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Day 1 – introduction, the list

Posted by Gexx on May 6, 2008

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.

My list….

101 things in 1001 days….


  1. Finish Thesis
  2. Submit 2 articles or book reviews to peer edited journals (0/2)
  3. Meet with my Thesis Advisor at least 3 times a semester (0)
  4. Submit FAFSA (0/1)
  5. Finish my book chapters


  1. Gainful Employment in Museum or Archaeology work
  2. Finish Native American Teachers Guide for museum
  3. Attend at least 2 conferences each year


  1. Start saving for retirement
  2. Change my mortgage payment to automatic withdrawall
  3. Run credit check and fix anything negative each year (0/2)


  1. Try out Linux on my computer
  2. Get ArcGIS student license
  3. Take/Audit a GIS course
  4. Organize Music on my computer


  1. Keep going to dr
  2. Eat at least two meals a day for a month
  3. Take vitamins everyday for 50 days (0/50)
  4. Visit dentist
  5. If I have a month without field work, fast/internal cleanse for 30 days


  1. Learn to do a headstand/handstand
  2. Take self defense course
  3. Do yoga … alone
  4. Learn to SCUBA dive
  5. Go sledding/skiing/snowboarding/tubing


  1. Take Aaron (and friends?) to King Tut’s (restaurant)
  2. Try 10 new restaurants(0)
  3. Try 20 new wines(0)
  4. Have 3 BBQs (0)
  5. Host 3 Dinners/Parties/Dinner Parties(0)
  6. Finish a Tastebook (WITH PICTURES!)
  7. Make a fancy dessert – well
  8. Cook an unorthodox meat – well
  9. Make sushi – well
  10. Explore 3 “alternative grains” and make something GOOD
  11. Make Enchiladas


  1. Ride my bike to downtown or school at least 10 times (will add more)
  2. Bring my own bag to the Farmers Market (0/x)
  3. Encourage CSA in my area
  4. Become a Locavore
  5. Replace lightbulbs with high efficiency


  1. Take dance lessons (a series of at least 3 sessions)
  2. Find a good local Jazz band
  3. See either the KSO of the KJO
  4. See 3 plays/ballets/operas (0)
  5. Go to Alive After 5 at the KMA
  6. See 5 movies Aaron Recommends w/o hesitatitng (0/5)
  7. Write 30 “fun book” book reviews on my blog
  8. Go to Amusement Park
  9. Attend 4 fests or festivals (0/4)
  10. Learn 10 new songs on guitar (0/10)
  11. Watch a thunderstorm


  1. Visit the Grandparents in NH
  2. Visit the Grandfather in MA
  3. Send 3 Packages / Letters to my Brother in Kirkuk (0/3)
  4. Send 10 emails with pictures to my brother in Kirkuk (0/10)
  5. Send out my Xmas gifts for 2007, 2008 2009 (0/3)


  1. Get my passport (one conference is in Canada next year)
  2. Travel out West (to see / with) someone
  3. Document a trip with photographs
  4. Visit a winery
  5. Visit a distillery / brewery
  6. Go to the beach
  7. See Aurora Borealis
  8. Go to a music venue outside of Knoxville
  9. Take a road trip with no/limited plans


  1. Spay Orion
  2. Get them to use the litter box for 30 days straight (0/30)


  1. Clean out my freezer – all those hamburger rolls are taking up space
  2. Donate all of “Justin’s Food” to a food bank (I don’t eat sourkraut)
  3. Clean out house
  4. Get rid of 50 objects through donation/sale/giving (0/50)
  5. Organize Office
  6. Organize Dining Room
  7. Organize Purses, Shoes, and Luggage
  8. Do something with those damn dressers
  9. Paint the doors in the office
  10. Replace Roof
  11. Fix Mailbox
  12. Display house numbers
  13. Finish Kitchen (Cabinet doors, oven hood, ground all outlets, organize dishes/appliances)
  14. Fix light in laundry room
  15. Take 10 photos of people/places that I enjoy and frame or display them (0/10)
  16. Finish installing bathroom componants (shower curtain, shelf)


  1. Grow tomato plants
  2. Keep Lavender alive for the winter
  3. Keep Rosemary alive for the winter
  4. Keep a house plant alive for a whole year


  1. Identify 100 things that make me happy and why (0/100)
  2. Buy one pair of good jeans each year (0/2)
  3. Get a Henna tattoo
  4. Buy a china cabinet I like

  1. One secret task. The person involved knows what it is.

  1. For every task not done at end of calendar year, donate 50c to
  2. For every task not done at end of 500 days, renew or come up with new task
  3. For every task not done at end of 1001 days, donate $2 to *** (minimum of $20)

I guess task 97 can be to come up with 5 more tasks. I’ll be thinking about them. 😉


One Response to “Day 1 – introduction, the list”

  1. kimz said

    Nice list and thanks for sharing it! Cleaning out the freezer and practicing Yoga alone… really made me smile.
    Good luck!

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