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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Daniel Spils in Seattle is doing 17 things including…

Share insights about how to use 43Things to best advantage, how it can be an aid to accomplishment, not a distraction

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Daniel Spils has written 1 entry about this goal

balancing things

Most of my friends and family think 43T is great but haven’t found a need or desire to use the site. I like the fact that it’s an elective endeavor. I choose to type about the things going on in my life. For me it’s helpful.

Three main insights about 43T as an aid, not a distraction:

1) revise my list often
2) let important goals sit for a long time
3) balance the types of things on my list

revise my list often
I look at my list every 2 or 3 days and see if there’s a goal that needs removing. I’m often removing goals. Sometimes I get caught up in adopting goals when people send them my way or I have a surge of energy. 43 is too many things for me so I tend to hover around the low 20s.

let important goals sit for a long time
There are goals on my list which I adopted not even knowing why I was doing it and how I would ever get from the “I want to do this” button all the way to the “I’ve done this” button. I have to be careful not to delete these when I’m revising my list every few days. Others have said this better than I, but one of the best parts of 43T is that it allows me to think big. For example, this has stuck around for a long time and has spawned this. But that’s been on my list for a while now. I know it’ll eventually turn into something fun and helpful. So I’m letting it sit for a while.

balance my things
If your list is too serious or all jokey it gets old. I like it when my list reflects my real life. That’s why I’ve got music, visiting relatives, excercise, charity and fun goals all on my list.

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