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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ItalygirlWho knows?

I have no idea what’s after college. Europe, a career, marriage and kids…? Who knows? I know I’m not ready for marriage right now and I’d love to go to Europe sometime soon, but no plans have been made.

Right now, it’s focus, focus, focus on school and get it done! Also, paying my bills to get out of debt and to move out asap.

I think short term goals are more effective. That way you seemingly get things done and aren’t discouraged by not quickly completing a goal you really want. 7 years ago

ItalygirlMaybe I'll become a nun...

I’ve decided I’m only going to have short term plans; that is, I will only plan things as far as a year in advance. This bright idea came to me in one of my finance classes… that’s how they ‘account’ for things… by determining if they are long term or short term. Everyone talks about living for the moment and living for today, and I think this is as close as I can get to that… so, I decided, since nothing has worked out like I planned so far, why even plan anymore? So I know a year from now, I’ll probably be in school (still) and after that, who knows? Maybe I’ll become a nun. 8 years ago

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