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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orangedoor in Boston is doing 22 things including…

Overcome ADD


 

orangedoor has written 1 entry about this goal

Almost there...

I’d resisted getting medicate for a very long time. I was diagnosed early in college during a psych study. Wasn’t until many years later, and pretty recently, that I really had a need to be medicated. Only after learning more about it was I even open to the idea, I had held a very negative opinion on the whole ADD thing and medications.

Started my own business, and without clases or a regular job to provide some external structure I was extremely unproductive. Busy all the time, working all the time, but really not getting much done at all. Medication has helped tremendously but I keep the dosage low and try other things to help clear my mind and organize my days.

One of the most helpful things has been going to sleep earlier. Before I’d go to bed at 2-3 AM and get up at 9-10 after laying in bed for a while. Now I go to bed before 12:30 and get out of bed about 8-8:30. Working on going to bed even earlier, instead of TRYING to work even when it’s really late and I can’t be productive. Working on getting it to 11pm-7am.

Another super helpful practice that I didn’t even realize the importance of was minimizing clutter and distractions in the environments where I need to focus, specifically my office. Amazing how big a difference a clear desk can make in how clear my mind is.

Medication (Ritalin) has been a positive experience, it has shown me my potential and that I need not despair. But it’s a tiny piece of the puzzle. I like to see it as a temporary support until I learn how to help my mind focus through internal and environmental methods (Organizational methods, meditation, routines…)

Good luck all.



 

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