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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Des is doing 35 things including…

spend at least 10 minutes every day cleaning, organizing or decluttering

162 cheers


Des has written 6 entries about this goal

I haven't been doing this

But I got a bug tonight and did probably a week and a half’s worth at once. :)

And I’m sure the project that I’m planning for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday (complete room overhaul) will cancel out my debt for the entire last year!


I just checked and found that 28 people are currently working toward this goal! I’m in good company! I haven’t been doing this with any consistency. I’m going to pick this one up again, now that my schedule is slowing down a little now (for the most part).

Well, I suppose

Keeping track of this privately is not doing me a bit of good. I have had a few good days, but overall I haven’t done as much as I would like. I’m going to start tracking again, beginning tomorrow. I think I might use the reminder service on this goal, too.

28 Dec: 10+ mins
29 Dec: nothing
30 Dec: I suppose I could get off my lazy butt right now and do it

Giving up until the last week of January


I have decided to keep track of my progress privately.

Week 2

I had a weak week last week (heh) but I guess it wasn’t bad for a start. One of my personal rules for my goal is that it has to be something above and beyond what would normally get done that day (for instance, dishes or laundry wouldn’t count, but sorting out the sock drawer would). That makes it a little more challenging.

Sun 13 Nov – 10+ mins
Mon 14 Nov – 10+ mins
Tue 15 Nov – missed
Wed 16 Nov – can’t remember
Thu 17 Nov – 10+ mins
Fri 18 Nov – 10+ mins

On the rare occasion...

...that I make an attempt to clean, organize, or declutter, I generally make a big project of it and end up exhausted and grumpy. That, in turn, makes me less likely to want to try again next time. Instead, I’m going to try to make it a regular part of my day, and do it in small chunks instead. When I’m used to doing 10 minutes, I’ll work up to 15, and so on.

Sat Nov 5 – 10+ minutes
Sun Nov 6 – 10+ minutes
Mon Nov 7 – didn’t make it today, I plan to double up another day (uh-oh)
Tue Nov 8 – nope, didn’t make it again
Wed Nov 9 – nearing 10 minutes

Des has gotten 162 cheers on this goal.


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