Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Like the millions before me.....

..... I am going to start the "101 in 1001 List."

Though it may seem like an out-of-the-blue project, not to mention a very lofty goal for a procrastinator like me, there is a reason why I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Last week I received a package in the mail from a friend of mine. It was a pre-matted photograph that she'd taken on one of her trips. Totally random, right? Wrong. I found out later that I was among the lucky people who received a surprise because she checked off #15 on her 101 List. And since this friend is someone who I think has fantastic ideas, I'm hoping that some of her fabulousness will rub off on me during the process.

So what is a "101 in 1001 List," you might ask? Well, after doing some extensive research on the subject (by Googling it), I learned the following.....

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.

Of course, the first step is to actually come up with 101 goals that meet the criteria.... which is a LOT harder than it sounds.

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