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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New IsabellaI've been wasting time all morning...

...and now the afternoon is here, and morning is gone. I just now stumbled back onto this goal, and re-read my prior entry about another episode of time-wasting back in January.

There’s a link in that January entry to an article on conflict resolution, which I also re-read. I now realize that I had a long talk last night with a friend over a serious conflict we had recently, and how that is connected to my time-wasting today. No wonder I was tired this morning. My habitual response is to avoid conflict at all costs. I didn’t do that yesterday. I faced my conflict with my friend. It may not be resolved, but at least it’s out on the table.

There are internal conflicts involved in facing some other things that I want to do today. Maybe I can stop wasting time right now and start facing them, too. 5 years ago

New IsabellaI wasted a lot of time yesterday... this definition:

Wasting time is doing anything that does not contribute to my goals.

I was restless, irritable, and discontent with myself and my goals and my internal conflicts between wanting to make progress and not wanting to face my fears and leave my comfort zone. I spent A LOT of time mindlessly surfing on the net yesterday. I don’t remember where all I went, but by the end of the afternoon I stumbled across some great articles on conflict management. Maybe part of that information can help me face some of my own internal conflicts. Maybe I’ll have to also ask for some extra help with this. But maybe that part wasn’t quite such a waste of time after all.

EDIT: This is not an excuse, but I just remembered that part of the problem yesterday was that I did not sleep very well the night before. Hmmmm… 5 years ago

New IsabellaI'm procrastinating today, big-time...

I’ve read lots of good articles on the internet about overcoming procrastination and getting unstuck. I’ve written some 43-T comments, and read some that I received. MamaKitty has suggested imaging that I’m surfing on top of the problem. That’s probably more useful than surfing aimlessly on the internet. :)

I want to pay some more bills, but part of me has very stubbornly been refusing to co-operate. 6 years ago


sometimes it’s sooo necessary!

And it feels good. ;) 6 years ago

New IsabellaMindlessly surfing the internet for hours on end...

...and then falling asleep early in the evening was how I spent my day yesterday. I’m not sure why I did it, but it’s done now.

At some point I read an interesting series of articles about procrastination at Slate magazine (starting here). That didn’t motivate me to take any action, but it did comfort me that I was in good company.

Hope I really am done with this goal today. 6 years ago

ledfrisbyThe most satisfying of wasted time

When you stay up all night killing countless cups of coffee and watching bad movies just for the hell of it. The older I get, the less I stay up just to stay up, but it’s still got that same pleasantly neurotic feeling to it. 7 years ago

DesNewest time waster

And a good thing to do while waiting for a headache to go away.

The ESP Game

Interesting. 7 years ago

~M.lle Vanigliavvelenata~it's fun

I like wasting time. and I can do it, because I’m immortal. :D 7 years ago

Darrenwhy do things all the time?

Stop it! You don’t have to do things all the time. I like wasting time. It’s fun. 8 years ago

cafegroundzeroIt can be both relaxing and reinvigorating; and who's to say it's a waste, anyways?

One corporation’s waste is maybe some individual(s) creative time. I’m doing THIS on company time, having hit a doldrum in the work, my current oevre. I’m supposed to be doing a manual on maintenance. Am mostly done, and waiting for my supervisor to come look it over. Or I’m thinking on how I’m best to proceed with the remaining work, should I add a trouble-shooting chapter to it.
Anyway, I’m on my way out of this onion bin, off to greener and possibly fallow pastures. Or can you say a pasture is fallow? Or is that just for fields? Well, those of you who are outstanding in your fields, speak up! 8 years ago

ChuqIt's such a waste

I hate doing it, but I keep doing it. Drats. 8 years ago

DavideI'm sure you have time to waste

maybe you want to come to upload your wasted time here
it’s nothing more than a counter
a counter made for your wasted time

come upload your wasted time
i don’t want your money, just your time

Davide8 years ago

immorakYes i've wasted time!

I wasted lots of time using this site adding my 43 things.
I am only at 23 things but there is more time to waste. 9 years ago

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