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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is taking the path of least resistance & not turning her nose up at it

I'm doing 11 things

How I did it
How to donate hair to Locks of Love
It took me
3 years
It made me

How to get laser eye surgery
It took me
2 days
It made me

How to get rid of roles & commitments I don't need so I can focus on the most important ones
It took me
6 months
It made me
sad but relieved

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learn how to swim properly (read all 3 entries…)
Less thinking, more swimming.

I took a class in the summer of 2008 and swam a few days a week during the session. The instructors seemed to think the mechanics of my freestyle were just fine (though I’m sure not optimal) and simply encouraged me to swim more to condition myself. I’ve decided to fold this goal into the triathlon goal since I am back to marathoning. When I find the triathlon that tells me it wants to be my first, and it’s time for me to choose a training plan, I will swim all the swimming there is to swim on the plan that I choose. Ain’t nothin’ to it but to do it.

Start my own business
It's started all right!

That just leaves finishing it. Ba dum chhhh

But seriously, I’ll have to consider what constitutes an appropriate goal for the next stage. Existence was the easy part! Now that I have an LLC, I need to work toward getting all of my nuts and bolts in order and integrating the work I was already doing with the brand name. Perhaps the next goal will involve integrating OmniFocus into my daily life.

run at least one marathon a year (read all 2 entries…)
Discrete goals are better.

I missed 2009 and 2010 with a TON of life detours, but find myself happily training for another race in March. Deflecting this goal onto the 50 states and 7 continents goals will be more realistic, so I wash my hands of this. Done and done!

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