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Announcing my 1001 Day Project

Monday, Feb. 27, 2006

Creating your own 1001 Day Project

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 organizing 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 Focused. 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.

Calculating the End Date

You can easily find out when your project will end by using this handy tool at timeanddate.com.


1.      clean up credit report

2.      become debt current/free

3.      move up one level at work

4.      open a savings account for a rainy day

5.      open a Christmas club account

6.      prepare a will

7.      buy a house

8.      pay off car

9.      get rid of truck and buy a new vehicle for rick

Things to do

10.  Take Rick parasailing

11.  Paint pottery with Keith

12.  Have wedding pictures printed, framed,hung.

13.  test drive a Mazda RX8

14.  test drive a new Honda Prelude

15.  Buy a pair of sexy shoes and wear them every day for a week

16.  have a themed party for Rick’s brothers

17.  get a poem published in a literary magazine

18.  have dinner on a deck overlooking the ocean

19.  ride a hot air balloon

20.  visit the Florida Holocaust Museum

Things to learn

21.  take a craft class at Michaels

22.  gain 3 more college math credits

23.  buy a flute and take lessons

24.  learn how to write in calligraphy

25.  take a photography class

26.  take a cake decorating class

Home Sweet Home

27.  Frame a copy of Pop a Pill and hang

28.  Buy a booksellers table for next to bed

29.  Organize shoes

30.  Organize and catalog books

31.  organize CD collection

32.  have all film lying around developed

33.  hang pictures around a room at chair rail height

34.  Paint at least one wall in living room a color

35.  clean out bathroom closet and organize in colorful way

36.  Paint a kitchen wall red

37.  plaster a wall with my own poetry

Things to buy

38.  A better digital camera

39.  Buy a filing cabinet and marry husband/wife paperwork

40.  Buy Robert Frost book and read a poem every morning for one week

41.  find a signature fragrance to adopt for myself

42.  find a chunky substantial piece of jewelry, all gold or all silver

43.  get a new address book and update it

44.  Send Aunt DeDe some flowers

45.  buy a funky coffee scoop for a friend

46.  buy new chef’s not missing heads

47.  a new pretty collar for bitty dogs for Chloe

48.  a gift for my husband that makes his eyes pop out of his head

49.  pretty container for marriage license for china cabinet display

50.  sexy lingerie

51.  buy myself flowers

52.  a fish eye camera


53.  visit my hometown of Johnstown with Rick

54.  go to Illinois to visit Rick’s hometown

55.  go back to Harborside for anniversary

56.  visit New Mexico for a weekend

57.  drive down to key west

58.  rent a moped at key west

59.  watch a movie at the MOSI


60.  Get new spectacles

61.  buy some funky sunglasses, be more daring!

62.  Organize some of my poetry and self publish a zine

63.  Sing the Pina Colada song in the rain

64.  Paint an abstract picture and hang it on the wall with pride

65.  Buy a cookie jar for the kitchen and keep it full

66.  Cook a new recipe

67.  Go to a palm reader or a psychic

68.  Read Infinite Jest by David Wallace Foster

69.  Foster female to female friendships

70.  Find a new therapist

71.  Experiment with new makeup colors


72.  Find a pretty Catholic church and go to at least one mass

73.  Write my grandfather a letter

74.  Do something in memory of my father

75.  Get tattoo on foot

76.  Buy an annotated bible

77.  Give to Leukemia charity


78.  Pay for the person behind me at Starbucks drive thru

79.  Donate a book to the library in memory of my father

80.  clean out closet and give clothing items to charity


81.  make strawberry spaghetti

82.  make no-bake cookies for Rick

83.  Buy a slow cooker just to make overnight oatmeal

84.  make Rick a soufflé

85.  got to a wine tasting event

86.  make homemade potato bread for Rick

87.  Buy a pizelle iron and make pizelle’s

88.  Bake a homemade pie for Rick

89.  Make something with cheese on cheese for Rick

90.  Give Rick an hour long massage by candelight


91.  Buy ten cans or more of whipped cream and…

92.  Fly a kite on the beach with someone special

93.  Picnic at the park

94.  Send handwritten Christmas cards

95.  write my husband a love letter

96.  have breakfast on the beach with my husband on a Sunday morning

97.  take a walk on the beach at sunset

98.  buy a disposable camera’s and take pictures for a day with my son

99.  buy buy co-worker/friends cards for their birthday’s thanking them

100.  write my grandmother a letter

101.  stay up all night and watch the sunrise together


From date: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Added 1,001 days

Resulting date: Wednesday, November 26, 2008





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