101 in 1001

My friend Shannon wrote a blog post some time ago, titled “101 in 1001”. The idea behind this has been shamelessly copy-pasted from his blog below (I encourage you to read Shannon’s list here: http://magsol.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/101-in-1001/ ).

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. 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.

The thing that struck me about this idea is how much it encourages long-term planning, which is something that I haven’t historically been much good about doing, and something I’m making a concentrated effort to do. My New Years’ Resolutions have been fairly open-ended and specific for this year, and having a long task list that covers the span of a few years (and defines those tasks in a concrete, measurable way) is appealing. The list itself, I’m a little ashamed to say, isn’t actually full yet – I started writing it back on March 4th, and was having trouble thinking of a full 1001 things that I want to accomplish in three years. As of writing this, I’m now at 84 88 tasks. I’m hoping to adapt and keep adding notable things as I go.

So then! Below is my list of 101 tasks, to be completed before December 7, 2014. I’ll be 26 years old.

Blue = In Progress
Red = Temporarily Failed
Green = Completed

Fitness and Health:

1. Complete the Race for the Roses 5K on April 1st in under 30:00. (4/1/12 – finished in 30:40)
2. Complete the Crater Lake Half Marathon on August 11th, 2012 (registered)
3. Complete a half marathon in under 2:00:00.
4. Complete a full marathon in under 5:00:00.
5. Complete a 5k in under 25:00.
6. Run every day for at least two weeks [0/14]
7. Bike to work every day for at least two weeks [14/14] (March and April of 2012 – it was very wet)
8. Complete a one hour yoga routine every day for at least two weeks [0/14] During that time:
– Attend at least three free Prana yoga classes. [0/3]
– Attend at least one Shine Yoga classes. [0/1]
– Attend at least two $5 Wednesday Yoga NW classes. [0/2]
9. Complete a full weight training routine three times a week for four weeks. [0/4]
10. Be in bed by 9 pm and up at 5:30 am every weekday for two weeks. [0/10]
11. Do not use my computer after work every day for at least two weeks. (work emergencies are excepted) [0/14]
12. Experiment with four different types of foundation and eye shadow, to combat my oily skin. [0/4]
13. Have extremely toned abs, extremely toned arms and extremely toned calves at the same time. [0/2]
14. Invest in a good bike that could potentially do triathlons (also finance).
15. Complete a dualthon. (Blue Lake Duathlon June 9th) (I’ll be out of town for Blue Lake)
16. Complete a triathlon.
17. Learn to ice skate.


18. Play the keyboard for one hour every day for at least two weeks [0/14]
19. Learn four new songs on the keyboard, and perform them well in front of Dave/friends. [0/4]
20. Write 1,000 words every day for at least one month. [0/30]
21. Write one Facebook note a month for four months. [2/4]
22. Complete and submit for publication at least two short stories. (rough draft)
23. Complete a rough draft of O.E.N.M. (outline – fragmented sections)
24. Finish editing the first draft of O.E.N.M., and complete second draft. [0/2]
25. Send novel out to three friends and parents for critiques.
26. Publish O.E.N.M.
27. Begin and finish a Let’s Play.
28. Finish the animation and sound design for one short film. (boarded)
29. Finish the sound design and composition for one video game.
30. Buy either an eReader or an iPad.
31. Try six very different hairstyles, be they in color/cut/craft. Post photos for friends. [1/6]
32. Successfully complete NaNoWriMo and ScriptFrenzy.
33. Complete a 3 day novel: http://www.3daynovel.com/.


34. Attend GDC.
35. While at work, do not go on social networking/news aggregate sites every day for at least two weeks [0/14].
36. Join a mod team to do sound/programming for a game.
37. Learn FMOD and C++.
38. Redesign my website, resume and demo reel.
39. Do at least three independent projects for LogiStyle before September’s Whistler event. [1/3]
40. Finish the LogiStyle website, complete with new purchasing system. (4/16/12)
41. Finish the Beyond L3 video FAQ, Balaji’s speaker sizzle reel, and Tools videos. [1/3]
42. Use my iPhone effectively as a planner.
43. Create a semi-detailed 5 year plan for my continued education and career path, outside of this task list.
44. Apply to 3 graduate programs for the 2013 year.


45. Visit Seattle, WA.
46. Visit Vancouver, BC.
47. Visit Yellowstone National Park.
48. Go to one new country that I have never been to.
49. Visit Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helen’s. [1/2]
50. Go backpacking twice [0/2]
51. Complete the Forest Park All Trails Challenge in 2012 – 80.97
52. Explore all of Southwest Portland with Dave by bike. (Mt. Tabor)
53. Explore all of the not-shitty parts of Northeast Portland with Dave by bike.
54. Go on one biking trip that requires driving to get there.
55. Visit Alex in Washington, DC
56. Visit Cathryn and Shannon in Pittsburgh
57. Visit Kansas. (4/5/12 – 4/9/12)
58. Visit one new city that I have never visited before (and is not included in the above list)


59. Set up and maintain a retirement fund.
60. Invest in new stocks and mutual bonds; understand how and why each one works.
61. Do my own taxes. (4/1/12)
62. Plan a weekly food budget and meal plan, and stick to it for at least one month [2/30]
63. Pack my own lunch and make dinner every weekday for four weeks [0/20].
64. Start a Roth IRA (and talk to my dad about which IRA is best).
65. Plan a fund and budget to prepare for the possibility of going back to school. (grad school).
66. Take a business/stock market class, or otherwise invest time into understanding business.
67. Every day for two weeks, read Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, or another business journal and educate myself on current business and stock trends [0/14]
68. Invest in one thing outside my comfort zone that is still a practical and affordable decision (i.e., a good bike, a car, grad school)


69. Try all of the beers each of the following breweries: Bridgeport, Deschutes, Rogue, Hair of the Dog, HOPworks, Lucky Lab, Widmer Bros. [3/7]
70. Read Asimov’s Foundation series.
71. Learn basic American Sign Language – enough to communicate.
72. Dress up for Halloween and attend a costume party.
73. Drink a green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day. March 17, 2012 with Alice and Dave at the Gypsy on 21st. It was a Coors – the beer at Lucky Lab was better. Didn’t care, victory.
74. Host a “Portland family” Thanksgiving with friends.
75. Get a tattoo.
76. Become good enough at pool that I can run a table at least once.
77. Attend ComicCon or DragonCon at least once.
78. Assemble a week’s worth of outfits, hairstyles, and creative makeup, and feel pretty each day [0/7]
79. Have another Lady Gaga driving or dancing jam session with Alice.
80. Attend a large market artist concert (Lady Gaga, etc).
81. Have a professional bra fitting.
82. Cook a multi-course meal from scratch, with appetizers, a main course, and a dessert.
83. Dress up to see a movie and get dinner.
84. Go to the midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises.
85. Get a dog or cat. Probably a dog.
86. Beat Metroid Prime and the Mass Effect series.
87. Finish watching Battlestar Galactica. [3/4 seasons]
88.  Experiment with new food dishes every day for two weeks. [0/14]
89. Brew my own beer and be able to drink it without gagging.
90. Attend a Portland Winterhawks game with Dave. (3/25/12)


2 thoughts on “101 in 1001

  1. NOICE. The only thing I don’t like about this list is that stuff happens over the course of the 1001-day period that make some goals significantly less attractive. If a goal feels like it 1) doesn’t accomplish anything of merit, and 2) would be incredibly boring and tedious to work on, then I’m not convinced it’s a good goal to keep within the spirit of this list. But at the same time, the another aspect of this endeavor is to do things that are difficult (but achievable nonetheless). So I’m deliberating on whether or not to remove and replace some items on my list with some new things that have come up in the interim. Thoughts?

    • Yeah, I agree, it’s tricky trying to plan out goals in the span of three years or so – things tend to shift and change. I can only imagine the kind of changes you’re having with your list, being so far in.

      Personally, I think it’s a good idea to add/replace some goals that now have meaning to you that you want to achieve – it keeps you focused on the spirit of the endeavor. Although it might be nice to keep a little addendum list of the goals you intentionally set aside just as a reminder of why. But hey, I don’t even have a full list, so I can’t judge either way ;).


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