101 in 1001

I think people fall into one of two categories, those who make lists and those who it doesn’t even occur to.

Hi, my name is Becca and I’m a list maker.  <Fellow addicts> Hi Becca!</Fellow addicts>

There’s something inherently satisfying about making a list, everyone, at some point has made a list. I think most people start (and end) as children with writing Christmas lists (Argos catalogue in lap, pen and paper – good times). I know, most people make shopping lists etc. but I list everything, chores, things I need to do, hit list (I kid), things I need/want to buy, wishlists, things I need or want to accomplish.


The satisfaction of ticking something off a list is almost as good as the satisfaction of actually going the thing. When something is on a list, your goals are clear, they’re set in stone (if they’re the ten commandments, literally) and you know what you have left to do accomplish your goal.

I think that is what drew me to the Day Zero Project. Mr Becca first brought this to my attention about 7 years ago and it seems to have grown in popularity since then. The idea is that you write out 101 goals that you would like to accomplish, like a Bucket List I guess but with a set time period and number of goals. They can literally be anything, big goals, small goals, silly goals, serious goals. There is (almost) no right or wrong when it comes to making these. The whole idea that it is something personal to you, you set your goals, your boundaries but the time limit is set for you. You have 1001 days to complete everything on the list which equates to almost three years.

The 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 have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges 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.

I wrote my first set of 101 goals back in 2005. I don’t remember half of them now and I think I lost interest about halfway through but I managed to complete quite a few things off my list. I’m not sure what’s motivated me to start another list, maybe because in the 6 years since my last list, I’ve changed a lot and so have my goals. There are so many things I’ve wanted to ‘get around to’ but never make the time to or forget about. By having everything listed it feels official, I feel like I have to make the effort and having a time frame makes all the difference as I can’t keep putting things off.

So, ladies and gentleman – I present you with my goals

1. Adopt a rescue dog (preferably a retired racing greyhound!
2. Do ten TTouch sessions with the Rats and get them used to being handled
3. Get ex-battery hens
4. Teach the Rats to do a trick on command
5. Bake five different types of cake that I’ve not done before
6. Make a cheesecake
7. Make a cushion cover
8. Make and sell ten handmade cards
9. Make five handmade cards and give to family/friends
10. Make something for Waki
11. Floss my teeth, every day for two weeks
12. Give up chocolate for one month
13. Give up crisps for two weeks
14. Go vegetarian for a month
15. Reach my healthy weight
16. Work out/Exercise three times a week for six months
17. Eat a traditional picnic (with basket) under a tree
18. Go camping
19. Go on a hot air balloon ride
20. Go on another narrow boat holiday
21. Go to an open day at the Bedfordshire Wolf Society
22. Go to Crufts
23. Go to five different places in Bedfordshire that I’ve not been to before
24. Go to Olympia
25. Meet up with my brother
26. See an Orchestra
27. Visit Cornwall
28. Visit Disneyland Paris
29. Visit Edinburgh
30. Visit New York
31. Visit Stonehenge and Avebury stone circle
32. Visit the New Forest and return to the places I knew growing up
33. Visit the seaside and eat fish and chips on the beach
34. Visit three different café/restaurants in Bedford I’ve not been to before
35. Learn a poem by heart
36. Learn all the words to ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ by Billy Joel
37. Learn one good magic trick
38. Learn some basic coding
39. Learn to change a tire
40. Learn to cook five completely new meals
41. Learn to cross-stitch and complete and frame one sampler
42. Learn to draw
43. Learn to play the guitar
44. Become a homeowner
45. Buy a car
46. Buy a Mulberry Handbag
47. Buy five new perfumes
48. Buy some really nice makeup (Bobbi Brown, Mac etc.)
49. Have a no spend month
50. Save £1 a day for the duration of this list
51. Save £3000 in my savings account
52. Spend £100 on a single item of clothing/footwear
53. Take a packed lunch to work every day for a month
54. Be sponsored for something and raise £100 for a charity of my choice
55. Donate blood
56. Attend a TTouch workshop or seminar
57. Complete a Canine psychology course
58. Get a new job
59. Give up something for Lent and actually stick to it
60. Have a letter published in a magazine
61. Have a manicure
62. Make ten different dishes out of the Thomasina Miers Mexican cookery book
63. Read ten classics I’ve not read before
64. Read the website book Neil bought me and build my own website
65. Read War and Peace
66. Take a self-defence class
67. Try sushi
68. Wake up for a week at 6am and go for a walk
69. Watch every single film/TV show on our unwatched pile of DVD’s
70. Get a Venus Fly Trap
71. Beat Neil at a game of Words with Friends
72. Teach myself to Touch Type
73. Decorate a room
74. Design and build my website to my specifications
75. Don’t complain about anything for a week
76. Fly a kite
77. Go horse riding
78. Grow a Sunflower
79. Grow and eat a vegetable from seed
80. Grow and plant a tree from seed
81. Identify 100 things that make me happy
82. Inspire someone to start their own 101 in 1001 list
83. Leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find
84. Make a Happiness book
85. Answer the “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind”
86. Own and read every up to date edition of each Graphic novel series I have started and currently own
87. Plant a herb garden
88. Plant a vegetable garden
89. Read 100 graphic novels from the ’1001 Comic Books you must read before you Die’ book
90. Re-read every one of my childhood pony books in series order
91. Send a message in a bottle
92. Send a random gift to three friends
93. Send a secret to PostSecret
94. Set a date for our wedding
95. Start a compost pile
96. Start to officially plan and organise our wedding
97. Update my blog at least three times a month for 6 months
98. Win something in a competition
99. Write a letter to an author of a book I enjoyed expressing my thanks
100. Write my will
101. Track the progress of everything on this list on my blog

Please do let me know if you decide to start your own list, not only does it help with number 82 Inspire someone to start their own 101 in 1001 list but it’s really interesting to see what other people have put and to be able to help and motivate other people with their lists. You don’t even have to list it in a blog, the beauty of the Project Zero website is you can list your goals directly on there and make some of your goals or even your whole list private and for your eyes only.

Mine starts from today, 22nd February 2012 and ends 19th November 2014. Let me know how you get on :-)

You can start your own 101 in 1001 project here at http://dayzeroproject.com./ You can browse other lists to get inspiration, list your own goals and update them when completed or in progress.


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4 Responses to 101 in 1001

  1. Miss Nic says:

    This is something I’d love to do, but I don’t have the confidence. I’m full of good intentions though!

  2. Alex-Beth says:

    Haha! Love the goals – made me laugh some of them. Although I’m sure I’d be petrified, number 19 is on my list of “things to do before I’m 30!” Well balloon rides and get a puppy!

  3. Sarah Hamer says:

    Thanks for the link to The Waki Way! You can tick off 82 now :D xx

    http://dayzeroproject.com/user/sarahhamer

  4. Becca says:

    Miss Nic, you should! I find I am ten times better at accomplishing things when they’re staring me in the face!

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