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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dougunderscorenelson's Life List

  1. 1. finish my website
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  2. 2. Learn More Card Flourishes
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  3. 3. Skydive
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  4. 4. Write Songs
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  5. 5. Watch 2000 Movies
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    3 people
  6. 6. Finish "Rising Up, Rising Down"
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  7. 7. Run More
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  8. 8. Learn To Pick Locks
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  9. 9. Visit Another Country
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  10. 10. Toilet Train My Cat
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  11. 11. Photograph All My Momentos
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  12. 12. Eat Breakfast
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Get rid of some possessions

1) Post a giant list of things you’d like to lose on a blog, and invite people to claim what they want providing they pick it up or pay for shipping (I did this twice, and it was great).

2) Give “things that are neat but I don’t need” to people who might appreciate them (but probably eventually throw them out)

3) Just toss stuff.

spend less

I basically added up all of my bills, annual expenses, potential plane tickets, and took them out of my yearly income. Then, I decided how much I should be able to save per month, and took that out. The remainder was divided by 12, and I came up with a monthly allowance.

This sounds lame, but, I keep a card with me that has the remaining allowance on it at all times. Whenever I spend, I subtract a rounded-to-the-dollar amount fron that allowance. This makes me think more about spending, realize what I’m spending on, and prioritize a little bit. I’ve been slipping recently, but I’m planning on subtracting a little from next month’s budget to make up for it.


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