101 in 1001
|A quick post and then the list. This was actually a hard list to make. I started out slow. Once I wrote a dozen or so, I found that I was actually moving right along. I started looking at other people's lists to see what they had wrote and to come up with some inspiration for ideas. I was worried. Were there not a lot of things that I wanted to do with my life? No... I have plenty of things. I was torn between putting things that were 'important' considered global contributions (#9) and things that were purely just fun for me (#43). So there is a good mix of both. Looking over the list, I'm surprised I haven't done some of these already. As I was looking at other 101 in 1001 lists I was surprised that some people had never done/seen/accomplished some things. (Ex. See snow) They are listed in no specific order of important. I did try and rearrange them a little so the ones that were related were together.
As I complete these 101 goals, I'll probably make a page for them specifically. Easier to keep track that way and also share the stories of some of the more entertaining tasks.
My 1001 days start... NOW!!!
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. represent some amount of work on your part).
This seems like a good way to set realistic goals and remember some of my hopes and dreams that I'd like to accomplish. They are listed in no specific order. If I complete all 101 in 1001 days, then I hope I am a better man not for having done such a thing, but for what I've learned along the way.
Start Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Deadline: Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tasks completed: 0
1- Be a better friend to people in my life.
2- Go to Europe again now that I am older and able to appreciate the experience
3- Get reacquainted with friends that I've lost touch with. Dave Burman... Sarah Loseke... where are you? (Completed 10/18/2005)
4- Buy a new (to me) car.
5- Pay for someone's meal behind my in the drive thru line.
6- Maintain a job at the place I work. This sounds odd, but technically, my job is finished around September 2007.
7- Join, support, and actually attend an organization, club, or group.
8- Make a charitable donation.
9- Volunteer my time in a charitable way.
10- Save 5 dollars a day for 3 months.
11- Start working out twice a week.
12- Lose 10 pounds to weigh less than 200 pounds again.
13- If I'm going to weigh more than 200 let it be muscle.
14- Stop biting my fingernails for at least two months so that I can...
15- Get a manicure.
16- Get a pedicure while I'm at it.
17- Get a professional massage.
18- Take a photography class.
19- Publish a photo I've taken (besides on my blog).
20- Take a Photo Log of my life for a week.
21- Make a list of my 100 Favorite Songs.
22- Own copies of my 100 Favorite Songs.
23- Make a list of my 100 Favorite Movies.
24- See Natalie Merchant in concert outside the city/state I live.
25- See Ben Folds in concert outside the city/state I live.
26- See Train in concert outside the city/state I live.
27- Complete a gallery of 26 Things.
28- Go to New York City.
29- Go on a cruise.
30- Go to Mardi Gras. I know I could do/see the same things there almost any time of year, but to be able to say I attended Mardi Gras is worth a place on the list.
31- Go on a whale watching trip.
32- Go to a museum that I've never been to before.
33- Go to the top of the Space Needle.
34- Go to Canada.
35- Go to Mexico.
36- Attend the US Open Tennis Grand Slam
37- Join a local tennis club and play more often.
38- Compete in the Cornhusker State Games in tennis.
39- Start classes towards my Masters degree. I'd say complete my Masters, but speaking frankly and realistically I do not see it happening in three years. If it does? Great!
40- Give up apartment life for life in a house.
41- Plant an herb garden.
42- Make a photo book to give to my friends.
43- Sing "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkle, "Smooth" by Santana, or "Come Fly with Me" by Frank Sinatra, at a karaoke bar.
44- Jog 15 miles a week.
45- Complete a 5K run.
46- Buzz my hair. SHORT! Just to see what it would look like.
47- Eat sushi. Real sushi, not the stuff you find packaged at Super Target. What was I thinking?!
48- Take a trip with my brother, just the two of us, to someplace neither of us has been.
49- Attend a Huskers football game at home.
50- Throw a game night party and invite my friends.
51- Take a cooking class.
52- Create my own dish.
53- Cook for someone who doesn't live with me at least once a month for as long as I can.
54- Learn to bartend. Not to be a bartender, but this seems like one of those skills that are fun to know, but not very useful in everyday situations. ONLOOKERS: "Quick! Help her! She's trapped under the car." ME: "I can't move the car, but do you want a mojito?"
55- Take a wine tasting class.
56- Bake a pie.
57- Vote in every election I'm eligible to vote in.
58- Take a trip by train.
59- Take a romantic vacation.
60- Take part in a Mystery Dinner Party
61- Stay in a fancy hotel even if it is for just one night.
62- Order room service.
63- Get a puppy.
64- Sleep outside under the stars.
65- Have something published on McSweeney's
66- Win a contest.
67- Visit 5 states that I've never been to before.
68- Buy a laptop.
69- Watch all the episodes of Inuyasha
70- Be in the audience of a television show.
71- Have a meaningful conversation with my Father.
72- Make a Family Tree.
73- Go to the dentist. (I actually dreaded putting that one on the list)
74- Try a new cuisine of food that I've never had before.
75- Send an angry letter to someone (some place) that has dislocated my chi.
76- Send a positively glowing letter to someone (some place) that I was impressed with.
77- See a midnight movie at the Dundee.
78- Skinny dip.
79- Try to not eat meat for a week. Just to see if I can.
80- Try to not eat carbs for a week. Just to see if I can.
81- Go a month without drinking soda. (Completed 10/13/05)
82- Build a piece of furniture. (Not from a box at the store)
83- Get a couple bins to use a recycling bin.
84- Try Geocaching
85- Shave off my goatee for a month. (I haven't in almost 8 years.)
86- Get a tattoo.
88- Actually complete all the video games I own. I own quite a few PS2 games, but I've not solved them all. Why is this important? Closure.
89- Eat at a Hard Rock Cafe.
90- Host a month party, event night, game night, etc...
91- Take vitamins regularly.
92- Send birthday cards to my friends and relatives. Not e-cards.
93- Get recertified in CPR.
94- Read 3 books a year. (I don't read that much now).
95- Write a hand-written letter to someone once a month.
96- Be true to myself. Vague? Trust me. I'll know when I've done this.
97- Give away any old clothes that I no longer wear.
98- Attend a professional musical.
99- Buy something from an infomercial.
100- Build a snowman.
101- Fly first class.
I posted this @ 8/31/2005 12:53:00 PM.............Need a link?..........