Project End…finally

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.

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.

~PROJECT END~

3. To watch all of the IMDB top 250 films.[249/250]

It has been a while but I have finished watching the IMDB top 250 films currently available, one film has not been watched due to it not being released but after five years and little chance to if appearing on television or DVD any time soon.

A lot of the films on this list were also on the top 100 BFI and AFI lists as well, so two birds with one stone.

Not watched – Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

As much as I love films, these films have at times been painful to watch and how some of them ever made it on to a top film list is anyone’s guess but it has certainly given me the opportunity to watch films I would never have considered watching.

1.To watch all of the AFI top 100 films.[99/100]

It has been a while but I have finished watching the AFI top 100 films currently available, one film has not been watched due to it not being released but after five years and little chance to if appearing on television or DVD any time soon.

Not watched – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

48. Visit Caldey Island

Saturday 23rd July I took a trip to Tenby and took a boat over to Caldey Island, where I spent an enjoyable few hours exploring the island.

28. Climb a mountain

Taken me long enough but I can finally cross this off my list as on Friday I climbed a mountain, not just any mountain but the largest mountain in England and Wales – Mount Snowdon.

It was hard going, I was on the mountain for eleven hours and my legs and feet are paying for it today but well worth it.

93. Update my Television

Used up one of my free slots, bought a new television

8. Write three letters of complaint relating to poor customer service. [1/3]

Went to the new Apollo cinema in Carmarthen on the 9th of May, to be fair to them they had only opened a few days earlier and it was busy but that really is no excuse. I experienced such poor customer service that I just had to contact the cinema to complain.

Sent: 10 May 2010 14:13

I would like to make a complaint about the poor service at the Apollo Cinema in Carmarthen.

I was there last night in a queue when the girl serving just left the counter, she gave no explanation or apology – this would have been about 19:25, I waited a few minutes in the hope that maybe she needed to get change for the till. After waiting about 5 minutes I went to speak to the gentleman who was checking tickets and explained that there was a queue of people waiting to be served and no member of staff. He told me that everyone who was available was serving – no mention of what happened to the girl who had originally been behind the counter.

I was then told that the only thing I could do would be to join another queue. All the other queues were just as busy as the one I was at the front of so I had to leave – this is poor customer service and I hope that you will at least have the decency to reply to this complaint.

On the 14th May I had an email from Tom Lock the manager which seemed really positive and a good result for me with four guest passes.

Date: Fri, 14 May 2010 02:39:47 +0100

Dear Mr Whatley

I would like to apologise profusely for your experience in our cinema. Customer service is the most important aspect of any business and we at Apollo Cinemas pride ourselves on this. To see that we have not provided the excellent standards to all of our customers is very disappointing to me.

I would like to offer you some guest passes for four people to come and watch a film of your choice with no charge. I hope that this time you would experience much better customer service than that you received this week.

If you would like to e-mail your address, I will mail the passes to you.

We rely on customer feedback to improve our service; I will ensure this situation does not repeat itself.

I look forward to seeing you.

Tom Lock
Manager

I replied with my address and heard nothing more from them regarding my four guest passes and nothing turned up in the post. I did give them two weeks but when they had still not turned up at the start of June I resent an email. To cut a long story short was told that they had been sent out but they would send me two guest passes. On 3rd June a letter arrives from Apollo cinema with four guest passes (the envelope was addressed to me but the letter was for someone called Kate and was signed by the manger!!!)

So a good result in four free passes, used one last night and the customer service is still not ideal.

2. To watch all of the BFI top 100 films.[100/100]

Way back when I created my list I decided to watch a load of films and the top 100 films from the British Film Institute was one of my aims. I did not realise just how time consuming this would be and part of the reason I decided to take out a Lovefilm subscription – and for the last couple of months have been working on watching the remaining films from the BFI list and am glad to be able to say I have watched every single one of these films, watching the last one this morning.

I have seen films that I would never have considered watching in the past and I have also seen films that I would never consider watching again. Will now be looking to complete the top 100 American Film Institute films!!

57. Build a sandcastle

I finally completed this at the start of June when I spent a few hours on the beach playing in the sand, I did not have a bucket or spade so it was more of a mound than a sand castle but it was great fun trying to get the moat filled with water.

59. Keep a daily tally on my expenditure on a spreadsheet for a month

In trying to get my finances in order I had decided ages ago that I really should keep an eye on what I actually spend my money on in a month as in the past I have always thought as long as my account never goes into the red there is nothing to worry about. However that is a very foolish view to have on things. One of my friends has taken the whole thing completely overboard as far as I am concerned by keeping a note book and listing everything that he has bought on a daily basis. I do not have the patience to do that but have for the last few months been able to forecast my expenditure for the month and have been able to identify areas that I could make improvements on.

I am now able to have a good idea of where my money goes each month and am able to put money aside for savings.

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