Friday Five Resolve

   Many years ago I resolved
   never to bother with New Year's resolutions,
   and I've stuck with it ever since.
         ~Dave Beard


I still vividly remember the day my Mom said to me "you're very good at organizing things." I thought it was kind of a weird compliment to give a little kid. And, you know, in reality she may have really been thinking: "Honey, you're never going to be a supermodel, Broadway star, President, or rocket scientist, but, hey, you are very organized." But, you know what? Being the Virgo that I am, she could have handed me the Nobel Peace Prize and I would have been just as thrilled. 

I AM very good at organizing things. My spices are alphabetized, my craft supplies are arranged by the color chart, the kitchen cabinets and pantry are all labeled . . . you get the idea. But, I especially love to make lists. I'm not so great at resolutions, but I will cross continents to have the gratification of crossing something off of a list.

Enter . . . the Day Zero challenge . . . more commonly known as "101 in 1001."  Oh my goodness . . . this is the list of all lists. And I am totally into it.

I started my list on Thanksgiving Day (11/25/11), and with 966 days left, I have 15% of my list complete.



Here's how it works (in their words):

The Challenge:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.


For any of you contemplating a new way to approach to the New Year . . . come join me. You can follow read all my 101 goals and follow my progress here.

The seemingly random pictures on this post are examples of 5 of my 101 goals. Can you guess what they are? They're posted on my {101 in 1001 Pinterest Board} along with a few others. I put a few easy tasks on there so I wouldn't get discouraged. (I always vote, but I put it on the list anyway.) And, I put a few not-so-easy tasks – giving up soda is going to be Rough!

My Friday Five for this week (pretty random thoughts in my randomly-thinking head) is five websites to help jump start your own list of goals.

  • {Free Printable Worksheets} includes a great goal generator
  • {Day Zero Official Blog} has great inspiration and motivation
  • {Lonely Planet's} Top 10 Places to Go in the US
  • {Stood There} Top 100 Places to Stand on the Planet
  • {Day Zero} includes featured lists, top 100 goals, a goal generator, and a place to track your progress.

"A single drop of water fills a bucket" right? At least Buddha said that was the case. So, small sustainable steps will get me where I want to be. Every year I pick a word or phrase to be my motto for the year. Last year it was "tiddely poms" – which was a great motto. This year, It took me a while, but I decided my mantra for 2012 is "sustainable change." Not the most sexy motto, but Buddha will be proud.

Wish me Luck!

Are you making resolutions, creating a bucket list or setting goals for the New Year? Leave me a comment so we can all encourage each other. And, I hope I see you over at the Day Zero project.