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101 in 1001

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.

Some common goal setting tips:

  1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
  2. Stay Focused. 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.

Start date: Monday, 1 December 2008

End date: Monday, 29 August 2011

Number of Items Completed: 24/101 [4 items no longer viable or not a goal I want to achieve]

Bold Red Text = Finished with Completion Date

Green Italic Text = In Progress

1. Blog about each 101 things [9/101]

2. Get someone else to join the 101 in 1001 challenge [Gillian! – 26/03/2010]


3. Save to go on a missions trip

4. Type up notes within 2 days after hearing the lecture!

5. Get an average of H2A each semester [2/4]

6. Become a Uni Graduate [10.12.09]

7. Get into the JD (Post-grad Law) [17.08.09]


8. Learn 4 songs on the guitar

9. Write 5 songs (lyrics and music)

10. Work on improvising on the piano

11. Achieve LMusA on Piano [no longer viable]

12. Go to an outdoor performance

13. Join a jazz choir (after completing LMusA)

14. Play flute in a uni ensemble

15. Host an annual piano concert for my students [3/3]

16. Go to the International Arts Festival


17. Swim twice a week for 3 months

18. Get a fitness plan [Semester 1, 2009]

19. Go to the gym at least twice a week for 6 months

20. Go to a fitness class every 2 months [during Semester 1, 2009]


21. Try 50 new restaurants/cafes/food joints [50/50]

22. Try 5 new ice-cream flavours [3/5]

23. Learn 5 family recipes

24. Try 5 new recipes [finished on 23.10.09]

25. Cook a 3 course meal for friends/family

26. Keep a food journal through photos for a week


27. Host a board games night

28. Watch 50 movies and blog about each [31/50]

29. ‘26 Things’ project

30. Document an entire day through photos

31. Project 365 [completed 13.04.11]

32. Go to the Melbourne Show

33. Watch a movie at a drive-in/roof top/outdoor cinema [08.01.09]

34. Go to a Live concert

35. Take a friend to their first musical opera [22.11.10]

36. Wear makeup and nail polish for an entire week

37. Audition for Australian Idol

38. Sing at a Karaoke Bar

Gaining Knowledge/Intellectual Pursuits

39. Learn 25 new English words and use them 5 times in one day

40. Find a way to maintain my French

41. Read or re-read 25 books [4/25]

42. Blog about each book read [2/25]

43. Read 250 of 1001 list of Quality Reads [really not something I want to complete anymore]

44. Learn 5 new (useful) Vietnamese phrases

45. Learn how to use all the functions on my Canon IXUS 960 IS PowerShot G11 (in progress)

46. Finish my Suzuki Primary Piano Teacher Training [August 2010]

R&R (rest and recuperation/relaxation)

47. Get a facial

48. Get a pedicure and manicure for the first time

49. Get a massage

50. Get a wax of some sort [22.11.2010]

51. Take mum to a spa


52. Have dinner with the Norsworthys [04.09.09]

53. Write snail mail letters to 10 friends, just because

54. Get together with cousins on mum’s side of the family (outside of Christmas) [1/5]

55. Change my relationship status [Dec 2009-March 2010]

56. Write 50 letters to my future mate [completed 14th February 2011]

57. Take Scottie for a walk at least 3 times a week [Scottie was put down in late 2010]

Spiritual Life

58. Intentionally share the Gospel with 15 people [2/15]

59. Read the whole Bible at least once

60. Read through the Book of Proverbs for 6 individual months

61. Write in a prayer journal at least once a month

62. Keep a blessings log

63. Listen to 50 messages on cd/via podcast [20/50]

64. Write 20 articles on faith topics [3/20]


65. Try a new sport

66. Join a sporting team

67. Learn to ride a bike

68. Learn to surf

69. Take a dance class

70. (Learn how to play poker?)


71. Achieve a 20 year old brain (Brain Training) [don’t play on DS anymore]

72. Find 101 things that make me happy [20.11.10]

73. Do 25 unselfish things

74. Do 25 kind things to strangers [2/25]

75. Stay off Facebook for an entire month (will be the hardest!)

76. Watch the sunrise 5 times

77. Make Sam’s room liveable [September 2009]

78. Clean desk and room once a semester (1/6)


79. Go paintballing

80. Go to the races with the girls

81. Go to the Australian Open [21.01.09]

82. Attend 4 university social events [2/4]

83. Host a movie marathon

84. Go to 5 different beaches [3/5]

85. Go on a picnic [20th birthday picnic-18/04/09]

86. Go to Cirque du Soleil

87. Host my 21st birthday celebrations [10/04/10]

Community/Altruistic activities

88. Give blood 3 times [3/3]

89. Go to the Shrine on Remembrance Day

90. Run a marathon for a good cause [17.07.11]

91. Write a letter to our Sponsor Child (once every three months)

92. Set up a library at church

93. Give $1 to a charity for every goal I don’t complete

94. Serve at a soup kitchen

Travel – General

95. Take a road trip

96. Go on an overseas mission trip

97. Go camping

98. Go on an exchange program for 6 months

99. Visit the Chinese Garden of Friendship just because

100. Visit Monash Clayton (0/5)


101. On Day 1001, publish a new 101 Things in 1001 Days list that includes anything I haven’t finished already (hopefully, none)

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