Monday, 27 August 2012

101 Goals In 1001 Days

Running from 15th August 2012 to 12th May 2015

The week before last, during a particilary crap few days, feeling at a really low ebb and in search of something to do with myself I stumbled across the idea of completing 101 golas in 1001 days where you write a list of 101 things you want to do in the next 1001 days. They can be anything from painting your bedroom to trying out a new hobby, from walking more to getting a new career - 101 is a lot of goals so there's room for everything! 

I've written my list and am writing a plan for every goal. I'm really enjoying it because it's clarifying all the things I want to do, big and small, and making them look much more achievable because I'm breaking down each goal into a series of small, detailed steps and keeping track of it all. It's empowering and exciting, very motivational and positive. I copied the following off a blog called Scarlet Words as it's a good definition:
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.

Here's my list. It's not a full list yet, but I'll add to it over then next few days as I finalise what I want to put on it. I'll be checking in on my blog frequently with updates on my progress, to keep myself motivated, track how I'm doing and hopefully share lots of interesting stuff with you.
Black = Not yet started
Green = In progress
Red = Completed
  1. Begin astrology course and work towards qualification (Began September 2012)
  2. Design and complete a cross stitch sampler
  3. Make a double bed sized crocheted blanket for Christmas 2012 (Began August 2012)
  4. Make strawberry home brew wine - 30/9/12
  5. Make mead - 26/9/12
  6. Learn to play chess
  7. Climb a climbing wall
  8. Complete a 10 mile walk
  9. Paint the living room
  10. Paint the kitchen
  11. Learn to make great cream of tomato soup - 31/8/12 (I used this recipe)
  12. Make a one page SAD action plan for Winter 2012 (here) - September 2012 
  13. Avoid the internet on weekends for a month
  14. Learn to quilt
  15. Make a batch of soap
  16. Go camping
  17. Write a letter to myself to be opened on day 1001 - 30/8/12
  18. Learn about colour therapy and put it to use
  19. Set up liability insurance for reiki
  20. Do Pilates at home
  21. Learn 10 new vegetarian recipes (4/12; stir fried tofu, lentil curry, veg lasagne, spicey butternut soup)
  22. Make and package dry mix jars as gifts
  23. Make beeswax candles
  24. Build and maintain my upper body strength
  25. Visit 3 new parts of the UK
  26. Use my exercise bike every week for 6 weeks
  27. Drink at least one litre of water a day - Sept 2012
  28. Address my self esteem issues
  29. Go to a knitting group - 13/8/12
  30. Give the living room a deep down clean
  31. Sell things on Etsy
  32. Get business cards made for my Etsy shop
  33. Moisturise all over at least twice a week - 30/9/12
  34. Walk more on lunch breaks
  35. Learn about PMT and how to cope with it
  36. Get rid of 101 things in 1001 days
  37. Make bread every week instead of buying it - November 2012
  38. Replace the broken zipper on my husbands jeans with one salvaged from an old ripped pair
  39. Paint bedroom and cupboards
  40. Record a chapter for Librivox
  41. Finish king sized granny stripe crochet blanket
  42. Document one month of my life in photos - 16/9/12
  43. Learn 3 new card games
  44. Re-purpose an old item of clothing
  45. Make fresh pasta
  46. Create a sewing and study area in the attic
  47. Organise my yarn stash
  48. Stop complaining for a week
  49. Have a Winter trip away for one night in a cosy B&B - 6/11/12 in Burnsall
  50. Make a cross stitch pixel portrait
  51. Loose weight and maintain at 8 1/2 stone
  52. Save for a deposit on a house
  53. Learn to do tarot readings
  54. Stay in a Pod
  55. Take a skiing lesson
  56. Apply for a council house
  57. Eat raw food for seven days
  58. Do twenty one days of Reiki self healing
  59. Send distance Reiki twelve times in four weeks
  60. Ice a cake
  61. Read twenty five random non-fiction library books and share what I've learnt on my blog
  62. Sew an item of clothing
  63. Fly a kite
  64. Go to the cinema alone
  65. See the Northern Lights
  66. Knit, crochet or sew something for charity
  67. Fly in a hot air balloon
  68. Do a handstand, unsupported
  69. Don't buy any yarn for two months
  70. Have a holiday in the sun
  71. Climb a mountain
  72. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy
  73. Make a list of 30 free, fun things that I enjoy doing
  74. Firm up my tummy
  75. Get my finances in order - make and stick to a spending plan
  76. Spend a week focusing on Angelic meditations
  77. Make some sort of preserve (jam, pickles, chutney)
  78. Start a retirement fund
  79. Start a holiday fund
  80. Go on a retreat alone
  81. Enter an annual show
  82. Go to an archery club
  83. Make French macaroons successfully
  84. Make puff pastry successfully
  85. Make chocolate ├ęclairs successfully
  86. Learn about the chakras
  87. Register with a dentist and have a check up - 25/9/12
  88. Finish knitting the Berry Waffle Thermal t-shirt
  89. Get a bra fitted properly
  90. Learn to spin yarn on a drop spindle
  91. Create a realistic house keeping plan and follow it for one month
  92. Learn calligraphy
  93. Make a will
  94. Go to the theatre 3 times
  95. Print out photos stored on laptop, make albums
I havn't got a full 101 things that I really want to do at the moment, so I'm leaving these 6 free because I'm certain that new goals will crop up in the course of working on other ones. I'll fill these in as I think of them:



  1. What a fantastic project to work on! I love this idea - the thinking up goals and making lists and planning and ticking off thing appeals to me HUGELY. I may join you in this endeavour. Keep us posted on how it all goes.....
    And good luck!!!

  2. Thanks, I'm going to try to get into the habit of updating regularly. It's a fun project so far, I really recommend it!