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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I'm doing 28 things
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stay focused (read all 2 entries…)
keeping a calendar to plan future and record past

Looking over the past three months of my calendar, there are many times where I’ve been unfocused. It feels like this calendar is the only thing holding me together, and preventing me from diffusing apart into some oblivious cloud of distraction. I need to find some way of SCHEDULING FOCUS, not just recording the times when I’ve been unfocused.

Situations where not focusing has cost me, put me at risk or caused trouble in the past 3 months:
• paying $30 transfer free for credit card
• overdrawing checking account 3 TIMES for a total of $87 in fees
• overpaying for groceries
• mailing a letter, then walking into traffic since I thought the light would still be green from when I last looked
• not getting work done on time, since I misjudged the date that my supervisor would be back from vacation by A WEEK
• repeatedly burning foods in toaster oven at work by setting a longer time than necessary
• failing to leave train at correct subway station, adding extra time to trip
• boarding incorrect subway line, adding extra time to trip
• mistakenly purchasing “baby eggplant” at much higher price than “regular eggplant”
• failing to leave early enough for an event, then getting lost, only to arrive at meeting place with nobody else there
• forgetting to unlock office door in the morning after changing out of winter long underwear, and making coworker suspicious of why I had locked it
• innumerable errors at work, requiring time-consuming corrections

attend burning man
maybe not

After looking closer, this doesn’t seem like a good place for me to go.

Abstain from alcohol
find new activities or new friends

It’s fun to hang out with friends. However, they usually want to drink alcohol, and would become disappointed if I don’t drink too. I need to find a way to abstain around friends too. They are the only reason I ever drink. otherwise, its just not any fun to drink alone. it impairs me when i could otherwise be getting stuff done that I’d like to. Plus, its EXPENSIVE and UNHEALTHY. my money ends up on my belly and butt instead of my savings account. and I don’t like the rate of return there.

basically, I need to either find friends who don’t drink, or activities with my present friends that we can do together without alcohol.

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