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 20 things

gothelin's Life List

  1. 1. Finish all of my management assignments by 22nd Feb 2013
    1 person
  2. 2. Write 750 words every day until 31st March 2013
    1 person
  3. 3. Record every work day from 8/2/13 to 11/3/13 in 280daily
    1 person
  4. 4. Find all of my stories, store them together and back them up - TWICE!
    1 cheer
    1 person
  5. 5. Come up with an motivational system that actually works and implement it by 28th Feb.
    1 person
  6. 6. Make time every week from now until the end of the year to play a musical instrument.
    1 person
  7. 7. Practice using my tablet every day in Feb 2013.
    1 person
  8. 8. take at least one photo a day for 30 consecutive days
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    1 person
  9. 9. Get organized by cleaning off my desk and creating a filing system
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    1 person
  10. 10. use technology productively to keep myself in contact with friends and family and keep myself organised
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  11. 11. be more in tune with what's going on with my body so I can be healthier in general within 2 months
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. finish reading why's (poignant) guide to ruby
    2 entries
    43 people
  13. 13. Start my own business
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    9,325 people
  14. 14. write 1000 words every day for 30 consecutive days
    2 entries . 13 cheers
    2 people
  15. 15. Build Linux from scratch
    4 entries . 6 cheers
    12 people
  16. 16. Learn Ruby
    2 entries . 3 cheers
    1,868 people
  17. 17. obtain & maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) within the range of 20-25, which experts generally consider to be healthy.
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    101 people
  18. 18. drink rum with a pirate
    2 entries . 14 cheers
    22 people
  19. 19. spend an entire day watching the extended version of all three Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back-to-back
    2 entries . 6 cheers
    1,012 people
  20. 20. identify 100 things that make me happy (besides money)
    1 entry . 3 cheers
    7,806 people

How I did it
How to clean all of the weed out of the 4ft tank
It took me
8 months
It made me

How to ruthlessly clean out my 43 things list
It took me
1 day
It made me
feel productive

Recent entries
pay off my credit card (read all 4 entries…)
So I did it...

A few years back! :) Old debt is gone.

New debt however, well…that’s a new story.

take at least one photo a day for 30 consecutive days (read all 3 entries…)
Can't believe this isn't done yet!

Well, with the gift of a dSLR this Christmas, I really don’t have an excuse. At any one point in my day I generally have at least 2 cameras on me – the 5MP one in my phone and the 10MP point & shoot camera in my handbag. Since I’m pretty much obsessed with my new camera, that goes most places also!

Since I got the camera I’ve taken photos on 12 consecutive days, and actually have a longer term goal of completing Project 365. It really doesn’t take much time to include at least one photo a day. Hopefully I’ll keep it up!

use technology productively to keep myself in contact with friends and family and keep myself organised
The Time Has Come, The Walrus Said

...because Walruses are totally trustworthy.

I’ve completed my goal of answering the phone. My new goal then is to become proactive. Its time for me to make space in my life to start calling, emailing, IM’ing and FB’ing my friends. No more laying back and waiting for adulation. I’m over it.

I miss spending time with my friends. And while I was 1000km away, it was perfectly okay for me to wallow in my misery. Now that I’m 0 – 100Km, its time for a hard slap and a wake up call.

So here it is. For the next month I will make it my business to actively call or otherwise contact (and by contact I do not just mean going “hey” every so often on an IM – I’m visualising more of a real conversation – by whatever means necessary) at least 2 of my friends each week. Its time to start rekindling old friendships. The reality is that the only reason they need rekindling is because I let the flame grow low. Its definitely my turn to get things going again.

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