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 24 things
Recent entries
Organize my home
Decluttering mail

My sub-goal in this goal for this weekend is to better organize my mail. I currently have it sorted into piles and that’s all. I don’t know why it’s always been especially difficult for me to keep my mail organized, but it has, and my mail is generally a large percentage of the clutter in my home. I bought some stuff to better organize it, but for some reason have yet to actually implement the system! So I am going to work on being bluntly honest with myself this weekend about what mail I am never going to actually get to (even though I originally thought I would) and simply recycle that part, and put the rest of the mail into the items I bought to organize it.

The thing I’ve already changed that’s helped the most so far is that I’ve started sorting my day’s mail beside the recycle bin so that I can immediately toss things I know I don’t want into it.

I’d also like to get a magazine rack so that I can store my magazines in it instead of in yet another pile, but I can wait till after the Christmas shopping rush is over to do that.

grow more of my own vegetables
Step one

My first step in doing this is to order seeds this winter and then start my own vegetables indoors in early spring. I’d like to start with growing seedlings of cherry tomatoes and probably a few others, but I haven’t decided what yet. I’d also like to grow some greens and peas come spring (though I already have seeds for those, and some are best started outdoors at the onset of the growing season).

make a smaller ecological footprint
Cat litter?

I’ve been working very hard in the past few years to reduce, reuse, and recycle. My current biggest source of waste is cat litter. The local place to get more ecological cat litter is only accessible by car, and I don’t have my own car. Getting it long-distance seems rather like defeating the purpose – what I’m saving in having better cat litter, I’m wasting in the resources it takes to ship it here (plus it’s very expensive to ship, since it’s so heavy). Plus, once I got ecological cat litter, I’m not sure what I’d do with it – I don’t have the resources here in my small city yard to compost a meat-eating animal’s waste (it would have to be composted in separate facilities from my main compost pile, as meat and meat-eaters’ waste are composted differently than other compost materials), and my city refuses to accept brown paper bags in garbage cans, so even if I got ecological cat litter, it would still be going into plastic bags unless I flushed it down the toilet or something (does anyone have experience doing something like that, by the way?).

Does anyone have any ideas for what I can do? This is the next thing I’d like to work on in this goal, but I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place, and I’d really like some fresh perspectives on it. Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thanks to anyone who can provide any ideas.


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