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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get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Progress as of Aug 13, 2013

I have made it my goal this summer to go through a minimum of one box per week. Some weeks have been too busy, in which case I add an extra box the following week. Generally speaking, I usually end up doing more boxes than I intend to anyway.

This goal is starting to pay off in more ways than one. Yesterday, I chose a box to go through that has been sitting on a high shelf in the garage for years. When I opened it up, I found notes from my mother on family history items that will move my genealogy research forward considerably. There were some old photos, too, and the best find of all – some of my mother’s jewelry, including her wedding rings!



stop procrastinating
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I can honestly say that this is probably by far my toughest goal. Procrastination is the primary barrier to my achievement of other goals. It becomes too easy to put off the difficult tasks. Any suggestions?



do something with the photos I take
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I have started loading my photos to 1000memories.com. There is no limit as to how many albums/photos you can have (I don’t think so, anyway). I like the fact that it seems more private than Instagram or Flickr. Only have a few albums set up so far, but I will load one or two groups of pictures a week until they are all taken care of.



get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
More progress made

I am embarassed to admit that my desk in my home office had become such a mess that I could no longer even use it, because of all the paper stacked on the desk. I have now purged most of it and filed the remainder. I have also purged most of the papers sitting in my file cabinet, many of which were at least 15 years old or older (this was due in a large part to my husband hanging on to a lot of paper). Together, we went through the cabinets and purged most of it. Some of the files and papers, which were only his, I did not touch. However, they have all been stored in a central location and I have suggested that he take some time to purge. If he doesn’t, that is not my problem. I have dealt with my paper issues; he can deal with his when he is ready.



get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Another accomplishment

I forgot to mention a HUGE accomplishment I have made in the past month. Both at work and at home, I had accumulated literally thousands of emails (dating back to 2007), that were just sitting in my inboxes. I decided recently it was time to get rid of digital clutter, too. I devoted an hour a day for about a week at work and managed to either refile or delete all emails. For the past two weeks, my work email inbox has not contained any emails older than one week. I finally gathered up the courage to do the same thing at home this past weekend (32,000 + emails in my inbox, some read, some not) and filed or deleted all of it, and now that email inbox is also clean. It feels good.



get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Stuck

Sad to say that five years later, I still have not accomplished this goal. I have decided this goal is too general, and am going to do baby steps, with more specific sub-goals.

I did manage to sort through papers on my desk at home this weekend. I now have a functional office space again!

Between now and the end of July, I am going to focus on my garage storage. I will be going through one box per week and dealing with purging most of it. I have not used any of this stuff in years, so how much do I really need it?



learn to play piano (read all 7 entries…)
Progress - June 17/13

I have not been on this site for a few years. I just started revisiting some of my goals, and remembered 43 Things.

I am happy to say that in December, I wrote my Advanced Music Theory exam (through the Royal Conservatory of Music) and scored a 97 percent.

I made the decision last year to work toward my Grade 1 piano credentials. I made the decision because I think that it is a good way of measuring what I have accomplished so far and I would like the certificate as a recognition of my accomplishment.

I am preparing to take my RCM Grade 1 Piano (practical) exam on June 27. While I do not anticipate getting anywhere near the score I received on my written theory, I do anticipate that I will pass.

I may do one more update here, once I have my exam results. However, for all intents and purposes, I am considering this goal complete.



write haiku (read all 6 entries…)
TGIT

Today is Thursday
The end of the week for me
It’s been a tough week.



write haiku (read all 6 entries…)
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I have a headache
Time for an ibuprofin
Then I’ll go to bed.



write haiku (read all 6 entries…)
Time waster

I am bored today
I need to spend time working
Not on this website



write haiku (read all 6 entries…)
Progress Apr 18/09

I started off with good intentions, but have not kept up this goal. I will try to do better in the future. I will try to use my creativity to come up with at least one haiku a week.

I will try haiku
On a weekly basis now
Improvement I’ll make.

(I know it’s bad, but at least I’m trying.) :-)



Start a record of family history (read all 2 entries…)
Progress Apr 18/09

In the past year, I have made a tremendous amount of progress in this goal. I am proud of what I have accomplished. I have obtained a package of information from the orphanage where my grandmother and her sister were sent. I have traced my great grandmother to Australia, where she died in 1960. I have made contact with long-lost relatives on this side of my family that I did not know existed.

I am finding this “thing” extremely gratifying. I have joined my local genealogy society and have made connections on several websites. I will be continuing with this indefinitely.



drink more water (read all 2 entries…)
Progress Apr 18/09

I have been completely unsuccessful in this goal. Starting Monday, April 20, I will try again.



I want to sample at least 25 of the wines in the book "Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20" before the end of 2008. (read all 8 entries…)
Progress Apr 18/09

I have given up on this goal The problem is that too many of the wines listed in the book don’t seem to be available at my local liquor stores. I am, however, still making a concerted effort to try new wines regularly. I have also started a wine journal, in which I record my own opinions about the various wines I have tried.



Read all the books in my "must read" pile (read all 5 entries…)
Progress Apr 18/09

I am still working on this goal after all this time. The problem is not that I am not reading. The problem is that my list is growing at a faster rate than I am reading. I have made a conscious effort not to ask for books as gifts, and that has helped somewhat. However, I still have a tendency to purchase books on impulse, thus adding to my list.



get rid of all my clutter (read all 13 entries…)
Progress - Apr 18/09

I have not been on this site for a long time, and I am sad to say that my progress is at a standstill. I need to get more focussed.



learn to play piano (read all 7 entries…)
Progress Apr 18/09

It has been quite some time since I have been on here to do any updates. I have still not met my goal of playing “Yesterday” (turned out to be a bit more difficult than I expected). However, I am progressing well on “Lady Madonna”. I am also learning “Imagine” which is an extreme struggle, but I am not giving up on it.

Overall, I am progressing, and can actually play some not so simple tunes. I am definitely going to keep working at this goal.



Start a record of family history (read all 2 entries…)
Progress - May 14 2008

I have actually made some progress here. I have starting researching my paternal grandmother, who was a British orphan. She died in 1938, when my father was just a toddler, so this has been a tough task. So far, I have found out that she had a sister (my father was unaware of this)and am presently waiting for the orphanage to send further information about her (they have already confirmed that she was there). I have also confirmed the year she immigrated to Canada.



give away at least 25 items between now and the end of May 2008. (read all 3 entries…)
Progress - May 14 2008

I think that I have sort of met this goal, although not exactly in the way that I have hoped. I have given a lot of items to charitable organizations, but the initial intent was to give away some better items to friends and family. That hasn’t happened, but I am still working on it.



I want to sample at least 25 of the wines in the book "Had a Glass: Top 100 Wines for 2008 Under $20" before the end of 2008. (read all 8 entries…)
Progress - May 14 2008

This goal is turning out to be a tough one, as I have had difficulty finding many of the wines in the book. When I do find them, however, I get excited and it is like finding a hidden treasure. I’m not too concerned about the possibility of not completing this goal – it’s the most fun of all my goals and I don’t mind if it takes years!



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