Tuesday, May 19, 2009

101 in 1001 Days

I don't remember when I first read about the Day Zero Project: 101 things in 1001 days list, but I have been lurking on Kristy's blog for a few months and watching her work on her list. I have been really feeling compass-less lately, in need of direction and felt convicted to make one of these. I began with my happy list and my passion list and got many of my ideas from those. I have been working on this list for about two weeks.

Here are the guidelines, found at the Day Zero Getting Started Site.

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.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.

3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.

4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.

5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

So here is my list.
I will be working on this list until
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 (coincidentally, Valentine's Day)

God

  • Memorize 1 Corinthians 13
  • Read through and annotate my new Bible
  • Finish prayer journal
  • Consistently use prayer journal
  • Do at least one intense Bible study
  • Download and listen to at least one message a week (when not attending church)
  • Work up to praying an hour per day
Marriage
  • cubby time once a week
  • Complete the love dare
  • Go on one date with Cubby a month
Personal
  • Learn something new at least every other month
  • Lose 75 lbs
  • Read 32 non fiction books
  • Make wills
  • Stretch back daily
  • make a list of 7 to dos everyday and do them before any fun time (above and beyond daily lists)
  • Give myself a Jefferson Education
  • Take vitamins everyday
  • Learn basic geography (countries and capitals)
  • Read Epicenter (and/or rent movie) and research to understand
  • Make a nature notebook
  • pick a journal, write something in it everyday until finished
  • keep gratitude journal
  • Take 10 one-day breaks from electronics.
  • Pick one habit to break each month (keep up with and review)
  • Pick one habit to start each month (keep up with and review)
  • Read On Prayer by Andrew Murray
  • get Mammogram
  • exercise at least 4 times a week
  • go in pool at least 4 times a week, when open
  • get a cat
  • get a Paul Potts CD
  • Make a chart to record progress on this list
  • update blog weekly on progress on this list
Family
  • Camp in the backyard at least once
  • date with each child at least once a month
  • Do one family read aloud per month
  • Go camping at least 3 times
  • Kids outside everyday
  • Find new VEPTR doctor
  • Get Brittany drum lessons
  • Potty Train Ethan
  • Spend quality time with kids each day (not including school)
  • Spend at least 2 evenings starwatching and catching fireflies with kids
  • Train freckles
  • Update Kaedra's history
  • Get my kids to obey me right away
  • take a CPR refresher course with family
  • Make sure Emily and Brittany can read music
  • Get family photos made
  • play at least one game a week with the kids
  • take at least 5 nature walks with kids
  • take kids fishing at least once
  • read Child's Garden of verses and Mother Goose to Emily and Kaedra
  • Karaokie with family at least once a month
  • find new speech therapist for Kaedra (to teach her to eat)
  • watch Star Trek movies with Brittany
Home
  • decorate for each holiday (kids' projects)
  • Clean out my closet, donate
  • collect crosses and make a cross wall
  • Everything but one car and house paid
  • Fill bird feeders including hummingbird feeder during proper seasons
  • Get all our music onto computer/hard drive
  • Get files cleaned out and organized
  • Get library thing and catalog books
  • Plant an herb garden
  • Re organize Kaedra's closet
  • Refinish coffee table in den
  • Refinish coffee table in attic
  • Paint Kelley's crib and return
  • Move
  • Pack two boxes everyday until move (or declutter)
  • Make backyard habitat at new house
  • Sell ebay stuff
  • keep car clean and vacuum at least once a month
  • get photos printed from computer
  • put photos into some sort of system
  • Put newer photos in frames and display
  • create organization system for books
  • frame Brittany's paintings
  • frame cross stitch
  • make menu plan for at least 4 weeks
  • make pantry list and put in iphone
  • rate all songs in itunes
School
  • Do 100 easy lessons with Kaedra
  • Read with Emily everyday until mastery
  • Write TATW curriculum
  • Make Folders for TATW
  • Make Plans for Brittany's high school
Social
  • Bless someone at least once a month
  • Get to know at least one neighbor
  • Join a church
  • See Brandi and her family
  • Make interactive contact with all comitatus at least once a week
  • get Ergo back from Anita
Creative
  • Blog at least once a week
  • Write rough draft for my novel
  • Make Mom Afghan
  • Make Dad Afghan
  • Write one poem a week
  • Read at least 1001 poems
  • Write down my songs and the music for them

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

"watch Star Trek movies with Brittany"

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A Star Trek quiz...Boldly going where no quiz has gone before
By David Buckna
Special to ASSIST News Service
http://www.assistnews.net/Stories/2009/s09050064.htm
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A Heavenly Enterprise

'Star Trek'
By Ann Hornaday
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, May 7, 2009
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/06/AR2009050603913.html?wprss=rss_print/style

Brittany said...

Love it!

Melanie said...

Wow.. i'm overwhelmed just reading your list.. but if anyone can do it, you can! You go girl!

mnkristy said...

Just saw your link back to my blog and found your list. You've got some great goals there! I find having this list really does help me to accomplish things that I would tend to just put aside. It definitely keeps me motivated.

As far as your goal for learning geography, if you homeschool your kids, I definitely recommend doing My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures. We did that this past year and it was the best year and a great curriculum. Me and my older son can now identify all of the major countries of each continent and we learned so much about them. It was great!!

mnkristy said...

Just saw your link back to my blog and found your list. You've got some great goals there! I find having this list really does help me to accomplish things that I would tend to just put aside. It definitely keeps me motivated.

As far as your goal for learning geography, if you homeschool your kids, I definitely recommend doing My Father's World Exploring Countries and Cultures. We did that this past year and it was the best year and a great curriculum. Me and my older son can now identify all of the major countries of each continent and we learned so much about them. It was great!!