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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sabryn is gonna miss this site so damn much

discover what makes me happy (read all 22 entries…)
In terms of daily happiness

This article really nails it: Treat Yourself Like a Toddler (from The Happiness Project)

Why do we make considerations for children? Because their lives (and, by extension, ours) go much more smoothly if we do. Why don’t we give ourselves this same consideration?

  • I require at least 7 hours of sleep or I get cranky. Less than 5 and I wind up taking a nap in the evening, which messes up my sleep schedule for the rest of the week.

This one’s obviously pre-pregnancy. Now, I can sleep anytime, anywhere. Two naps a day, and I can still sleep 12 hours that night. I did that last night, in fact.

  • I require at least 2 hours of downtime in the evening – preferably more. If that downtime doesn’t start until 11 p.m., I’ll violate the above requirement.
  • I must eat every 4 hours – good, nutritious food. (Shorten that to 2 hours for pregnancy.) I also require a beverage in my hand constantly. (So reasonably clean, readily available bathrooms are also a must.)
  • I need breaks from people, particularly on weeknights. I get crabby when R has guests over past my bedtime.
  • I am happiest in a clean, uncluttered space. Messy areas and rooms crammed with things overwhelm me and make me generally nervous. (We’re working on this one.)
  • I must always have a book to read. If I don’t read before bed, I don’t sleep well.
  • My phone must be charged at all times, so I can check email when I get a free moment. I get cranky when I feel that I’m wasting time. (Lately, I’ve wasted a lot of time in waiting rooms.)
  • I must have tea in the morning. Not for the caffeine – I gave that up. But I still require a hot beverage to kick-start me.

I’d do well to keep these things in mind, and be as considerate of myself as I would be a small child. Small unhappinesses chip away at larger happinesses.



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