In the midst of a a very busy daily schedule, it can sometimes be very easy to lose sight of the things that are most important to what makes each of us so unique – our passions, our goals, and our unique accomplishments. I have long been searching for a way to figure out how to finish up my short-term goals without losing sight of the long-term ones. To-do lists, gmail tasks, post-its are all great, but it is easy to let long-term goals stay on these lists for long lengths of time without getting crossed off.
About 2-3 weeks ago, one of my closest college friends started the 101 in 1001 project – and I instantly knew this was the solution that I was searching for. Here is a summary of how it works (taken straight from the originator of 101 in 1001):
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
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 your part).
Why 1001 Days?
Many people have created lists in the past – frequently simple challenges such as New Year’s resolutions or a ‘Bucket List’. 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, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
Taking a page out of my friend’s book, I have made my own 101 in 1001 list. The world of Web 2.0 is perfect for this as well – blogging is the perfect way to instantly share my thoughts and adventures with family, friends, and other readers. It will be a tremendous challenge to get some of these goals accomplished, but along the way, it should be quite a fun journey. Tomorrow marks the beginning of a new chapter – stay tuned for more!