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!

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