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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elimisteve Python + Django web dev, starting a business

Polyphasic Sleep
You need a REALLY flexible schedule

I did it for a month, and when I was able to fall asleep, it was awesome. I had SO much time to do SO much. After a month, despite some fascinating successes (and lucid dreams, which I had never had before), my fellow very health conscious friend made me realize that I could conceivably do irreparable damage to my brain (I was 18 at the time), which is actually not as likely as it sounds. As Steve Pavlina says in one of his polyphasic sleep-related posts, polyphasic sleep and sleep deprivation are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT; do not put them in the same category; this would be a mistake. If you were permanently damaging your brain, you’d be able to tell and you wouldn’t feel great.

My advice: DON’T LISTEN TO NAYSAYERS!!! People are so anti-anything-better-that-may-require-effort it’s unbelievable. It may be wise to not even tell other people. I used to excitedly tell others about my experiments (I am very much an intellectual and very into self-improvement), but I always, always, always always got shot down. I don’t tell other people and I don’t listen to their negativity. Follow Pavlina’s advice (which I wish I would have had; taking more frequent but still 20-minute naps is a GREAT idea; I tried taking longer ones and it didn’t work well), and good luck! Be sure to have plenty to do, too.

“Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds.”
—Albert Einstein



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