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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At the moment I feel that I’m doing quite well with this goal. I am taking measures to reduce my stress by finding ways to totally relax myself when I have the chance (going for walks even at night, soaking in bubble baths, noticing and appreciating small things.) I am trying not to carry work or school stresses around with me all the time and have them dominate my life, but instead focus on them when it’s appropriate to do so and let them go when it’s time to move on. I feel a lot better (and healthier) about this and I’m going to mark this as complete, but I will add it again if things start to change. 4 years ago


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This goal is going to be crucial for me in January. I don’t want to feel the level of stress and anxiety I felt for the past two months. I don’t want to feel that ever again. And with starting a new fulltime job and a new semester of classes I am thinking that I have very little chance of peacefully making it through the next couple months if I don’t make this a priority.

I will balance working hard and also finding time to enjoy myself completely. Stop having such a black or white, all or nothing perspective, find some grey areas. Go easy on myself, but not accept procrastination or laziness because for me that only results in more stress and pressure. Effort, effort, effort. And taking care of myself (physically, mentally, emotionally, and every other way), which is the most important thing of all. 4 years ago


RagazzaRaffinataUntitled

Alas, I am fighting off a cold/flu (hoping its not swine derived) which has completely knocked me on my ass and I’ve spent the majority of the weekend in bed. Today I’m feeling a bit better, although still exhausted; I think I might be capable of getting some studying done. However, I’m having trouble finding any sort of motivation whatsoever and at the same time can feel stress building about the unfinished (not to mention, the unstarted) tasks ahead of me for this month.

I’m trying to focus on the small steps that I can do right now in this moment, instead of the whole outcome which is really overwhelming. Babysteps, as some people say. It seems to be working. 4 years ago


RagazzaRaffinataUntitled

This week I came to some realizations. Long story short, I am stressed out. More so than I have ever been in my whole life. It’s a strange feeling, and even a little bit scary. I thought that the last month of finishing my degree was stressful, but the way I felt then is nothing compared to how I have felt recently. While surfing the internet I stumbled across a “Stress Test” quiz. Now, I don’t put faith into those types of things at all, I know better than that. But for some reason I took this quiz anyways (out of curiousity I suppose), and scored VERY HIGH. Lovely. Seeing those words at the end kind of made me freeze for a moment. After reflecting on this all for a few days I realized that I have been stressed for quite some time, and I have just been ignoring it. In all honesty, this whole year has actually been very rough for me so far. It is to the point now that this stress manifesting itself into physical symptoms, and I have been ignoring those too.

Fortunately, I know why I am feeling this way and exactly what pressures have been inflicting this stress on me. I need to find some balance between 1) the work that I need to do, the things I need to accomplish, and generally getting my ass into gear and 2) enjoying myself and having moments to relax without feeling guilt or pressure. 4 years ago


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