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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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Laura in Sonora is doing 5 things including…

Finish my Graphic Design AS

6 cheers

 

Laura has written 13 entries about this goal

last class, finally

So I finally started the last class for my degree. It’s portfolio development, which is what I really need – is a great portfolio. I want to make a digital version, of course, but also want to make a CV/give away item that is portable, but will make prospective employers remember me. It also can’t break the bank.



Written Tests vs Projects

I don’t have any regular tests left – they are all graded projects. That’s good and bad. Multiple choice or essay tests have a definite beginning and end. I don’t find written tests to be very engaging.
But projects are fun. Getting to really use the program, pushing out ideas and being creative are most appealing to me. Projects can take longer because sometimes creative ideas just don’t flow on command.



Dang!!

I can’t believe I just sent in my files for my second exam – and forgot to include the main project!! What was I thinking? I am finding out if they will let me resubmit my files. Ugh.



Just keep swimming

Still working on my Electronic Publishing class. It’s really more fun than a class should be!



One class down - three to go.

Yay! My first class is done. Now on to InDesign, which I am so excited about.



Typography - halfway point

I really like typography. It is so useful. I hope to finish it up today, so I can move on to InDesign – insert squeal of joy here. Doesn’t Adobe make the best software?!



For those of us that lose focus easily

If you are like I am, you tend to get lost in the confusion of everyday things resulting in inconsistent progress toward goals. One way I have learned to combat this ‘loss of focus’ is to use a cork board and 3×5 cards. I have a 5 inch column down each side of my cork board so that I can pin the cards in a column down each side. On the cards, I write my goals, things I don’t want to forget to do, etc. and then pin them down the columns. I like using the columns on the sides because then the cards won’t get covered by other things and they can be prioritized.
I try to keep the most important cards toward the top.
It is very enlightening to write things down and then prioritize them in this way because visually seeing the order of importance can help you resolve what your true priorities are!
Sometimes our priorities are different than what we feel they are!
I also figured out that I get more done and accomplish more if I don’t have a full column of cards. If I feel like there’s too much to do, I will get over-whelmed and not be able to accomplish as much as when I feel more in control.



Pacing my Progress or I Love Google Calendar

I printed out the syllabus for Typography class and now I am going to sit down and make a guideline for how much I need to get done each week. This schedule won’t be written in stone, but it will give me an idea about how much more or less I can get done each week, and make sure I complete it leaving enough time to get my other classes done.

I really like Google Apps – all this schedule info is going right in Google Calendar.



Finally Past Some Hurdles

My grades and points have been corrected, my books have arrived, first exam is done, and now it’s time to submit my paperwork and transcripts to the scholarship people.
Now, I am ready to finish the first class of this semester!



Always review your past transcripts

Yikes! I was looking at my grade report (from last semester) online, and saw that two of my classes were showing my grade, but no point value or credits!! I hope they fix that before my scholarship paper work goes off or I might lose that money!!



Laura has gotten 6 cheers on this goal.

 

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