Tuesday, January 26, 2010

101 in 1001

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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Start Date: Monday, January 25, 2010
End Date:

For health
1. 100 pushups (in progress)
2. 200 crunches
3. 200 squats
4. 25 pull ups
5. 4 pack abs
6. Exercise 2 of every 3 days (in progress)
7. See a dentist
8. Find and visit an OB/GYN in the RoK (Sept. 4)
9. Attend a yoga class
10. Find a successful skin care product/routine
11. Run 1 nonstop lap (2.4 km) around Ansan park (DONE! 7/7/10)
12. Run 2 nonstop laps (4.8 km) around Ansan park (DONE! In a monsoon, no less.)
13. 8 minute mile
14. Run a 10k
15. Run a half marathon
16. Eat one piece of produce every day (so far so good)
17. Daily multivitamin (so far so good)

For finance
18. Get caught up on payments (Done! 5/16/10)
19. Pay off student loans (0%)
20. Pay off Wells Fargo credit card (21%)
21. Pay off Bank of America credit card (27%)
22. Pay off personal debt (5%)

Things to do
23. 100 postcards at postcrossing.com (56/100)
24. Send 20 parcels through worldswapping.com (0/20)
25. Participate in a Secret Santa
26. Go stargazing
27. Go rock climbing (DONE!)
28. Go camping in Korea (DONE! May 1)
29. Create (zombie apocalypse) emergency plan
30. Beat my current best bowling score of 165
31. Back up all files on my laptop
32. Stay out until dawn (DONE! 2/12-13)
33. Create a vision board
34. List 100 things for which I am grateful (in progress)
35. List 100 things that make me happy
36. Make a list of all the places I will travel in my life (in progress)
37. Buddhist temple experience (DONE! 2/20-21)
38. See 5 theater productions
39. Career-related certification
41. Barefoot running
42. Daily meditation
43. Bum around on a beach for a day (DONE! 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1)
44. Dance in the rain
45. Watch "Gone with the Wind"
46. Write a letter to my youngest sister imparting wisdom for teenage years
47. Climb a mountain (DONE! May 2010)
48. Hug a baby

Places to go
49. Go to the aquarium (3/14 DONE!)
50. Go to the zoo (4/10 DONE!)
51. Travel to Jeju-Do (DONE!)
52. Attend Korean Mud Festival (DONE!)
53. Travel to DMZ (DONE!)
54. Go to an amusement park in Korea
55. Tour a Korean palace
56. Seoul Tower (3/13 DONE!)
57. Penis Park
58. Backpacking in Europe

A little pampering
59. Get a manicure
60. Get a pedicure
61. Splurge on a pair of asstastic jeans
62. Visit a jimjilbang (DONE!)
63. Give myself flowers on my birthday
64. Give myself flowers just because
65. Have professional photos taken of myself

Things to obtain
66. Get a DSLR
67. Buy traditional Korean dolls for collection
68. Need a proper backpack for Europe
70. Obtain Polaroid instant camera

Things to learn
71. Learn hooping
72. Learn a new game (I just bought a book of 300 card games.)
73. Learn to French braid my hair
74. Learn to shoot badass portraits
75. Learn to shoot badass landscapes
76. Learn each of my camera's every setting like the back of my hand (in progress)
78. Learn to play darts passably well
79. Learn a martial art (3 muay thai lessons done)
80. Korean 101 (in progress)
81. Spanish 101
82. Learn touch typing
83. Learn 20 origami patterns

Being artsy
84. Solo belly dance performance at an advertised event (DONE! May 7)
85. Solo fire performance at an advertised event
86. Join a troupe (DONE! Performed with Raks Azhaar May 7)
87. Fill a sketch book for the year (in progress)
88. 365 Project (in progress)
89. Print & bind K-blog as book
90. Sphere play in the park 100 days (1/100)
91. Finish locking the synth hair I've purchased
92. Make a young me/now me photo project
93. Complete a 3 minute song with zils without missing a beat
94. Spend a day every year just taking photos
95. Photograph a landscape from the same location, capturing all four seasons (2/4)
96. Shoot/edit 12 poi/belly dance videos

And as for this list
97. Finish this list
98. Think of & do something spiffy to celebrate completion of list goals
99. Make a new 101 list for when this one expires
100. Donate $5 to charity for each task I don’t complete

Suggestions, tips, links, resources, and questions are all welcome.


  1. Awesome idea! I don't have any suggestions but I wanted to comment that I didn't know you were a postcrosser too!

  2. Only as of this week because I saw it on someone else's 101.