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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Joe Goldberg

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I'm doing 23 things
 

Joe Goldberg's Life List

  1. 1. Reward my children's positive behavior
    2 entries . 8 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. learn hebrew
    3 entries . 8 cheers
    963 people
  3. 3. Get a Worm Composting System up and running
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  4. 4. Get a speed bump installed on my street
    4 entries . 8 cheers
    2 people
  5. 5. Learn Torah Everyday
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    3 people
  6. 6. bring my lunch to work.
    2 entries . 7 cheers
    147 people
  7. 7. Finish the secret toothpaste tube project
    2 team members . 2 entries . 6 cheers
    2 people
  8. 8. write down as many of my earliest memories from childhood as I can remember
    21 entries . 19 cheers
    37 people
  9. 9. do my morning pages every morning
    1 entry . 2 cheers
    61 people
  10. 10. Ride on the "Wheels of Love" ride
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    1 person
  11. 11. Race in three winter biathlons
    4 cheers
    1 person
  12. 12. Work in super-focused 30 minute blocks, separated by breaks
    1 entry . 5 cheers
    1 person
  13. 13. Write a graphic novel in November for NanoGraphicMo
    17 entries . 6 cheers
    1 person
  14. 14. clean up my life list every week
    1 entry . 4 cheers
    3 people
  15. 15. Make 43 Things Faster
    3 team members . 7 cheers
    4 people
  16. 16. make 43 things better
    6 entries . 8 cheers
    6 people
  17. 17. watch the watchmen
    6 cheers
    4 people
  18. 18. Live the Hero's Journey
    2 entries . 2 cheers
    1 person
  19. 19. Oil the bed frame
    2 cheers
    1 person
  20. 20. Donate the old hard drive and mobile phone
    1 cheer
    1 person
  21. 21. Find and raise my lactate threshold
    2 entries . 5 cheers
    1 person
  22. 22. Take shorter showers
    1 cheer
    45 people
  23. 23. Sell my record collection
    1 cheer
    1 person

How I did it
How to make a plan for financial independence
It took me
1 year
It made me
Relieved


How to memorize the ten commandments
It took me
10 years
It made me
a holy roller


How to go to the winter olympics
It took me
2 years
It made me
Amazed


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Recent entries
Track my finances for a year
Mint

I used mint.com, both the website and the mobile app (for cash expenses). Once a week I went to the website and categorized all my expenses. Most of them were auto-categorized, I just had to clean up the errors. It learns from your choices too, so as the weeks went on, it got quicker.

I use the debit/credit cards for almost everything, but for the rare cash expense, I input it using mint’s mobile app. Sort of a pain, but I only had to do that once every couple weeks



Write a graphic novel in November for NanoGraphicMo (read all 17 entries…)
Almost done

I’m still working on this even though it’s not NanoGraphicMo any longer.

I’ve been posting completed pages here:

http://trowelhousebook.wordpress.com/



Write a graphic novel in November for NanoGraphicMo (read all 17 entries…)
NanoGraphicMo 2011

Decided that instead of trying again, I’d just pick up where I left off at the end of last November. It was easier than I thought it would be to get back into the story, though drawing the characters is hard. I guess when you don’t draw for a year you go back to square 1.

I think I’m up to 22 pages. I’m determined to finish it this year because I don’t want to wait until November 2012 :)



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