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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viachicago69's Life List

  1. 1. quit smoking pot
    406 people
  2. 2. finish my dissertation
    293 people
  3. 3. meditate every day
    1 entry
    761 people
  4. 4. stop watching television
    71 people
  5. 5. Learn to cook
    10,169 people
  6. 6. become a vegetarian
    1,612 people
  7. 7. Lose 20 pounds
    1 entry
    7,455 people
  8. 8. floss my teeth every day
    25 people
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meditate every day
Try softly.

Someone once gave me this advice regarding my halting practice. It really resonates with me. The whole point of meditation is to be fully present in the simple act of doing it. It requires nothing more other than it be done. If only for one second, it is infinitely more than nothing. There is something completely liberating about that idea. Now if only I can put my money where my mouth is. I need to quit smoking pot too. I absolutely cannot meditate when I’m high or coming down. So, with that, too, I’ll try softly.

Lose 20 pounds
There's no reason not to.

All of these goals go hand in hand. Getting home from work, I usually smoke pot. Then I sit on the couch, watch tv, eat crap, avoid my studies, fail to meditate, and get no exercise. Instead, I could throw on a pair of sweatpants and take a walk. It seems so simple. I’ll try that tomorrow. Now that I’m out of pot it should be easier. I’ll have to refrain from buying more. I hope my roommate doesn’t have any. It’s hard to resist. I have no willpower at times it seems. Then again, if I’m an addict, it’s against my will, right? OK, step one, take a walk tomorrow evening right after I get home from work.


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