On January 2nd 2010 I did something that was completely out of my comfort zone. I made a list of 101 things that I wanted to complete in 1,001 days. When I look back to 2 and a half years ago, I’m not even sure I recognize who I was. I mean, I am still that person to a certain extent- but that list- the very act of finding 101 things that I wanted to complete in 1,001 days- changed the direction my life would take from then on.
Because of that list, I met some amazing bucket list bloggers who have further inspired me. I’ve pushed myself to do little things and big things that I would have otherwise continued to procrastinate or ignore. In 2 and a half years I’ve only completed about 60 goals, but crossing off every single one of those items has changed me in some way.
That being said, the 101 was my very first list and I’ve learned a bajillion things from it. First of all (and maybe most importantly) is that when it’s over I want to make another one. I’m not sure if I’m going to do another in 1,001 days or simply start writing my list of things to accomplish, but there will be another list.
I also realized that I’d like to add more ambitious goals on my list and also less goals that feel more like chores. I don’t regret putting these things down because everything I wrote was something that, at the time, I felt I needed to put time aside for. I just feel like for the future I can do bigger and better things. It was always my goals that were kind of out of the ordinary that made me feel awesome and gave me a story to blog about.
I’ve also finally accepted the fact that the 101 list will not be completed on time. Here’s why:
a) I didn’t budget my time properly
b) There was a small amount of time where I kind of forgot about the list- when I took a blog break last year. That set me behind
c) I went through an un-motivated to complete goals phase
When I realized these three things, mostly a), I decided that I would give it my best shot to cross off as many goals as I possibly could, and whatever didn’t get crossed off I just wouldn’t beat myself up over it. Life is just too short for that and I would rather learn something from the experience than punish myself for it.
Here are some of the goals that I’m officially crossing off the list because I know that I just won’t do them:
51. Find a paid internship
– This goal isn’t GOING anywhere because I would still love to intern somewhere I love. I just don’t see myself truly crossing this one off and being happy about it before my time runs out because I’m not far enough in my school to look for something substantial.
56. Sleep under the stars
– I actually still love the idea behind this goal, but the opportunity just never came up for it. First of all, I live in a country where the bugs attack you at night. Any other country I’ve traveled to has gotten too cold to even attempt this. I may keep this as a long term goal, but I won’t be upset if it doesn’t get crossed off before September 2012.
88. Spend 5 months not buying any food (besides groceries) [0/5]
-Although this is probably doable, I don’t think I WANT to do it. I go to school downtown and when I get off the underground I’m greeted with a Tim Hortons, my favorite coffee shop. I mean, 2 dollars for a french vanilla? I just don’t want to give those little things up for half a year!
97. Go see a movie by myself
-This felt like a really fun and responsible goal when I originally wrote it, but here’s something I realized. I don’t LIKE the idea of going to a movie by myself. It’s not because I’m not independant or whatever because I do lots of things alone- shopping is something that I do better by myself ANY day. But movies are so much better when you can turn to the person next to you and make a joke or talk about it. I just don’t see the purpose in this goal anymore!
There are a few other goals that have been feeling less and less right for me these days, but for now I’m still just going with it and seeing where the next year takes me.
What’s your experience with accomplishing goals? What have you learned from the experience?