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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discountsatori in Atlanta is doing 37 things including…

pay off my student loans

3 cheers


discountsatori has written 1 entry about this goal

Almost there.

I’ve added this to my list mostly out of welcomely realistic optimism. I looked at the amount still due on my loans this evening (after forgetting to make a payment—BIG OOPS) and realized that it’s just a little more than my credit card was when I decided I was going to pay it off once and for all in 2005. That was a pretty painless process, and it ended in a feeling of absolute exuberance… so why not do it again? Then, besides my car loan, I’ll be debt free.

I scheduled a large payment tonight, and then scheduled automatic payments for the next several months (so that I don’t forget again). All of the scheduled payments are a full ten times more than the minimum amount I owe. That’ll show the loan company that I’m on top of this thing.

It should be paid off by the middle of this year. Hurrah!

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