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 42 things

N T's Life List

  1. 1. exercise more frequently
    5 entries . 1 cheer
    64 people
  2. 2. declutter my house
    6 entries
    993 people
  3. 3. get 8 hours of sleep every night
    2 entries
    113 people
  4. 4. go to bed earlier
    1 entry
    1,761 people
  5. 5. meditate daily
    1 entry
    4,819 people
  6. 6. Write every day
    1 entry
    998 people
  7. 7. eat more fruit
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    443 people
  8. 8. Find a balance between the things I want to do and the things I need to do
    2,325 people
  9. 9. Swim with dolphins
    1 cheer
    8,291 people
  10. 10. Play the piano more
    258 people
  11. 11. Worry less.
    1 cheer
    4,724 people
  12. 12. stop saying yes when i need to say no
    1 entry
    1 person
  13. 13. Stop caring what other people think of me
    4,658 people
  14. 14. figure out what i want to do
    136 people
  15. 15. smoke less cigarettes
    4 entries
    10 people
  16. 16. have a vegetable garden.
    173 people
  17. 17. floss daily
    410 people
  18. 18. Spend less time fooling around on the net and more time actually working
    5,409 people
  19. 19. live simply
    1 cheer
    3,222 people
  20. 20. stop wasting time
    3,652 people
  21. 21. wake up when my alarm clock goes off
    1 entry
    7,414 people
  22. 22. learn how to waltz
    89 people
  23. 23. Manage my time more productively.
    75 people
  24. 24. Daily: Reflect on at least 5 things for which I'm grateful (Happiness Manifesto #2)
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    153 people
  25. 25. act in theatre
    2 entries
    3 people
  26. 26. visit the Egyptian pyramids
    76 people
  27. 27. visit the Taj Mahal
    208 people
  28. 28. visit Oscar Wilde's grave
    19 people
  29. 29. ride an elephant
    1,060 people
  30. 30. Keep a journal
    2 entries . 1 cheer
    3,725 people
  31. 31. finish painting my apartment
    1 entry
    12 people
  32. 32. Clean out my closet.
    3 entries
    629 people
  33. 33. be a better clown
    1 cheer
    2 people
  34. 34. meet Alan Rickman
    1 entry
    100 people
  35. 35. meet Shah Rukh Khan
    1 entry
    27 people
  36. 36. buy an electric bike
    1 entry
    6 people
  37. 37. fix my lava lamp
    1 entry
    1 person
  38. 38. thank JK Rowling for writing the Harry Potter books
    1 person
  39. 39. Let go of the past
    1,992 people
  40. 40. Get over my father's death
    1 cheer
    119 people
  41. 41. receive a letter from Hogwarts apologizing for the late owl but informing me that i am actually a witch.
    1 entry
    136 people
  42. 42. Catch First Day First Show of Deathly Hallows Part 2
    1 person

How I did it
How to publish a short story
It took me
20 years
It made me
a writer

How to shave my head
It took me
1 year
It made me

How to be sung to
It took me
7 days
It made me
over the moon

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Recent entries
receive a letter from Hogwarts apologizing for the late owl but informing me that i am actually a witch.
no harm in dreaming

wouldn’t it be delightful .. being a Muggle is just well, so muggle.

read at least 50 books a year (read all 6 entries…)
Books 5, 6 and 7

The Passion by Jeanette Winterson – brilliantly and very poetically written, thoroughly enjoyed this.

Animal Planet by Scott Bradfield – discovered this on New Year’s Eve and it started off as one of the most amazing books I thought I would read .. but in the middle it got too human, it was almost as though someone else wrote the middle. The first few chapters and the last ones were really brilliant though. The middle just got all ugly and modern and American and lost the meaningful touch it started off with. Maybe it was supposed to be that way.

Cold Tom by Sally Prue – a bizarre children’s story, well written and very intriguing, the sort of book I wish I’d written :o)

Clean out my closet. (read all 3 entries…)
nearly done

I went through the closet ruthlessly .. most of the clothes that don’t fit me or hat i never wear are GONE. I still have a few drawers and shelves to do, then bags, shoes and accessories.

It feels great and I don’t miss the gone clothes at all, in fact, it’s a joy to open the hanging wardrobe and see clearly what is up there to wear. I have much less clothes but to be honest those were the only clothes I was wearing anyway! Incredibly freeing so I’m keeping on with this and hope to be done by month end! Whee!

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