[Updated: 10 November 2011] This project has now finished, sadly with only a 3rd of my tasks I set for myself completed. I’ll be writing a fuller update to this soon.
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.
Tasks must be specific (i.e. no ambiguity in the wording) with a result that is either measurable or clearly defined. Tasks must also be realistic and stretching (i.e. 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 organising and timing some tasks such as overseas trips or outdoor activities.
For me, there’s a special significance about the ‘end date’ – it’s my 40th, and I don’t want be wake up that day wondering what I have missed out on…
Start: February 12, 2009
Finish: November 11, 2011
To ensure there is actual motivation to complete more regular tasks (e.g. exercise 3 times a week), a penalty (normally a $10 fine) will be accumulated and deducted from my end prize/reward. This penalty must be recorded every time it occurs (shown by Penalty: x) at the end of each task listing.