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.

Export My Content

kkarner is reorienting herself with her priorities.

Finish my PhD (read all 5 entries…)
No excuses now

I quit my contract with a public school system so that I can concentrate on the dissertation over the next year. I will still see a private client should my phone ring, but I am going to concentrate on this, get it done, or know the reason why it’s not.


italnola Survived a year in Little Rock

small steps

I recommend getting the dissertations of previous students. Read them carefully. At first they all seem pretty good, but then you realize that they all have problems. You will also realize that most PhD’s follow a specific format.
for example
Introductory chapter
Main Chapter
lit review
description of data
statistical test
discussion of results
and so on.

I found that starting a document with the heading (intro, lit review, etc) helped me. Then each day I would try to make progress on just one tiny bit of one of the headings.

I would shoot for writing just a page or two a week in a very small concerted way. Thinking about a page or two is much easier than sitting there saying, “I have to write a dissertation.”

Oh and the dissertation will be your worst piece of research. You have your whole career to do better work.

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