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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thinking which seeds to plant next.

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stop pulling my hair (read all 9 entries…)
Now claiming this one

As I have not pulled to a significant degree for over a year. For anyone wondering, buy a counter licker and use it to tally your pulls. Reward yourself for low numbers. Then tally your avoided pulls. Reward yourself when you think you deserve it. Then forget all about it.

Grow clematis from seed (read all 2 entries…)
I'm growing some cuttings!

But I don’t suppose that really counts….

Sort out the damp in the front corner (read all 2 entries…)
finally claiming this one is done

As after one of the wettest years on record, the front corner remains stubbornly dry.

Learn to take pleasure in success
it's a question of setting new mental habits

I set this goal because I was having problems accepting praise, enjoying successes and competing effectively. This was making it hard for me to put myself forward, and unlikely to succeed on those occasions when I did and I was feeling under-regarded compared to others, therefore resentful, therefore unhappy, etc.

I decided that changing how I relate to success might help, and started to try and set some habits around that.

1. Still your mind. Enjoy being excited, but when it edges over into panic, wind it in.

2. Keep a record of success. Blog, notes, reflective journal, recording, photos, whatever you want, but keep a record you can refer back to.

3. Build your confidence in your own capability. Structured learning, over a period of time, with achievable goals set by others is a good way to do this. Do a course, learn an instrument or a language, anything like that

4. Own your own achievements. Yes, random factors played a part, but so did you. Think about what you did right and congratulate yourself.

5. Reward yourself. We all respond well to prizes, and they don’t have to be big things. Just a little run of small rewards that say; yes, you did good, you deserve this.

Start one of my photo-stories
I suddenly realised that I had been doing one all along

Miss World Queen’s night on the tiles.

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)
December - Christmas cocktails, Christmas fondue, art in London

December is a month so dense with social obligation it can be hard to take time out for yourself, but this month was good; a party, friends round for fondue on Christmas eve, and a day out traipsing around London looking at art. Fun.

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)
November - the month of book launches

Actually, this got pretty exciting. Thought Bubble was probably the acme of the month—very thrilling to be published. It was work, but good work.

stop pulling my hair (read all 9 entries…)
not quite there yet

I was hoping to knock this one off the list this month but I ended up pulling two hairs. On the other hand I noticed, I wasn’t pleased or satisfied and didn’t have any further repeats, despite growing my hair to a tantalising four inches long! I’m back on the crop now and waiting to see how the next grow-cycle goes.

I’ve relocated the clicker and it’s back in my pocket. I’d left it somewhere as I’m barely using it any more. I’m now going days/weeks at a stretch without even pulling it out for precursor behaviour.

I wonder if I could use it to combat other bad habits, like procrastination?

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)
October -- Halloween Party and lunch at Jamie's

Another month of hard work and deadlines; however half term week included some stupidly expensive meals, a trip to the V&A (for postmodernism) and Science Museum (for Oramics) and a proper halloween party so all good.

Learn to make tasty and filling soup (read all 4 entries…)
Halloween pumpkin soup

Simmer pumpkin, nutmeg, black pepper, sumac, salt and stock together until it’s all squishy. Soften onions and add to the mix with a dash of soy and some chilli salt. Puree till smooth, then bring to the boil, stirring in cream and sherry. Smooth, easy, delicious!

Learn to make tasty and filling soup (read all 4 entries…)
Lamb, bean and bulgar stew

Chop the lamp finely and fry with onion, carrot, shawarma spice, a toasty chilli, roughly-chopped garlic and some chorizo pieces. Add a half-can of butterbeans and stock to cover, then drop in a generous spoonful of bulgar each. Chop in fresh coriander and garden green beans, adjust liquid level and leave on slow in the oven for an hour. Lamb and butterbeans should both be deliciously soft.

make a music video

The melancholy adventures of space goose :D

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)
September - a bust

I did go to visit my sister, but that was obligation, work. A trip to London to see Ellen and buy comics. I did go shopping in London with Tim, but it was more an exhausted breath in a frantic month that a thing to look forward too.

Wear my suit six times.
I'm done

But if I’m going to do this on a regular basis, I need a better suit.

Learn to make tasty and filling soup (read all 4 entries…)
garden bouillabaise

Fry up some bacon, tuna steak, a little cajun spice and spice parisienne, a pinch of dried red chilli and a generous slug of sassafrass. Put on the potatoes and yellow beet and bring to the boil. While that’s cooking, go back to the main pot and add in whatever came in from the garden (we had baby squash, mini courgettes, nastertium seeds and a mild chilli), give it a good stir, and let it sizzle. When it starts to stick, add in the tomato you stewed earlier with rosemary (mine had been sitting overnight) to deglaze, and then chop and add equal amounts of green and red tomatoes. While that’s cooking, slice up the delicate garden fare and any herbs (I had courgette flowers, nastertium flowers, baby vine leaves, thyme, winter savory and little late parsley) and add into the mix, stir and add the potatoes, water and all. Drop in the mussels, simmer, sprinkle with feta, simmer some more. Eat with white wine and brown bread.

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)
August - Fail

I did go to Bath on the spur of the moment, but that’s not a thing to look forward to. In retrospect I should have done something without T as he scheduled a gig on every weekend and wouldn’t agree to do anything with time off apart from remodel the kitchen. Result was no remodelled kitchen or fun. bah.

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)

Zoonights, BBQ, punting, Brixton all-dayer

stop pulling my hair (read all 9 entries…)
almost there

This month I let my hair overgrow and still only pulled 3 hairs, total. I’m still fiddling with my eyebrows and scratching a bit though, so I’ll keep using the clicker for that.

On the whole, I am astonished at how successful this technique (record and reward) has been. I wish I had discovered it years ago.

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)

intimidating modern classical evening – should be good!

Have something to look forward to every month of the year. (read all 12 entries…)

Dot to Dot Festival, Music, Bristol, Waterfront, staying with lovely D

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