101 in 1001 Days

I came across this challenge while visiting A More Green & Simple Life. I was so intrigued by what it was all about that I did a little research on the web.

The goal of the Day Zero Project or 101 in 1001 Days is "to complete 101 preset tasks in 1001 days (or 2.75 years)". The rules are also very straight forward, "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 your part)."

I love this idea, because in three years I will be creeping oh so close to 40. Yikes! I hate to even type that. But I figure if there are things I really want to do, now is the time to do them.

I also made myself a pretty blog button as a simple reminder that I have a lot of work to do in the next 1001 days!

Making this list was not as easy at it may look. At about 60 things I blanked out. So, after many hours of thinking about what I wanted to include on my list and making the list as realistic as I could (I left off the things that are completely out of my control), here it is. . .

My 101 in 1001 List

Finish this list on October 21, 2012

1. Re-evaluate the list on a yearly basis and adjust outdated goals
2. Blog about every completed item on this list

3. Knit a scarf
4. Sew a doll with a sewing machine
5. Sew a piece of clothing with a sewing machine
6. Crochet a sweater that I can wear
7. Finish my novel
8. Send publishers queries about my novel
9. Send a craft project or idea to a magazine/website/publisher for publication
10. Keep a journal and write in it until it is full
11. Draw, paint, or craft a picture and hang it on the wall
12. Make or buy a photo box
13. Take a drawing class
14. Sell crafts at a local craft fair
15. Learn a new craft other than knitting
16. Make 10 crafts from craft books, see #78 (1 of 10)
17. Open online shop
18. Get business license
19. Design website for online shop

DIY/Around the Home
20. Paint a room in the house
21. Change bedroom furniture
22. Redo deck
23. Paint or replace the kitchen window frames
24. Make Daphne and Drusilla a cardboard house
25. Plant and tend to flowers in front yard & around mailbox
26. Paint mailbox post
27. Clean out and organize attic
28. Dig up and lay new mulch
29. Throw away or donate clothes that don't fit or have been in the closet for 5 years
30. Update wardrobe with "staple" items
31. Organize or donate old magazines

32. Spend a week in London, England
33. Stay in a ski lodge
34. Go to Ikea in Charlotte
35. See the Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras
36. Take a road trip
37. Walk around the lake in the fall
38. Visit 10 new places around town (3 of 10)

39. Go to church every Sunday for 2 months (0 of 8)
40. Read & study a daily devotional for 1 month (0 of 30)
41. Join a group at church
42. Learn 25 Bible verses (0 of 25)
43. Go to a weekly Bible study
44. Visit with the pastor
45. Attend a church function
46. Listen to Christian podcast on the drive to or from work at least 3 times a week for a month (0 of 12)
47. Choose 5 books of the Bible and study them (0 of 5)

48. Start and stick to a beauty regimen
49. Attend my 20th high school reunion in 2012
50. Make a new friend
51. Finish my will
52. Take a daily vitamin and Vitamin D supplement
53. See a band in concert I have never seen before
54. See the musical Wicked
55. Update my resume
56. Put a dime in travel fund for every swear word I say (in process)

57. Get a facial
58. Indulge in an expensive hair cut
59. Buy an iPod Touch
60. Buy a black dress
61. Trade in car for a new one
62. Hire pest control to spray entire house
63. Have large tree cut back
64. Buy a new bed
65. Buy a pet vacuum
66. Buy a new couch
67. Keep an emergency fund of $500
68. Have air conditioner and heater checked
69. Pay off all three credit cards
70. Pay back IOUs
71. Save all spare change for 1 year
72. Roll spare change and exchange for cash

73. Learn 5 phrases in Polish (0 of 5)
74. Learn to use my digital camera to take close up photos
75. Learn to knit and purl
76. Learn to use a sewing machine
77. Read or re-read 10 classics (0 of 10)
78. Read 10 non fiction or fiction books (2 of 10)
79. Read 10 craft books (5 of 10)

Sports and Exercise
80. Ice skate on a pond
81. Walk a 3k
82. See Pirates play at PNC park and locate my "brick"
83. Go to a minor league baseball game
84. Work out 7 days a week for 1 month (0 of 30)
85. Watch a Steelers game at a Steelers bar
86. Lose 7–10 pounds

Food & Drink
87. Make homemade pierogies
88. Drink water for 1 week 
89. Learn to make fondant
90. Use fondant on a cake or cupcakes
91. Make homemade lemonade
92. Sample 20 different teas other than Earl Grey tea (4 of 20)
93. Try 10 different dishes I wouldn't normally try (2 of 10)
94. Cook 50 new recipes I have never tried before (3 of 50)

For Others
95. Donate 50 handmade items to charity (0 of 50)
96. Volunteer at no-kill cat shelter

97. Organize iPod (delete songs, update playlists, add cover art for all albums)
98. Make my top 100 song list
99. Host craft-a-long on blog
100. Throw an '80s costume party
101. Put $5 in savings for each completed task ($95.00)

~last updated 1/27/11
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Some of the items on this list will be completed in the next few months, while others will probably take me the full 1001 days. But, that is what this list is all about, and I feel up to the challenge!


  1. WOW! What a great list. It has inspired me & I may have to do something similar. Last year I did a similar list but it only had 10 goals that I had to complete in a year.

    BTW - I love your new banner.


  2. The idea is great! I'm thinking about doing it too. The button is cute :)

  3. I love reading 101 lists- they're so inspiring!

  4. Three years ago I saw an episode of Ellen where they talked about "life lists," so I have a life list and I have a "craft to-do" list and a "house to-do list"...I just don't have the goal to get it all done in 1001 days. Great idea!

  5. I love this list! I'm a big list maker (I even did a list of lists once!) and this is a great one. It's inspiring me to start something similar (because I just don't have enough lists - ha ha!)
    Sharon :-)

  6. What a great idea I'll have to see if I can make my own list. It's so inspiring.