101 Goals in 1001 Days: the list

Alright, so I’m doing the 101 Goals in 1001 Days thing, which I recently found out about. It originated at DayZeroProject.com so I used that website and also 101goalsin1001days.com/step-1/ for ideas. Well, the idea is you make a list of things you’d like to accomplish in the next 1001 days (which is 2 years and about 9 months). Even if you don’t get them all done, that’s still a whole lot of accomplishments if you do some of them! I decided to try, since I think it would add a lot of focus to my time.

I originally brainstormed 129 goals and then cut it down to 101. Some of them are ones that I absolutely plan to accomplish, some are ones that I would love to at least half-accomplish, and some are ones that would just be nice to do but that I won’t stress about if I don’t. I took into account the number of weeks (143), months (33), school weeks (about 90), school days (about 450), etc., to be realistic, and used that to decide how many times I would like to do them (for the goals that involves a certain number).

My 1001 Days are the following: July 6, 2011 through April 2, 2014.

Here is the list:

1) Donate blood 15 times (0/15)
2) Write a letter to myself encouraging continuing weight loss to read if my motivation begins to wane
3) Read 15 non-fiction books (0/15)
4) Read 10 fiction novels (1/10)
5) Read 35 journal articles that aren’t assigned for class (0/35)
6) Learn the Russian Sign Language fingerspelling alphabet [done!]
7) Do the 20 Chin Ups Challenge
8) Watch 20 must-see movies (1/20)
9) Publish a journal article
10) Learn 350 new ASL signs (20/350)
11) Get rid of half of my belongings
12) Dye my hair temporarily 3 different times (different color each time) (0/3)
13) Memorize another ASL story
14) Finish reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban translated into Russian
15) Lose a total of 75 pounds (specific amount subject to revision) (60/75)
16) Take fitness classes: self defense, kickboxing, yoga, pilates
17) Reduce coffee intake
18) Bake bread from scratch 3 times (0/3)
19) Get contacts
20) Improve my posture
21) Become flexible enough to touch my toes
22) Do the 100 Pushups Challenge
23) Ride a roller coaster
24) Learn to play 3 songs on piano (0/3)
25) Make a video blog
26) Listen to 5 songs each from 20 must-hear bands (0/20)
27) Record grandparents on video telling their life stories
28) Update photos of family (Old Me/Now Me)
29) Solve Rubik’s cube
30) Keep track of what I did every day in my small notebook
31) Learn how to juggle
32) Learn CPR
33) Sew my clothes that are torn
34) Learn to play chess
35) Save money
36) Record all money spent
37) Try rockclimbing at the gym
38) Go hiking 15 times (0/15)
39) Go camping
40) Learn 10 different ab exercises and do them 800 times
41) Make list of things I’m proud of
42) Reduce the amount that I use verbal fillers (like, um, etc)
43) Volunteer 3 times (0/3)
44) Read the news 100 times
45) Pack a lunch for school 300 times
46) Take pictures of me completing and write about accomplishments of these goals
47) Sort my computer files
48) Repeat the names of everyone I meet so I remember them
49) Learn string theory well enough to explain it
50) Try 15 new recipes (0/15)
51) Read class notes every night
52) Do social things (non-studying) twice a month
53) Backup my photos
54) Talk to new people in all of my classes
55) Go to office hours of all of my professors
56) Graduate from college
57) Get prescription sunglasses or Transitions lenses
58) Go to ASL socials every week
59) Meet lots of people at TAM 9 [done!]
60) Send a secret to PostSecret
61) Finish making a pair of earrings
62) Keep binder of all bills
63) Keep car clean
64) Floss nightly
65) Revisit my goals on the first of every month
66) Clean my room every month
67) Use moisturizer nightly
68) Reduce the amount I put on chapstick [done: I seem to have overcome my addiction!]
69) Make eye contact and smile at people who I pass
70) Write a letter to a company telling them I appreciate their product [done: Nintendo for Just Dance 2]
71) Take the GRE
72) Take the GWPE (Graduate Writing Proficiency Exam, a requirement for Humboldt State)
73) Take a face picture every month to see how my face changes as I lose weight
74) Donate money to 5 charities (0/5)
75) Straighten my hair once
76) Create a new 101 Goals in 1001 Days list by the end of the 1001 days
77) Buy a cute and comfortable bathing suit
78) Work in my parents’ yard 30 times (1/30)
79) Try all of the weight lifting machines at the gym
80) Get rid of all the shoes I don’t wear
81) Learn 500 new English vocabulary words
82) Get the third HPV shot [done!]
83) Get a bike and helmet
84) Make a living will
85) Take grandmas to a garage sale
86) Walk around on a Saturday to multiple garage sales
87) Regularly figure out which direction (west, south, east, north) I’m facing
88) Play a pick up sports game
89) Try rollerblading
90) Try small amounts of olives occasionally in order to eventually like them
91) Learn the rules of Russian grammar
92) Watch Russian movies
93) Make another vector-style picture
94) Do assignments as soon as they’re due
95) Do knee-strengthening exercises daily
96) Go to Israel on a birthright trip
97) Keep track of my goals using checklists on my wall
98) Be able to shoot 10 consecutive free throws
99) Improve my geography knowledge
100) Buy shoes: running and for the rain [done!]
101) Sleep 10pm-6am most nights

My next step is to make a plan for how to achieve each of these goals. Sweet 🙂

Edit: I’ve made my specific plan for each goals. Now to finish it all!


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I've been writing about my weight loss (-100lbs, now just -80 bc of regain) for years. Now I also write about science. Find me at thegeneticsgal.com and say hi.

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