101 in 1001

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 List
Started: December 28, 2010

End Date: September 25, 2013

Underlined items link to other posts.
Hatched items are complete. (Completion date in parenthesis following.)
Items in italics are in progress.

1. Read three classic novels that I have not previously read. (0/3)
2.  Clean out the bookshelves and take “extra” books to the used book store. Hauled two boxes of books down to the book store in the wagon in July, 2011.  Did replace two of them with “new” books from the used store: Menonite in a Little Black Dress and Passing for Thin.
3. Finish the books that I currently have on loan from friends. (2/2) (1/22/11)
Started and completed Battle Rock  (12/30/10)
Started Special Topics in Calamity Physics 1/1/11 (1/22/11)
4.  Re-read the Harry Potter series.  Again. (1/7)
5. Read a book per month (13/33)
Battle Rock (12/30/10)
Special Topics in Calamity Physics (1/22/11)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
6. Read my MIL’s manuscript.

7.  Write another article and have it published in a magazine. (2/4/11) (5/5/11) (September 2011)
8.  Post 30 blog posts in 30 days. (20/30)
9.  Digitally document 101 in 1001 on a regular basis.  (Photograph and document craft projects; summaries of less exciting activities.)
10. Start a new 101 in 1001 list when this one is done!
11.  Write a guest post for another blog.
12. Write to my grandmothers every month. (13/33)

13.  Make myself a skirt that I’ll actually wear.
14. Design and sew an insulated lunch box.
15.  Sew a set of snack bags similar to these my friend, Lindsey made
16.  Sew a set of snack mats kind of like these.
17.  Sew at least two pillows for my home.
18. Sew the apron that I bought fabric for in August.
19. Make an adult sized sweater.
20. Make a pair of heel-less, toe-less socks for Gwen.
21.  Make a HufflePuff themed something for Dylan.
22. Finish the scarf I started for Gwen on the Nifty-Knitter years ago.
23. Learn how to turn heels and make a pair of socks.
24. Make baby hats for my pregnant friends. (3/??)
25. Figure out how to do this.
26. Finish the My Melody amigurumi I started for Gwen last Christmas.
27.  Sew a laptop case like this one for a friend.
28. Make myself a shirt that I’ll actually wear.
29. Sew a new backpack for Gwen’s school stuff.

30. Organize all teaching files onto one flash drive.
31. Cull unnecessary files from flash drive.
32. Finish graduate degree
33.  Finish MMC Papers.
34.  Set up an Etsy Account.(2/22/12) http://www.etsy.com/shop/DerbyBella
35. Sell something on Etsy. (2/22/12)
36. Write one lesson plan a day for one week over the summer. (0/7)

37. Make ten batches of  homemade pasta once a month with my new Christmas pasta roller.  (1,2/10
38. Try a new recipe every month. (7/33)
39. Bake something every week in the winter (5/43)
Sugar Cookies
Better Than Tollhouse Cookies
Pumpkin Pie
Corn Muffins
Eggless Chocolate Cake
40. Make an Indian meal from scratch.
41. Make 5 kinds of cookies and freeze dough.
42.  Find a brioche recipe that doesn’t suck.

Gardening/Urban Homestead/Around the House
43.  Clean out my “root cellar”.  Okay, it’s really a storage room but it serves many purposes.
44. Plant three fruit trees. (0/3)
45. Remodel the living room. We tore the carpet out in April 2011.
46.  Fence in the yard. Bought posts to go with the chain-link fence we salvaged.
47. Get (and use) a rain barrel.
48. Sift the compost bin.
49.  Make a plan for succession gardening and actually plant a series of crops.
50. Track chicken income/expenses and egg production for a whole year.
51. Track rabbit income/expenses.
52. Empty the fridge, clean it out and put all the food back in. (1/2/2011)

53. Complete this Food Storage Plan. (5/27/2012)
54. Can enough jam/jelly to get us through a year.
(6) half-pints herbed strawberry-balsamic jam (7/5/11)
Started over: (5) half pints Cinnamon Rhubarb Jam & (5) half pints Honey Lavender Rhubrab Jam (5/28/12)
55. Can enough salsa to get us through the year
56. Can enough tomato sauce to get us through the year.
57. Go back through Tigress’ 2010 Can Jam and try one recipe from each month. (2/12)

May Is it cheating to re-can my own recipes?

58. Forage enough ramps to can six pints of pickled ramps using my jerk pickled onion recipe. (2.5/6)
59. Forage enough mulberries to can six pints of mulberry jam.

60. Exercise Run at least 3x per week. (27/143)
I was running at least three times a week until I started a second job and joined the roller derby.  Working 80 hours a week and skating six hours a week on top of it is not condusive to running.  It doesn’t actually leave much time for anything. I am still running, but skating has taken priority over my runs.
61.Lose 25 pounds by day 101. (20/25) *See this post for details on why I am calling this “done” even though I’ve only actually lost 20 pounds.
62. Keep off the 25 lost pounds for the remaining 900 days.
63. Run seven or more 5k races. (3/7)
Ran the Leapin’ Leprechaun 27:17.09 (3/12/11)
Ran the Zombie Run 28:21.0 (10/29/11)
Ran the Turkey Trot (No official time because I didn’t officially  register (11/ 24/11)
64. Run a 5k in under 28 minutes. (My current PR is 28:40; not bad for an old lady.)  27:17.09 (3/12/11)
65. Train for and run a 10k. (Registered for the Bayshore 10k.) 59:14.7 (5/28/11)
66. Train for and run a half marathon.
67. Train for and run a full marathon.
68. Be able to complete 25 consecutive push-ups.
Used this plan.
As of 1/1/12 I can complete at least 30 push ups consecutively.  I’m currently doing about 100 every day broken up into five sets as outlined in the plan but my new goal is to be able to complete 50.
69. Be a vegetarian for a whole week.
70. Do yoga at least once a month (13/33) Attended class at Yoga for Health in January; practiced at Yen Yoga in February and March and joined Bikram when I joined the Roller Derby in April.
71. Fit into my skinny jeans. When I say “skinny jeans” I don’t mean skinny jeans like the tapered leg skinny jeans that are in fashion now, I mean the jeans that I wore before I got fat that I’ve been hoarding in the closet for ten years even after I cleaned out my closet.  However, I do now fit into my fifteen-year-old daughter’s actual skinny jeans so, either way.

72.  Visit Cedar Point again.
73.  Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
74.  Take a real vacation.
75. Visit three state parks. (1/3)
76. Visit my parents at least twice a year. (2/5)
77.  Take 5 camping trips. (1/5)
8/5-8/7/11~ Lake Ann, MI

Personal/Miscellaneous/Just for Fun
78. Comment on a different blog each day for a month. (1/30/11)
79. Go to Trivia Night.
80. Go on a picnic.
81. Have a party at my house.
82. Finish a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.
83.  Learn a song on the guitar.
84. Have one winter holiday season where 50% of gifts are handmade.
85. Pay off Bank of America Cards (0/2)
86. Pay off Capital One Cards (0/2)
87. Pay off Discover Card
88. Attend Smart Commute breakfast every morning during Smart Commute weeks. (10/15)
89. Beat the pogo.com scrabble robot on Master level  (12/31/2010)
90. Take my kids to the beach at least once a week all summer on each summer vacation. (18/36)
91. Attend or present at a Bioneers conference.
92. Try five new restaurants (4/5)
93. Go ice skating.
94. Have a date night with my hubby every month. (13/33)
95. Make a gingerbread house.

Charitable Ventures
96. Knit three hats for charity. (0/3)
97.  Take the rest of the “extra” books to Goodwill/Women’s Resource.
98. Donate my hair.
99. Clean out my closet every six months and donate my old clothing to Goodwill or Women’s Resource. (2/4)
100. Donate blood.
101.  Donate $5 to charity for every unfinished item on this list at the end of 1001 days

29 responses to “101 in 1001

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  2. Anita

    This is awesome! Thanks so much for sharing – I don’t have a blog to make mine public, but I’m going to do this, too! Good luck and I look forward to seeing your updates!

    • aastricker

      I’m glad Iinspired you! It took me awhile to come up with my list but I’m pleased with it. Now to start scratching things off . . .

  3. lifefullofwhimsy

    What a GREAT idea! I am going to have to come up with a list. Hmmm. Lots of things to think of. {Ashley wants to know how you made it snow on your blog!}

    • aastricker

      Thanks! You could probably fill a list just with craft projects!
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      • lifefullofwhimsy

        Thanks. I probably could. 🙂 I have to not just copy your list though. Because it all sounds like a good plan. I like your #101 🙂 I am working on my list, and will post when I have it written!

  4. I’m intrigued. I’m going to begin thinking about my 101 things.

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  6. What a great list. I kept going through it going “I’d like to do that too. Oh me too. Oh! Me too!”

  7. This is inspiring, Angela! You can complete #95 by coming to next year’s gingerbread party at my house – which means I need to have another one next year! I think I just might have to start making my own 101 list right now. I’m a compulsive list-maker in general, but I really like the long-term vision of this one.

    • aastricker

      Thanks Kate!
      I wanted to come to the gingerbread party this year but Dylan’s holiday sing-a-long got rescheduled to that night because of the snow day we had. The mini-houses you set up for everyone are a great idea. One of these days I’m actually going to make it to a Stone Soup, too! (Should’ve added that to the list. 🙂 )

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  9. UGH! I seriously suck at this! I have #1 written and then I just stare at the paper…. why can’t I get my brain to think this way!?

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  23. What an awesome list! Good luck on completing it!

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