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Dre’s 101 in 1001

I learned about this from Jason Toney on his blog, Negro Please, who learned about it from triplux. Thanks to triplux for the information and widgets that will aid in this project.

Here’s the important stuff:

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

The Criteria:
Tasks must be specific (i.e., no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e., 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.

The new list arrives December 12, 2011 is here (finally).

  • Start Date: Tuesday, September 30, 2011
  • End Date: Thursday, June 27, 2014
  1. Publish one (1) piece of poetry a week.
  2. Enter one (1) writing contest a month.
  3. Submit at least five (5) queries for long-form pieces a month.
  4. Have coffee (or drinks) with someone at least twice a month.
  5. Watch one (1) educational video a day.
  6. Read for at least thirty (30) minutes a day for six (6) months.
  7. Complete one (1) novel.
  8. Complete one (1) screenplay.
  9. Meditate for at least twenty (20) minutes/day for six (6) months.
  10. Complete one (1) Tour de Pain.
  11. Read The Bible from cover to cover.
  12. Make a quilt using most of my SCAD t-shirts.
  13. Renew my U.S. Passport.
  14. Create a playlist of my 101 favorite songs.
  15. Complete the 200 sit-ups Challenge.
  16. Complete the 100 push-ups Challenge.
  17. Complete the 200 squats Challenge.
  18. Create a list of 101 things that make me happy.
  19. Attend a ballet performance.
  20. Create a household inventory.
  21. Attend POPTech!
  22. Practice my guitar at least five (5) times a week for six (6) months.
  23. Learn to make roti.
  24. Go to a drive-in movie.
  25. Get life insurance.
  26. Get a message one a month for a year.
  27. See Chris Paul (a.k.a. CP3) play in an NBA basketball game.
  28. Attend an NFL regular season football game.
  29. Write down five (5) things I’m thankful for every day for six (6) months.
  30. Do one (1) sketch a day for six (6) months.
  31. Send twelve (12) people I’ve always wanted to talk to five (5) questions a piece and see if they answer. Share the returned answers as blog posts.
  32. Get a full medical check-up.
  33. Go to a University of Notre Dame football home game.
  34. Pay for the person behind me’s order at a fast food restaurant.
  35. Run a half-marathon.
  36. Go to a roller derby match.
  37. Look out from the top of the Statue of Liberty.
  38. Establish a three (3) month emergency fund.
  39. Learn to swim.
  40. Visit Portland, Oregon.
  41. Visit ten (10) different museums. (1/10)
  42. Share one (1) post a day on both of my personal sites for three (3) months.
  43.  Refinish three (3) pieces of furniture.
  44. Throw a dart at a map and go where it lands.
  45. Learn CPR
  46. Learn sign language.
  47. Visit the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.
  48. Hang the map of Savannah that Marc Belanger gave me as a birthday gift.
  49. Tend my own vegetable garden for one (1) growing season.
  50. Make a return visit to New Orleans, LA.
  51. Read all of the books currently in my home library.
  52. Be able to claim having watched all of the movies on AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movies 10th anniversary list.
  53. Go see RENT on Broadway.
  54. Create a will.
  55. Eat every meal at home for a month.
  56. Write a personal vision statement.
  57. Volunteer out of town for one (1) month.
  58. Create a scrapbook for the last ten (10) years.
  59. Re-learn French.
  60. Send one (1) handwritten note a month.
  61. Make ten (10) new friends. Not acquaintances, but friends.
  62. Try five (5) new craft beers at their local tap rooms. (1/5)
  63. Donate 10% of my savings at the end of this exercise to a charitable organization.
  64. Landscape the backyard of the house.
  65. Build a bed.
  66. Take a photo of the same place every month for a year and then turn it into a calendar for the next year.
  67. Go one (1) day without talking.
  68. Practice yoga for three (3) months straight.
  69. Buy a drink for a stranger.
  70. Play one (1) round of disc golf.
  71. Drive across the United States in a convertible.
  72. Make scones at home.
  73. Go to a NASCAR race.
  74. Have fresh flowers in my house at least once a month for a year.
  75. See the New York Rangers play live at Madison Square Garden.
  76. Get my glasses repaired (and get new prescription lenses).
  77. Learn Python.
  78. Learn PHP.
  79. Go hiking once a month for a year. (0/12)
  80. Complete a triathlon.
  81. Learn to make four (4) desserts.
  82. Bake bread from scratch once a week for three (3) months.
  83. Go ice skating on the Rideau Canal.
  84. Go indoor rock climbing.
  85. Eat lobster in Maine.
  86. Learn to play chess.
  87. See a baseball game at Wrigley Field.
  88. Make paella.
  89. Spend a weekend at a cabin retreat.
  90. Finish completely converting this site to a self-hosted one.
  91. Create a list of 101 I’ve already accomplished.
  92. Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal for six (6) months.
  93. Tackle The New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle for six (6) months.
  94. Complete a century (100-mile) bike ride.
  95. Learn to make my own pizza.
  96. Make a return visit to Trinidad & Tobago.
  97. Make a blanket fort.
  98. Take part in a musical.
  99. Build a greenhouse.
  100. Make homemade pickles.
  101. De-clutter my life.

Wish me luck. Cheers.

You can also check out the original list and Version 2.0.

  1. Run in the Tour de Pain in Jacksonville