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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Dzirk's Life List

  1. 1. be a good person
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    608 people
  2. 2. be proud of myself
    1 entry
    550 people
  3. 3. be happy
    1 entry
    25,048 people
  4. 4. stop wasting time
    1 cheer
    3,652 people
  5. 5. love myself
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    5,147 people
  6. 6. Fall in love
    1 entry
    27,212 people
  7. 7. Wake up in the south pacific and see nothing but water in all directions- no land, no other ships
    1 person
  8. 8. Do one indisputably heroic and courageous thing
    1 person
  9. 9. be a good teacher
    1 cheer
    142 people
  10. 10. love unconditionally.
    1 cheer
    548 people
  11. 11. get certified in SCUBA
    11 people
  12. 12. Own a dog
    902 people
  13. 13. manage my time better
    1,491 people
  14. 14. make more money
    2,568 people
  15. 15. Create one work of worthwhile recorded music
    1 person
  16. 16. Have a patent for something I invent
    1 person
  17. 17. Be published in a scientific journal
    4 people
  18. 18. own my own business, at least for a while
    1 person
  19. 19. have indisputable braggin' rights that I did something that helped either the earth or humanity
    1 person
  20. 20. live somewhere far away from the bay area, at least for a while
    1 person
  21. 21. go camping for ten days by myself
    1 person
  22. 22. continue to learn
    21 people
  23. 23. Join the peace corps?
    2,467 people
  24. 24. keep a datebook/planner/calendar for 1 week, and update it every day
    1 person
  25. 25. Get my groove back
    28 people
  26. 26. push back the frontiers of science by a minimum of one iota
    1 person
  27. 27. be inspired
    1 entry
    365 people
  28. 28. pay off my student loans
    2,981 people
  29. 29. read a book for a change
    1 entry
    2 people
  30. 30. have more self-control
    20 people
  31. 31. limit my computer use
    1 entry
    1 person
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limit my computer use
I spend too much time on this thing

This can’t be healthy. I have never had a problem with alcohol, but these things are so effective at tickling my brain the way it wants to be tickled. It’s a fricken lotus flower—yet it’s an absolutely essential tool! What do I do? I can’t destroy it- I need it to get basic things done!

be inspired
Inspire means to breathe in

Yesterday I went to church for the first time in several months. Was I inspired? Sadly, it wasn’t particularly inspiring. I think my attention span has shortened, and church definitely lengthened- an hour and a half.
The boss of my whole religion was there: Kathryn Jefforts Schori- at the heart of the Episcopal maelstrom- gave the sermon today, and did all the rites and such. Yet I was bored. Praying was worthwhile, but I can do that anytime.
If I’m not mistaken (and, let’s be honest- I’m completely speculating here, so I probably am mistaken) the word “inspiration” is probably from a biblical passage in which Jesus, returned from the dead, brethes on his disciples and says something like: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of another, they are forgiven. If you retain another’s sins, they are retained.”
Being inspired might be all I really need. Certainly if my definition is correct, the it definitely IS all I need. After all, I’m making lists of 43 things to do because the things that are just popping up in the process of life aren’t fufilling, or inspiring enough, on their own. But it looks like it’s going to take more than the words of Kathryn Jefforts Schori to make it happen.

make a to-do list every day for a week, starting now.
Okay, I did this one

My life was indubitably improved by this. I have now kept it up for about two weeks, with a few intermittent days of lapse.
Sadly, however, my life still sucks. But considering that making lists has helped me, on a daily basis, to formulate in my mind ways for my life to suck less, at least I have a clear, shining path before me that will-hopefully- lead to a life that doesn’t suck. It bears mentioning at this time that the days in which I failed to make a list were most unhappy and dissatisfactory days. And, not surprisingly, nothing got done on those days.
I think I shall post this as a goal for THIS week- every day. Today is already taken care of- though my list is on the feeble side, it does include the major stuff that will get me through my day.
In addition, for many days I set a “daily goal”- the one big thing on my list that I must succeed in or fail to get done.
So, though I have successfully completed this, it is a task that is not yet complete, because I must build on it. I shall set a new goal for this particular week, which will include the to-do list, in all its magnificent glory, but with an added “goal” that I must complete also, in order for the day to have a little more oomph to it.

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