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December 9, 2019

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I first saw this “101 in 1001” list idea from the Inspiration Lady, but I’ve since discovered that it’s literally all over the internet, and it originated from the Day Zero Project.

This is another kind of “goal setting” list, aiming to complete 101 things in 2.75 years. There are a few rules, too.

The Challenge: 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 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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

My 101 in 1001 List

Start Date: October 11th, 2019

End Date: July 8th, 2022

Strikethrough indicates complete. If applicable, I’ll link to a blog post discussing each item once done!

Bold indicates in-progress

Related: My Impossible List

Self Improvement (11)

  1. “Pay it Forward” 10 times [0/10]
  2. Complete 10 non-consecutive zero social media months [0/10]
  3. Complete a targeted, intensive Bible study plan
  4. Finish 2 Toastmasters Pathways [0/2]
  5. Finish 20 online courses [1/20] (Beginner’s Guide to Mindfulness, 6/15/20)
  6. Go on a mental wellness/meditation/prayer retreat
  7. Join Self Coaching Scholars in January and commit to 1 year (Joined January 2020, never planning to stop!)
  8. Read the entire Bible (January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019)
  9. Send 34 gratitude messages [2/34]
  10. Take notes from and implement the lessons of 5 self-help books [0/5]
  11. Work with a targeted one-on-one life coach for 1 month

Marriage & Family (5)

  1. Go on a Marriage Retreat
  2. Have a professional family photo shoot
  3. Go tandem kayaking with Tim
  4. Take a dancing class with Tim (Show Her Off)
  5. Watch all the James Bond movies (oldest to newest) with Tim

Health & Fitness (7)

  1. Average 12 workouts per month (3x/week) (5x/week walks around park)
  2. Do 52 unique hikes [0/52]
  3. Complete a 30-day plank challenge
  4. Complete a 30-day squat challenge
  5. Earn the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu blue belt
  6. Reach my ideal/healthy/goal weight
  7. Walk 10,000 steps a day for 30 consecutive days [0/30]

Financial (10)

  1. Complete 3 no-spend months [0/3]
  2. Completely separate blog/business financials from personal financials
  3. Double our net income
  4. SECRET GOAL #1
  5. SECRET GOAL #2
  6. Reach $30,000 in my 401K
  7. Start a Roth IRA with Vanguard
  8. Talk to a financial planner
  9. Try 10 frugal living tips we haven’t tried before [0/10]
  10. Write our wills

Adventures (7)

  1. Go on a couples’ trip with another couple
  2. Go summer stargazing in an area with no to low light pollution
  3. SECRET GOAL #3
  4. Take a weekend trip to Ocean Shores
  5. Visit Leavenworth during Christmastime
  6. Go on a family trip to Scotland
  7. Visit the Redwood Forest

Friends & Community (6)

  1. Go on a BFFs trip with my BFF Jeannie
  2. Go to a Harry Potter themed Paint & Sip with my very own Mrs. Longbottom
  3. Host 4 gaming/drinking/friend get-togethers [0/4]
  4. Meet my accountability partner in person
  5. Reconnect with my high school creative writing teacher
  6. Reconnect with my high school English teacher
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Blog/Business (15)

  1. Attend a blogging conference
  2. Consult a small-business tax professional/accountant
  3. Create & sell an online course
  4. Design my ideal home office configuration
  5. Offer accountability coaching (See my updated work with me page!)
  6. Get 100,000 pageviews in 1 month
  7. Grow a niche blog from the ground up to earn at least $250/month
  8. Hire a social media VA
  9. Monetize This is Type 1 podcast
  10. Publish a self-help/summary book of adulting tips (Feed the Good Wolf eBook)
  11. Reach 1000 email subscribers [107/1000]
  12. Start a second podcast
  13. Start a YouTube channel
  14. Submit 128 pieces to Medium publications [11/128]
  15. Work with a business coach for 6 months

Type 1 Diabetes Advocacy (5)

  1. Fundraise for Panther Day Camp
  2. Be a guest on another type 1 diabetes podcast (Recorded April 2020 // Diabetics Doing Things)
  3. Interview Adam Brown of diaTribe for This is Type 1 (Recorded July 2020 // Episode 55)
  4. Speak at a diabetes conference
  5. Volunteer for the Diabetic Patient Advocacy Coalition

Professional (5)

  1. Become a Smartsheet Administrator for my company
  2. Completely replace my entire professional wardrobe
  3. Create process documents for all my major job functions
  4. Maintain Smartsheet product certification
  5. Present at 5 internal conferences [2/5]

Hobbies (12)

  1. Complete the Assassin’s Creed video games
  2. Go on a weekend writing retreat
  3. Join a book club
  4. Learn digital artistic skills in Affinity Designer
  5. Publish my first book
  6. Publish the second book in my series
  7. Re-read the Harry Potter series (doesn’t count towards book goal)
  8. Reach level 80 with a Skyrim character
  9. Read 143 unique books that I haven’t read before [42/143]
  10. Read the entire Percy Jackson series (Started June 23, 2020, finished June 29th, 2020)
  11. Take a free photography class and follow up with a 30-day photography challenge
  12. Try 10 full-pours of new Scotch whiskies I haven’t tried before [4/10] (Oct 2019 // Ballechin 13 || Feb 2020 // McCallan 12, Dewar’s White Label, Laphroaic 10)

Random & Just for Fun (18)

  1. Catch up to present on 7 podcasts [1/7] (December 2019 // The Life Coach School Podcast)
  2. Change all my passwords
  3. Complete 3 decluttering projects [1/3] (June/July 2020 // Office Reorganization, Files moved to OneDrive)
  4. Create my own ideal planner
  5. Get a fake Christmas tree
  6. Get a Microsoft Surface tablet (Ordered & received for Black Friday 2019)
  7. Learn how to apply makeup
  8. Learn how to French braid my own hair
  9. Leave a 100% tip for outstanding service
  10. Make a 10-year plan for my 30s
  11. Organize all my files and photos between my hard drive, OneDrive, and Google Drive/Google Photos
  12. Participate in Smartsheet’s Hack for Good
  13. Put together emergency and safety kits for cars & shelter-in-place
  14. Take a mid-week vacation day just for fun
  15. Take a pottery class
  16. Try indoor skydiving
  17. Write a new 101 in 1001 list (to start on 1/1/23)
  18. Write a 30 before 30 list (to complete between 7/9/22 and 4/2/23 without overlapping any of the new 101 list)

The Point

I like this “101 in 1001” list idea for a number of reasons, but the first of them is that it’s a different kind of challenge and a better way for me to look at goals I want to achieve. 2.75 years is long enough to complete some serious projects, but short enough that it doesn’t feel impossible or forever to get there.

If you decide to try this 101 in 1001 idea, please leave a comment and a link to your list!

About the author 

Inspired Forward

Mindset & accountability life coach, writer, podcaster, and full-time analyst in the power industry. I'm passionate about showing people that how we think determines our realities.

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