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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

One thing after another...to 101

I've been seeing a number of folks starting a "Do 101 things in 1001 days" plan, which seems like a pretty neat idea. As my close friends and family (and probably astute readers of my blog) know, I am very much a list person, and so I've decided to join in the fun.

Being myself, however, I had a bit of difficulty coming up with 101 tasks! I discovered a tendency to put "big" tasks, and not being gifted with any sort of timestop ability or gadget, there was not even a remote possibility of completing 101 such. So I had to start thinking smaller, and yesterday I finally completed my list.

And now, for your viewing pleasure (or cure for insomnia, if you prefer), my "101 Things" list. Updates will be tracked on a separate page, reachable through the button on my sidebar.

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

Start Date: 26 July 2006
End Date: 23 April 2009
Days Remaining: 1001 days
Key:Task completed!
Task in progress...
Task unattainable
  1. The Great Decluttering
  2. Clean out attic
  3. Reorganize books
  4. Donate unwanted books to library
  5. Clean out DD's room
  6. Revamp defunct garden
  7. Keep an herb garden alive for a year
  8. Pay off credit card debt
  9. Keep credit cards paid off
  10. Declutter horizontal surfaces
  11. Keep horizontal surfaces decluttered monthly.
  12. Weed out clothing (be aggressive and realistic!)
  13. Straighten up spare room
  14. Get house exterior repainted
  15. Touchup house interior paint
  16. Get carpets cleaned
  17. Investigate getting standby generator for house
  18. Get roof replaced
  19. Update will
  20. Clean up office
  21. Organize junk drawer in dresser
  22. Design AB's website
  23. Finish family website
  24. Finish parish website updates
  25. Revamp blog template
  26. Design personal website
  27. Add captions to UK2006 gallery
  28. Add captions to Italy gallery
  29. Add captions to Germany gallery
  30. Add captions to Wales galleries
  31. Put 1996 UK travelog online
  32. Put 1999 UK travelog online
  33. Put 2002 UK travelog online
  34. Get a physical
  35. Get to 30% body fat
  36. Get to 28% body fat
  37. Get to 25% body fat
  38. Walk to Rivendell (458 miles)
  39. Walk from Rivendell to Lorien (462 miles)
  40. Learn how to do pushups correctly
  41. Be able to do 25 pushups at once
  42. Reach 200th workout at Curves
  43. Reach 300th workout at Curves
  44. Finish TW Fortunate Traveler
  45. Finish Mirabilia Madonna of the Garden
  46. Finish Assisi Sampler
  47. Passione Ricamo Arabesque "C"
  48. Just Nan Amethyst Snowflake
  49. Just Nan Ice Blossom
  50. Center panel of Marbek Nativity
  51. Four Mill Hill ornament kits
  52. Start Victoria Sampler Heirloom Christmas Sampler
  53. Start Passione Ricamo Once Upon A Time
  54. Start Chatelaine Convent's Herbal Garden
  55. Design and stitch something small
  56. "Finish" one piece non-framed
  57. Frame one piece myself
  58. Kit up (but not necessarily start) 5 other projects
    Other crafts
  59. Finish 63 squares crochet afghan
  60. Finish DD's First Communion veil
  61. Sew DD's First Communion dress
  62. Sew a dress or outfit for myself
  63. Knit a pair of socks or a shawl/stole
  64. Crochet unicorn for DD
  65. Try to teach DD to stitch
  66. Baby gift for grandson
  67. Reread The Hobbit
  68. Reread Lord of the Rings
  69. Reread Silmarillion
  70. The Devil's Brood - Sharon Penman (once released)
  71. The Greatest Knight - Elizabeth Chadwick
  72. Niccolo Rising - Dorothy Dunnett
  73. King Hereafter - Dorothy Dunnett
  74. Divine Comedy - Dante
  75. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susannah Clarke
  76. Read something by Charles Williams
  77. Read something by G.K. Chesterton
    General Timewasting
  78. Play all the Heroes Chronicles PC games
  79. Play all the Heroes III PC game scenarios
  80. Play all the Heroes III: Armageddon's Blade PC game scenarios
  81. Play all the Heroes III: Shadow of Death PC game scenarios
  82. Watch all the Monty Python's Flying Circus DVDs
  83. Watch all the Brother Cadfael DVDs
  84. Have a LotR extended edition marathon - all 3 movies back to back to back.
  85. Play War & Peace wargame campaign with DH
  86. Learn to play my harp (complete all lessons in Basic Harp for Beginners)
  87. Learn Welsh (complete all lessons in Colloquial Welsh)
  88. Decide about the piano up north and implement (or not) decision.
  89. Learn to drive a manual transmission
  90. Attend a live hockey game
  91. Attend a live football game
  92. Make one item seen on Good Eats
  93. Learn to swim
  94. Learn to ice skate
  95. Travel to Italy
  96. Attend a Papal audience
  97. Get to confession at least bimonthly
  98. Learn the Latin Mass responses
  99. Visit a basilica or cathedral in North America
  100. Refresh juggling skills
  101. Play one season in a fantasy football league

As you can see, I'm all over the map on this. Wish me luck!

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