101 Goals In 1001 Days

April 13, 2009

Because of the aforementioned employee evaluations coming up, I’ve been thinking about my professional goals a lot lately. That easily transitioned into thinking about my personal goals as well. I had already started to write some of them down when I came across this website.

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.

After giving it some thought, I’ve decided to undertake this project. I’m currently in the midst of creating my list of 101 goals. It’s kind of tough because I want to choose things that mean something to me, and I want them to be realistic.

One thing that I have discovered through scouring the Internet for inspiration is that I have already done, or am currently in the habit of doing, a lot of good things. So that has boosted my confidence, and I think that in 2.75 years I can absolutely complete my list. I will post it, along with my starting date, as soon as it’s ready.

Is there anyone out there who is already doing this, or would be interested in doing it with me? I’d love to hear from you!

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Comments on 101 Goals In 1001 Days

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    From Krista:

    Hi Kathleen! I think it is great that you want to do a triathlon. Too bad about not having a buddy to train with. You could check meetup.com to see if there is a group in your area.

    Good luck with your 101 in 1001 list!

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    From Leslie:

    Wow. 101 goals? And I think I’m doing a pretty good job when I think about dinner in the morning and actually follow through on making it… But now that you’ve introduced this idea into my brain, I’m not going to be able to stop thinking about it. It could be very, very good for me. No way I’m committing at this point, but I am thinking about it and will do so for at least a week.

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    From Rae:

    I really want to do this! I’ve wanted to since I first saw it, but have never made myself actually come up with the goals. Funny to be stuck on that point, I know, but it is hard for me to sort through things that I both care about and can control. And what is the point in having a list of goals if you can’t actually work to make them happen?

    But I will also admit that I have been lazy. I am sure that I could think of goals if I really tried. It is not as if it has to be 101 huge goals, right? Okay, I think I’m being talked into this…

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    From Rae:

    Okay, so I started my list and I only have 5. I think that I am going to have to re-find other people’s lists for inspiration. And maybe let myself make smaller goals.

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