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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  1. 1. get physics degree
    2 cheers
    1 person
  2. 2. give up alcohol
    3 entries . 1 cheer
    197 people
  3. 3. stop smoking
    2 cheers
    3,498 people
  4. 4. get out of debt
    2 cheers
    12,271 people
  5. 5. meditate daily
    2 entries . 4 cheers
    4,818 people
  6. 6. study maths at least one hour each day
    1 person
  7. 7. Study every day
    79 people
  8. 8. Study more
    1,456 people
  9. 9. give up chess for one month
    1 person
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meditate daily (read all 2 entries…)
4 months

it’s been 4 months now – most days one 15 minute session in the morning and one last thing at night. i think it’s worthwhile: much less anxious, more productive (i think), and my short-term memory seems better. also, weirdly, my dreams are more colourful, eventful, interesting

good luck all



meditate daily (read all 2 entries…)
how is it going?

more than two months in, and i extended from 20 mins a day to 30 mins a day a few weeks ago. i have tried to be true to my resolve, and i have missed only one day.

some meditations have been good, where i felt that my mind was still and tranquil; most are still punctuated by long bouts of daydreaming or blankouts in awareness. however, i think the very fact of sticking to meditation, even through periods of boredom and wishing to get up and do something else, has been very helpful. i think i am more productive as a result, more focused and decidedly less anxious. it is a little like having found untapped reserves of willpower, but not quite: it’s more like unpleasant tasks have become less unpleasant and i can do them with less effort, less avoidance, less dislike

i’ll keep at it – hope you all do too



give up alcohol (read all 3 entries…)
reporting in

it’s how many months, now? four or five. do i miss it? not at all

am sleeping better and thinking better, and probably making better life decisions as a result

i was never an addict, i guess, in the aa sense of the word, but giving up was life changing; my social life – almost barren in the first place – no longer exists. but the trade-off in terms of less anxiety and self-doubt, greater self-confidence, and best of all, a clear head, has been worth it

to anyone struggling through the first bitter month or so of giving up – keep working, it gets easier, it WILL make you happier



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