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101 in 1001 || Personal

I’ve talked about my Life List before, which was inspired by Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl.  It’s basically a list of everything you want to accomplish before you die.  And I was really good about sticking with it and knocking goals off when I first created it in late 2009.  But somewhere along the way I got a little lazy about it… “Oh, I’ll do those things later,” I thought.  Which sort of defeats some of the purpose, I think.

A lot of my friends had taken their life lists and changed them up a little bit and turned them into lists of 101 things they want to accomplish in the next 1001 days.  I realized that’s what I needed to do – giving myself a timetable in which to make things happen for myself would get me more motivated than a vague list of things I would do “before I die.”  (Which could be next week or in 75 years… who knows.  I just know I don’t want to put all my goals off for 35 years and then decide to do them late in life.  I want to do them NOW!)

So on January 1st, I took my Life List and took a lot of the more doable things and put them onto a new list: 101 things in 1001 days.  I still have the original Life List, because it contains some pretty lofty goals that might not necessarily happen in the next 1001 days, but that I want to continue working on throughout my lifetime.  But I figure breaking things down into manageable spans of 1001 days made more sense for me.  My 1001 days started January 1, 2011 and ends on September 28, 2013.  Just after my 30th birthday.  Which is perfect.

I plan to blog about all these things as I cross them off the list, and infact, I’ve already completed two of the items:  we got a new sofa and went to the opera.  And I’ve already made plans to complete a lot more.  I feel really motivated about the whole thing, and having that deadline looming out there really helps, I think.  Of course, if I don’t complete everything, I’m certainly not going to beat myself up.  I’ll just put that particular item on my next 101 in 1001 list.

What can I say?  I’m a list maker.  I like to set goals for myself.  I’ve always been that way.  It’s how I get things done.  I’m really a massively HUGE proponent of setting goals for yourself, making a Life List, and helping other people complete their Life List items whenever you can.  It sounds really stupid, but creating that original Life List in 2009 after discovering Maggie Mason’s Mighty List totally changed my life.  No, seriously.  It did.  In every way.  So if you’ve been thinking about creating a list of your own, I say do it.  DO IT RIGHT NOW!!!!  And I will help you cross something off!

If you already have a list, I’d LOVE to read it!  I really enjoy seeing all the awesome goals people set for themselves.  It’s so inspiring.  So leave a comment with a link to your Life List.  And like I said… if you don’t have one… get on it!

And because every post needs a picture… these pretty little flowers (or berries?) were all over Florence, and I never found out what they were.  Do you know?

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