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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New Isabella in Augusta is doing 38 things including…

celebrate taking baby steps when anything bigger feels daunting

92 cheers

 

New Isabella has written 25 entries about this goal

So many things feel daunting these days...

...but I’m grateful that I got an errand done and got a few bills paid today. I wonder if Bruster’s has any pistachio ice cream today?



Taking a rest today...

image source: Smithsonian American Art Museum

...and celebrating both my trip and my return home. The whole thing seemed so impossibly daunting to me at times, but babysteps got me through. Today I hope I can remember that I don’t have to get caught up with everything here at home in a single day, but can take it one babystep at a time, and give myself permission to spend time resting and relaxing and celebrating.



Not slap wore out...

I have not been running around so much this week and I have been sleeping and I do have energy. It’s motivation I’m lacking. It’s ambivalence and fear of moving forward I’m thinking and feeling, along with self-critical thoughts about not getting more done this week while I have the chance. Things just seem daunting.

But last night I did notice that, even though the kitchen is not completely clean, it looks much, much better than it did a week ago. Maybe that’s a tiny babystep worth a little celebrating this morning. Many thanks to Lisa for cheering this goal last night and reminding me. :)



Slap wore out...

I’ve been doing lots of things this past week and weekend, running here and there, even though I haven’t been writing about it much here. Somehow, I don’t feel a sense of accomplishment. I’m tired. I’m daunted. I don’t feel like doing anything today, and I don’t have anything urgent that absolutely needs doing. As a friend of mine would say, “I’m slap wore out.” I’m too tired to celebrate right now. My batteries need recharging. I think I’ll go soak in a hot tub for awhile. That sounds like celebration enough. Then maybe things will look better, and I can decide to take another babystep or two before this afternoon disappears.

It would be nice if I could at least shine my sink this afternoon, because it is definitely not shining right at this moment. But first I think I’ll shine myself up a bit.



This is my brain off drugs...

...after spending the afternoon and evening searching through paperwork. Please excuse me while I scream out loud…

::Arrrrrggggghhhhh!::

I think I’ll go celebrate with a nice long relaxing bubblebath.



Painful progress...

It took all week, but I sorted through one box of old papers.

Making this entry helps me feel more like celebrating. Re-reading my last entry from a month ago, I can realize that I have made some progress, even if it is painfully s l o w.



Paperwork progress...

Tonight my office floor no longer looks like this.

Instead, the papers that were on the floor, combined with some other papers, are sorted into 6 cardboard boxes.

One of the boxes has some hanging file folders in it, so that box is further sorted into about 6 files right now.

There’s a lot of purging yet to be done. That’s a hard thing for me. I hope to work on it tomorrow. But right now, it’s time to celebrate.



Celebrating my 200th entry yesterday under my "Each morning write down 3 goals for Today": goal.

I’ve had problems with procrastination for a long time now. That’s why I’m here on 43-Things.

A couple of years ago, a friend was trying to help me become more accountable and procrastinate less. She suggested that I write down 3 goals each morning and report them to her via a phone message. Then, in the evening, I was to report on whether or not I’d accomplished my 3 goals. I tried the experiment for a couple of weeks, and by the end I’d failed miserably. Some days I wasn’t getting anything done on my list, and some days I wasn’t even bothering to make a list. Finally, greatly frustrated, my friend (who appears to be very well-organized) suggested that we end the experiment, because she felt I was wasting my time and hers, and that I wasn’t really committed. I felt upset and frustrated and ashamed. She is still my friend, but we stopped discussing my daily goals and my procrastination for a long time.

Then a year ago, I created this goal of Each morning write down 3 goals for Today
here on 43-Things, so I could be more accountable to myself (and to my friends here too). Obviously, I haven’t done it every single day. And there are many days when I fail to do any of my 3 goals. And I now better understand my friend, because I can become greatly frustrated with myself, and accuse myself of wasting my own time. It often doesn’t feel like I’m making much progress, if any. But at least I’m still doing it a year later, and making the effort more days than not. That seems like a babystep worth celebrating.



Celebrating getting over half my bills paid...

with a cheer break on 43-T. I’ve set the timer. I don’t want to be here all afternoon. I want to go back and finish the job. But I decided to give myself a break.

I don’t know why paying bills is such a particularly daunting thing for me. It just is.

Anyways, I’m giving myself a cheer for the progress I’ve made so far today.



Celebrating a babystep right now...

Item #1 on my list for today is done. Whew! I’m so glad. What a relief to cross that off my list.

OK, celebration over. Onward to item #2!



New Isabella has gotten 92 cheers on this goal.

 

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