101 Things

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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.


Start Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015
End Date: November 29, 2017

The List

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Asheville / Biltmore at Christmas
  • Jeep Jamboree – Uwharrie visit with Jeeps
  • Mountain retreat with Steve – cabin rental (no puppies)
  • Riverbanks Zoo
  • North Carolina Zoo
  • Brookgreen Gardens
  • Visit my brother and his family in NJ
  • Camping
  • Off road park visit
  • Visit eight places in the Southeast I’ve never been (can be local Charleston)
  • Upgrade wheels & tires (and any corresponding parts)
  • Upgrade front bumber
  • Tint windows
  • Trail ride where I’m driving
  • Try 10 new restaurants
  • Try 10 new foods
  • Eat at Husk, The Ordinary, Edmunds Oast, The Grocery
  • Attempt homemade box yellow cake recipe
  • Grow my own tomatoes
  • Combine elements from Grandma’s spaghetti recipe and my own to make a killer spaghetti
  • Make puppies dog treats
  • Cooking class (with Steve)
  • Get a tattoo
  • Celebrate 35 in a fun way, even if I have to plan it
  • Take a brewery tour/cruise (Steve birthday)
  • Get a psychic/tarot/palm reading
  • Massage, facial, mani/pedi
  • Buy a lottery ticket for a ridiculous jackpot
  • Horseback riding
  • Send a postcard to PostSecret
  • 100% completion on an Xbox game
  • Sew my own throw pillows
  • Take 3 more painting classes
  • Watch & photograph the sunrise
  • Visit the beach on Christmas Eve
  • Watch all the Harry Potter movies
  • One technology free weekend (internet, phone, facebook, etc.)
  • Old timey photos
  • Paint some pottery
  • Learn a poem by heart
  • Learn to use the grill
  • Learn to use a sewing machine
  • Learn to crochet
  • Learn Canon in D on the keyboard
  • Learn some Spanish
  • Learn to swim without holding my nose
 Health & Beauty
  • Quit soda for good (replace with coffee & tea – unsweet iced)
  • One month without booze
  • Make a fitness/health plan for success & implement it
  • Stop taking the elevator at work
  • Take yoga class for four weeks in a row
  • Attempt a no carb diet for a week
  • Wake up on first alarm for 30 days straight
  • Adjust waking time to 5:30am
  • Research Lasik & get it done if worth it
  • Dye tips of my hair a fun color at least once
  • Put on lipcolor every day for 30 days straight
  • Get a bikini wax
  • Whiten teeth
  • Floss every night for a month
Finance / Future 
  • Try you need a budget (finances, permanently) – download trial
  • Estate planning/will
  • Savings account for puppies
  • Pay off credit cards for good
  • Save three months’ salary
  • Cancel cable/cut the cord
  • Update resume/LinkedIn/Monster (think about career future)
  • Invest in five quality pairs of work pants (find the perfect pair)
  • Scan in all printed photos for backup
  • Pull all files off old floppy disks and discard disks
  • Purge archived files from backup HD’s – archive things don’t need on permanent solution
  • Emergency backup HD/Files – stored off site from the house (deed, mortgage, etc.) – house inventory, serial numbers, etc.
  • Donate to local animal shelter
  • Leave 100% tip
  • Attempt to donate blood again
  • Print two Instagram photo albums
  • Make yearly photo albums from digital and scanned printed pictures
  • Three photo walks a year (total of 6)
  • Take a photo of the same place every month for a year then make them into a calendar
  • Photo a day for a month (birthday month – April 2016)
  • Rebuild deck
  • Replace windows
  • Alarm for house
  • Repair all woodwork on house
  • Clean out & organize garage
  • Redo laundry room
  • Have gutters professionally installed
  • Install center post for front porch
  • Convert all towels and washcloths to white
  • Cleaning lady
  • Lawn service
  • Make emergency kits for house/vehicles/puppies
  • New mattress
  • New sofas
  • Tiffany’s initial necklace
  • Five things from Etsy that make me happy
  • New dryer
  • Safe (gun & important documents)
  • Right hand ring
  • Frame my degree