Day Zero

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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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Here it is, my completed list of 101 things to do in 1001 days. Below the list is a brief explanation of why each thing has made it onto the list. I will be writing a post about each thing as I complete it or if I have something to say about the progress I am making with it. I will then make the entry on the list a link to those posts so you can see how I’m doing with each one. Goals in italics are in progress, goals in bold are completed.

  1. Write 101 list (14.01.11)
  2. Get organised
  3. Write a CV
  4. Learn basic car stuff
  5. Learn first aid
  6. Complete 3 courses at Surestart
  7. Learn to use sewing machine
  8. Learn to crochet
  9. Learn to read tea leaves
  10. Learn a magic trick
  11. Learn contact juggling
  12. Teach someone something
  13. Play at least one instrument once a week
  14. Learn 10 new tunes
  15. Join a band
  16. Play at an open mic night
  17. Go to a concert by a band I’ve never seen live before
  18. See 3 local bands
  19. Take more photos
  20. Get a photo printed in a newspaper
  21. Get a photo shown on TV
  22. Submit photo’s to those websites dad told me about
  23. Print favourite photo’s, frame and hang
  24. Make a photobook
  25. Have a picture taken of me and my son that I actually like
  26. Build a rocking horse
  27. Knit something I can wear
  28. Finish rug or tapestry for Miss E
  29. Crochet something from that book B bought me
  30. Make a pair of trousers
  31. Make my own paper
  32. Write a tutorial for a craft and link to Red Ted Art
  33. Write a children’s book
  34. Sell at least 5 things I have made
  35. Read 10 classic novels that I haven’t read yet
  36. Read 5 books recommended by friends
  37. Read 5 books recommended by strangers
  38. Read 5 books I own but haven’t read yet
  39. Write a different task to go in the advent calendar each day
  40. Make sure all birthday and Christmas cards are sent on time
  41. Make and decorate cakes for birthdays and Christmas
  42. Celebrate a festival from another culture
  43. Host at least one party and make it outstanding
  44. Bake a loaf of bread
  45. Grow and eat 3 different vegetables or fruit
  46. Cook 10 new meals
  47. Bake cakes or biscuits once a month
  48. Make pancakes for breakfast
  49. Visit an A-Z of new places
  50. Travel on a steam train
  51. Go camping
  52. Day trip to the continent
  53. See the Northern Lights
  54. Visit Ireland
  55. Build a sandcastle on 10 different beaches
  56. Go for tea and cake at Betty’s
  57. Explore local area in a new way
  58. Throw a message in a bottle into the sea
  59. Take son to a football match
  60. Take son to an agricultural show
  61. Send 101 postcards through Post Crossing (8/101)
  62. Release 10 books through Book Crossing
  63. Go to an outdoor movie screening
  64. Do a ghost walk locally and one in another area
  65. Go berry picking
  66. Invent something
  67. See a ‘fortune teller’
  68. Light up my staff
  69. Go ice skating
  70. Organise a big picnic in the park
  71. Transfer old videos onto dvd
  72. Build a snowman taller than me
  73. Make a wish in a wishing well
  74. Skim pebbles and get more than 6 bounces
  75. Set off our sky lanterns
  76. Praise or compliment 101 strangers
  77. Pay for a stranger’s drink 3 times
  78. Donate 1,000,000 grains of rice through (85,000)
  79. Leave 101 Operation Beautiful messages (4/101)
  80. Do a walk for charity
  81. Send 5 ‘I saw this and thought of you’ gifts
  82. Send a random stranger an item off their Amazon wish list (29.01.2011)
  83. Buy a tin of food for animal shelter each time I visit supermarket
  84. Go for a walk and offer chocolates to everyone I pass
  85. Make 5 new friends
  86. Reconnect with old friends
  87. Move to my own house
  88. Make a will
  89. Blog regularly
  90. Start each day with a glass of water
  91. Go on a date
  92. Research my family tree
  93. Have a proper bath
  94. Swim 100 metres
  95. Go to dental checkups and go back for any work that needs doing
  96. Go to doctors for those things I always put off
  97. Pay off 1 credit card
  98. Sell / donate / bin 101 items
  99. Save £5 for each completed goal to be used to treat myself
  100. Save £5 to give to charity for each uncompleted goal
  101. Write a new 101 list for when this one ends

After writing that list out and seeing it published, I don’t think this is the best place to put another list, this time with explanations. Most things don’t really need a reason to be on the list anyway so if there is anything I want to add I will just pop it in with the post about how I completed the goal.

19 Responses to “Day Zero”

  1. @chocistherapy January 15, 2011 at 11:56 am #

    Wow you are going to be busy, that is and amazing list. I especially like the build a rocking horse. Very positive start to the year, I look forward to reading your blog and seeing the pics of your journey. Good luck and enjoy 😀

    • Toasting Marshmallows January 15, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

      Rocking horse is one of my favourites too, but probably also the most difficult. Hope I don’t muck it up too much!

  2. Kate January 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm #

    If you want a book recommendation, I’d go for “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time” by Mark Haddon. It’s quite short and readable so it’s really easy to get one of your five done. And it’s a good read too. I loved it.

    • Toasting Marshmallows January 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

      Thank you 🙂

      I have a copy of that somewhere but never got around to reading it. Is it cheating to use it as my 38 as well?

  3. susie@newdaynewlesson January 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Great list.

    #2 is not specific enough. Make it something concrete that you can say, I have done this. As organized as you get, you will think you can be more.

    #40 Forever? Why not start with just this coming year or two years?

    #41 which birthdays? Like are you doing one for mine?? 🙂

    #66 is it enough to just think it up or does it have to go into production

    #68 What is that?

    #86 How many

    #89 How many times is regularly? Set a number.

    #97 You may want to check out

    #99 Are you talking about goals on this list or others?

    Hope you don’t mind my comments. Your list is very achievable. Go to it. 🙂

    • Toasting Marshmallows January 23, 2011 at 12:45 am #

      Thank you for the comments, I really appreciate the time you’ve taken to look at my list 🙂

      I was going to write a brief explanation with each goal to explain a bit more clearly what it was, but then decided to just write that when I blog about it so I don’t keep repeating myself. I realise now that because I haven’t posted the explanations, some of the goals will need rewording to be more specific. I will add that to my to-do list 😉

      #66 I thought if I could make a working model of whatever it is, then I would class it as complete. Hadn’t thought about production, maybe that could go on the next list!


  4. susie@newdaynewlesson January 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Oh and book recommendations by strangers

    “The Evolution Angel” By Dr. Todd Michael

    “Conversations With God” Books 1-3 by Neale Donald Walsch

    • Toasting Marshmallows January 23, 2011 at 12:48 am #

      Thank you! Conversations With God I have already read but I will put The Evolution Angel on my list to read 🙂

  5. nikki April 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm #

    wow fab list, i see we have a few things the same 🙂
    i didnt write an explanation to my list either, i also will blog about each thing as i go along.
    if you would like to be part of my sending postcards , drop me an email with your details and i’d be very happy to send you one 🙂
    nikki xoxo

  6. sarsm November 12, 2011 at 12:25 pm #


    I saw you’ve joined our link on Emma’s blog.

    We also have a blogroll on my page, I’ll add you to it too and tell the others on my next update. Some of them will for sure pop by and give you there support!!

    I can recommend the book: Howard’s end by E.M. Forster.

    I did the growing food one this summer. I really enjoyed it. Great being able to eat something you’ve grown yourself.

    If you’re interested, we also have a badge on my ‘Take part’ page. Feel free to use that too!!

    • Toasting Marshmallows November 12, 2011 at 11:44 pm #

      Thanks for adding me, I will (slowly) work my way through all the others too, just don’t seem to have a minute these days! Thanks for the book too, it’s one that I haven’t read so will pop it on my list. I am going to have a major blog makeover so will keep your badge in mind for then. 🙂

  7. Emma (@Emsyjo) November 20, 2011 at 6:28 am #

    Thanks for linking up, sorry it took me so long to pop by! It’s a great list, I especially like the send an item to a random stranger from their Amazon wish list, that’s such a cook idea.

  8. whyyyjen March 26, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Hi! Good luck with your challenges. I am a new 101er 🙂


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