Day Zero – The List

The Challenge:
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 your part).

Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

Start Date: Monday, October 1, 2012
End Date: Monday, June 29, 2015

Completed: 74/101 [As of June 29, 2015]

1. Learn to knit [06/25/2013]
2. Make a quilt
3. Donate blood [11/14/2012]
4. Invest in the stock market [8/4/2014]
5. Go on a picnic [05/06/2013]
6. Document a day in my life in photos [08/14/2014]
7. Send a secret to PostSecret [11/17/2013]
8. Paint on canvas [10/27/2013]
9. Get a tattoo
10. Build a sand-castle
11. Complete a coloring book [04/09/2014]
12. Refinish a piece of furniture [05/13/2015]
13. Learn functional sewing
14. Find a job I love
15. Tie dye [08/02/2013]
16. Tie a secret to a balloon and let it go [10/21/2012]
17. Make a list of 101 things that make me happy [11/10/2013]
18. [NEW] Avoid saying anything negative for a day
19. Finish paying off my student loans [11/25/2013]
20. Go sledding [02/08/2015]
21. Have a snowball fight
22. Take pictures in a photo booth [06/08/2013]
23. Finish a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle [11/16/2013]
24. Collect family memoirs and compile into a book
25. Grow a plant from a seed [06/01/2015]
26. Go to bed before midnight every night for a week [02/03/2013]
27. Build a blanket fort and sleep in it [4/26/2014]
28. Buy a little black dress [02/24/2013]
29. Keep track of my total expenses for a month [02/28/2013]
30. Save loose change, after 1,001 days, buy myself something
31. [NEW] Spend an afternoon outside reading [6/23/2014]
32. Say yes to something I would normally not do [07/14/2013]
33. Set up my 401k with CDC [11/19/2012]
34. Take a photo every day for a month [4/30/2014]
35. Learn how to use the settings on my camera
36. Learn to identify 10 different constellations
37. Find a new perfume that I like [09/13/2014]
38. Bake a birthday cake for a friend [01/01/2015]
39. Go bowling, end with a score of over 180 [05/09/2015]
40. Learn to shoot a gun
41. Make my bed every day for a month [03/02/2013]
42. Buy 5 things from etsy [03/20/2015]
43. Spend a week without social media [5/10/2014]
44. Take a pilates class [05/05/2013]
45. Take a spinning class
46. Take a self defense class
47. Take a step aerobics class [12/07/2014]
48. Go to the gym three times a week for 3 months [05/31/2013]
49. [NEW] Go on a spontaneous road trip [06/22/2014]
50. [NEW] Go an entire week without hitting the snooze button [5/11/2014]
51. No fast food for a month
52. Drink 64 ounces of water a day for a month [03/02/2013]
53. Eat an apple a day for a month
54. Donate or sell 101 things that I own [06/27/2015]
55. Get eyebrows waxed [03/16/2013]
56. Have my makeup done at a makeup counter [11/30/2013]
57. Try 5 new hair styles [06/27/2015]
58. Dye my hair
59. Read the Bible
60. Participate in a book club
61. Read my height in books [10/27/2013]
62. Read 10 banned books [02/??/2015]
63. Reread the Harry Potter series [11/17/2012]
64. Choose an author and read all of his/her booksRoald Dahl [01/03/2015]
65. Keep track of all the books that I read [06/28/2015]
66. See a play on Broadway
67. See a play at a local theater [08/08/2014]
68. See a comedy show live
69. Watch the new AD episodes in one sitting [03/16/14]
70. Watch 26 movies starting with each letter of ABC’s [12/29/2014]
71. Watch 7 movies in 24 hours
72. Spend a whole day watching Disney movies [02/21/2013]
73. Watch 10 classic movies that I’ve never seen [06/10/2015]
74. Watch two movies in the theater in one day [12/25/2014]
75. Watch 101 documentaries
76. Keep track of all the movies I watch [06/28/2015]
77. Upload a video to YouTube [03/17/2013]
78. See five of my favorite musicians/bands live [01/22/2015]
79. Discover 15 new musical artists that I like [06/06/2015]
80. Create 10 playlists on iTunes [08/2/2014]
81. Visit 5 new states [01/04/2013]
82. Visit the planetarium [06/28/2015]
83. Visit the aquarium [04/11/2015]
84. Get a passport
85. Go to a vineyard [06/08/2013]
86. Go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter [12/31/2012]
87. Travel somewhere by airplane [11/27/2013]
88. Travel somewhere by train [04/07/2013]
89. Visit the Eric Carle Museum [12/28/2013]
90. Visit Washington D.C. [11/1/2013]
91. Travel to Italy
92. Spend a night at the library hotel
93. Make homemade ice cream [07/26/2013]
94. Make homemade macaroni [10/28/2012]
95. Make my own hummus
96. Make butterbeer [01/22/2013]
97. Make sangria [05/24/2015]
98. Try 20 new recipes [12/??/2013]
99. Try a new flavor of ice cream [10/06/2012]
100. Spend an entire day baking [12/16/2012]
101. Create a new list at the end of 1001 days. [06/09/2015]

REMOVED ON 2/13/14:

Fill up a journal with unsent letters to people
Buy prescription sunglasses
Go rollerblading
Run a mile
Learn to braid my own hair

13 thoughts on “Day Zero – The List

  1. Pingback: March. | day zero: one mission (take two)

    • Very, very slowly. Haha, I do have about 10 things that are in process (several of which will not be complete until the last day of the list) and several more that are probably going to move on to the next try. Or be cut entirely. I don’t know what I was thinking on some of these!

      • Have you read “The Year of Living Biblically”? I once held a similar aspiration to read the bible – then realized I did not have the patience/fortitude for it. BUT – listening to “The Year of Living Biblically” gave me a good sampling of some of the highlights. Certainly it doesn’t come close to the real deal – but it’s better than nothing. 🙂

      • I have read that book! Thats what made me want to read the bible in the first place.. but I’m starting to have second thoughts. Oh well, this entire thing is a learning experience. I am looking for a teaching job- something that is nearly impossible to find in this area of New York right now. All in good time..

  2. I seem to be coming to this late, but I have a question or two. Is this a list that you devised, or is it one that you found elsewhere? Have you enjoyed the challenge, or are you wishing for it to be over?

    • I used other lists for inspiration (thanks to the internet!) but some of these things were things that I thought of myself. I just googled “101 in 1001”, “bucket list”, etc, and used the day zero project website to come up with other things that I wanted to do. This is my second time with a list, and I am definitely enjoying it more the second time around! The first time around I was too vague on some of them and it was hard to complete, so I gave up/forgot about the list but this time I am determined to cross off more things. I think that the key to making one of these lists is that it has to be a mix of things that are short term, long term, easy to achieve, and hard to achieve. If your entire list is “go to Ireland, go to New Zealand, go to Antarctica, you’re never going to want to finish it. Some things have to be done in a day!

      • Thanks for the information and insights. I haven’t decided that I want to take on such a challenge yet. I did NaNoWriMo last year and enjoyed it (for the most part), so I’ll probably do it again this year. That, however, would pretty much wipe away the month of November for any other new tasks. But, thanks again.

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