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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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howunremarkable is doing 37 things including…

become a morning person.

11 cheers


howunremarkable has written 5 entries about this goal

lifestyle changes and such

I neglected this for a long time, but it seems the goal is developing on its own. Now that my boyfriend I live together, I wake up every morning with him when he gets up for work. Sometimes I fall back to sleep, but a lot of mornings I just stay up. Additionally, the new puppy gets the wiggles some mornings, and that often affects my ability to sleep in late.

I got up at 8:30 this morning with no alarm, nothing to do, nowhere to go…So I suppose that’s progress.

Motivation might help

I’m now having to get up “early” (around 9 a.m.) twice a week for classes, which is helping me make the tiniest bit of progress on this goal. The work aspect is tricky, and there isn’t much I can do to change that. There will always be 3-5 nights each week where I will be working until as late as midnight (usually off a bit earlier…between 10:30 and 11:30 generally). After work my body seems to need a significant amount of time to relax, regroup, and let go of work things before bedtime. It keeps me up rather late.

On a more positive note, I’ve found myself waking up occasionally before my alarm goes off. The problem is convincing myself to get out of bed. I woke up this morning several times, but slept in until noon because I didn’t really have anything I had to do until later in the evening. I’m going to need to find a way to motivate myself into getting up and being productive when I wake up.

Perhaps this isn't the time...

I’m concerned that my work schedule is partially what is preventing me from being productive in this goal (that, combined with my tendency to stay up late on my nights off). I work long hours and am usually not home until between 11 p.m. and midnight, and then I seem to need a lot of time to wind down. I either need to come up with a method to use to relax and sleep more efficiently, or I need to put this goal on the back burner until I have a different lifestyle.


I’m up late again tonight. This is becoming quite a trend, and the thought of getting up early seems practically impossible. Perhaps I will make more of an effort tomorrow night. I need to have a bedtime routine that is more efficient. I don’t really need to be up this late playing online…

not off to a great start...

I’m thinking that this goal can be combined with my yoga goal. In theory, I could get up and do a yoga session right away. The whole getting up part is tricky (the yoga hasn’t been going very well either). I think I need something to motivate me to get out of bed in the morning, but I don’t know what that could be. I can’t think of much that competes with sleeping in. Additionally, I need to be in bed at a reasonable hour. It’s nearly 3 a.m., and I’m still up…

howunremarkable has gotten 11 cheers on this goal.


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