101 in 1001 (2007)

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

start: Saturday 1 December 2007
end: Saturday 29 August 2010

tasks completed: 052
tasks remaining: 049

    technology
  1. upgrade to leopard
  2. get an airline adaptor for the mbp // done
  3. get an iPhone // done
  4. get wii fit // done
  5. play with flash // done
  6. 10 Photoshop/Illustrator/Fireworks tricks // [1] [2]
  7. play with or install linux
  8. understand layer tennis // done
  9. 1001 posts total on entire website // done

  10. arts
  11. visit an art exhibition
  12. see Wicked in London // done
  13. see Wicked in New York
  14. go to an outdoor concert // done
  15. 10,000 songs in my iTunes library // done
  16. listen to 10 new singers / bands // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  17. finish watching all 7 seasons of Buffy / done

  18. reading
  19. use my library card
  20. read mythology for dummies
  21. read a book of poetry
  22. finish all the Harry Potter books
  23. read 10 books on the bookshelf that I haven’t read before // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  24. read 10 ebooks // done

  25. writing
  26. 2008: 50k words or nano // done
  27. 2009: 50k words or nano // done
  28. 101 6-word novels // [1-20] [21-40]
  29. write 5 short stories // [1] [2] [3]
  30. post one more story on pens // done

  31. photography
  32. buy a lomo
  33. complete 26 things using lomo
  34. complete 26 things using a colour as theme // done
  35. photograph a sunrise // done
  36. take 10 photos of people // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
  37. take 10 photos of subway trains // [1] [2]
  38. 10 b&w pictures // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
  39. make a panaroma // done
  40. tues’ assignment: find colour in an unusual place

  41. travel
  42. 3 new countries
  43. 6 new US states // [1] [2] [3]
  44. visit a World Heritage site
  45. visit San Diego zoo
  46. visit India as a tourist
  47. go to Hokkaido // done
  48. go on a cruise
  49. fly first class // done
  50. get to gold status on airmiles card // done

  51. health/sports
  52. get a health check
  53. reduce time to run 1 mile by 10% // done
  54. 10km in under 1:20 // done
  55. take a tai chi, yoga or martial arts course
  56. play 18 holes of golf
  57. go rock-climbing (real or wall)
  58. go hiking
  59. go bowling // done
  60. go skiing or snowboarding // done
  61. get a facial // done
  62. lose 10 pounds // done

  63. food
  64. 10 new fruits / vegetables // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
  65. 10 new savoury dishes // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
  66. 10 new pasta dishes // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
  67. be vegetarian for 1 week // done
  68. plan, make and serve a full course meal, with wine
  69. make a croquembouche // done
  70. make panna cotta // done
  71. make an Asian or Indian meal
  72. go to a wine tasting
  73. 10 new dessert / pastry recipes // [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
  74. 10 new restaurants in 10 cities // [paris] [tokyo] [chicago] [hong kong] [london] [new york] [toronto]
  75. eat at a truck stop
  76. eat at a Michelin-star restaurant

  77. home
  78. buy another house / apartment, or equivalent in property funds
  79. throw away 101 clutter items // done
  80. clear out window-boxes // done
  81. change foam filling for sofa cushions
  82. get new pillows // done
  83. get new air-conditioners // done
  84. renovate bathroom // done
  85. renovate kitchen // done

  86. finance
  87. make a will
  88. total comp = x // done
  89. total asset = x
  90. plan a money free weekend // done
  91. microfinance someone on kiva // done
  92. invest in a latin american fund // done
  93. sell an item on ebay

  94. family
  95. take parents to niagara falls // done
  96. treat parents to spa
  97. and sis too
  98. send my niece a postcard when I’m travelling // done
  99. visit grandparents’ and great-grandmothers’ graves // done

  100. personal
  101. complete the thing-a-day challenge // done
  102. go a whole weekend without speaking // done
  103. go to midnight Mass // done
  104. pray the rosary // done
  105. buy 3 items of clothing that are not black or blue
  106. take pictures of all my hard rock café polo shirts
  107. count how many swatches I have
  108. speak french, en france
  109. look into earthwatch or similar program // done
  110. go to a baseball game
  111. own / rent / drive a convertible
  112. [personal] // done





There is a big master list and it’s interesting to look at other people’s tasks. Some tasks are very popular, but I can’t include them because I’ve done them. To give myself some encouragement, I’ll list them out as an achieved pre-list.

  1. buy a house
  2. personal finance tasks such as reduce debt, pay off mortgage, put money in a monthly savings plan, buy stock
  3. learn how to drive stick — I have to put on a straight face whenever I see this one
  4. get a passport — oh, Americans
  5. visit New Zealand, the Smithsonian, Niagara falls, Vegas or go on a long road trip — yep, been to all these places
  6. go whale watching, dolphin watching, touch a koala — yep, done these too
  7. get website, re-design website, learn html, learn css — may be after 1001 days I’ll need to re-design again
  8. write a book — I figured I’ve done 3 nanos, those count
  9. complete 26 things — so I gave myself more specific 26 things goals instead
  10. try acupuncture, reflexology, Thai massage, yoga
  11. pack own lunch to work — that’s like my default
  12. there’s also one popular and meaningful task I can’t do — give blood. Most countries politely refuse donors who stayed cumulatively more than 3 months in the UK between 1980 and 1996. I can only give blood in the UK, and since I’m not living there right now…