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10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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make a schedule and stick to it
Current Time Management & Organization Goal

Goal -
Make a Schedule and Stick to It

Start By -
Monday, December 7, 2009

Finish By -
Thursday, December 31, 2009

Take a sheet of paper and a ruler. Draw a chart of all your waking hours, using one square for each half hour. If you’re awake for 16 hours each day, you’ll need 32 squares: 8 across, 4 down. Using graph paper can help.

Label each square with the starting time for that half-hour block of time. For example, if you wake up at 6:00 in the morning, label the first half-hour square 6:00 a.m., and the next one 6:30 a.m., and so on.

Sit down and examine your day. Make a list of all the things you need to do, from taking a shower to doing homework and afterschool activities.

When you begin to write things into your schedule chart, start with those things that have specific start times. For instance, if you know you have to be at the bus stop at 7:00 a.m., fill in that square with “Bus stop.” If you have to be at band practice from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., write “Band practice” across both the 5:00 and the 5:30 squares.

Next, move on to the things that don’t have specific start times, but that you have to get done. When finding squares of time to fit them in, think about the time of day. For example, it may be a good idea to schedule homework before dinner, since after your meal you may get too sleepy to concentrate.

Give yourself a break…or several! If doing all of your homework in one chunk is too much for you, schedule a little bit of free time between subjects.

If you have an important event like band practice that falls right in the middle of your evening, talk to a parent about adjusting other things, such as dinnertime, so you can make your schedule work out.

Consider using a different colored pen or marker to color in different types of responsibilities. You could use yellow for family chores, red for school events, blue for sports and activities, and so on. This way, you’ll get a good sense of how your day is planned out just by glancing at your schedule. If there’s way too much blue, for example, you’ll know that you’re probably overloaded with sports and activities.

Remember that we can’t predict what’s going to happen every day, and time management involves being flexible, too. If you hurt your ankle on a Wednesday afternoon and have to spend two hours at the hospital, you probably won’t be able to stick to your schedule…and that’s okay. When this type of thing happens, use that schedule to help you juggle your time. For instance, your trip to the hospital may have cut into your homework square, but you can make it up by giving yourself an extra homework square the next day.

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