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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Auntie B Belofg is doing 40 things including…

Don't go in too many different directions at once - just focus on no more than one thing at a time

12 cheers


Auntie B Belofg has written 4 entries about this goal

I find ...

that just doing 2 or 3 things/day is working out well for me. I just keep a mental check list of little chores etc. Just focus on one thing at a time though. It’ll get done. I’m also going to simplify a few things:

less traffic out of my chequing account – easier to keep track
do a mental rehearsal of asking for receipts when out and about and buying stuff. This works very well, apparently our minds don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy.
Take another inventory of my art supplies, I’ve bought plenty over the last few months.

I can do this.


Sorting this stuff out

When I’m actually sitting at my desk working, yes, I have to concentrate on the book, or item in my hand while I edit or create a MARC record for it, the risk of error is incredible when someone at work walks by and says hello. Although this is worth the risk, I work with lovely people – I’m so blessed.

I just check my work for errors, simply by scanning the item’s barcode and making sure that the bibliographic detail is correct. The return rate of catalogued items is almost nil.

When I’m learning (which is constant) it’s more realistic to work on 3 or 4 things max at a time, otherwise I would take forever. Still working on the reading issues.

At work

I tend to focus on one thing at a time at work otherwise I just get too mixed up.

Not realistic

I have to focus on more than one thing at a time, because I have to learn many things for my job. So maybe 3 or 4 things at a time.

Auntie B Belofg has gotten 12 cheers on this goal.


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