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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viobio is doing 43 things including…

meaningful work

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viobio has written 6 entries about this goal


My work is satisfying to me. That’s my new mantra.

Meaning could imply extrinsic worth. But I find this work meaningful to me. What’s more, it has more to do with my work rather than the work. I am proud of myself, whether or not I’m saving the world. I am doing my part.

Internet fast

I think meaning comes up when I focus. So, I will not do anything else online (except look up essential work info) until 11. I hope to have a big chunk of the important project done before my boss asks.

what's the motivation

Some jobs are money, some are career, some are a calling.

I feel if this job were just money, it would be easy for me to power through and be great at it, in a dispassionate way. But that’s not a fit.

It’s a career. So I want to be competent. I’m glad it’s that meaningful to me, but maybe I have wrapped my ego into it too much. I don’t want to rely on getting my satisfaction just from being good. Why? Because I like to learn, so there will be times I’m not good at new aspects of the job.

Maybe it is good to remember that I am getting paid, which means I am respected for my skill. I have to be pretty good.

I want to be more in touch with the everyday satisfaction in what I do AND try to do.

Meaning for me comes from focusing on the right tasks

I honestly kind of want to be a cog (which sounds un-ambitious, un-creative), but the redeeming part is that the bigger machine I contribute to is really worthwhile.

I think what I do can make a better product, so there’s meaning in it. But if I get carried away with details that don’t make a difference, I get frustrated.

How can I focus on only the important details and concepts?

Solutions!!!...Ask more questions about “good enough”, prioritize (especially in the morning), look at past success, pick one thing to be great at, follow your interests which are varied, ask for feedback before going more in depth, set deadlines for finishing a project, be accountable to yourself and others, accept that you don’t need to be the world expert, notice the progress you have made, trust yourself, explain it in lay terms, go for a quick walk, just do it, follow your instinct.



Still often lose track of the big picture. Just get into the habit of telling myself that my progress is too slow. Interesting.

I wonder if doing some volunteering would bring meaning.


Getting closer, I think….

viobio has gotten 3 cheers on this goal.


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