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.
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 goals1. 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.