to spend with Bill
36. Have 30 dates (2)
37. Lay out in backyard with Bill and look at the stars

Organizational/homey kind of stuff:
38. Organize important papers in file box
39. Buy a lamp for the bedroom
41. Buy a shredder
42. Get the window fixed in the van
43. Stick to strict budget for 6 months
44. Buy a fire-proof safe
45. Order Isabelle's birth certificate (rec'd 6/3/09)
46. Order Zoe's birth certificate (rec'd 6/3/09)
47. Make a will
97. Save $5000

To be good to myself:
48. Weigh 250
49. Weigh 225
50. Weigh 200
51. Weigh 175
52. Weigh 150
53. Dance in the rain
54. Complete Power 90 program
55. Stop smoking (June 2009)
56. Do a weekend bootcamp
57. Make a bucket list
58. Get a pedicure
61. Get a physical in 2009 (June)
62. Go 24 hours without the computer (3/28/09)
63. Go all weekend without the computer
64. Record my dreams in a journal
65. Go one month without fast food
66. Go one month without soda
67. Take 6 "mental health" days (0)
68. Celebrate 10 years at my job

To expand my mind and be a good person:
69. Start and complete a cross-stitch
99. Do 25 sewing projects (6/25)
72. Get a houseplant and keep it alive
73. Make a list of 100 things that make me happy
74. Make a list of 25 things I like about me (3/1/09)
75. Register to vote
76. Do the Heart Walk every year (1/3) (4/4/09)
77. Do the MS Walk every year (1/3) (4/11/09)
78. Make a vision board
79. Take Zoe's old clothes to Goodwill 6 times (1/6)
80. Be a Santa to a Senior at Christmas (0/2)
81. Donate blood (5/6/09)
82. Write a children's story for Izzy
84. Draw a picture
85. Sing karaoke

To connect with others:
86. Reconnect with Trina (6/3/09)
87. Reconnect with Sam
88. Put an inspirational note in a library book for the next person to find
89. Send a letter to someone once a week (3/143?)
90. Send a thank you card to my parents for being good parents
91. Send out 1 Postcrossing a month (3/33)
94. Visit A & A in Houma

And I couldn't figure out where to put these =)
92. Buy a house
93. Get a new chain for my dragonfly (2/17/09)

Reserved for things that I think of in the future:


  1. Behind you one hundred percent and I WILL stalk you!

  2. What a wonderful list!

    I love it when I find similar things, on my own list..

    I'm Heidi. I'm a Cali Girl transplanted to the LowCountry, South Carolina, outside of Charleston.

    I'm a mom to teens and an college adult, now. I don't know when that happened. :)

    My shelfari:

    My 101 in 1001: I started around January 17th.

    Good luck!

  3. I love #34. So so sweet :) Great list & good luck!!

  4. What a GREAT LIST ! If I ever get to meet you, lets do 58 together!!! I've never had a pedicure, other than what i do for myself!!



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