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Day Zero Project, aka, 101 in 1001

The Challenge: 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 your part).


Why 1001 Days? Many people have created lists in the past - frequently simple challenges such as New Year's resolutions or a 'Bucket List'. 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.

1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.

2. Stay Focussed. 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.

KEY:
In progress
Completed

Failed


Start date: December 11th, 2009

End Date: September 7th, 2012


Just For Me
*Determine whether or not I suffer from depression or just a bad ass attitude at times (I say this like it's a joke, but I'm truly at the point where I can't tell whether or not something is wrong)

*Have Jon set a goal for me

*Read at least one photography book to learn how to better use my camera

*Cut internet time down to 2 hours a day (non-consecutive)

*Become more involved with the church

*Learn a new skill

*Get a new piercing

*Change my hair color/style

*Find a podcast I enjoy and listen faithfully

*Complete the MyCAA program

*Write a will

*Learn to drive stick

*Identify 100 things that make me happy

*Complete a 365 photo challenge (start Jan 2010)

*Make one DITL post a month (start Jan 2010)


*Reduce my carbon footprint


Health and Wellness
*Lose 5-10 healthy pounds

*Eat at least 3 pieces of fruit and 3 vegetables every day (3 months to be considered complete)

*Do not drink soda for one year (start Jan 2010)

*Run a 5k

*Run at least three miles at a steady pace without stopping

*Start strength training again and do it at least 3 times a week (3 months to be considered complete)

*Start and complete the 30 Day Shred


*Master 5 different workout videos not including the 30 Day Shred (1. Banish Fat Boost Metabolism, 2. Element Yoga for Weight Loss)

*Go for at least one month without eating fast food

*Go for at least a month without eating out

*Finish TCOYF and apply it

*Start charting in detail on Fertility Friend (temps, fertility signs, symptoms)


*Learn FAM to the point where I am comfortable using it as a method of BC

*Get my tooth taken care of

Home and Family
*Pay off debt

*Try to keep debt under $1000 (6 months to be considered complete)

*Go on one date every 2 weeks with Jon (4 months to be considered complete)

*Start trying for Baby #2

*Open a trust fund for Baby #2

*Have a homebirth

*Have an unassisted birth

*Go to church every Sunday (as long as travel does not prohibit)

*Go through the house and sell or toss everything we don't need

*Learn to cook Jon's favorite meal (chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, and biscuits)

*Start budgeting (effectively budget for 6 months to be considered complete)

*Spend one month washing dishes by hand to see how much money it saves on water bill

*Make a trip to Kansas so my family can meet Jon and Arianna

*Host Thanksgiving at my house

*Start family holiday traditions for Christmas (same traditions must be held through the end date of project to be considered complete)

*Hang up at least one family picture on each wall of the house or in each room

*Make a yearly family scrapbook

*Make my own Christmas cards to send to friends/family

*Write Jon a note of encouragement at least once every two weeks (6 months to be considered complete)


Arianna Solice

* Fully potty train Arianna (including night training) (No night accidents for 2 weeks to be considered complete)

*Wean Arianna off rewards for using the potty (Three weeks to be considered complete)

*Teach Arianna to tie her shoes

*Teach Arianna how to ride a bike

*Take Arianna to Disneyland or Disneyworld

*Teach Arianna ASL (meaning I will need to learn ASL myself)

*Enroll Arianna in preschool

*Start a trust fund for Arianna ($500 to be considered complete)

*Teach Arianna to swim

*Teach Arianna to read

*Teach Arianna to write her name

*Read Arianna one bedtime story every night (3 months to be considered complete)


*Start saying bedtime prayers with Arianna

*Learn to discipline more effectively (must learn techniques, apply them, and see results)


Pay It Forward

*Donate blood at least once every three months (4 times a year)

*Spend money on a fundraiser

*Start tithing

*Volunteer at least 4 times a year

*Give to Toys For Tots

*Do something nice for someone else anonymously

*Give $1 to charity every time opportunity arises


*Make a cake or cupcakes for a non-family member's birthday

*Throw a shower (baby or wedding) for someone who wouldn't otherwise get one

*Write at least 5 letters of thanks regarding good products or customer service


*Purposely park in a space that's further away so somebody else can have the closer spot (One month to be considered complete)

*Take the shopping cart to the nearest cart bay instead of leaving it in the parking space next to me. (One month to be considered complete)


*Give a nice tip and assume that the service was bad because they were having a bad day

*Send cards through Operation Holiday Card *Send a care package to a deployed soldier

Fun Stuff/Other
*Go back to New York

*Go to California

*Go to Florida

*Go to Seattle

*Get a new DSLR

*Get at least 2 new lenses

*Try 10 new cocktails

*Read 30 new books

*Watch 30 new movies

*Bake every recipe in my Magnolia cookbook

*Go ice skating

*Dress up for Halloween

*Host a party

*Go to a New Year's Eve party

*Try 5 new sex positions

*Build up DVD collection

*Build a snowman

*Go to the theater and see a live show

*See a popular movie on opening day

*Go to a high school play

*Complete two 1000 piece puzzles

*Take a "fun" class (cake decorating, art, etc)

*Try a new ethnic food (Thai, Greek, Indian, etc)

Currently in progress:
*Start and complete the 30 Day Shred-
Level 1 complete!
Level 2:
Day 5 complete

*Master 5 different workout videos not including the 30 Day Shred
1. Banish Fat Boost Metabolism- Day 5 complete (4 circuits)
2. Element Yoga for Weight Loss-


*Start strength training again and do it at least 3 times a week

*Go for at least a month without eating fast food

*Lose 5-10 healthy pounds- 2 pounds lost

*Do not drink soda for 1 year

*Start charting in detail on Fertility Friend (temps, fertility signs, symptoms)


*Write Jon a note of encouragement at least once every two weeks (6 months to be considered complete)


* Fully potty train Arianna (including night training) (No night accidents for 2 weeks to be considered complete)-
Re-starting 12/15: 1 week 2 days down!  Restarting 12/25: 1 week 1 days down!
Re-starting 1/4:



*Read Arianna one bedtime story every night (3 months to be considered complete, must read a story in the morning if she falls asleep early the night before)- 20 nights complete

*Give $1 to charity every time opportunity arises


*Write at least 5 letters of thanks regarding good products or customer service


*Purposely park in a space that's further away so somebody else can have the closer spot (One month to be considered complete)

*Take the shopping cart to the nearest cart bay instead of leaving it in the parking space next to me. (One month to be considered complete)

*Cut internet time down to 2 hours a day (non-consecutive)

*Complete a 365 photo challenge

*Make one DITL post a month

*Read 30 new books
1. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck
2. Common Sense by Glenn Beck
3. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
4. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by  Gregory Maguire
5. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
6. Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
7. Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
8. Intervention by Robin Cook
9. The Shack by William P. Young
10. Harmful Intent by Robin Cook
11. Nervous: A Novel by Zane
12. Afterburn: A Novel by Zane
13. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
14. Lucky: A Memoir by Alice Sebold
15. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
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*Watch 30 new movies

1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Goonies
3. The Big Lebowski
4. V For Vendetta
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