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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FlyLady: Complete Beginners' BabySteps (read all 5 entries…)
Day 5

Restarted again. This is the first time I have made it to Day 5’s assignment – writing down what the negative voices in my head are saying.

Here’s what some of the nagging, negative voices are saying:

- There’s no point even starting. You’ll never catch up with everything you have to do.
- It will take forever.
- Every time you make even a little mistake or don’t do chores perfectly or fail to keep up with routines, you ruin everything and have to start all over again.

Here are some of the nice things I am saying to myself to negate those ugly words the negative voices said:

- I don’t need to catch up! I can jump in right where I am!
- I can do anything in 15 minutes. If I go slow and steady and take babysteps, then I can get through anything!
- Even housework done incorrectly blesses my home, my loved ones, and myself. If I miss a day, then I can just jump back in where I am!
- I am really fantastic at cleaning! I have fun with my routines! I like taking care of myself! Getting things done makes me feel good.

Now I’m going to sleep on the nice clean sheets I put on the bed for myself so that I can wake up to my shiny, clean bathroom.



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