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.

Export My Content


is reading in the park

be less stressed (read all 2 entries…)

When I’m stressed, I become introverted. There are so many instances where talking to someone would have helped. I feel that as soon as I do this, I’m starting to tackle the problem. And especially at work, my managers are more forgiving if they are taken on my journey than if they are kept in the dark and I eventually fail to deliver. Often, people present solutions I have never thought of. A problem shared is a problem halved.

be less stressed (read all 2 entries…)
Little things

Lately I’ve noticed little things that make me stressed or anxious. Passing people in the street, or driving past cars at junctions, or checking my calendar for meetings, my level of anxiety rises – something I’ve never noticed, but now that I do, I know it was always there. So I’m practicing managing my emotions with the small things; hopefully this will give me a better sense of wellbeing and energy to tackle the bigger things.

be more likeable
End of year appraisal

I just had my end of year appraisal at work. Interestingly, I’ve always felt that delivery is the most important aspect of the job, but most of the criticisms were about my relations with other people. I guess that says something about my focus in the job. It almost seems that they’d rather I delivered less and was better with people. Whilst I’m good with customers, I’m less good with people in my local team – although most of my work is done in collaboration with other teams rather than my own due to the nature of the work. It’s difficult when there’s so much pressure to take the time to socialise with others on work time, but it seems that culturally, this is important. It’s ironic, because I come to work and think how unsociable and miserable my colleagues are. Maybe what I’m seeing is a reflection of myself.

have more energy (read all 2 entries…)
Little things

Lately I’ve noticed that the little obligations, tasks, requests, etc can have a huge impact on wellbeing and energy. Having lots of small things looming over me is worse than one big thing. The solution? Get them out of the way. Keep the bedroom tidy, don’t let the washing up pile on the counter, reply to emails straight away. Then I have a much better idea of how much time I have to attend to the big tasks, and the concentration to do them efficiently.

Go to Glastonbury

I’m watching Elbow at Glasto 2011 and can’t believe that after so much time in Bristol, I’ve not been to the festival once!

have more energy (read all 2 entries…)
Plan of action

Here’s a list of the things I’m trying out to get more energy:

Nutrition – make sure I get my full RDA of vitamins, minerals and calories. Eat dinner 2-3 hours before bedtime. Take a multivite and fish oil supplements.

Water – drink more

Sleep – go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.

Exercise – swim, stretch at least twice a week (or more if my body is up to it). Go for a morning walk at weekends.

Emotional – love myself, and look on stressful situations as life experiences, seeing the positive side to things and accepting that not everything goes my way. Think about the things that have gone well this week rather than dwelling on the things that went wrong. Set things up so I always have something to look forward to.



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