Dear 43 Things Users,

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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Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.

File papers that need filing, throw away others (read all 3 entries…)
The bottomless In Box

The inbox in my office is perpetually overflowing. I need to deal with everything in there and stop it from spontaneously regenerating.

The Plan: from now on handle each piece of paper only once. No more tossing stuff in the file to languish for months.


Juva33 is taking it easy

Paper invasion

I found this technique to deal with paper invasion at home.
I have 2 piles: one for paperwork, which still need dealing with, the other pile for paper that needs filing.
Each day, I deal with one item on each pile. This way it’s not so overwhelming… and it seems to work; the piles are shrinking!

Harmless Dilettante What I should have said was nothing.

Good Plan

Unfortunately, I deal with papers as they come in, and toss the filables in the To Be Filed box. Then I tackle the mammoth pile around tax time. Having my own business has fertilized the pile! I plan to just file stuff as it comes in in the future, but so far I’ve been taking the easy way out.

Juva33 is taking it easy

Work paperwork

Actually, I have a 3rd pile for work stuff. Since I’m an accountant, that comes more naturally. I do my own business account monthly at month end and the task finishes by filing it all.
Of course if you are really busy, you would probably be better off using the services of a bookkeeper… who would do the filing for you!


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