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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Follow Thoreau's advice; "Go forth boldly in the direction of your dreams; live the life you've imagined." (read all 13 entries…)
I have been so unmotivated lately.

Especially now at work. I feel paralyzed by the inability to get the last signature I need, and don’t feel a sense of clear direction. It’s not just the signature, now that I think about it. It’s the murkiness of the future- will I be asked to work full time at any point, and if so, when, and what will my duties be? Everything is up in the air, and I feel like I have no way to prepare or start. I don’t even know what I should do about child care, unless I know when and how many my work hours will be.

Then, too, I’ve been unmotivated to eat well or exercise after a period of effort in these areas. The house is a mess, I’ve eaten lots of sugar, and I’m having trouble going to bed in a timely manner again. Just the opposite of the way I want to be.

Today at work, I wasted hours, losing myself on the internet. I’ve been watching Netflix at home instead of doing more productive and affirming things as well. I definitely need some sort of restart, some sort of self-intervention here. I don’t know why the last few days have been so blah, but as I write this, I realize that I need to snap out of it now, before all the hard work I’ve been doing on my goals becomes undone.

Every day that I don’t make progress on my goals is another day wasted. I don’t want to waste my days. I wonder if this is hormonal? I lost count for my cycle, but I wonder if this is pre-menstrual affectation. That would explain my greater sex drive of late. I hope that’s what it is, and not some greater resurgence of depression.

Well, either way, I need to get out of this funk. I need to clean the house, eat well, self-nurture, exercise, meditate, go to sleep early, and get up ready to face my work challenges instead of running away from them.

I can do it! Let’s go!!!



Comments:

wren You'll not see nothing like the mighty wren!

You can do it!

And please don’t beat yourself up over wasted time. We all get into funks and have to work our way out of them. It’s part of the human condition.

Thank you.

I needed to hear that as much as I needed to rouse myself out of negativity.

I appreciate your support.

Hello rosewilder

First off…
I love your piglet photo!
More to the point though – I know how you feel! Those things you write about above, I have felt most of them on many different occasions this past year as well. The details are different, but I named my year “The Wild Ride”. :) Just last night in fact I fell off my “early to bed/early to rise” wagon which I’d been doing so well at.

I’ve been learning though, that spending my time beating myself up about not having done something “right” is just wasting more energy not moving forward again. So I’m getting much better with dusting myself off and moving on, being kind to myself. I’m nicer to other people when I’m nice to myself, too.

It takes some doing to get the momentum going in the forward direction. We are both doing a great job with it, if you ask me.

Cheers.

What a lovely comment!

It’s so good to have companionship on our journeys toward being kind to ourselves. Thank you.

Emorp Kettle's on

A perennial problem

I know this entry is from a while back, and hopefully you’ve achieved some of the things you were hoping to in the meantime.
But it’s such a universal thing, this inertia, slippage, joyless trudge. I feel like this so often and spend a reasonable amount of time looking to others for some insight, or inspiration, to turn everything round, start my real life. But, well, it doesn’t come. And as time wears on, things that I took for granted are now a cause for concern, and it feels like I’m further away from the breakthrough that maybe I could have grasped a few years back. Used to feel sure that somehow it would all work out but now I’m not so sure. so what to do? I have no idea. But not being alone in this, it helps. Thankyou for your honest entries here.

Luckily,

these things pass. I’ve been doing well lately.
I so appreciate your comment and hope you find your motivation and verve again soon!
You are definitely not alone.


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