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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.

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jane in Vancouver is doing 27 things including…

become a morning person.

14 cheers


jane has written 20 entries about this goal

traveling + jet lag

that is the answer. way to reboot the system.


maybe a Fantastic Morning Routine would do the trick. this means no laundry, no errands, no gym, no cleaning, no work… gasp! oh what will i do?!

walk, visit a cafe, write, draw, revel…

i have recently discovered that writing gives me a great sense of optimism, joy, grounding. a great way to start the day. mundane errands and work stuff can wait.

i'm half proud

got up at 5am this morning, psyched to venture out on a nice long walk. It was a little cloudy, but that did not stop me. I walked for about an hour, along the ocean, taking in the quietness. so refreshing. but… when i got home, i sat on the couch and crashed. slept for four hours. oh well. maybe 5 is too early. next time i will try 7 or 8!

tomorrow morning

i will grab a latte.
i will walk to the ocean.
i will watch the sunrise.
i will savour every minute.

sometimes i forget how beautiful this city is.

twas the weekend

so naturally i got very little sleep. this week i will start again. tomorrow i have a lot of work to do, so i have to fit a trip to the gym into the early morning. perhaps i will venture out to the cute little coffee shop on my way there… pick up a bundle of flowers on my way home… well, we’ll see.

changed titles

i used to call this goal “have normal sleep hours.” i finally changed it because i needed more. i needed a reason. i’m starting to really love and appreciate the morning. what a great time of day. what a great opportunity to be really productive. i left off my last goal by recording my sleep hours every day, and will continue to do so until i am getting up at 7:30am on a daily basis.

last night i went to sleep at 2. this morning, set my alarm for 9 and got up at 10:30. i seem to be getting a solid 8hrs of sleep every night, give or take half an hour. this is working well.

So my goal is to go to bed 15min. earlier every night, in hope that i will naturally wake up 15min. earlier every morning. it’s worth a try.

btw, i actually feel quite guilty having to write that i did not go to bed until 2. talk about accountability. tonight i aim for 1:45. small steps.


last night i went to sleep at 3. tossed and turned more than usual. set the alarm for 9, got up at 10:30. if the phone had not woken me, i probably would have slept even later.

tonight i have a goal of being in bed by 1:30. i am off the net after this entry. there is nothing on tv. maybe i will have a light snack. read a little.


this is obnoxious, but i am going to start recording my sleep stats on 43t everyday. otherwise this is never going to happen.

last night I went to bed at 2pm (mundane activities: tv, popcorn, net, research). this morning i set the alarm for 9, got up at 10, a little tired, but awake nonetheless. so my 8hrs still have to be shifted back a tad.

my goal is to get up at 7am every day. come on, it really shouldn’t be this difficult.


I’m slowing discovering a strange pattern. At first I thought that I should ease myself into getting up early. So I thought I should start with 9am. But I find that I’m really grumpy and irritable and keep hitting the snooze button. However, if I jump the bucket and set it for 7am, I will actually just get up. It’s like I’m too tired to even make a decision. I just do it, I just get up. How bizarre.


there is really no need for me to be up past midnight. There is nothing good on tv. I spend too much time on the internet as it is. Sometimes I get the creative urge, but it’s usually not that fruitful. Anything else that I might want to do, I can always do earlier in the evening.

need. more. discipline.

jane has gotten 14 cheers on this goal.


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