101 in 1001

Approximately 2.75 years worth of life goals in a nice, tidy box.

Explanation

A few months ago, I mentioned that I wanted to do the whole 101 in 1001 thing. Well, I started writing my list back in January or so, though I have only just finished it now. For sake of ease, I consider myself to have started this list on May 23rd, the day I arrived here in Korea. There are maybe 2-3 on here that I actually accomplished before that, but they are important ones, so I have left them, because they were goals, and I did complete them.

Here’s the official schpiel:

The Mission:
Complete 101 preset tasks in a period of 1001 days.

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.

Some common goal setting tips:
1. Be decisive. Know exactly what you want, why you want it, and how you plan to achieve it.
2. Stay Focused. Any goal requires sustained focus from beginning to end. Constantly evaluate your progress.
3. Welcome Failure. Frequently, very little is learned from a venture that did not experience failure in some form. Failure presents the opportunity to learn and makes the success more worthy.
4. Write down your goals. It clarifies your thinking and reinforces your commitment.
5. Keep your goals in sight. Review them frequently, and ensure that they are always at the forefront of your thinking.

Start Date: May 23rd, 2008
End Date: February 18, 2011

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