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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I'm doing 17 things

How I did it
How to create a motivating, positive vision around a long term relationship
It took me
1 year
It made me
feel loved

How to make new friends
It took me
2 years
It made me
Feel content

Recent entries
Have a savings total of $6000 by Sept 1, 2011. (read all 2 entries…)
Further along

I’ve made it to $3500 in CDs now, thanks to a work bonus and bit of my own savings. If I’m going to make my goal, I somehow need to average saving $500/month for the next 5 months. This will be challenging. I may need to sell some things, too.

Have a savings total of $6000 by Sept 1, 2011. (read all 2 entries…)
Almost halfway there--that's a good head start

I currently have $2500 in CDs. I plan to save $300/mo toward this goal, which would put me at about $6,100 this time next year.

See you in a year.

Develop a savings plan
Fighting for Zero

I’ve spent a lot of time wanting a big savings/investment account. The year-to-year reality is that I’m not even making forward progress on this goal. I did manage to get myself debt free for a tantalizing moment this summer, and I’m now fighting to keep debt at zero. This, for the first time in a long time, gives me real hope that I can put some money away.

Goal 1 of this macro goal to “establish a savings plan” is to save the equivalent of 6 months net pay—about $20000. I currently have $2500 stashed.

My plan for this year is to increase the emergency fund to $6000 by Sept 1, 2011. To accomplish this I will be saving, on average, $300-$350/month for the next 12 months. This is realistic, and I have an auto-deposit savings plan in place.

See you in a year!

The continuing goal in this series once I reach the first goal amount, will likely be to add $3600 to this account each year until I reach a fully funded 6 month emergency account. This will probably take a total of 5 years starting now. In the meantime, if I get unexpected cash, most of it will go toward this account, shortening the goal and allowing me to move on to other savings goals (home purchase money, college-fund, etc).

I hope I mean this.

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