Blogging, Goals, and 101 Things

When setting goals, one of the most highly recommended things to do is to write your goals down. For someone like me, there are many, many ideas running around inside my mind, but not enough time to do them all.

In January, I posted an article, What Do I Want, where I answered this question in terms of goals and a vision that I had written in 2008. In the comments, one my readers, Kim of (Anti) Social Development gave me a link to 101 Strategy, which ultimately led me to the Day Zero Project, home of the 101 Things in 1001 Days.

The project is pretty straightforward. Create a list of 101 things that you want to do in 1001 days, or about 2.75 years. This seems like a reasonable length of time to turn ideas into goals, and to accomplish them.

Since January, I have been on and off working on a sub-domain of this site, at Kikolani’s 101 Things. I have started my list of 101 things that I want to do, which is a little over 50% complete, and will continue to add to this list as time goes by. So far, the list covers goals in the following areas: personal, health, learning, home, financial, writing, creativity, blogging (of course), and travel. Then there is the #57 – 101 to be determined goals to follow.

The start date is April 25th of this year. I chose this date because this is the day I’ll be getting married. It is a start of a new life, and a perfect time to get things in order and start moving forward with the always loving support of my wonderful husband.

I believe that creating a blog with my goals will help me achieve them. As I have learned since creating this site, blogging can be a great tool for self-discovery. I will have a written list and a reasonable deadline to complete them, and will (hopefully) build a community that will keep me on track with the things I want to accomplish. I hope to network with others that are working on this project as well, or people who do some of the things in my list that could offer ideas or advice. I will update Kikolani’s 101 Things with any planning, mind maps, accomplishments, setbacks, etc. as they come along in relation to the goals on the list.

At Day Zero, there is a getting started guide, and at 101 Strategy, there is an article about how to start your own 101 project. The fifth step in the latter article is to be brave and tell someone, so I am telling all of you, my readers. I hope that, if any of you are working on this project, that you will let me know and join me on my mission to complete 101 things in 1001 days.

Do you use blogging for self-discovery, motivation, or goal setting? Feel free to share your experience in the comments. I am always open to new ideas, and inspiring success stories!

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  1. says

    Kristi, you are so wise to do this! I’m going to check out your links. I was wondering what the date was for your wedding. What a perfect time of year to get married! I will be thinking of you on your special day. And btw, I mentioned you in my Thankful Thursday post today. I’m so grateful for your encouraging words when I was not feeling well. I’m getting better each day.

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  2. says

    It’s important to set goals and work for them so the idea of 101 things to do is a very nice indeed. Hence, congrats on the sub-domain.

    Congrats Kristi on the wedding; it’s on the top of the list now if I’m not wrong :)

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  3. says

    Hi Kristi – Thanks for mentioning me. I started my list and was going to write a post about it but still only have 47 things on my list. And I got silly because #47 is “Figure out why Matthew Fox bothers me so much” 😉 I really don’t like him on Lost.

    It’s an interesting coincidence that you posted this today because I was just thinking about working on the list again and making May 1st a start date – that’s my last day at my day job.

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  4. says

    hey Kristi,
    You impress the heck out of me.
    I am also impressed that with 9 days and counting that you find the time to write a post. :)
    By the way, can I steal your item #51 thing to do?
    51. Vacation in an overwater bungalow
    I think I’m going to put that on my “bucket list”!
    ~ Steve, the trade show guru

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  5. says

    I’ve got to start at least writing down goals. Just for the necessity of remembering what’s important… sometimes in life you’re just focused from one thing to the next, and next thing you know, it’s the end of the day or the end of the week, and you remember, Oh, Yeah – I had that one thing I really thought was important to get done! Know what I’m saying?

    Anyway, at the moment I’m using blogging to promote my artwork and get to know people through social networking. I suppose along the way there is a bit of self-realization going on with it. But that part, for me, comes out in doing the art! :)

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  6. says

    101 Things, could be a lot to write about in 1001 days. You know what I love about blogging, is how it could both serve as a info centre, and online diary as well. Every experience counts, I’m sure the 101 project will inspire alot of people, and perhaps, even compiled into an ebook, no surprisingly.

    I appreciate every word you left on my blog, and it’s truly a privilege to know a great blogger like you. All the best in 31DBBB, and I’ll see you again soon.

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  7. says

    Way to go Kristi! Now you know that while I will follow you with interest I’m not the sort of bloke that will take on this type of task. Heck I’ve been in business for over 30 years and I’ve never ever done a business plan, let alone setting target goals of 101 things to do. Perhaps if I could do one a year and someone guaranteed me that I would live that long to complete it I would start tomorrow. 😉

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  8. says

    I always felt it’s good to make a list of sub-goals. You know, those little steps that you need to acomplish in order to get to the main goal. This way you can constantly track your progress.

  9. says

    Hi Kristi,

    That method is indeed useful. Because for me, using some kind of a medium (paper,pen,etc) create energy and some boosting of commitment. Those will leas you to the achievement of your goals. That one thing of a good organization of you ideas too.

  10. says

    Having done that many is impressive. I write my todos down and they still don’t get time. Think it is important to know when to cull some things from the list too :)

  11. says

    @Debbie: I’m glad you’re feeling better! And thank you for the mention in your post. Your Thankful Thursdays are always wonderful!

    @Hicham: Thanks! It is on the top of my 101 things list as well. :)

    @Kim: You’re the one who brought the 101 Things project to my attention. My list isn’t complete, but I figure if there are 2.75 years, there is plenty of time to add to it. My theory is as you accomplish one thing, it will set off a new explosion of ideas of things to do, and having the extra slots open for those things would be helpful. :)

    @Dennis: I am… one thing on the list in particular must start that day. :)

    @trade show guru: I’m certainly busy. It’s not the posts I’m writing for this week and next, it’s the ones that I need to schedule for the week I’m gone that are coming down to the wire.

    And one of the things they suggest in the project is to look at other people’s lists for ideas, so I don’t mind you stealing #51. at all.

    @Eric: Writing it down also seems to take the pressure off the doing it now feeling that comes with great ideas. And it’s definitely a good thing to use your art for expression. You’re an excellent artist!

    @Ching: That would make for an interesting ebook… my 101 Things experience. Thanks for the idea! I’ll have to add that as another thing on my to do list! :)

    @Pheak: I feel pretty ready. All of the prep work is done… now it’s just waiting until the big day!

    @Sire: It’s alright if you don’t participate. Any words of encouragement on the way will always be welcomed! :)

    @Zaslony: That’s one of the things I plan to do on the blog. Make an entry for each goal that I’m working on, and what particulars are needed to make it happen. Good reminder!

    @GregR: I’d have 1001 goals if I included sub-goals and breakdowns. I kind of wanted this list to be the overall picture, and make a mini project out of each. We’ll see how it goes.

    @Vic: Yes, organizing the ideas is a good thing. That way, when you’re in the mood to work in one particular area of your life, you have a list started of the things you want to do when you get to it.

    @Jonathan: Thanks! And thanks for the well wishes. :)

    @David: I’ve needed to do this for a long time. I have little to-do lists and ideas floating around everywhere, but now I can have them all in one place. Putting them together does give you an overall picture, which helps in narrowing them down by importance and priority.

  12. says

    I wrote my goals on paper then I will not bothering about it, haha. I will keep somewhere and then forget about it completely. I think to write it in a blog is better idea, since it can updated and reviewed often. You have came up with brilliant idea. :)

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  13. says

    I think that’s a great thing you’re doing. It helps to get a little motivation from others, and try to uphold some form of accountability for yourself, by who else? The people that you interact with on a daily basis. I think that’s super cool of you to be doing this.

    I might have to get my butt in gear and do the same. I love my Franklin to death, but as of late, it’s been a paperweight. Try as I may to get that rhythm going again, I fail. But, I keep on trying.

    Good luck with this, I completely understand the whole organization of it and if I know anything about you, you’re going to do super with it.

    Looking forward to see those wedding pictures!


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  14. says

    First of all thanks for putting up this post. Its really nice to see that you have such a great vision. I have never planned for such a long period but yes I do plan for a month splitting that into weeks. When it comes to my blog I plan what I should be writing next week but not beyond that. In my personal life I do little bit of planning but not so exhaustive as yours which is good in one way. By the way my hearty wishes and congratulations on your upcoming marriage.


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  15. says

    @Sire: Mmm hmm. :)

    @Avatar: I didn’t come up with it, but I am certainly glad I found it.

    @Ms Alex: Thanks for the update!

    @WayneJohn: I’m looking forward to seeing my wedding pictures too, oddly enough. They’re safe, but our photographer’s pc crashed, so they’re delayed. Thanks for the encouraging words! :)

    @Extreme John: Thanks! I didn’t want to host another domain for it, and it seemed to make sense.

    @Sushi: I guess it depends how you break things up. Like one goal could have sub-goals that have to be achieved first. At that perspective, 20 goals could have 5 subs each. Or one major goal could have about 20. :)

    @Krish: I think planning with such a large time frame helps take the pressure off of feeling like everything has to be done right away, or it will never be done at all. This way, I can do what comes best at a time. And thanks for the congrats!

    @Almir: It’s good to look at other people’s lists, and then get ideas from them. It’s amazing the things you’ll ultimately come up with.

    @vicindangie: Thanks!