Friday, January 9, 2009

101 things in 1001 days

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.

The Key:
Not Started
In Progress
Accomplished (with the date)

My end date is October 7, 2011

Quilt things:
1)Finish Sika's quilt 7/10
2)Make Batik quilt
3)Make Willow quilt
4)Finish Etienne's quilt
5)Finish Dillon's quilt 2/4/09
6)Put together birthday block quilt 6/14/09
7)Make Becca & Andrew's quilt
8)Mail quilts to Michigan family (6/10)
9)Make quilts for Charlie's kids
10)Make quilts for Aaron's kids 6/10
11)Make a design wall 7/10
12)Make Walker's t-shirt quilt
13)Finish road trip quilt

Other crafty things:
14)Finish Sarah's cross stitch
15)Design two more Xstitch patterns (0/2)
16)List patterns on Etsy or patternsonline
17)Make plushie dice
18)Knit or crochet 6 dishcloths (1/6)
19)Get antique machine working
20)Make six pieces of clothing for me(4/6)
21)Finish winding and sorting floss
22)Organize beads 5/10
23)Successfully participate in ten swaps (10/10) 9/10

24)Have a family outing 12 times (12/12) 9/10
25)Research and buy new stroller 1/19/09
26)Go on at least one baby free outing with Walker every two months for a year (5/6) 9/10
27)Make at least two mom friends with children close to Moira's age (2/2) 6/19/09
28)Go someplace new with Moira at least once a month for 6 months (6/6) 7/30/09
29)Go to a drive in movie

30)Decorate kitchen playroom
31)Replace high kitchen windows 2/10
32)Find out if insulation can be added to kitchen floor 10/13/09
33)Research solar panels for roof
34)Put bathroom in downstairs 2/10
35)Get curtains for living room 5/23/09
36)Refinish sewing table
37)Refinish Moira's dresser
38)Finish decorating Moira's room 6/10
39)Consolidate down to three sets of china
40)Clean out unfinished room in basement
41)Deep clean the house once a year (2/3)
42)Create a housekeeping schedule and stick to it for 6 months (0/6)
43)Get laundry area shelves
44)Kit out sewing room closet 4/21/09 (now to organize in there. Bleah)

45)Tame vegetable patch 2/10 (We decided it was better to move the vegetable area.)
46)Plant vegetables 5/28/09
47)Tame front yard
48)Plant at least one new fruit tree
49)Get filter for pond
50)Turn yard into meadow

51)Make at least two vegetarian meal a week for 2 months (4/8)
52)Walk at least 3 times a week for half an hour for 1 month (15/15) 9/10
53)Conquer fear of riding bike downhill
54)Spend at least one hour outdoors 2 times a week for a year (12/12) 4/24/09
55)Find a dentist and visit 3 times (0/3)
56)Floss every day for 2 weeks (0/14)

57)Learn to make yogurt
58)Learn to make cheese
59)Try making granola
60)Bake bread 5 times (2/5)
61)Cook 5 indian meals (Not pre made Tasty Bites) (3/5)
62)Make 10 different meals in crockpot (10/10) 6/10
63)Try 25 new recipies (25/25) 8/10
64)Go berry/fruit picking 2 times (2/2) 6/10
65)Don't get premade food for one month just because you are tired/sad/overwhelmed (30/30) 3/24/09
66)Have at least 2 home cooked meals ready in the freezer for 2 months (60/60)4/21/09
67)Plan what needs to go into pantry and start stocking it

68)Scan negatives & slides from Pickle (8/31/09)
69)Finish uploading photos 5/10
70)Read manual for camera and learn to set settings manually 5/10
71)Take 10 pictures with manual settings (10/10) 6/10
72)Take one picture a day for one year (123/365)
73)Comment 100 times on blogs/LJ (100/100) (7/17/09)
74)Start archiving Hillinger family photos (8/10/09)
75)Succeed in NaBloPoMo once
76)Get rid of Drizzle account (11/27/09)
77)Don't download a game demo for one month (31/31) (11/18/09)
78)Organize computer info onto one computer (I don't remember when we did this, but it was in March) 3/31/09
79)Make 5 playlists (0/5)
80)Contribute 150 pictures to flickr groups (150/150) 4/18/09
81)Finish 100 species challenge (100/100) 5/9/10

82)Find earth friendly feminine hygine product that I will actually use 5/30/09 (end of first period where I actually used the mooncup the WHOLE time)
83)Learn to make my own laundry soap
84)Buy nothing new for one month (excluding food and household necessities) (0/30)
85)Don't use wrapping paper for one year 12/09
86)Go one year without paper towels 4/10

87)Visit Canada twice at a time other then Halloween (2/2) 6/10
88)Go on a family trip abroad
89)Visit Portland 2/10
90)Take a road trip

91)Buy a proper fitting bathing suit 3/4/09
92)Find a volunteer opportunity where Moira is welcome (07/30/09)
93)Go through diaries, tear out the pages you wish to keep and throw out the rest
94)Make an inspiration journal
95)Go to the naked spa
96)Donate $5 for every finished item to a food bank
97)Get ear cartilage pierced
98)Try a new thing with my hair 24 times (4/24)
99)Get dressed every day for 6 months (180/180) 12/09
100)Organize road trip memorabilia
101)Get Anime haircut 2/10


  1. Hello Shannon! I'm following this in my google reader.

    I love this idea! It inspires me to start my own.

    Under your cooking column, if you need ideas I have many many many vegetarian cookbooks, including a vegetarian crock-pot cookbook if you need some inspiration. And if you want it I can give you a recipe for Bosnian bread which requires no kneading and is chewy and lovely.

    And umm, for #82...Naturacare.


  2. I actually want to find a solution for #82 that is washable and reusable. I'm getting really extra super crunchy lately. I had a mini freak out the other day thinking about all the beads that get thrown away at Mardis Gras.
    I may take you up on the cookbook loans. I am planning on taking a look through ye old internet first and seeing what I can see.

  3. Oh even better! I have a zine that discusses the various options and has a pattern for sewing your own pads. I could send it to you as a loaner.