nada100 is writing her list
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.
How I did it: One day, I decided that I was tired of the way I was living my life. I was always bored and frustrated. I started looking at the way I was planning my life out and realized that to some extent this was the root of my unhappiness. So I decided to try planning my daily life every morning instead of trying to keep up with plans from months in advance.
When I wake up in the morning, I think of all the things I want to do in that day. I don't think about tomorrow, or any further than the day ahead of me. I consider the things that I HAVE to do for the day. Then I prioritize these things and make a list. Through my day I do the things on my list and usually finish most of it. The things that I don't finish usually don't get abandoned, and things are going pretty well without me planning things ahead of time.
Now that I'm not planning things so far ahead, I find myself actually getting more stuff done, and feeling more accomplished every day. I have more fun with my life and go more places. I've even started finding it easier to talk to people, since I feel like I actually have something to talk about. All in all, I'd say living one day at a time has taught me that there is no reason to live in fear or with regrets. Every day is a new day and if you don't like yesterday, you can always make today better.
Lessons & tips: Don't overthink it. Just figure out your ideal day, and do it. Don't abandon your responsibilities.
Resources: My journal. Meditation.
nada100 is writing her list