Tuesday, December 27th, 2011 at 8:12 pm by lee
Way back in 2006 I stumbled upon the following site and saw an interesting idea. More details can be found at Day Zero Project. At that point in my life I was setting myself goals to accomplish each year and this seemed like a perfect extension on that.
I then began to think about a list of 101 things and believe me it was not as easy as I first thought, when considering exactly what I thought I could achieve within this time scale and what I considered worthy of adding to the list. In fact I could never come up with a full 101 things so left some blanks as I assumed things would change in my life within the 1001 days.
The official start date of my project was the 1st April 2006 and it was due to be completed by 27th December 2008.
Today it is the 27th December 2011 – three years since the official end date and still the project is not completed. Somewhere over the last five years I’ve lost sight and focus on what I was hoping to achieve and instead of being something to inspire me has turned into something that records how I have wasted the last five years.
I’ve noticed when I have achieved one of my goals I spend very little time talking about it and looking at the list I can see that there are a few things that I have done but not recorded.
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 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.