A friend of mine turned me on to the idea of making a list of 101 things to accomplish in 1001 days. I like the idea because I like lists, and I like accomplishing things to cross off lists. So, I put a list together.
Now, rather than make the list New Years Resolutiony and put goals that are a bit ethereal, I put only things on the list that I could definitively say "Yes, I did this," or "No I haven't done this and I'm a complete loser for it." Ha ha. A little self-depricating humor never hurt anyone.
Oh, it HAS? It's actually not good for one's self esteem? Uhh... (note to self, change M.O.)
At any rate, I have things on the list that I've been meaning to get around to, but haven't because I keep setting goals that have me destined for failure, like "Exercise daily." That's not going to happen people. You know why? Because I am chronically lazy. It's a real* disease. And there's no known cure. So, instead, I put #2: Finish P90X, because there will come a point in my life that I will be able to say, "Yes, Tony Horton, I finished your P90X, and I speet on eet." On the subject of fitness, I also have set the goal to do 2 pull-ups in a row (#1). It may sound like a super easy goal, but today, on 3 January 2011, I can only do 1/4 of a pull-up and it's sad. Really sad. Lamentable, really. I tell TC that if I ever were to be hanging off of a ledge, I would die, because I am not capable of pulling myself up. And for some reason, as much as my rational mind knows this is ludicrous, this is a real fear for me.
I also have some random things that may or may not accomplish, like #87: Play a song on expert in Rock Band. Not really the most important thing to accomplish, but you know, if it makes me happy, then who are you to judge?
One goal that will be difficult for me is #40: Quit swearing. It is an ethereal goal that I will maybe only someday, when I lose my tongue or have my memory wiped, accomplish, but I'm working toward it. To support #40 is #39: Learn and use 101 new words. Maybe I can replace the less refined words with others?
One of my favorite items so far (I made this list several weeks ago by the way and have been working on it ever since) is #18: Read every conference talk from October 2010. I always say I'm going to re-read the talks, especially the ones I accidentally slept through, but I really never do. But now it's on a list, and there's no going back. So I've started reading them and marking them off. Goodness! I LOVE marking things off. I've made the conference issue of the Ensign mine and have folded it and marked it, and red flagged it. It's all mine people.
And then there are several sewing and crafts projects like
#43: Knit a scarf
#44: Embroider a tea towel set
#55: Etch a parfait bowl
Some of the items I have already accomplished are:
#63: Make Pan Dulce from scratch.
#78: Watch a movie in 3D.
#31: Make a daily calendar journal and use it. (I put something cool looking together in Word and have faithfully been documenting every moment, dull or otherwise, of my life since December 20, which is the day all this started.)
My 1001 days begun on December 20 and will end on September 15, 2013.
So far this has been a great experience (a whole 14 days in), and I recommend it. Do it people. DO IT!
* made up