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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Jojo S is doing 20 things including…

Be comfortable with uncertainty & change

31 cheers

 

Jojo S has written 5 entries about this goal

improvement

I feel like I’m making improvement here, mostly because I know if I don’t, I will drive myself crazy. Why? Because change is inevitable.

I had a difficult time adjusting when I changed jobs in March. Now I’ve changed jobs back again, and I am trying to handle the change better. I’m realizing that some decisions that I think are important really don’t matter as much as I think they do, so that is helping me not worry so much. But still I have a ways to go.



Interesting

I’m thinking of crossing this one off. My move to Chicago a year ago went amazingly well. It felt effortless. I got engaged, and I’m very excited. Leaving my old job was hard, but it needed to be done (I think). I get nervous about the steps I need to make changes, but the changes themselves are somewhat exciting.



work

I thought changing jobs might be stressful, but I’m realizing that even switching to a new project at work is taking some adjustment for me. Learning to deal with change is good for me.



even small, expected changes

So as I was looking through my goals, and I was wondering what the next big life change would be for me, and where this goal would be tested.

But I realize that its not big life changes that I have a hard time adapting to, it is small changes as well. I am bitterly having a difficult time adapting to the most predictable change of all—the change of seasons. I started running this summer, and now I am all thrown off: no more comfortable sunset jogs in the park at nine in the evening for me. I’ve been very angsty about this and I’ve started to doubt that I’ll even continue exercising throughout the winter.

But I know that there are multiple things I can do: load up my ipod with some new tunes and hit the treadmill or indoor track, invest in some winter running clothes and embrace the early morning run, maybe even join a running group that meets through the winter. It is just a matter of adapting, and this goal is a reminder about that.



change

As I get older, this seems to get more and more difficult. When I am dealing with changes in life, even small ones like moving to a new apartment across town, my anxiety usually seems to be the worst. I’d like to focus on this goal a bit, before the next life change comes and knocks me over again.



Jojo S has gotten 31 cheers on this goal.

 

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