Tuesday, January 4, 2011



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.

1001 days can be converted to one of these units:

- 86,486,400 seconds

- 1,441,440 minutes

- 24,024 hours

- 143 weeks

Check it out here: http://www.dayzeroproject.com/?view=gettingstarted

Start Date: January 1, 2011

End Date: September 28, 2013

* italics denotes in progress

**bold denotes completed

1. Lose 30 LBS. (0/30)

2. Visit the Wenzel’s/Russell’s in Virginia.

3. Visit Oregon.

4. Visit the Grand Canyon.

5. Try 5 new dance classes. (0/5)

6. Go to Coachella.

7. Volunteer on a community theater stage production.

8. Run a 10k race.

9. Volunteer at an animal shelter.

10. Throw a themed party.

11. Visit Lindsay and Nathan in Texas.

12. Invest in a high-quality/versatile watch.

13. Visit a country I’ve never been to before.

14. Throw a surprise party.

15. Attend a bikram yoga class.

16. Learn how to drive stick shift.

17. Go skydiving.

18. Get CPR certified.

19. Visit the Los Angeles Natural History Museum.

20. Visit the Ghetty Museum.

21. Complete 5 of the hikes on the LA map for http://www.thishikingtrail.com/. (0/5)

22. Visit Yosemite.

23. Visit and stand in the four corners (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah).

24. Ride in a hot air balloon.

25. Purchase 3 classic board games for my own collection. (0/3)

26. Reach $2,000 in savings account while having no credit card debt. (0/2000)

27. Create wall collage made only of my own sketches/drawings/paintings (photo progress a must!).

28. Read The Godfather and watch the film.

29. Write in this blog for 30 days in a row (0/30).

30. Subscribe to a magazine I’m unfamiliar with (and actually read them when I get them in the mail).

31. Attend a Venice Beach drum circle.

32. Volunteer for Treepeople Los Angeles (http://www.treepeople.org/plant-trees-0).

33. Attend an Abbott Kinney First Friday.

34. Purchase a camera.

35. Go snowboarding.

36. Start watching Mad Men.

37. Watch all of the films from AFI: 10 Top 10 [http://www.afi.com/10TOP10/]. (0/100)

38. Visit the California Science Center.

39. Take a free archery lesson (http://www.rovingarchers.com/).

40. Take a fine art lesson.

41. See all ten films up for Best Picture at the Oscars 2011 (or 2012 or 2013). (0/10)

42. Create a piece of puzzle art.

43. Write a song (music and lyrics).

44. Run a half marathon.

45. Be able to play the song I’ve written on guitar.

46. Get a library card to the Los Angeles Public Library.

47. Attend a writing workshop.

48. Read 10 books from Time's Best Novels of All Time List [http://www.time.com/time/2005/100books/the_complete_list.html]. (0/10)

49. Commit “The Entertainer” to memory on the piano.

50. Complete the crunches/pushups challenge for four weeks in a row (0/4).

51. Go sailing.

52. Visit a zoo I’ve never been to before.

53. Go golfing.

54. Go to a Lakers game.

55. Create art at the beach.

56. Give someone a gift for no reason at all.

57. Purchase a bicycle.

58. Read a book about food and nutrition.

59. Listen to a book on CD.

60. Join an activity group on meetup.com.

61. Donate or discard 50% of my current closet situation (clothes and shoes).

62. Organize my desk.

63. Learn how to play a song on the guitar than I can also sing to (not the one I’m supposed to write – see #45).

64. Take my guitar to McCabes and have them teach me how to string my guitar correctly.

65. Write 5 letters to friends/family I don’t get to see on a regular basis. (0/5)

66. Attend the Culver City Farmer’s Market.

67. Retire both hookahs.

68. Buy a nice new hookah.

69. Attend another downtown LA art walk.

70. Purchase and put up a full-length mirror.

71. Bring my beach cruiser up to Los Angeles.

72. Read a book about a particular decade.

73. Finish reading the five books I’ve started reading – The Haunting, Water for Elephants, Ostrich, The Virgin Suicides and 1984. (0/5)

74. Do the Culver City stairs.

75. Do the Santa Monica stairs.

76. Update all my playlists on playlist.com.

77. Clean out my room in Newport.

78. Clean out my car trunk.

79. Workout at Jena and Conrad’s gym.

80. Get my Mac cleaned.

81. Create a self-portrait piece of art.

82. Learn how to make origami.

83. Give away a book I’ve read.

84. Attend a musical artist’s show I’ve never seen before.

85. Close membership / get off mailing lists of random emails I continue to receive.

86. Learn a Beatles song on guitar.

87. Learn a Beatles song on piano.

88. Organize my photos on my computer and save them to an external hard drive.

89. Go beach camping.

90. Visit Malibu.

91. Visit the La Brea Tar Pits / Hancock Park / Page Museum.

92. Go to the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

93. Attend a meditation / yoga workshop (http://www.sahajayoga.la/).

94. Go to Shakespeare By the Sea (San Pedro) in summer.

95. Attend Pageant of the Masters.

96. Take the KCET Studio Tour (http://www.kcet.org/).

97. Go to the Hollywood Bowl Museum.

98. Wine taste inside California Adventures.

99. Dine in Ariel’s Grotto in California Adventures.

100. Categorize this list.

101. Create another list!

Sunday, December 26, 2010


I now have 70 tasks on my list...thinking good and hard on those last 30.

My concern is that a lot of my tasks might end up costing a decent amount of money, and I really want to be saving a lot these next few years. So I'm going to challenge myself to come up with 30 really great, but free or very inexpensive tasks in order to complete my list.

Happy Holidays, and wish me luck! :)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Workin on the List!

I've done 45, so 55 more to go...because number 101 is always CREATE A NEW LIST! But I still need to come up with 55 more worthwhile and fun, yet challenging tasks for me to complete by January 1st. I notice I'm coming up with them all the time, but I am without a small notepad to write them down, and upon finally getting on here to blog, I've forgotten them.

But slowly they are coming back to me...I've already recovered 3 just writing and thinking about them.

Well - super close to Christmas, lots of stuff to do! Make merry with your loved ones, and I'll be back to drone on more soon. :)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Third Time Will Be My Charm

Ok - so I hate to admit it, but I start so many things I never finish. They always sound like such exciting and intriguing ideas, and in the beginning they always are. But unfortunately, I never get too far past the beginning of any of them. This list, the 101 in 1001 - I tried to do it already twice before. But this time, I think I have enough perspective about the way things are and the way things work - at least in my life at this point in time (I know I'm still learning A LOT and that all of it is ever-changing) - but something tells me that this year, I can create tasks for myself that make more sense.

Also, in the hopes of not getting behind, I'm starting early. January 1st, Shmanuary 1st. I say if the mood strikes on 12/21, then get it done while you're in the mood! And I'm a true procrastinator at heart, so I need to grasp the rare occasion where "getting things done" is the main goal. And I fully intend to stay on top of it.

Upon review of my second list, I did actually do a few of those things this year, and for that I should give myself at least some credit.

Visit the grandparents in Washington.
Yes, I went to visit this past summer. Unfortunately, it was tragedy that all saw us together. My Grandma Sally passed away at the far too young age of 74. Grandma Sally, you are truly loved and missed.

Take a dance class.
Three actually. And I loved them and fully intend on taking more; even asking for a dance class card for Christmas. The place is called Your Neighborhood Dance Studio and it is in Culver City. A girlfriend from work is a dancer, so we talked each other into taking a Burlesque dance class, and we both pretty much fell in love with it. Ive been three times total, and would go more if it weren't for the $14 fee for each class :( but well worth it. Dancing is hands-down my favorite form of a great cardio workout. Not bad in terms of the stretch and strength zones as well. My new list will definitely include a task about the advancement of my dancing skills - so exciting to get back into it!

Become a member of the Chapman Alumni Association.
I did. I have a fancy ID card and whoooooole ton of junk mail they send me asking me to give back to them already. Pshhh. Don't you know I'm broke, Chapman?? Come now.

And there are a few others I did a version of (ie I did get a Santa Monica Public Library card, instead of a Los Angeles Public Library card). But I'm happy to see at least a few original ideas did stick enough for me to complete them. This last time will be different though. I will complete it, and it will BLOW YOUR MINDS. Or something like that.

Completed list up soon! :)