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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obo's Life List

  1. 1. stop procrastinating
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    30,441 people
  2. 2. speak to my parents more often
    2 people
  3. 3. get up earlier on the weekends
    2 people
  4. 4. Read more books
    1 entry . 1 cheer
    11,828 people
  5. 5. become less afraid of rollercoasters
    1 person
  6. 6. visit Thailand again
    6 people
  7. 7. Visit Machu Picchu
    1 cheer
    813 people
  8. 8. visit New Zealand
    1 cheer
    1,615 people
  9. 9. be more impulsive
    1 cheer
    81 people
  10. 10. drive a race car
    271 people
  11. 11. exercise more
    5,636 people
  12. 12. Finish what I start
    1 cheer
    4,026 people
  13. 13. watch less tv
    1,946 people
  14. 14. stop being such a packrat
    1 cheer
    123 people
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see the northern lights (read all 2 entries…)

We got lucky on a recent holiday to Iceland, despite thinking September was too early in the year. It’s definitely worth asking hotels to let you know if they’re due, as most places know tourists are interested.

stop procrastinating

2 years after setting up my list on here I’ve finally got round to updating some of the items. I guess I’m not doing so well on this one! Plus, updating them at 3am isn’t going to help “get up earlier on the weekends” either.

I’m having some success with the Getting Things Done approach, keeping lists of things I want/need to do, and ticking them off as I complete them. Having the list to refer to keeps my head free, and means I can pick off smaller tasks at the next convenient time.

Definitely still a work in progress, but I feel I’m doing better than I was when I first created the list (despite the long gap).

see the northern lights (read all 2 entries…)

I spent a week skiing in Finnish Lapland in mid-January 2007, but wasn’t lucky enough to see them (despite hotel reception having instructions to wake us at any hour!).

If at first you don’t succeed, and all that…

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