Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mission 101

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 organizing 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 Focused. 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.

Start Date: Thursday, February 12, 2009
End date: Thursday, November 11, 2011

My list.

1. Reach my goal weight (138 lb.) and once reached maintain (136-142 lb.)
2. Participate in a 5K walk/run to raise money for a charity
3. Be able to do 20 good push-ups
4. Take a yoga class (Couples Yoga Class at Yoga 101, 2/14)
5. Be able to do side and middle splits
6. Fight at Pennsic
7. Eat no sweets Monday through Friday from a month (0/20)
8. Eat vegetarian for a week
9. Donate blood 3 times (0/3)

10. Get a facial
11. Get a massage
12. Buy 10 items of clothing that I feel fantastic in, post pictures (0/10)
13. Buy a pair of brightly colored heels
14. Get new glasses
15. Get another piercing
16. Get my tattoo touched up
17. Do 4 assignments from Learning to Love You More (0/4)
18. Take/have taken tasteful nude portraits

19. Write 25 poems (0/25)
20. Submit 5 poems for publication (0/5)
21. Read 101 books (9/101, see books read post)
22. Purchases 5 books for historical reference (0/5)
23. Teach Gage and Una 5 new commands (0/5)
24. Get a better paying job
25. Get a more fulfilling job
26. Build a snowman
27. Visit 5 museums/attractions (1/5) (Boldt Castle, Alexandria Bay, NY - May 9, 2009)
28. Get a new library card
29. Learn to snowboard
30. Learn to play poker
31. Go horseback riding 5 times (0/5)
32. Go to a play at a local high school
33. Watch all of the Harry Potter movies
34. Compliment at least one person a day for a month
35. Mail a secret to Post Secret
36. Free write about a memory once a month (1/33) (See memories post.)
37. Make a list of 101 things I am grateful for

38. Plant a flower garden
39. Host a family holiday meal
40. Paint the living room
41. Paint the dining room
42. Get slip covers for couch and chaise lounge
43. Display Andy’s ship collection
44. Take pictures of the antiques inherited from Andy’s family, send them to his mom so that she can send back the story of each item
45. Organize filing cabinet
46. Organize the files on the external hard drive
47. Put loose photos in albums/store if duplicates
48. Frame some of my photography, proudly display it in my home
49. Have honeymoon photos printed and put them into an album
50. Buy an original piece of artwork
51. Purge my closet twice, donate the clothes (1/2 - March 2008)

52. Prepare 1 new recipe a month (0/33)
53. Try 5 new foods (0/5)
54. Eat at 50 new restaurants (1/50, see restaurants visited post)
55. Make Christmas cookies each year (0/3)
56. Pack my lunch every day for a month (0/20)
57. Make homemade ice cream
58. Make strawberry jam
59. Try a candy that I’ve never had from an other country
60. Try a new fruit
61. Go to the Melting Pot
62. Spend a weekend cooking and freeze meal-sized portions to be pulled out on weekdays when there isn’t a lot of time to prepare dinner
63. Take part in a CSA

64. Make 30 sales on Etsy
65. Make 65 sales on Etsy
66. Make 100 sales on Etsy
67. List 5 new items in my Etsy shop (3/5) (March 2008 - Boo-boo bags, eye pillows and wire wrapped pendants)
68. Take part in Project 365
69. Learn to make soap (hot or cold process)
70. Crochet/knit a scarf and hat for myself out of yarn that I've spun
71. Have a table at a craft fair
72. Make myself 3 pair of pajama pants (0/3)

Family and Friends
73. Send just-because gifts to my girlfriends (0/10)
74. Visit Bethanne and Seth
75. Visit my dad and Terrie
76. Send flowers to my girlfriends at work
77. Treat my mother to a day at the spa
78. Go on a vacation with my girlfriend(s)
79. Have a girls’ night
80. Meet 2 online friends (2/2) (Met buzzandbullies and gwai_lol on Feb. 28, 2009!)
81. Send my parents cards just to tell them I love them
82. Take Cindy, Paige and Dianne (and family) to Piazza Sorrento

Travel, etc.
83. Take a road trip with no destination in mind
84. See a show on Broadway
85. Go whitewater rafting
86. Go ice skating
87. Go skiing
88. Go swimming in the ocean
89. Go horseback riding around Gettysburg
90. Visit a new state
91. Go to Baltimore
92. Go to Washington D.C.
93. Go to the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire

94. Make a list of 101 things I love about my husband and give it to him
95. Go skinny dipping with my husband
96. Write a poem about my husband
97. Make my husband a special dinner, everything his choice.
98. Give my husband a backrub every week for a month
99. Go on a dress-up date with my husband
100. Do something special for my husband for his graduation from law school
101. Begin trying to conceive our first baby