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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.

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get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
Severe catch up for this goal...

For August 17:

1. 1 solar panel charger (sell)
2. 1 bluetooth headset
3-8: 6 permanent markers
9: 1 tiny screwdriver

For August 16:

1. 1 flashlight
2. 1 cell phone
3. 1 cell phone charger
4. 1 cell phone data cable
5. Padlock
6. Painter’s spatula
7. A lock pick
8. Another padlock
9. 1 stapler

For August 15:

1. The big box behind the chair (so I can put my clothes basket there instead)
2. A meditation stool (give away)
3. A wall map
4. 1 paior of earbuds
5. A bunch of pictures and plans from the beginning of the year
6-9: 3 workout shirts

For August 14:

1. a bunch of hexagonal tools that have been superseded by other stuff
2. a milk crate I once used and never do anymore
3. Color inkjet refill kit that I had for years. I only use black and white
4,5. 2 boxes of diskettes.
6. 1 memory chip from a computer I don’t own anymore
7. daytimer refill
8. 1 superglue package (return to the store)
9. 1 pair of headphones

For August 13:

1-3: A bunch of computer CDs to be destroyed
3-7: A bunch of computer CDs to be given away
8: Old memory for old laptops
9: 1 CD holder

For August 12:

1. 1 work-out shirt
2-5: 4 closet organizer thingies
6-7: 2 pairs of shoes
8: 3-to-2 electrical prong adapters (3)
9: 1 watch band

For August 11:

1. 1 old cleaning brush
2. 1 box of staples
3. boxes of pencil leads
4. Organizer box for screws
5. 1 accordion wallet
6-9: 3 memory cards and their cases



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
August 5-7 Items to give away

Uh-oh! I’ve fallen behind quite a bit in this month-long quest for clarity, simplicity and renewal. So, without further ado:

1. 1 Camera (won’t use it as much as my main one)
2. 1 clothes hamper (like it, but have another one)
3. 1 Book holder
4. 1 small white canvas bag
5. 1 USB drive, unopened (slate it for a gift in my gift box)
6. 1 unused pocket knife (give to a friend who likes these things)
7. 1 book
8. 1 quartz candle holder (slate it for birthday gift)
9. 1 Gift wrap (will get rid of all of it with the above presents

For the backlog:

August 6, 2013:

1. 1 USB Wifi Antenna (sell)
2. 1 mala bracelet
3. 1 pendant of some sort that I don’t know where it came from
4. 1 drawstring pouch
5-6. 2 donation envelopes (I kept them around till I was actually going to make the donations, and I did them and there, that gets rid of them. I won’t count the stamps…)
7. A ton of stuff to recycle from my memories box
8. A ton of stuff to scan and discard from my memories box
9. Labels and post office stuff to return

August 5, 2013:

1. 1 gift bag
2. 1 CD I bought impulsively
3. 1 postcard
4. 1 red ribbon (don’t know where it came from)
5. 1 Wrench (have other multi-tool now)
6. 1 glue stick
7-8. 2 lithographs
9. 1 foam cushioning thingie

Still need to catch up for August 4 and 3… meaning 27 more items tomorrow! :-)



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
August 2 catch up (with August 1 items too)

August 2 catch up:

I’ve fallen off the bandwagon for the last few days as far as keeping up my daily 9-items to give away, so I’m looking to catch up today.

For today:

6 books to give away / drop off at half-price books
1 book to give as gift
1 new filler for a day-timer that I don’t use
1 set of vacation-planning books (give back)

For Yesterday

1 Unused electric toothbrush (sell)
1 unused travel waterpik / waterflosser (sell)
1 unused bicycle seat (sell)
2 pairs of Vibram five-finger shoes (sell)
1 bicycle panier (sell)
1 bicycle thingie-holder (sell or give away)
1 laptop computer (not using-give back to original owner)
1 laptop computer carrying bag (ditto)



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
August 2 catch up (with August 1 items too)

August 2 catch up:

I’ve fallen off the bandwagon for the last few days as far as keeping up my daily 9-items to give away, so I’m looking to catch up today.

For today:

6 books to give away / drop off at half-price books
1 book to give as gift
1 new filler for a day-timer that I don’t use
1 set of vacation-planning books (give back)

For Yesterday

1 Unused electric toothbrush (sell)
1 unused travel waterpik / waterflosser (sell)
1 unused bicycle seat (sell)
2 pairs of Vibram five-finger shoes (sell)
1 bicycle panier (sell)
1 bicycle thingie-holder (sell or give away)
1 laptop computer (not using-give back to original owner)
1 laptop computer carrying bag (ditto)



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 29 9 items:

3 books
5 cds
1 postcard

Arriving now at the point where difficult choices need to be made… It’s easy at first, but when I get nearer to the one-month mark is when I should really arrive at true simplification.

Why am I doing this, again?

Because as much enjoyment as there sometime is from owning things (or, more likely, acquiring things), I find for myself that there’s far more conscious living to be had in a sparser environment. It focuses me on the things that I’m really about…



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 28 items

1 tripop cell phone holder (cell phones are too large to fit it now)
1 book holder
1 bathroom wastebasket
1 flowerpot
1 unopened peanut butter jar (almond butter is what I consume now… return)
1 eyeglass case
1 booklet (scanned it and it can go to someone else)
1 bag of assorted odds-and-ends
1 the box that held the bag



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 27 9 items:

2 pairs of pants (return to the store)
1 bag of popcorn (return to the store)
1 short-sleeved shirt that’s virtually identical to another one I have
1 folding keyboard that I don’t use anymore
1 CD/software for the keyboard
1 Sound effects CD
1 CD drive replacement thingie for a laptop I no longer own (Why do I keep these things?)



Adapt my second novel into a screenplay (read all 7 entries…)
First pass completed!

I’m eager to mark this goal complete, but I can only do so after a second pass to reduce the page count from 142 to 120. But this is so much easier and enjoyable now!



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 26 items

1 set of packets of soy miso soup (to food bank)
1 packet of dosa mix (food bank as well)
1 gag gift (return to store)
1 USB cable I don’t use anymore
1 highlighter
1 DVD film
1 mechanical pencil
1 pointer
1 PDA pen that I never use now that touchscreens are the norm



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 25 9 items

1 Pair of socks
1 reference dictionary I’ve never used
1 set of small lens cleaning bottles
1 travel bottle
1 enema bag (really! like, how did I wind up owning two of these?)
1 rugby shirt with a small stain I can never get out
1 spray bottle that I never use
1 pair of jeans that got discolored through a bleach accident
1 dead bamboo shoot and the vase it came in



Adapt my second novel into a screenplay (read all 7 entries…)
Goal close to completed... page 136

Of course, this means goal close to completed… in the first pass-through. Second pass-through will be to condense and somehow trim out 20 or so pages, but that’s kind of the fun part and requires far less effort and thought than what I’m doing right now. But almost there.



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 24th 9 items:

1 garage door opener ordered by mistake
2 water bottles
1 pair of shorts
1 bowl (the other ones broke, and it’s a standalone now)
1 tube of sunscreen (I wear a hat, stay out of the sun, believe there’s evidence that skin cancer is actually caused by the carcinogenic chemicals in sunscreen)
1 Audio Adapter cable (tends to trigger the phone to hang up when I use it)
1 holder of a flower pot that I never use
1 pair of pants (return to the store)



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
July 23rd 9 items

3 things to return to the store
1 pair of black-out curtains that I never use (return to giver)
1 camera pouch (return)
1 hat I was given while traveling
1 extra neti pot (you don’t need 2, and you certainly can’t use 2 at once)
1 glass round thingie in the kitchen that I never use
1 kitchen towel I inherited and don’t care for



get rid of one thing every day (read all 30 entries…)
9 items a day for 30 days

A friend also told me about a practice for clarity.

1. Pick a number between 1 and 10.

2. Write down something that you want to get clarity in your life about.

3. For the next 30 days, get rid each day of the number of things that you had in mind for step 1. (I picked 9!)

4. Clarity will accrue by day 30…

I started today. We’ll see how I am with 9×30=270 fewer items. For the first day, it was 2 pairs of shoes, 5 books and 2 magazines…



write daily (read all 17 entries…)
I haven't been writing daily... but I'm still at page 128...

... and continuing. The days have been too beautiful to write, or me too distracted. But I keep coming back to it. It’s easier to stay motivated in the winter, but if I start early enough in the morning in those days in which my regular job doesn’t start early, I definitely get some progress.



write daily (read all 17 entries…)
Page 113...

... and shifting into high gear!



write daily (read all 17 entries…)
Page 104... I had a dream...

... that I was on the run from my regular life… and upon waking up and realizing this wasn’t the case, I felt grateful for the chance to keep on working on my projects. So I got up and wrote the next 4 pages…



write daily (read all 17 entries…)
Page 98... Sometimes you write, you backtrack...

... and you realize that what you wrote isn’t worth keeping. I used to keep a file of all the snippets (or pages) of things that were so good but didn’t really fit the story anymore, hoping that I’d go back to the file to rescue these gems… and there hasn’t been a single occasion in which I’ve done that. RIP, scenes discarded for the sake of a better flow.

And that was today’s experience: write, back-track, remove. At least there’s some net gain. :-)



write daily (read all 17 entries…)
Page 96!

And continuing! I love my new “literary sandwich”: exercise-write-exercise. :-)



write daily (read all 17 entries…)
Another hard day at the office...

...not! Not if your office is the park with this view! Nice bike ride, nice weather, and five more pages in the screenplay written in an enjoyable, easy way! Page 91!



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