Thursday, October 05, 2006


I hereby declare this my official 101 in 1001 days blog/journal/thing.

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.

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 Focussed. 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.

The list:

Health & Beauty
1. See a dermatologist and clear my skin up
2. Get my wisdom teeth out
3. Get adult braces
4. Get a haircut I actually like
5. Dye my hair an unnatural color (electric blue!)
6. Join a gym and work out regularly
7. Start running
8. Start biking regularly
9. Lose a significant amount of weight, keep most of it off
10. Get a manicure & pedicure
11. Take a shower every single day for a month
12. Find my fragrance
13. Get a bikini wax
14. Have a Girl's Night Out
15. Drink only water for one week
16. Drink no caffeine for one month

Learning and trying something new
17. Take a yoga class
18. Take a culinary class
19. Take a photography class
20. Learn the salsa
21. Learn to tango
22. Learn to swing dance.
23. Read 5 guidebooks on sex (0/5)
24. Read 5 graphic novels (0/5)
25. Learn how to bartend
26. Drink champagne
27. Improve my knitting skills
28. Achieve lucid dreaming
29. Go skinny-dipping

Material Girl
30. Find and get my dream camera
31. Drive a real sports car (like I stole it!)
32. Drive a motorcycle (not so much like I stole it)
33. Achieve financial stability
34. Buy a new car
35. Buy a Kitchen Aid mixer
36. Improve my wardrobe until I like everything
37. Create a successful and working budget
38. Get a new pair of rollerblades
39. Get a gardening-related job
40. Buy a MAC laptop

Having fun
41. try 10 new alcoholic drinks (0/10)
42. Play a real drinking game
43. go to a gay bar
44. Go to a Renfest! (pref. dressed up)
45. Go to a drag show
46. go to a Canadian hockey game to see what all the fuss is about
47. Go to a gaming/webcomic convention
48. Get drunk every day for a week
49. play DnD for 24 consecutive hours

For me
50. spend every Sunday in a month at a bookstore
51. get a bellybutton or nose piercing
52. Make 5 new good friends (0/5)
53. Experimento
54. Go shopping for a wedding dress (even if I don't need one!)
55. Complete and frame the puzzle I bought for Gramma
56. Go out to dinner at a fancy restaurant wearing a dress
57. Recieve flowers from someone for no reason
58. Get a full-body massage
59. have a real garden (indoor or outdoor)
60. Get a puppy and/or kitten
61. enter a photography contest
62. win more than $20 in lotto
63. Have a candle-lit dinner
64. host a successful party
65. host a dinner party
66. Have a picture taken of me that I like
67. go camping three times (0/3)
68. Find my faith

World Travel
69. US road trip - including Hawaii
70. Do New York City at Christmastime - including a taping of SNL
71. Go to California to visit Anthony
72. Visit Wifeh
73. visit Ireland
74. visit Paris

Family Love
75. Take Jazmyn to the Circus

For others
76. Send my hair to Locks of Love
77. donate time to a charitable cause
78. Donate every piece of clothing that I don't like or doesn't fit
79. send ten "thinking of you" cards (0/10)
80. Do something fabulous for Chas, Jackie, Carol, Andy and Muranda to compensate for the fantastic friendship they've given to me
81. Surprise Kevin with breakfast in bed

In the Kitchen
82. compile my own recipe book
83. cook/bake everything in said recipe book at least once
84. Bake six dozen cookies for Chas (0/6)
85. Bake 30 three-course meals completely from scratch, including dessert (nothing out of a box, processed, etc.) (0/30)
86. Try one food that I would normally never consider
87. Cook a meal that I would normally never consider
88. Bake 10 successful batches of bread (0/10)

89. Learn to bellydance
90. Make my own teddy bear
91. paint a picture I like
92. Take a nice picture of ten friends (0/10)
93. Take a picture of ten strangers (0/10)
94. Sing five karaoke songs (0/5)
95. write several chapters for a book
96. get a gaming-related tattoo
97. consult a custom tattoo artist about expanding the tattoo on my back
98. Compile all of my photos into (non-adhesive) albums
99. Submit a secret to Post Secret (and continue doing so until I see one on the website)
100. Create a scrapbook

101. Take pictures of each thing on this list, add to scrapbook.

Deadline: Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's on.