completed: 101 tasks in 1001 days

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So I set out on 1 December 2013 on this 101.1001 challenge. I was determined to finish, having failed the last time in 2007 because I was actually doing 232 tasks.

The tasks varied between easy and more involved. I added 1001 posts to the website, 1001 pics on flickr and 1001 posts on instagram. I read a bunch of books, went to an art exhibition and saw a couple of musicals. Completed both nanos that coincided with the challenge, finally finished LL and designed its cover. Writing a short story was more difficult, but I got it done.

New countries, new US states, new World Heritage sites visited. New restaurants, new recipes and new whiskies too. Ate some insects. Ran and walked 1001 miles, then the 1779 miles of the Walk to Mordor challenge. Did some activities with family and mm, sorted out finances and achieved some other personal goals.

The one task that isn’t 100%, but I’ve checked it off as done, is go wall climbing. Because the courses are fully booked, I’m going in October. But I went and made the reservation and paid the fee before the end of this challenge, so I will definitely go.

Here for the final time, are the tasks with links to the posts corresponding to their completion:

101 tasks in 1001 days

mission: complete 101 preset tasks in 1001 days
criteria: tasks must be realistic and specific, requiring actual effort and with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined
rollover: incomplete tasks from original 2007 list are marked with **

start: Sunday 1 December 2013
end: Sunday 28 August 2016

    technology

  1. upgrade macOS at least once // done 01-feb-2016
  2. get a new idevice // done 31-mar-2014
  3. become proficient at Evernote // done 07-mar-2015
  4. complete an online course // done 05-aug-2014
  5. 1001 posts on website (start count=3,259) // done 25-may-2016
  6.  
    arts, media, books

  7. visit an art exhibition / museum** // done, chihuly garden & glass seattle 23-may-2014
  8. new musical // done 02-jul-2015
  9. old musical // done 13-jul-2016
  10. use my library card** // done 12-feb-2014
  11. read 101 books // done 26-sep-2014 (posted 08-oct-2014)
  12. finish a book in one day // done 20-jan-2014
  13. finish all the Harry Potter books** // done 10-jan-2014
  14. read Mythology for Dummies** // done 21-sep-2014
  15.  
    writing

  16. nano 2014 // done 12-nov-2014
  17. nano 2015 // done 20-nov-2015
  18. finish Lamplight (seriously, get this done, no excuse) // done 17-aug-2016
  19. outline book ideas // done 21-oct-2015
  20. design a book cover // done 16-aug-2016
  21. write a short story // done 20-aug-2016
  22.  
    photography

  23. 1001 instagram/vine/snapchat total (start count: instagram 452+vine 1 = 453) // done 03-mar-2015
  24. 20,001 flickr photos total (start count=18,555) // done 25-apr-2014
  25. complete a photo challenge using a photo app (was lomo)** // done 12-dec-2013
  26. complete an alphabet photo series // done 12-dec-2013
  27. try one of the challenges on photochallenge.org // done 18-feb-2014
  28. tues’ assignment: find colour in an unusual place** // done 26-dec-2015
  29.  
    travel

  30. make a list of 101 landmarks and notable places visited // done 06-feb-2014
  31. make a list of 101 places to visit // done 07-feb-2014
  32. 3 new countries**: 1. greece // done 23-feb-2014
  33. 2: israel // done 26-feb-2014
  34. 3: vietnam // done 16-mar-2016
  35. 3 new US states**: 1. washington // done 24-may-2014
  36. 2: alaska // done 30-may-2014
  37. 3:south dakota // done 20-jul-2014
  38. make a list of World Heritage sites visited // done 09-jan-2014
  39. 3 new World Heritage sites: 1. greece — archeological site of olympia (23-feb-2014) and acropolis athens (01-mar-2014) // done
  40. 2: israel — old city of jerusalem and its walls (26-feb-2014) and baha’i holy places in haifa and western galilee (27-feb-2014) // done
  41. 3: palestine — birthplace of Jesus church of the nativity and the pilgrimage route bethlehem (26-feb-2014) // done
  42. go on a cruise** // done 05-mar-2014
  43.  
    health/sports

  44. run/walk/bike 1001 miles // done 16-mar-2015
  45. complete the walk to mordor challenge — 1779 miles from Hobbiton to Mt Doom (bonus return trip 1625 miles from Minas Tirith to Bags End) // done 19-feb-2016
  46. break a running PR // done 14-mar-2016
  47. db bench PR // done 25-aug-2016
  48. 101 crunches // done 30-dec-2015
  49. 101 squats // done 06-sep-2014
  50. take a tai chi, yoga or martial arts class** // done 24-apr-2015
  51. go rock-climbing (real or wall)** // done 26-aug-2016
  52.  
    food & drink

  53. make a list and photoset of 101 bucket list foods already tried // done 09-jan-2015
  54. eat an insect // done 28-sep-2014
  55. 10 new recipes: 1. lebkuchen // done 16-dec-2013
  56. 2: chocolate log // done 24-dec-2013
  57. 3: baked cheesecake // done 23-jan-2014
  58. 4: roast belly pork // done 04-feb-2014
  59. 5: roasted cabbage // done 09-feb-2014
  60. 6: no-bake chocolate tart // done 19-apr-2014
  61. 7: key lime pie // done 15-aug-2014
  62. 8: chicken ballotine // done 27-aug-2014
  63. 9: rosemary flatbread // done 31-oct-2014
  64. 10: double chocolate tart // done 18-jan-2015
  65. make vanila extract // done 07-jan-2015
  66. open a cookbook to a random page and make whatever comes up // done 22-jun-2016
  67. plan, make and serve a three-course meal, with wine** // done 13-jul-2016
  68. make a cocktail // done 31-dec-2013
  69. go to a wine/beer/whisky tasting** // done 18-jul-2014
  70. 5 new whiskies (bonus if they are in 101 whiskies book): 1. auchentoshan three wood // done 22-dec-2013
  71. 2: laphroaig px cask // done 20-mar-2014
  72. 3: dalmore 18 // done 11-aut-2014
  73. 4: bunnahabhain cruach-mhona // done 13-jan-2015
  74. 5: arras // done 15-apr-2016
  75. 5 new restaurants in 5 cities**: 1. sapporo hanamaru // done 09-apr-2014
  76. 2: seattle five points café // done 22-may-2014
  77. 3: portland food carts // done 07-jul-2014
  78. 4: dublin bear // done 09-apr-2015
  79. 5: london dishoom // done 13-apr-2015
  80.  
    home & finance

  81. put away $10 (or equivalent) for each goal achieved // done 27-aug-2016
  82. set aside $1 for each goal achieved and donate to charity // done 27-aug-2016
  83. make a will** // done 30-jun-2016
  84. build net worth calculator // done 21-dec-2013
  85. money-free weekend // done 23-mar-2014
  86. invest in a kickstarter-type project // done drinkable book 24-jun-2014
  87.  
    family

  88. scan 101 family pictures // done 19-jan-2016
  89. 3 new places/activities with family: 1. gingerbread house // done 12-jan-2014
  90. 2: christmas bazaar & bbq // done 29-nov-2014
  91. 3: kayaking // done 06-aug-2015
  92. 3 new places/activities with mm: 1. easter sunset // done 20-apr-2014
  93. 2: day trip to tai o // done 02-aug-2014
  94. 3: jjimjibang korean spa // done 26-sep-2014
  95.  
    personal

  96. make a list of 101 things already achieved // done 08-jan-2015
  97. make a list and photoset of 101 favourite things // done 09-aug-2016
  98. make a 101 someday list // done 06-dec-2013
  99. leave an inspirational note inside a book for someone to find // done 03-dec-2015
  100. take pictures of all my hard rock café polo shirts** // done 13-dec-2013
  101. count how many swatches I have** // done 14-dec-2013
  102. make a font from my handwriting // done 04-jan-2014
  103. pack a go bag // done 05-jan-2015
  104.  
    7 things: this is another dayzero project — an alternative to boring new years’ resolutions

  105. learn how to…rocher (single spoon quenelle) // done 26-jan-2016
  106. start…drinking more water // done 22-sep-2014
  107. stop…using as much salt and substitute with herbs & spices // done 16-apr-2015
  108. take a vacation to…one of the 101 travel wishlist places (see #27) // done 19-apr-2015
  109. find…a race and train for it // done 11-oct-2015
  110. try…meditation // done 09-aug-2014
  111. be more…grateful and patient with family // done 25-mar-2016

Time to set a new challenge? Not sure. I can’t think of 101 new tasks to do, and repeating some of these ones is kinda boring-souding. I have started making a list of 101 things I never want to do, like bungee jumping, eat durian or do the iditarod. It’s an interesting list.