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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ZarenaQuit date

I have made numerious attempts to quit smoking over the past year. I believe I find it easier if I didn’t live with a smoker. Knowing this I have decided to cut down on my smoking by at least 1 smoke a day in preparation for my quit date of 01.01.2012.

I found a few tips on the internet on how to cut down and hopefully this will attack the phyical need to smoke. I particually like the suggestions on this website:,29426.asp

Especially the one about putting you butts in a jar so that you can see how much you smoke and how dirty it is.

Hopefully this time it will work. 3 years ago


ZarenaLosing faith in myself..

... I have had a smoke most days. I live with a smoker and when he returns from work I allow myself a treat (smoke). This seems to be developing into a pattern and instead of only having one I might get through a few more. That first one tastes like crap but you convince yourself its not that bad and go for another. before you know it you’re no longer turned off by the repulsive habit.

If I am not around smokers or have access to cigaretes I do not have the desire to have one. 3 years ago

ZarenaFake it till I make it..

... As far as everyone is concerned I have given up. I do not smoke in public or when we have guests over.

Week 1

I have asked CP to take the cigarettes with him to work to prevent me from being tempted. This was extremely useful and I had a smoke free period of 36 hours. Unfortunately Friday rocked around and I had a Jim Bean & Coke which called for a smoke… Yes I know excuses, excuses, excused.

For now I am ok with I am smoking maybe 2 per a day and even then I feel terribly ill when I do. I actually feel sick in the tummy when I think about smoking or smell it. It the phyisical habit I am finding hard to break… This is something I have done for 16 years and know it will be a challenge but it can be won. 3 years ago

ZarenaOk so I haven't lasted 24 hours yet but..

... I have reduced my smoking by 90%... I found the hardest place for me is at home. My partner smokes and leaves them on the bench in full view. If you were on a diet and there was chocolate in the house would you be able to ignore it?

Today I have had 2 smokes and both were at home, 9 hours apart. I have tried to distract myself but it didn’t work. I did find that not being at home most of the day really helped.

I am considering buying straws and cutting them the size of ciggarettes and sucking air through them just to deal with the physical habit.

I find this habit rather hard to break. Today I have had headaches, felt like throwing up and generally felt like crap. I should use it as motivation, I mean who wants to put their body through that every time they give in to their habit? I guess thats why the first 24 hours are the hardest and I have previously failed. 3 years ago

ZarenaSo the patch is on..

... I still feel the need to smoke so breaking the habit will be hard.

They say it takes 30 days to break a habit. This shows how hard it can be and to give myself a break if I fail and pat myself on the back for everyday I succeed.

A helpful site: 3 years ago

Zarena6th Attempt

I have the nicotine replacement therapy ready… just waiting till I run our of ciggerates before implementing it. I am down to my last packet so by the weekend I will be quitting.

It used to be a social thing for me or that was my old excuse for not giving up. Now that I’m home all the time its just me so there is no social aspect left.

Truthfully I’m scared that I will fail again and am not really motivated to quit. I just think I’ll give it a go and see if it works this time as there is less outside influence or people to encourage me in the wrong direction. 3 years ago

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