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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Spideygal in Chicago is doing 27 things including…

Get more sleep

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Spideygal has written 3 entries about this goal

Frustration Reigns

So, I used to be really frightened to sleep in an empty house. Terrified, in fact. Now I can do it and actually enjoy it, what with the quiet and all, but I still get nervous about someone breaking in. Last night I didn’t go to bed early but I was good and tired and thought I’d get really quality sleep. As soon as I started to drift off, though, I woke up suddenly and I realized it was because I had heard an unfamiliar noise, and I knew it had come from within the apartment. I HATE that. I lay in bed for several seconds, listening hard, trying to determine what it was I had heard. After a bit I realized that it couldn’t be someone in the apartment, as I would have surely heard footsteps (my floors are so creaky that I would hear a cockroach tiptoeing). That left the Big Question. Well, of course I had to get up an investigate. It turned out to be a suctioned shower hook that had my shower comb and loofah gloves hanging on it, which when it fell would make the exact noise I thought I had heard. Whew. Mystery solved. Now to sleep…..HAH!!! Not only did I have yucky, spooky dreams all night, but I completely forgot that I didn’t have to work until the afternoon today and set my alarm for 5:45 a.m. By the time my tired brain remembered what time I actually had to get up, I had snoozed about half a dozen times. Essentially, I was never able to get decent sleep and even though I stayed in bed until 9, I’m still wiped out.

It *kind of* worked

I did go to bed, but didn’t go to sleep right away. Still, I feel more rested this morning, so that’s good!

Actively working on this goal now! Wait, wait -- Okay, now!

I am logging off and going to bed. Hopefully that will eventually mean getting more sleep.

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