In a fit of wanting to get out of a rut and stop wasting my life in 2013, I stumbled across this challenge:
The 101 Things in 1001 Days Challenge
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 your part).
Why 1001 Days? Many people create lists such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
The end date of my self-challenge is 16 July 2016 (start date was 19 October 2013).
So, here is my list of tasks to achieve (those in bold green text have been completed):
Read through the Bible in a year
Read 1001 poems (22% complete)
Listen to the entire Bible in audiobook
Read 30 books that I own, but haven’t read
List another 1000 gifts
Preach 15 sermons (20% complete)
Create a budget and stick to it for 12 weeks
Find 20 ways to save $10
Catch tadpoles with the kids
Get rid of 100 things (35% done)
Stuff I have got rid of: books, clothes, shoes, old music cassette tapes,
Pass the grade 3 flute exam
Clean the oven every 6 months (16% complete)
This is one of the tasks my wife hates most, so a good way to show my love for her is to do nasty jobs such as this when I am able to. There are 5.5 periods of 6 months in 1001 days so a generous husband would round it up to 6 oven cleanings to meet this goal.
Take a pilates class
Make something out of wood
Make elderflower cordial
See penguins in their natural habitat
Go to 5 different museums
Buy only Fair-Trade chocolate
I am convinced that the capitalist system of economics is extremely unfair to those who have very little. However, like democracy it is probably the best system humans have come up with so far. Even within a system which favours the wealthy, it is possible to counter the injustices by being purposeful in how we spend out money. One way to achieve this is buying Fair-Trade certified goods.
A particularly good item to purchase only if Fair-Trade certified is chocolate because it is a treat anyway and if I am not prepared to pay extra for Fair-Trade chocolate, I really should not be eating lots of cheap chocolate anyway!
My rationale for this goal is the same as above for chocolate.
The way I am measuring progress for these two goals is the % of 1001 days that I have gone without breaking my ‘Fair-Trade only’ rule.
Complete Udemy iOS7 online course
Get away with just my wife and I for a whole weekend
Create my own iPhone app
Learn a poem by heart
Cook sausages on a beach with my kids
Build a campfire and roast marshmallows with the kids
Keep a journal for 6 months
Take our family to Milford Sound
Take our family to Te Anau
See ‘Sirocco’ the Kakapo
Take our family to Orana park
Make homemade ice cream with the kids
Cook dinner one evening each week for a month
Renovate the woodshed
Write 100 blog posts
Plant a garden full of flowers
Wash the floors every week for a month
Go a day without coffee
Drink only one cup of caffeinated coffee per day for a month
Go a month without drinking coffee
Attend a weekend prayer retreat
Finish and stain all our fences
Do 100 pushups
Do 200 sit-ups
Go a day without chocolate
Go a week without chocolate
Go a month without chocolate
Set up a reliable backup for my home computer
Create an ebook
Write a poem
Walk the Routeburn track with Iona
Take my kids fishing
Learn to identify 10 constellations
Cycle the Otago Rail Trail
Go fly fishing
Plant a tree
Learn to reliably identify 10 native plants I didn’t already know
Find 500 geocaches
Hide a geocache
Fill the kids’ sandpit with sand
Grow vegetables at home
Regularly donate to Partners
Save $500 in an emergency fund
Learn to touch type
Landscape and plant our front garden
Empty my inboxes
Take a photo of the same place every week for year
Complete a home renovation project
Give $5 to a busker
Fix all the cupboard door handles
I’m a rather poor home handyman and the handles on our kitchen cupboards were fastened using cheap bolts that were too short for the job so have been falling off. It generally takes me about 6 months to get around to cutting a bolt to the correct size and re-attaching the handle. Finally, in November 2013 they were all fixed!
Learn new ways to relax
Write a list of things that people in my life have taught me
Write a letter to myself to be opened when another 1001 days is over
Slow down and live more intentionally
Watch the sunrise and sunset in the same day
choose another 20 goals!
Donate $50 to charity for each task I don’t complete