The challenge is to come up with 101 things that you want to achieve in the next 1001 days – that’s about 2.75 years. The theory is that for people like me with long-term dreams and a short-term focus, this sort of time period gives you a better chance of achieving the big stuff – it covers seasonal consideration and gives time for bookings, training etc, but also allows lots of smaller wins along the way to keep you going.
The deal isn’t so much to change the world as you know it – although who says that you can’t? – but rather to have somewhere and someway to keep track of all those little, middle and big things that you say you want to do someday.
It’s about ticking off achievable milestones along the way to bigger projects. The only criteria are that tasks must be really specific – measurable or clearly defined – realistic and represent some amount of effort on my part. My challenge starts today, August 27, 2018, and will end on May 24, 2021.
The hardest part of the challenge? Breaking things down to come up with 101 – and keeping it reasonably realistic. To do that I broke it down into categories. Although me being me, I’ve also thrown in some pie in the sky stuff too – I had to.
And for the positive living police, the weight loss thing is there for health reasons. My big aim is to do a 100km+ walk and at my current weight that’s way too much pressure and stress on my joints, heart and back. Ok?
Oh, and for Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid? There’s another one you can cross off your list.
Ok, here goes:
Personal, Health and Fitness
2. Lose another 5kgs
3. Lose another 5kgs
4. Lose another 5 kgs
5. Have a photo shoot – outside, casual with decent hair
6. Get a decent bio pic and update my websites
7. Take a tai-chi class
8. Take a yoga class
9. Take a pilates class
10. Walk the path from Pt Cartwright to Golden Beach
11. Nail the Lara Drive stairs
12. Walk up the Ballinger Rd hill
13. Walk up the Dixon Rd hill
14. Walk up the Cogill Rd hill (there are a lot of hills in Buderim)
15. Walk up Emu Mountain
16. Walk up Mt Coolum
17. Average 10,000 steps a day for 30 days. Done.
18. Get into a meditation habit
19. Write the family history – on the Lyons side
20. Write the family history – on the Hamilton side
21. Update my will
22. Learn how to take decent food pictures
23. Learn how to style brown food
24. Drive on the highway without having an anxiety thing
25. Go 30 days without spending money on books or music – not even if it’s a bookbub special.
26. Get better at French – duolingo
27. Learn basic Italian – duolingo
28. Read 10 memoirs
29. Read 5 craft or business books
30. Put our France photos into a digital photo book
31. Put our UK photos into a digital photo book
32. Put our Vietnam photos into a digital photo book. Done.
Blog and Writing
33. Finish writing my France blogs
34. Send out a monthly newsletter – every month
35. Publish Happy Ever After
36. Publish I Want You Back (Careful What You Wish For #1)
37. Finish the Tiff Book (Careful What You Wish For #2). Done.
38. Publish the Tiff book
39. Finish the Alice book (Careful What You Wish For #3)
40. Publish the Alice book
41. Release the Careful What You Wish For series as a box set
42. Publish ebook of recipes used in Wish You Were Here and Happy Ever After and use as a lead magnet for the newsletter
43. Set up Max’s kitchen diaries blog – Brookford Kitchen Diaries. Done.
44. Set up Clancy of the Campfire website. Done.
45. Publish Clancy of the Campfire
46. Write The Lilac Queen
47. Write the first book in the Alice Delaney mysteries
48. Write the first book in the Rambling Rose series
49. Mad About The Mac – the definitive mac cheese cookbook
50. Astro site – a monthly newsletter – every month
51. Astro – Jupiter ebook
52. Astro – Saturn ebook
53. Astro – beginners course
54. Astro – diary and planner
55. Astro – Moon ebook
56. Replace my day job income with income from writing etc
57. Sleep in a tent
58. Do a road trip to Cairns
59. Do a road trip to Adelaide
60. Stay at the Eastern & Oriental in Penang
61. Have tiffin at Raffles
62. Walk up Queenstown Hill
63. Walk the lighthouse track in Byron Bay
64. Walk up Mount Warning in Byron Bay
65. Swim with sea-turtles
66. Snorkel in the Barrier Reef
67. Ride a horse along the beach at Noosa
68. Take a Noosa Everglades cruise
69. Fly business class
70. Eat at one of the world’s top 100 restaurants
71. Have Christmas in the UK
72. Wear a proper dressed up dress and heels for Christmas in the UK
73. Attend a Christmas midnight mass in a village church in the UK
74. Do a long distance walk in the UK – eg The Cotswolds Way, The Ridgeway, Hadrian’s Wall
75. See bluebells in a bluebell wood
76. Take a cruise to the Baltics for hubby’s 60th
77. Visit St Petersburg (as above)
78. Make rice noodles
79. Make dumplings
80. Perfect pasta
81. Make potato gnocchi that doesn’t bounce
82. Make focaccia. Done.
83. Cook a steak to medium rare (hubby usually does this)
84. Make an omelette (he does this too)
85. Make decent scrambled eggs (and this – but I’m great at boiled and fried eggs)
86. Make a piccalilli
87. Preserve something for later
88. Make cannoli
89. Try 10 new meat-free dishes
90. Try 10 new soup recipes
91. Try 5 new ice creams or frozen desserts
92. Make more ice-cream
93. Make honeycomb
94. Be meat-free for 30 days
95. Make a proper tiramisu
96. Make marmalade
97. Make lemon curd
98. Make light as air cupcakes
99. Make a Victoria sponge
100. Make a Tarte Tatin
101. Inspire someone else to write down 101 things to do in 1001 days.