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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make the most of my 30s (read all 8 entries…)
things are looking up

When thinking over the past few days I realized that I’m doing a better job in my progress on this goal is it just taking a bit of a different form. This year I read Getting Things Done and I’m now in the process of reading Zen to Done which is pretty much a simplified version of GTD for people that find it too complicated. What it made me realize is that for practical purpose my use of 43T (including the “I gave up list”) is a mix of mid to long term goals which is also acting as my “someday/maybe list” which includes things like books that one wants to read. Things cycle through my 43T list as time goes on with a lot more things being completed than given up on and if they are given up on or deleted they are done so for good reasons like last year’s NaNoWriMo which I dropped out of when I was ahead of schedule to prevent from hurting my hands any more from too much time on the computer. So in many ways it seems like smart use of 43T is playing a lot more important role for this goal as a whole than I realized before.


Celtic Christian has gotten 21 cheers on this entry.


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