Day Zero

by Elizabeth on June 20, 2017 · 4 comments

in 101 in 1001

Hi. Good thanks, you?

So anyway, I’ve been trying to find some way of managing the lack of control that I’ve been feeling about my own life in recent months. Some of the stuff that’s happening behind the scenes is good, some of it is great, and yeah… there’s some other stuff that’s pretty bloody bleak. But it’s 2017 which means that I can’t write about any of it here without the risk of bruising others, so I won’t.

Instead, I want to write about what I’m doing to regain control, and how I’m going to make sure that the good stuff keeps coming. You guessed it: it’s time for another round of 101 Things in 1001 Days!


My latest round begins today (20 June 2017) and finishes on my 40th birthday (17 March 2020).  If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll already know about this project and how it works. If not, read on:

What is it?
101 Things in 1001 Days
is just like a bucket list, but better!  It’s a simple list of tasks with a realistic completion date of 2.75 years.  This is my third round, having completed the others in 2010 and 2014.

What’s on the list?
I have made an effort to only include tasks that I genuinely want to do, but perhaps needed an extra nudge to get me started.  You can read my full list here.

How can I make one?
It’s pretty addictive!  I’m pretty seasoned at building these lists now, so here’s my hot tips for making your own:

Keep it positive.
Your list should be energising, not a burden!  Too many boring jobs will make you quit.

Set definitive goals. 
“Run 5km without stopping” is measurable, “Get fit” is not.  Make sure you can define the point at which you can cross off each task.

Set a couple of big challenges. 
Give yourself at least one reason to feel super smug at the end.

Set a handful of tiny wins. 
There are days when your list will overwhelm you.  Make sure there are a few tasks that you can tick off without too much time, effort or money.  It really keeps the momentum going.

Make sure that you have enough time and cash to achieve it all in 1001 days.  If not, think about removing a few things to keep for your next list.  Be careful that you don’t design a plan that you can’t possibly pull off!


If you’d like to join me, and want a little inspiration, here are some links to tasks I’ve completed for past 101 Things challenges.

Build a snowman / 101 black & white film photos / 101 Fuji Instax mini 25 photos / DRAW ALL THE THINGS / Keep a swear jar / Take a flight in a hot air balloon / Go horseriding / Sleep under the stars / Carve a pumpkin for Halloween / Photograph a street scene in all four seasons / Climb Hanging Rock / Sew something with my sewing machine / Make something out of wood / Bake a rainbow layer cake / Complete a Diploma of Management / See the Red Sox play at Fenway Park / Complete a jigsaw puzzle / Build a gingerbread house / Visit 3 new states in the USA / Visit a famous landmark / Build a fort /

Here we go.  Wish me luck!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ken June 21, 2017 at 11:05 pm

Nice to see you back at it. Best of luck!


Elizabeth June 22, 2017 at 9:32 am

Oh wow, Ken, you’re still reading! Thanks for saying hi 🙂


Renae Foottit June 23, 2017 at 8:54 pm

Another fabulous list. I stumbled upon your blog thanks to your 2013: 101 in 1001 as I was reading about the challenge. Enjoy this next round of experiences!


D June 26, 2017 at 4:48 pm

I hope you and the PC are doing well.

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