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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try sushi

How can you not like sushi? Looks good, tastes good, has excellent texture! Mind you—work your way up to octopus and eel, those are not starter items.

stop wearing a watch

My cell phone has a clock. It is better than my watch. And since I am always looking at my phone for the time these days, I am not one of those annoying people that always forgets to turn their ringer off when in a movie or whatever.

I haven’t worn a watch in a long time and I do not want to go back! Life is much better without it.

Be a better friend (read all 2 entries…)

One can never be done with this goal, it is too vague. But I have shown some specific actions lately that indicate I might be doing better at this one.

I will look for more specific goals along these lines to add to my list later!

determine which activities to prioritize and which to eliminate (read all 5 entries…)

Maybe it is not the determination so much as the implementation!

be involved with no fewer than three different research projects before finishing my PhD (read all 10 entries…)

This goal is related to four of my other (perhaps less specific) goals to:

(1) “find work I’m passionate about”
(2) “meet interesting people”
(3) “be more creative”
(4) “determine which activities to prioritize and which to eliminate”

I am currently well on my way to advancing to candidacy on one research project, which will be my primary one for graduation. Once I get it up and running, data collection will be slow but steady. Since I don’t have more classes to take, I’m looking for other projects.

I am specifically interested in adding a second project on memory research, and I am currently taking a class with the person doing that work. One of my committee members may have a third project that I can contribute to, as well. I have also recently joined a research group doing some consciousness work, too.

Hopefully this will give me some more ideas about where to focus in the job hunt looming just over the horizon.

Make and complete a weekly to-do list (read all 6 entries…)

I need to make a list every week—even if i don’t finish it, at least I will have a metric for seeing if I am being productive or whatever.

This past week, if I had had a list, it would have been:

1) Set-up my dissertation proposal defense meeting
2) Finish my dissertation proposal
3) Refill my prescriptions
4) Study some statistical procedures

Well, I did get the two biggest ones done! :-)

Finish my PhD (read all 15 entries…)

Well, here I am. I’m advancing to candidacy on June 13th (or finding a job on June 14th!). After that it is just research, publish a couple papers more, and finish. I can’t wait—defending my dissertation proposal is the last major (scary) step in my program.

So close.

Get a PhD (read all 4 entries…)
Pause to reflect...

I am sorry that I ever went down the road to getting a PhD. But there it is, and here we are. Now I am so far down that road I have no choice but to see it to the end.

I am marking this done even though I do not have my PhD yet. See me over at “Finish my PhD” which is more specific and more what I want to do. (There is no mark for intermediate goals or change-overs. I am not giving up, but it is not done. What is a person to do?)

I suspect that finishing a PhD is worth it, but getting a PhD is not. At least for me! Your mileage may vary.

Schedule my PhD research proposal defense (read all 5 entries…)

Two hours on June 13th. That there would be do or die time! :-)

finish my dissertation proposal (read all 12 entries…)

Well it has been copied to be handed out tomorrow. So that must mean it is done! :-)

master LaTeX (read all 3 entries…)

Well, having put together my thesis proposal in LaTeX I am now much more able to make it do tricks. I am focusing on integrating more graphics into documents to make them look slick. I can certainly take this one off my list when my thesis is done, if not before.

BTW—GNUplot rules. Excellent adjunct to LaTeX.

Advance to Candidacy for my PhD (read all 12 entries…)
Below the horizon

It happens this quarter. In June. On the 13th. Lucky thirteen. Don’t make me remind you again…lucky thirteen.

finish my dissertation proposal (read all 12 entries…)

Well I am pretty sure it is finally done. I was to print it out today (so I was ready to call it), but then it turned out that the delivery time needed was changed so I am calling tomorrow printing day. I’ll cross it off then, as committing it to paper is really the unarguable end of the process.

Schedule my PhD research proposal defense (read all 5 entries…)
Well, I'll be a...

Yay! Got the professors to agree to a date! Now I just have to get a room and lock in a time!! Almost done! And it is timed pretty well, too.

Excellent. Crossing this off in a day or so when the room/time get locked in.

wake up when my alarm clock goes off (read all 10 entries…)

I have actually been doing better on this lately—but weekends are the hardest! Still all improvement is worth mentioning…

finish my dissertation proposal (read all 12 entries…)

It is amazing how much harder it is to fix someone else’s figure than it is to make your own! tick tock…

finish my dissertation proposal (read all 12 entries…)

All pre-distribution comments integrated. Now I have a list of final tweaks that need doing and it is off. Hours from going out now.

finish my dissertation proposal (read all 12 entries…)
Almost done (again)...

Well, I now have all the comments I am going to get before sending it out to the committee. I am a little uncomfortable as my advisor has not read all of it as throughly as I would have liked, but there it is…

Within one day I will have the last revisions integrated in the text. By mid-week it will be on its way to the committee.

Fingers crossed.

Schedule my PhD research proposal defense (read all 5 entries…)
Step one of an iterative algorithm

Waiting to hear back from the first round of suggested dates.

Schedule my PhD research proposal defense (read all 5 entries…)

It is a lot like herding cats…

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