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 35 things
 

K82345's Life List

  1. 1. Beat my depression
    11 entries . 33 cheers
    1,942 people
  2. 2. Get a new job
    1 cheer
    1,984 people
  3. 3. treat myself better
    4 entries . 43 cheers
    54 people
  4. 4. learn to play the mandolin
    1 cheer
    271 people
  5. 5. establish a self care routine.
    1 cheer
    1 person
  6. 6. be more zen
    3 entries . 15 cheers
    94 people
  7. 7. Get organized
    2 entries . 16 cheers
    6,534 people
  8. 8. have more confidence in myself
    4 entries . 36 cheers
    612 people
  9. 9. stop procrastinating
    2 entries . 16 cheers
    30,441 people
  10. 10. make my home a sanctuary
    1 entry . 16 cheers
    10 people
  11. 11. Bring more magic into my life
    3 entries . 34 cheers
    4 people
  12. 12. take better care of myself
    1 entry . 14 cheers
    1,413 people
  13. 13. clean my closet
    1 cheer
    118 people
  14. 14. stop grinding my teeth
    12 cheers
    76 people
  15. 15. have better posture
    2 entries . 7 cheers
    7,979 people
  16. 16. keep a budget
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    43 people
  17. 17. whiten my teeth
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    2,112 people
  18. 18. get rid of my word ticks
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. learn Tai Chi
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    1,129 people
  20. 20. grow my hair
    1 entry . 6 cheers
    887 people
  21. 21. learn how to cook
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    1,731 people
  22. 22. Create a personal recipe book
    1 entry . 8 cheers
    717 people
  23. 23. Learn to speed read
    3 cheers
    512 people
  24. 24. Learn Spanish
    5 cheers
    18,259 people
  25. 25. Learn Portuguese
    4 cheers
    1,261 people
  26. 26. Finish knitting that baby blanket
    1 entry . 7 cheers
    0 people
  27. 27. Do the Couch to 5k running plan
    11 cheers
    354 people
  28. 28. read all "30 books everyone should read"
    1 entry . 10 cheers
    3 people
  29. 29. make and sell jewelry
    3 cheers
    46 people
  30. 30. Swim in a bioluminescent bay
    1 entry . 17 cheers
    271 people
  31. 31. learn to speak italian
    12 cheers
    1,383 people
  32. 32. learn ballet
    8 cheers
    418 people
  33. 33. take a vacation
    6 cheers
    511 people
  34. 34. read all the books I own
    9 cheers
    1,276 people
  35. 35. become SCUBA certified
    8 cheers
    56 people

How I did it
How to get married
It took me
1 year
It made me
happy


How to finish my masters
It took me
3 years
It made me
elated


How to finish my thesis
It took me
6 months
It made me
relieved


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Recent entries
Beat my depression (read all 11 entries…)
tired of this

I’ve been miserable at my job and it might’ve turned into physical manifestation, as in the past three months I’ve been home sick more than I’ve been at work. That does not work well when you have two jobs and neither provides sick pay.

I work so often that I don’t have time to do the things that make me happy. Funnily enough, I don’t even remember what activities used to bring me joy! I just can’t recall. Has it really been that long?

Plus, now that I have health insurance, I’ve been checking up on all the nagging pains in my body and have discovered so many more issues! For example, a permanent spine injury I’ve been ignoring for approximately 18 months! Not that there’s anything that can be done for it, anyway. The only issue I’ve taken care of in the past 8 years has been my depression, since I knew I would not survive without some psychiatric intervention. At least I have that.

I’m nearly over my latest illness, but now I’m in misery because I’m going to have to go back to work.



Beat my depression (read all 11 entries…)
depression manifesting as...

1. jealousy.
I don’t have a lot of money and I find myself unfairly judging the people that seem to have it oozing out of them. They aren’t bad people for having more available to them. Also, having a shoe-string budget should allow me to embrace the zen policy of not using material goods as a means to happiness. Still, I do indulge in retail therapy; just at thrift shops. This is primarily why I find zen difficult to attain.

2. fury.
I have been taking a lot of sick days because of the anxiety causing nausea (and ralphing) and breathlessness. Also, I’m genuinely concerned I will lose my mind and start shaking soda bottles and spraying everyone then way I did in my dream last week. My workplace is already horribly dysfunctional, and this behavior wouldn’t help me.



get married
planning woes

I greatly dislike planning. I can’t convince my partner to elope. My family is too far away and I don’t know how to effectively delegate this task. This process is making me unhappy.



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