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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1RL 21 months ago

1RLShoosh, you. I slept in.

Even though I tried to sleep in, as best as I could, I still got up at 7am :P

Fruit parfait for breakfast.
Snuggle with the significant other.
Check my priority list for the day, twice.
Study for my test and check my work, including writing practice.

Today is a lovely day. 13 months ago

1RLThe day before

Upon waking up bright and early, I began studying from 6am till 10:40am. The afternoon was packed with practice tests and two essays. I made great progress.

Breakfast was the familiar comfort of fruit parfait. Lunch was a light serving of bacon perogies with olive oil Greek dressing. Dinner was… vaguely rushed with more studying, checking my addresses and expected time whilst dining on a fruit smoothie.

My writing hand decided to have a problem of it’s own. It is now wrapped in caster oil and with prudence it will be healed by morning.

Tomorrow will be kinder :) 13 months ago

1RLI love my morning routine!

It’s so simple I can follow through half-asleep.

diced fruit + yogurt/custard/ricotta + cheerios/granola/oatmeal

Life is pretty epic right. Even with the pain. 13 months ago

Sarah 14 months ago

1RLGood morning 5am :D

I’m up!
Time to put the kettle on and hit the books, it’s study time :D – Magic Mantra-reverse negative to positive – Ek Ong Kar Satgur Pras (Lightness of Being) – by SatKirin Kaur Khalsa 14 months ago


Solitae 15 months ago

1RLI woke up to the sound of rain

Light pitter patter of rain drops cascade down the window pane.
In a swell of elemental churning, the wind moaned and rain drops quickened.
The steady uneven repetition grew thicker, plucking with assertive reverberation.
Still the sound of sleep lulled me deep into the recesses of my mind.

Puffy eyed, I felt myself gaze out the window only to blink back asleep.
Such brilliance beamed through with morning glories early light.
Rain did flutter on in the throws of sleep, like a humble melody.
Until all too suddenly I found myself awake. 15 months ago

Randy1958I like my job

After nine months in my new job I have to say I enjoy it a lot. Being happy with what I do during the day with work certainly contributes to waking up happy the next day. Getting some personal financial issues resolved would put a cap on the waking up happy goal, but that’s a slow go [sigh]. 16 months ago

1RLFresh Linen!

Yesterday was laundry day. Not only does the bed smell amazing but the sheets were warm and toasty, straight from the dryer, just before bed.

That makes progress on two goals :
1) Go to sleep happy
2) wake up happy 18 months ago

1RLWeird dreams that blend through each other

Funny story. To summarize, this goal is working out for me! 18 months ago

1RLGood morning to my love.

As I lay in bed this morning, blinking myself awake, I saw my beloved better half. Soundly sleeping, without even a mild suggestion of pain on his face. Peacefully adrift upon a dream.

It is a good morning. 20 months ago

1RL...And then I woke up.

“Early to bed; early to rise.

Happy, healthy, wealthy and wise.” – me

When I woke up this morning, I was quick to busy myself. The day is still fresh and new. What marvel should I happen to find but a beloved construct of humanity; Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor. 20 months ago

1RLReading existential social poetry.

Men come and go like ocean tides;

And ere one generation dies, Another in its place shall rise; THAT, sinking soon into the grave, Others succeed, like wave on wave;

And as they rise, they pass away. The sun arises every day, And hastening onward to the West, He nightly sinks, but not to rest:

Returning to the eastern skies, Again to light us, he must rise. 21 months ago

DayDreamer37 23 months ago

DayDreamer37Was definitely happy this morning...

I think it was because I’m really far along on a VERY important project. The 365 Questions (I have the goal here on 43T). I’m on page 70 or so and I think it will end up being about 100 pages. I’m really far along! 22 months ago

cmc1997 8 years ago

DayDreamer37Woke up ready and happy to get to work!

I’ve got tons to do today, some of the stuff I should have done on other days, but in any case I feel like I have the energy to do it today. Most of it is chore related, not intellectual, not much brain power involved.

“Happiness is having something to do, something to hope for, and someone to love.”
- Ancient Chinese saying 22 months ago

DayDreamer37Woke up productive AND happy today

What is that quote about intensions? I intended to clean yesterday, but got up and did it with gusto today AND I went to the gardens to study. Very nice morning and early afternoon.

I’ve been recording that I wake up “productive.” Today I woke up happy AND productive. Maybe because it was Saturday.

“The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.”

- Benjamin Disraeli

“The artist is nothing without gift, but gift is nothing without work.”

- Emile Zola, 19thcentury French Novelist 23 months ago

Randy1958More happy lately

Well now… I got a promotion and moved to Northern California three months, ago and for some reason I have woken up happy a lot lately. That’s a start! 23 months ago

DayDreamer37woke up thinking about the cleaning...

I really wanted to do some cleaning yesterday but didn’t get to it. I curled my hair and cooked last night.

I will be scrubbing floors today!

Also thought of the Practical Guide, which I have not worked on so far this week!

“Life is a series of moments; to live each one is to succeed.”

- Corita Kent 23 months ago

DayDreamer37I was awoken in the middle of a dream...

It was a dream about my hair! I was getting ready to put it in this cute style, but my alarm woke me up before I could get to it. LOL.

Was in a neutral mood. I ironed their uniforms instead of doing any of my work first thing. Tho I knew I wanted to finish the Bll aricle I drafted on Monday. I did that after they were gone. Now there’s nothing weighing on my mind. I have lots scheduled, but nothing urgent.

AND after I finished the article, I thought of a new idea for next Monday. I opened a new document, created a title and wrote the first sentence. I read an article recently, can’t recall the author’s name, but she said in order to teach all you have to do is to stay one lesson plan ahead of your students. It’s like that with writing a column as well. All I have to do is to stay one step ahead.

“The most sublime act is to set another before you.”

- William Blake 23 months ago

DayDreamer37Was in a foul mood yesterday afternnoon

I was thinking about things I regret, and I started to do what I do when I regret, ruminating type internet searches that I’ve been doing for years. Before the internet, it was me in the MidMan library pouring over the occ outlook handbook.

I’ve learned myself so well, that I even have a project on toggl called “ob career rsch” or something like that. I turned the timer on and allowed myself to obsess. This lasted an hour, then I got proactive and put together a cover letter for a job I’d really like to apply for.

This morning I got right up, did the left over dishes from last night, cleared off my desk (I’ve been putting off cleaning my desk for weeks) then put the finishing touches on the cover letter and read it outloud to my husband. I like it!

Then I did 25 minutes on my wii fit.

Don’t know if I’d say I was “happy,” but definitely I was productive.

Perhaps productivity is my own version of happiness. Will continue to explore with this goal. 23 months ago

DayDreamer37Got up. watched Y&R while waiting for daughter...

but recovered and grabbed my text book and studied for an hour, then pitched an article!!!

I was watching Y&R last night on youtube before I went to bed, need to make it a habit to shut down everything at night so I can get a fresh start in the morning or if not a fresh start continue something productive.

Mood was middle of the road. Not happy or sad, tho I have to admit, I enjoyed sending that pitch email to the magazine, but that was well after I woke up. 23 months ago

DayDreamer37woke up earlier than usual

because I had to go to the b-room. Not happy, not sad. Pretty neutral. I did think of the writing project that I completed yesterday and could pitch today, but am not scheduled to pitch until tomorrow.

I thought of mopping the floors, which I didn’t get a chance to get to yesterday after we cleaned the bathroom. And I thought of some other random stuff which I can’t remember now.

It’s funny because the reason I started this goal is that for a period of time a few weeks ago, I’d wake up thinking: I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!! It’s not that I feel trapped now, at the sametime I feel no strong passion to do anything extraordinary. Today will be another ordinary day. 23 months ago

DayDreamer37Got up and looked at my "done" list

I had started to look at my “done” list yesterday, but since it’s over 600 things long, it’s hard to look at it inone setting, when I got up that’s the first thing I thought of, along with an article I said I’d spend 5 minutes on , but didn’t… 23 months ago

DayDreamer37concerned and productive

DH hurt his ankle yesterday, said the pain was throbbing last night, so I woke up concerned about that.

And I was productive. The second thing I thought about was completing and posting a piece I worked on yesterday. When I thought of posting, I looked forward to getting it done!

“There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot.”

- Steven Wright 23 months ago

DayDreamer37Productive by not gleeful

Today I woke up and grabbed “The Practical Guide.” I wasn’t on top of the world, but I’m definitely in the mood to get some work done. Dopamine in effect! 23 months ago

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