Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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 101 in 1001 (in no order):
1. Teach A1 how to read.
2. Watch A3 learn to walk.
3. Become a better photographer.
4. Take a class on carseat safety. THIS.
5. Coupon successfully for a period of 3 months. Not just using coupons but saving oodles and oodles of money from couponing!
6. Go to Boston in the Fall.
7. Build a snowman.
8. Dance in the rain with my girls.
9. Read the Bible.
10. Read 5 good books. (5/5)

11. Knit a sweater for A1. (in progress!)
12. Knit a overalls for A3.
13. Teach Peanut what her real name is and get her to spell it.
14. Organize my scrapbook materials.
15. Hang more recent photographs.

16, 17 & 18. Write a letter to my kids to open on their 16th birthday.
19. Pray more.
20. Teach A1 how to ride a two wheeler.
21. Teach A2 how to ride a tricycle.
22. Go away with husband for a night without kids.
23. Make a cake with fondant.
24. Take a photography class.
25. Visit 5 states. (4/5)
26. Go apple picking.
27. Write a letter to a friend, a real letter not an email, telling them how thankful I am to know them.
28. Bake cookies for a neighbor, just because.
29. Complete Love Dare.
30. Plant a flower garden.
31. Grow my own tomatos.
32. Grow my own cucumbers.

33. Make my own sauce (from my own tomatos) and can it.
34. Paint a room by myself.
35. Organize the kids clothes.
36. Stay in my pjs an entire weekend just because (this will be hard- I like getting dressed.)
37. Sew A1 an apron.
38. Sew A2 an apron.
39. Knit hat for a friend.
40. Make lunch for Vegas for an entire week.
41. Meal plan successfully for one month.
42. Go for a bike ride with the girls.
43. Teach someone how to knit.
44. Be a mentor.
45. Volunteer at Food Bank with A1.
46. Take a family photo for Christmas Cards.
47. Take part in a walk for cancer.
48. Rake the backyard.
49. Collect different colored leaves and show A1 how to make a placemat.
50. Turn off the computer for an entire week.
51. Build a sand castle.
52. Make A2's first year video.
53. Make A3's first year video.

54. Make a DVD of all our home videos.
55. Finish A2's scrapbook.
56. Keep A1, A2, A3's baby books up to date each year.
57. Write a love letter to Vegas.
58. Go to Vegas with Vegas :)
59. Go to a LLL meeting.
60. Find a house with a craft room.
61. Get orders.
62. Rent out our current house.
63. Find the new perfect home.
64. Write a letter to 3 people (related to me) telling them what they have meant to me over the years.
65. Host a cookie exchange.
66. Start a knitting club.
67. Sew a summer dress for each girl.
68/69. Successfully make a pie crust -- and then a pie in the pie crust!
70. Make yogurt.

71. Make a quilt.
72. Sew curtains for our new masterbed room in our new house (that we don't currently own or know where its going to be since we are waiting on #61 still).
73. Make toffee.
74. Make fudge.
75. Make organic jam...and enjoy it on homemade bread!
76. Give up eating out for an entire month.
77. Run a 5k.
78. Make a completely authentic Mexican Meal on Cinco De Mayo.
79. Make Thanksgiving Dinner...
80. Put up our Christmas tree in two homes (this one, and the next one)
81. Carve a pumpkin.
82. Visit friends that are not close by.
83. Plan a vacation and save for it. (planned & saving in progress!)
84. Buy a new camera lens.
85. Bake a cake and let A3 smash it while I take his picture...for his first birthday!
86. Lose 10 pounds.
87. Lose 10 more pounds.
88. Lose final 10 pounds.
89. Be happy at the weight I'm at (now that I've lost the 30 pounds) and find some new clothes!

90. Make a foot print picture of the kids feet.
91. Keep all of my shoes on the shoe rack for an entire month (you should see my closet).
92. Take a Zumba class.
93. Successfully organize the photos on my computer.
94. Have a yard sale.
95. Have friends over for a game night.
96. Find a good group of friends where we live (next).
97. Make a cute knit baby outfit for a pregnant friend...

As you can see I'm at a loss for more...so here's your chance to add in on this fun. Give me a few suggestions of things I should do in the next 1001 days...and I'll be sure to add them (or some of them...only four spots so the best four make it in!).


Gina said...

good list. go to church ;) send care packages, teach Peanut to read (in nearly 3 years, I'm sure you could get a good start), have another baby? LOL print your list so you can check things off, donate things to charity, sleep at least one night in your own bed with no kids (worth a shot, right?)...

NuthinLikeGatorMama said...

I need to work on one of these eventually!!!

I agree w/ Gina.... CHURCH! <3

add knit something awesome for BFF"s kids on there?? No?

Sarah said...

LOVE IT!!! and i agree with gina, add to the family. ;)

Crafty Mom said...

I love your LIST and I think this is an awesome Idea. I think I need to sit down and create a list, because sometimes Life happens. Your my idol... and and awesome mom