101 things in 1001 days

After writing that the road to wealth is paved with goals, I realized that my own list of goals looks a little ragged. Some of the goals are outdated. Many have been met. And I've developed new priorities for which new goals should be set.

I recently discovered an old internet meme that involves setting goals: the “101 things in 1001 days” list. Participants make a list of 101 things they'd like to accomplish over the next three years, and then work toward achieving them. I first saw this at dienu.com, though googling reveals that it's been around at least since 2003. (Here's a discussion of the concept's origin.)

A site called Triplux popularized the 101 Things in 1001 Days, offering the following guidelines that I've found at many sites:

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.

Goal setting tips

  1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
  2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
  3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
  4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
  5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

I'm going to complete my own list of 101 Things in 1001 Days this weekend. Get Rich Slowly isn't really the appropriate place for me to share this sort of thing; I'll post these goals at my personal site sometime next week. (Update: My list is up.) There are two things that are sure to be on the list: publish a book and complete a marathon. (Note I didn't write “run a marathon”!)

I encourage you to make a list of your own dreams. What would you like to accomplish in the next few years? Even if you don't list 101 things, you could surely list a dozen. Make that list. Print it out. Post it someplace prominent so that you're reminded of your goals daily.

Take care, my friends. Have a great weekend!

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Allie
Allie

You’re in Portland, right? Portland has the world’s best marathon, bar none. It is rated the best marathon for beginners. There are programs for training all over the city, too, whether you want to walk, walk/jog, or jog. I ran it one time and a friend of mine tries to do it every year because the support, spectators, entertainment, etc. along the course is amazing. The course itself is good, too. And the recovery area is stellar. I highly recommend the Portland Marathon. If you live there you do not need to stay in a hotel overnight, but if you… Read more »

MissPinkKate
MissPinkKate

I’m doing a 101/1001 list (put the link to it as my website). I’ve been lazy about it recently, but overall it’s been really fun!

Debbie
Debbie

A similar idea is Uberlist Central where you list about 100 things you’d like to do in a year. Kelly Sue, who describes the birth of uberlists, recommends that you “List the reasonable and the ridiculous, the practical and the absurd.” You don’t expect to finish every single one, so you can list crazy things that you think you’d probably never do but that you would kind of like to. It seems like the people who publicize their tallies tend to actually complete 1/3 – 2/3 of everything on their lists.

Golden Lady
Golden Lady

I’ve been sitting on a 101/1001 list for a while. I made one a while back that I never really worked on, so I decided to give it another try. Though the good thing is that I passed the idea to someone who has kept up with it, and I’ve enjoyed reading about her progress in her Lj.

fivecentnickel.com
fivecentnickel.com

So… Does driving a marathon count? Maybe you need to be a bit more specific: Complete a marathon on foot. 😉

mapgirl
mapgirl

Actually there is a site called 43 Things for setting goals. I have to admit, I tried it out and for small stuff, it worked for me.

I try to keep a notebook of things I have to get done, whether they are long or short term. Short-term means in the next week, long term is anything over a month, ranging from my taxes, my next oil change to what job I’m going to have in 5 years.

Nick Crellin
Nick Crellin

So … where’s your list? I think I looked on your personal site (foldedspace.org) and I did not see it.

Due to this post and about 50 other individual’s lists, I found my way into the blogsphere with my own 101 goals. Combined with the desire to get out of debt, blogging sounded like fun way to stay focused.

J.D.
J.D.

Nick, my list is going up at foldedspace later this week. Tomorrow it’s a recipe for clams, and then the 101 things list goes up Wednesday or Thursday. I’m still trying to get it formatted to HTML. (I constructed it in Excel.)

Update: I posted my list

Dustin
Dustin

I’ve been trying to do it ever since I saw this post.

And I’m having trouble coming up with 101 things.

Matias
Matias

Ok, I put the idea on my blog. Hope work ok. Regards and thank you 4 everything.

Zung!
Zung!

I don’t subscribe to this meme.
I’m constantly challenged with a somewhat similar concept: do 1 thing in 1 day! (ok, even 10 days) 🙁
I’ve posted my rant here. Procrastinators beware!

Jason
Jason

I posted my 101 yesterday and aleady knoced one out this morning yay motivation.

Danielle
Danielle

Reading this post after being directly by The Simple Dollar is really pushing me to write my own list of 101. I’m excited already, because there are things I’ve been wanting to do for some time now and this will help!

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