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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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germander in Pinellas Park is doing 18 things including…

Have a $500 checking floor

2 cheers


germander has written 7 entries about this goal


Well, today, I’ve declared the bottom $500 in my checking account to be off-limits, barring emergencies. What a great feeling to meet a financial goal! It could be a challenge to maintain this new checking floor, but there is one major thing that’s helping me. Instead of thinking of my financial worth as one lump sum equal to my checking balance, I think of my money value now in terms of the different accounts which affect my finances, and that has helped me see my bank balance and automatically break it into components. So, when I see my bank balance, I don’t think of having all of that to spend today.

I’m calling this complete!


I splurged at the grocery store so now I have a $400 checking floor (said another way, I put my foot through the floor and it will cost me $50 to fix it). I thought this might happen, but I had to try for the big goal and see how it went. I’m opting for a happy tummy over meeting this goal early. This time next month, I want this checking floor to be solid.

Windfall to the floor

I stubbornly put a recent windfall to my checking floor, so I am $50 shy of my goal. Getting there will be okay – I’m in the home stretch – but keeping the floor in place will take some doing (or not doing, as it were).

More contributed

I’m to $300! I think I can have this settled by this time next month. Here’s hoping (and planning, and working, and being disciplined)!


I was just reminded, through reading a person’s post, about making goals SMART – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound – and that last criterion was the only one I hadn’t synched in my mind yet, so here it is: I hope to have achieved this goal by the end of February, or March at the latest.

Started it

I’ve earmarked $100 to start my checking floor. From this day forward, I hope never to go below this amount, barring emergencies.

Concrete Money Goal

I have lots of things I want to save up to buy or to do, but this has to come first. Life always brings the unexpected, and I want to get in the habit of having money in the bank, in checking, that I don’t feel compelled to spend. I’m going to try to save this up fairly quickly; January’s such a great hibernation month, anyway, that this seems like a good time to do it.

germander has gotten 2 cheers on this goal.


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