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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Entries from everyone

Kim NNow that I'm in a new cubicle

I should work on this again. Something about being in a new place makes you want to do it right. 6 years ago

Kim NNot doing so well

Maybe I should stop everything right this minute and organize the pile of stuff on my desk and work on clearing out my e-mail box. 6 years ago

Kim NI made some headway with the e-mail

I googled up some advice on how to organize e-mail and didn’t really find anything I liked, so I improvised.

I have the inbox for intake of e-mails and a few things that need to keep my attention.

Then I have a follow-up folder I need to look at periodically and work through.

Then I have a few categories like “Admin/Supervisory” and “Training” and “Personnel” for things that don’t need to keep my attention, but I’ll need to refer back to.

Everything else goes into an archive folder that I can sort and search.

It felt like a pretty good system by the end of today, so we’ll see how it goes. 6 years ago

Kim NLast week, I found time to declutter my paper at work

My desk is clean. It’s a joy to arrive at work now. I don’t know if it will last, but I’m going to try. I started putting the paper from my current projects and assignments into individual folders that I can stow away at the end of the day. I started putting meeting notes into a meeting notes folder.

My biggest clutter weakness is e-mail. My inbox is bombarded with tons of e-mails all day long. Project stuff, management stuff, administrative stuff, search engine reports, etc. I haven’t wrapped my head around how to organize that e-mail. I hope to have some time this week to work on it. I doubt I will, though, because it looks like it’s meeting and training hell Tuesday through Thursday. Then Friday is catch up day. Mmmmm… catsup. 6 years ago


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