101 things in 1001 days

A collage of 101 goals in 1001 days
Anyone who knows me that I love lists, goals, and data. Each year, I set new year’s resolutions/goals and I publish them on my website, and review my success at the end of the year.

I’m always looking for more interesting ways to document my goals. Since last year’s site death of 43things (on which I was pretty active for 8 years) there hasn’t been much of a general online goal setting community. Recently, though, a successor to 43things has popped up: dayzero project, which encourages users to set a list of “101 things in 1001 days”.

Of course, I’m eager to do it. So here is my list of 101 Things in 1001 days, which ends on October 29th, 2018.


  1. Travel on the trans-siberian railway
  2. Travel to 30 countries (currently 20 on 2/1/2016)
  3. Travel to China
  4. Walk on the Great Wall of China
  5. Travel to Russia
  6. Travel to Japan
  7. Save $6,000 in a “random travel” fund
  8. Travel to all 50 US states (currently at 47 on 2/1/2016)
  9. Travel to Greece
  10. Take a bike trip >3 weeks
  11. Publish a travel zine
  12. Stay in an ice hotel
  13. Witness the Northern Lights


  14. Finish NaNoWriMo
  15. Write my personal manifesto
  16. Write my “political platform”
  17. Sew pants
  18. Publish a zine for each birthday
  19. Publish a comix
  20. Write in 1-line-a-day journal every day for 6 months
  21. Learn how to draft patterns from scratch
  22. Make a robot
  23. Sew a duvet
  24. Go on a writing retreat
  25. Sew a regency gown


  26. Save 50% of my income
  27. Publish expenses/income every month for a year
  28. Max out my 401K (if I have one available) + Roth IRA
  29. Get paid to speak
  30. Identify a second stream of income
  31. Make $5,000 from side hustles
  32. Do a no-spend month
  33. Save a $10,000 emergency fund
  34. Ask for a raise
  35. Be paid to teach a personal finance class
  36. Have a net worth >$20,000

    Professional Development

  37. Learn SQL
  38. Learn to work with VAN
  39. Learn Pro Tools
  40. Be nominated for Skidmore Prize
  41. Learn Adobe Audition
  42. Submit a talk to OSBridge
  43. Speak at a TedX event
  44. Attend toastmaster’s regularly for 3 months
  45. Learn every country in Africa on a map
  46. Get paid to write an article
  47. Make a person-to-person fundraising ask >$50,000
  48. Land a major federal grant
  49. Apply for a Fulbright
  50. Pass the C1 Level test in German
  51. Pass the C3 Level in German
  52. Apply to a professional development/learning intensive program

    Fitness & Health

  53. Run a half marathon in <2 hours
  54. Be able to do the splits
  55. Be in the “best shape of my life”
  56. Back squat my body weight
  57. Do a 30×30 challenge (30 minutes of physical activity for 30 days)
  58. Learn a choreographed dance
  59. Learn to swing dance
  60. Take a season of ballet classes
  61. Compete in a swing dance competition
  62. Participate in a public dance performance


  63. Go a week without the internet
  64. Take a vacation in my own city
  65. Complete whiskey club at Holmans
  66. Fill out my whole whiskey tasting journal
  67. Host a private karaoke party
  68. Grow habeneros
  69. Grow an herb garden
  70. Elaborately decorate a cake
  71. Go paragliding
  72. Organize a clothing swap party
  73. Host a board games night
  74. Host a dinner party
  75. Host a house party fundraiser
  76. Write an op-ed
  77. Lobby in Salem
  78. Go cross-country skiing
  79. Volunteer on political campaign
  80. Run a conference
  81. Lead a library scavenger hunt bike ride

    Indie Web 

  82. Blog weekly for a year
  83. Redesign my website
  84. Launch German version of my website


  85. Volunteer for OPB
  86. Launch podcasting network
  87. Go on a podcast/radio tour
  88. Host a radio show
  89. Publish a season of Transportini

    Emergency preparedness

  90. Have 6 weeks of food storage
  91. Have one week’s water storage

    Random (AKA I was running out of things)

  92. Write a letter to three people who have made a difference in my life
  93. Read A Random Walk Down Wall Street
  94. Publish an ebook
  95. Read 50 books in a year
  96. Take a sabbatical
  97. Read all of Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone in German


  98. Write a letter to myself to be opened when the 1001 days is over
  99. Donate $10 to charity for each task I don’t complete
  100. Document each task on my website
  101. Put away $10 for every goal completed




6 thoughts on “101 things in 1001 days

  1. I haven t been doing anything in particular since I finished my list, but I have been making sure that I keep trying new things. I do kind of miss having the focus of the list, but I also didn t want to do another one. Good luck with the things you put on your list, and thanks for writing. ??

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