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Thursday, November 1, 2007

101 Goals: Complete list!

I saw this at Java Mama's blog a couple months ago and was inspired to start a goals list, and then today I saw it again at Amy's blog, so I decided to get back to it. What's "IT", you say? Read on...

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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.

Some common goal setting tips:

1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

A lot will be happening in the next couple years...new baby (due February 2008), Kevin's new job and relocation fall 2008. And who knows what's in store for the year following! So, with all that being said, here are my goals for the next 1001 days!

101 Goals in 1001 Days

1. Keep pregnancy weight gain to 35 lbs or less. completed 2/14/08
2. Return to pre-pregnancy weight by end of July (baby due in Feb, wedding in Sept.) completed 7/30/08
3. Walk 5x a week
4. Join fall walking group.
5. Figure out walking plan for winter months. Walking group is going to meet at the mall during winter months.
6. Run 1 mile without stopping.
7. Drink 8 glasses of water/day for 2 consecutive weeks.
8. Take prenatal vitamin daily for remainder of pregnancy. completed 2/14/08
9. Fruit and veggie included in every dinner.
10. Learn how to prepare an over-easy egg. completed 4/09
11. Learn how to make homemade bread. completed 3/20/08

12. Get up at 6:15am 3 days a week for 2 weeks. completed 1/28/08
13. Prayer journal every day for 2 months.
14. Daily personal Bible reading for 1 month.
15. Read book together with friend.
16. Memorize 50 scripture verses.
17. Review memory verses twice a week.
18. Read through entire Bible.
19. Find a devotional book.

20. Finish all pre-baby scrapbooks:
21. Finish honeymoon section of wedding scrapbook.
22. Finish college scrapbook.
23. Start and finish Europe scrapbook.
24. Start and finish Denver scrapbook.
25. Finish first year of baby scrapbook. completed 7/8/08
26. Complete and print ONE digital scrapbook page so I can decide if I like that method or not.
27. Finish Eli’s curtains and room d├ęcor.
28. Update photo album before second baby. completed 1/21/08
29. Find way to limit/control amount of time on computer.
30. Figure out RSS feed for blogs. completed 3/24/08 thanks, Paul!
31. Take a dessert to our neighbor. completed 10/22/09
32. Read through entire course of online photography lessons.
33. Watch Photoshop tutorial.
34. Read a book just for fun. completed 4/26/09
35. Plant a garden. completed 5/09

36. Finish reading A Mom After God's Own Heart. completed 11/1/07
37. Finish reading Shepherding a Child’s Heart. completed 2/3/08
38. Read/print all of “Raising Godly Tomatoes”. completed 11/27/07
39. Read Babywise. completed 2/10/08
40. Read Bringing Up Boys.
41. Finish watching parenting video and take notes.
42. Read a book to children every day. completed 5/4/09
43. Plan one fun family activity every week for 1 month. completed 8/20/08
44. Take vacation to Colorado. completed 7/4/09
45. Get new family photo.
46. Go to Vermont. completed /21/08
47. Go to Long Island.
48. Go camping. completed 6/15/08
49. Find play group for Eli.
50. Go an entire month without any TV. completed 7/30/08
51. Establish special time with each child daily. completed 5/4/09
52. Create list of specific rules for Eli.
53. Go 24 hrs without computer.

54. Start twice-a-month date nights and do for 3 months.
55. Read book together with Kevin.
56. Post Husband Encouragement Blog once a month for 6 months. completed 5/4/09
57. Take a short trip together.
58. Choose a couple hobby (hobby Kevin and I can do together).
59. Make each half-anniversary unique for 3 years. (something besides just dinner)

60. Call a friend once a week for 1 month.
61. Keep up with all birthdays for 3 months.
62. Plan a summer BBQ for friends.
63. Send baby gifts to "expecting" friends. completed 11/16/07

64. Savings account up to X amount. completed 4/17/09
65. Lower grocery bill to $75 a week for 2 months.
66. Start Eli and Hannah savings every month (X amount).
67. Start saving for retirement. completed 1/09
68. Follow Christmas budget.
69. Start supplemental income.
70. Make V.I.P. status on Treasure Trooper.
71. Save up for a "new" Jeep.
72. Complete Supermarket Savings 101 course.
73. Learn the Walgreens EasySaver program. completed 11/27/07
74. Go an entire month without any unnecessary spending. (dessert, snacks, clothes, new makeup, etc)
75. Create and follow budget for remodeling new house.
76. Always search consignments before buying new. completed 4/20/09
77. Set up our will. completed 8/08

78. Start inviting people over once a month.
79. Find one new activity/service to attend regularly.
80. Pick at least one thing (way to serve) to do at church. (ex: cooking, nursery duty, etc) completed 7/1/09
81. Train Eli to sit in church with us. completed 11/1/08
82. Do "church time" at home with Eli 4 times a week for 1 month.

83. Create cleaning schedule and follow it for 3 weeks
84. Print revised cleaning schedule and follow it for another 3 weeks. completed 1/10/08
85. Organize recipes. completed 5/4/08
86. Organize magazine articles. completed 5/30/08
87. Find new "system" for stuff that gets put on top of piano.
88. Organize/get rid of box of wall hangings and picture frames that we don't have up.
89. Find bigger bookshelf for children's books.
90. Make nursery decor for Baby Girl's room. (after we move) completed 2/14/09
91. Take old baby items to consignment store (for credit). sold!
92. Buy a fire extinguisher. completed 11/11/07
93. Put a med kit in the van. completed 4/30/08
94. Organize freezer with baskets. completed 11/5/07
95. Get piano tuned.
96. Get caster wheels for piano.
97. Clean up French horn (oil and polish).
98. Sell old books we no longer want.
99. Throw away old T-shirts. Completed 11/5/07
100. Make homemade fridge magnets for Eli out of magazine pictures. Completed 11/10/07
101. Finish touch-up paint on screen doors.

Start date: November 1, 2007
Completion date: July 29, 2010

I just discovered there's an actual website for this 1001 Day Project! So go check out others who are doing this, finish your list, and then add it to the master list!


According to HIS Power said...

Sarah, your list sounds great and I see so many things that I need to implement in my life. Especially, limiting computer time, reading the book a day to the girls and the financial stuff. This is very inspiring, thank you!


AmyD said...

Yay! Another 101 list! Isn't it such a great idea. I feel so much better after writing down a list of goals for the next three years. Fun! I like your list a lot, I think I'll be stealing some goals off of yours for myself!

Robin said...

I love reading the 101 lists. Let's root each other on.

I've been enjoying your blog, but believe I have mostly lurked.

Sharon said...

What a great idea! Your list is impressive and inspiring. I am a list person. Maybe I'll jump in and do this, too.

Good Luck with it all! As for selling some baby things, is there a Once Upon a Child near you? We've sold some things there recently.

Karen_thrifty said...

Wow, that's quite a list! Good luck!

Krista said...

Hi Sarah!

I'm not sure if you remember me, but I went to Wartburg when you did. :) I was reading your 101 list and I love it! I was wondering about the Supermarket Savings 101 course. Do you know anyone who has done it? Is it worthwhile? Part of me thinks it looks a little fishy, so I wanted to get your take on it!

Krista Taylor (previously Hampton)