I am a great lover of writing to do lists. I rarely get anything done without putting it on a list. I make lists of just about everything, from my tasks for the day at work, to shopping lists, to lists when I pack to go away, to on-going lists of things I want to buy. I’m also very goal-oriented: I love feeling like I’ve achieved something, and nothing is more satisfying than crossing something off a list. When I spotted a list of 101 things to be completed in 1001 days over on Mackenzie Horan’s blog, I was in heaven. I knew I had to create my own.

So here it is. I’ll be updating as I start to cross things off the list, and posting about my experiences with the things I’ve already crossed off. I think this is a great way to structure a blog – it gives my blog purpose and I’ll have something to write about for at least the next two and a half years. I’ll still be posting about other things as well – book reviews, film reviews, general interest posts – but I think having this list to guide me will give my posts some more substance.

And with no further ado…

101 Things in 1001 Days:

January 15, 2013 – October 13, 2015

1. Come up with a list of 101 things to do in 1001 days.
2. Tour Europe or the USA.
3. Go to the gym twice a week for 3 months.
4. Blog at least 8 times a month for 3 months.
5. See a band live in concert.
6. Run 5 km.
7. Make 3 new, good friends.
8.  Decorate my Sydney bedroom.
9. Buy and use a Kindle.

10. Read 30 new novels.

11. Sort out my food intolerances.

12. Complete the Ad School Foundation course – completed Friday Jan 25th, 2013.

13. Accept a date invitation.

14. Donate my hair to Beautiful Lengths.

15. Learn the basics of Adobe Creative Suite.

16. Live by myself.

17. Invest in leopard print heels.

18. Invest in 3 items of patterned clothing. (1= Zimmermann top)

19. Volunteer.

20. Bicycle tour.

21. Visit the farmer’s markets.

22. Do 50 push ups consecutively.

23. Reconnect with an old friend.

24. Have my writing published online.

25. Invest in 5 coffee table books.

26. Create a mood or inspiration board.

27. Climb the Harbour Bridge.

28. Make granita.

29. See a naturopath.

30. Attend yoga and a pilates class.

31. Run the City to Surf.

32. See the sun rise.

33. Go to Taronga Zoo.

34. See a musical.

35. Read a self-help book.

36. Have a facial.

37. Do karaoke.

38. Go to Ikea.

39. Buy a piece of designer clothing. (Zimmermann top, 13/6/13)

40. Strike up a conversation with a good-looking guy.

41. Go wine tasting. (Winery Walkabout, Rutherglen, Queens Birthday Long Weekend, 2013)

42. Visit Perth.

43. Grow herbs.

44. Find a mentor.

45. Eat at Chiswick.

46. Eat at Jamie’s Italian.

47. Visit the Donna Hay General Store in Woollahra.

48. Start writing a novel.

49. See snow for the first time.

50. Buy a Moroccan pouf.

51. Learn to play tennis properly.

52. Frame and display my favourite photos.

53. Watch all of The West Wing.

54. Finish reading The Bronze Horseman Trilogy – completed Sun Jan 27th 2013.

55. Try a new gym class.

56. Bake a sponge cake.

57. Bake perfect banana bread.

58. Go to the cricket.

59. Go to a Sydney Writer’s Festival event.

60. Get a library card.

61. Find a writing desk that fits in my room.

62. Swim at Bondi, Tamarama, Bronte, Clovelly and Coogee.

63. Have Nick visit me in Sydney.

64. Cook 10 new meals. (one pot pasta, Moroccan salmon, red wine beef stew)

65. Make homemade bircher muesli.

66. Register a business name.

67. Update my resume.

68. Re-enrol in law.

69. Do something unpredictable.

70. Attend a wedding.

71. Spend a weekend on the coast.

72. Go to Kurtosh – completed Friday Jan 18th  – took Mum and Dad after dinner the night before moving into the Clovelly apartment.

73. Go to a party alone – completed Sunday Jan 17th – went to Sam’s surprise 21st at Arthur St.

74. Survive a month without buying a single piece of clothing.

75. Survive a month without buying a single magazine.

76. See a Sydney Swans match. (2 already this season)

77. Go to Messina.

78. Set a budget and stick to it for at least a month.  NB: this is not set at a month because I don’t think I can do it for longer, but because I need a start and an end date. Obviously, I already stick to a rough budget every month!

79. Go to a Zoe Foster event.

80. Spend a weekend at Caves Beach.

81. Try yoga.

82. Run on the beach.

83. Complete a training course.

84. Get a raise.

85. Watch 10 films that I haven’t seen before (that are not new releases)

86. Walk Bondi to Coogee.

87. Visit my Melbourne friends – Gus, Steph, Aly, Scotty…

88. Show a friend my blog.

89. Organise an amazing speaker for my turn at hosting the trainee seminar.

90. Get my business card.

91. Choose my outfits for work for a whole week ahead.

92. Expand my vocab.

93. Complete the Communications Council Graduate Trainee Program

94. Re-enrol in French

95. Complete a fun run. (Nike She Runs 10km)

96. Watch ‘Girls’

97. Complete this list!

It is surprisingly difficult to think of 101 things that I want to do that are actually achievable and measurable in a period of 1001 days! Compiling this list took a lot of stopping and starting, and took a couple of weeks in itself – I’d crossed things off before I finished writing the list! It’s good to set lofty goals – and some of these are quite high reaching, but I think they need to be balanced with things that can be ticked off on an every day basis. I’ll be really interested to see how I’m doing in a year’s time – here’s hoping I’ll have crossed off enough to finish!


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