Okay, so I got busier than I had anticipated (shocker) and so this post is later than I had wanted. No help for it, though, so here is my delayed wrap-up post for the 101 in 1001 challenge.
Let’s start with a quick recap of what the 101 in 1001 challenge is:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
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 organizing and timing some tasks such as overseas trips, study semesters, or outdoor activities.
And then move on to my basic stats for the challenge:
101 in 1001 challenge
7/11/2016 to 4/8/2019
72 items completed (71%)
6 items started but unfinished (6%)
7 items failed or cancelled during the challenge (7%)
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There were a couple of items which needed the challenge to be finished before I could complete them. For example, one challenge item was to add $10 to my IRA for every challenge item completed. I could finish that one until I finished the challenge and knew how many items I completed. That one was obvious. There’s one that was less obvious, though, so here’s the details on that one:
Professional & Financial #76: Save all my change during the challenge, just to see how much it is ~ 4/8/2019
I got this idea from Violet Sage, one of the people whose lists inspired me to do my own challenge. It looks like the blog has since been deleted, though, so I can’t provide a link back.
Anyway, the end result was that I now have a change jar with $34.66 in loose change. Not that much, actually, for two years and nine months. I guess it shows how seldom I pay for anything with cash these days.
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There were 72 items finished, 6 items I was working on when the challenge concluded, and 7 more that were either items I cancelled or which were time-sensitive and I failed to complete in time. That leaves 16 items that I never started, or at least never reached a point on where I could consider it “in progress”. And really, that’s not bad at all.
So — with a 71% success rate, would I do this again? Maybe. I’ve really enjoyed having a list of things to track to show progress. I’ve really enjoyed having an accountability list of things that I wanted to do or improve on. But 1001 days is a really long time for setting yourself a to-do list. That’s about 2 and 3/4 years. One thing I learned about myself from this challenge is that my tastes change, sometimes drastically. I don’t know that I can plan out what I’ll want to have as a life goal nearly three years from now, so this challenge seems like a longer-term one than I would seriously consider.
Instead, this year I’ve been working on a list of 19 things I want to do in 2019. It’s a shorter and smaller and more manageable version of the 101 in 1001 challenge, and I’m hoping that this works well for me as an alternate.