101 Things in 1001 Days

I’m a fan of lists.  I especially like to-do lists that I can check items off of.

Jack Canfield talks about having a list of 101 Lifetime Goals.  I’ve never sat down to write out 101 things that I’d like to do in my lifetime.  To me, it’s slightly daunting to have a big picture outlook.  I like focusing on each day, but I’m trying to shake things up a little bit.

Many days I think I’m oversharing and rambling on here, but it is a good way to hold myself accountable.

I’ve stumbled across the 101 tasks in 1001 days challenge so many times, and honestly most lists either seemed a tad silly or entirely daunting.  That said, who am I to judge?  I’d see posts with bloggers explaining that they accomplished only 14 of the items on their list and they felt completely successful and some would accomplish everything.  That’s the heart of a challenge, right?

The Challenge:

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 your part).

Why 1001 Days?

According to Day Zero Project, 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, to allow for organizing and timing tasks, ensuring a better chance at completing the items on the list.


Start Date:

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

End Date:

Wednesday, March 13, 2019


My List

Notably, I’ve gleaned a few items on my list from the Day Zero Project website because 101 things is a lot to think up!  The rest of them are just my own crazy, very-Joy inventions.

In no particular order:

1.  Write a letter to myself to be opened when 1001 days are over.

2.  Ramble endlessly here on my blog about working through my 101 items.

3.  Get rid of 2,000 items.

4.  Save $10 a day for 1,001 days ($10,010 total).

5.  Learn how to recreate my son’s favorite restaurant dish: Massaman curry.

6.  Enter 5 Preserved Foods Division entries into the Washington State Fair.

7.  Enter a quilt in the Washington State Fair.

8.  Enter a quilt in a non-juried show.

9.  Ask 20 friends to suggest one book, and read them all.

10.  Make a small binder or book of all my favorite recipes to give to my son and my daughter.

11.  Make 12 string quilts to donate.

12.  Make one new quilt block per week for 52 weeks.

13.  Complete a 365-day photo challenge.

14.  Keep a “My Day in Six Words” journal for 6 months.

15.  Buy a fine art piece from Deann Hebert.

16.  Cook 26 new recipes from cookbooks I already own.

17.  Pay off all my debt (well, except my mortgage).

18.  Write down 3 things I’m grateful for each day.

19.  Design and create a logo for Wild Prairie Design Studio.

20.  Replace my desk.

21.  Find a new “perfect” desk chair.

22.  Bake 12 different quick bread recipes, including banana bread.

23.  Design and publish 16 quilt patterns.

24.  Figure out how to tend to my mama’s stephanotis plant she left me.  It hasn’t bloomed in years.

25.  Have some freesia and jasmine in my container garden.

26.  Make mojitos with mint from my container garden.

27.  Make a quilt just for me.

28.  Make homemade pasta.

29.  Frame my mama’s crochet handiwork to give to family members instead of keeping it all in a drawer.

30.  Make my own scented wax melts to refill my warmers.

31.  Keep a reading log.

32.  Make a list of 100 books I want to read.

33.  Get a new pair of prescription sunglasses.

34.  Develop a working budget for my household (and stick to it!)

35.  Have a no-spend month, except for necessities.

36.  Use my daily docket and other PDF files to create my own one-year planner and have it bound at office supply store.

37.  Create a quilt project planner and have it bound at office supply store.

38.  Organize my sewing/quilting notions and fabric.

39.  Sew a slipcover for my couch.

40.  Sew pillow shams and a bolster for my bed.

41.  Sew drapes for my home office.

42.  Sew drapes for my bedroom.

43.  Try out and make a list of 15 meals to make in a pressure cooker.

44.  Try out and make a list of 15 meals to make in a slow cooker.

45.  Paint my bedroom.

46.  Install flooring in my home office.

47.  Refinish the staircase.

48.  Install carpeting in my bedroom.

49.  Find the absolutely perfect pillow.

50.  Get back to having an established morning and evening routine.

51.  Get up one hour early for coffee and writing before anyone else is awake.

52.  Pick a color palette for Wild Prairie Design Studio website.

53.  Create an editorial calendar for my website(s).

54.  Join 3-5 link up parties and link up consistently for 3 months.

55.  Paint my bedside tables.

56.  Make 4 t-shirt quilts.

57.  Write an e-book on thread sketching and multimedia quilting.

58.  Buy a heated mattress pad.

59.  Make a bulletin board for my home office.

60.  Try out 26 vegetarian recipes for my daughter and make a booklet of all the recipes to give to her.

61.  Keep a spending diary for one year.

62.  Find a storage solution for my fountain pens and inks.

63.  Make a box to archive my writing notebooks.

64.  Try writing for 30 days using journaling prompts.

65.  Design and pitch a collaborative blogging project.

66.  Create a media kit.

67.  Participate in #write31days.

68.  Paint the living room and dining room.

69.  Take 3 classes in subjects that interest me.

70.  Buy a large tool box and organize the tools in my storage room.

71.  Make a portable set of quilting supplies.

72.  Take a friend out for brunch and mimosas on the waterfront.

73.  Take 5 quilting classes.

74.  Make a bed-sized quilt using paper-piecing technique.

75.  Make a quilt using English paper-piecing (EPP) techniques.

76.  Buy a bolt of batting.

77.  Make a quilt using only solid fabrics.

78.  Hand quilt a quilt top.

79.  Visit a greasy-spoon diner in a city/state I’ve never been to.

80.  Curate a list of my favorite pie recipes.

81.  Buy a new pair of cowboy boots.

82.  Fix my black-and-white Old Gringos that need some TLC.

83.  Grow peonies in my garden.

84.  Build a trellis for my clematis.

85.  Install security screen my basement door.

86.  Restock my go-bag and emergency supplies.

87.  Make and feed a sourdough starter.

88.  Update my will.

89.  Establish a power of attorney and durable power of attorney.

90.  Organize my important medical and financial papers.

91.  Take 1-hour lunches and get away from my desk for that hour.

92.  Implement a “no-more-than-three” rule for my bedside table.  No more than 3 books at any given time.

93.  Buy three new board games to play with my kids.

94.  Bake my own fair scones (with butter and raspberry jam) at home.

95.  Develop naming conventions to organize my digital files.

96.  Increase my retirement savings from 10% to 11%.

97.  Create a quilt pattern for a collaborative bundle for sale.

98.  Conduct and post 12 maker/creator/blogger interviews for my series: Behind the Seams.

99.  Pick 10 tasks to do every day to help maintain some semblance of control in my homekeeping.

100.  Donate $10 for every item on my list I didn’t complete by the end date.

101.  Make a new list of 101 items for the next 1001 days.


Have you ever tackled a big list of goals or participated in a challenge like 101 in 1001?  I’d love to hear about it.

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